Thursday, January 10

All-New Teavana Tea Lattes: A Modern Twist On The Classic

Did you know that tea is the second most popular beverage next to water? Many people love drinking it, not only because of the great advantages that it brings to one's health but also because it is part of their tradition. As you probably know by now, people from different parts of the world have their own way of enjoying this beverage. Take for example those from Europe who has a thing for afternoon teas. For the Asians, some of us use tea for traditional ceremonies. Indeed, it is only proper to say that tea is a timeless drink that has become a major part of the lives of many individuals. 

Through the years, however, tea has changed as more people look for exciting twists on the classic beverage. A few years ago, Starbucks Philippines introduced Teavana® beverages to satisfy the cravings of their customers who are looking for a wonderful tea experience. It has been a huge success and now, Starbucks is once again ready to introduce a new way of enjoying tea.

Embracing the spirit of innovation and reimagination, Starbucks is proud to introduce a range of Teavana® TM Tea Lattes to bring a modernized tea experience. Available for a limited time only starting January 8, Starbucks introduces four new Teavana® ® beverages.

Oat Green Tea Latte

Blending the taste of earthy oats and Starbucks green tea latte with a colorful, crunchy granola top, the Oat Green Tea Latte introduces a new twist on this fan favorite.

Peach Black Tea Latte

Complementing the earthy notes of finely ground black tea with the juicy aroma of peach, the Peach Black Tea Latte possesses a subtle fruitiness that is sure to brighten up your day.

Chestnut Black Tea Latte

Blending finely ground black tea with velvety steamed milk, delectable roasted chestnut sauce, and topped with a sprinkle of chestnut and strawberry bites – this beverage is the perfect choice to celebrate the new year.

Oat Green Tea Frappuccino

Treat yourself with the creamy goodness of green tea and oats. This beverage is topped with espresso whipped cream and sprinkled with crunchy granola and dried fruits for an added layer of texture.

For those with a love for all things Matcha, Starbucks new offerings will definitely keep you wanting for more. More unique and exciting flavor combinations await at Starbucks! Grab the newest beverages and enjoy a modern tea experience unlike any other.

Visit the nearest Starbucks branch today and let me know which one is your favorite. 
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Friday, January 4

Get These Baguio Delicacies as Your Next Pasalubong Items

Famously known as the Summer Capital of the Philippines, the city of Baguio continues to graciously accommodate the influx of tourists primarily wanting to experience the cold weather. Aside from the cozy temperature, the city prides itself with its lush greens, scenic views, and its rich history and culture. As interesting as these notable facets of the city are the food delicacies that are also available near the city’s staple tourist destinations; with most found at the Baguio Public Market. Here are some of both the popular and underrated specialties fit either for pasalubongs or just enjoying good eats while in the city.


La Trinidad has been well-known for its vast strawberry farms and the fruit has always been associated with Baguio. Strawberry-picking is a known tourist activity in the farms which also informs people on how to identify the ripe, sweet ones, the harvest periods, and all that. Strawberries are best enjoyed in a variety of ways; the famed delicacies are strawberry jam and preserves – perfect while enjoying a nice cup of coffee or tea with hot bread, strawberry taho (soy/beancurd pudding) – a twist to the known Filipino comfort food – which is best for quick snacks after long tours, and even strawberry wine!

Peanut and Cashew Brittle, and Other Nut Treats

Similar to the fame of strawberries, peanut brittle is also a well-known specialty of the city and is one of the most requested pasalubongs from Baguio. Its sweet and salty combination effectively satisfies your cravings for when you’re up for that sugar fix. A variety of brittles are available in the city – from the usual stacks of flat crisps, those with whole peanuts glued together by that sweet caramelized sugar, and of course, those with cashew. In line with this, there are also a wide variety of nuts – usually fried with garlic – available in the same areas.

Lengua De Gato

Literally translated as “cat tongue”, these thin cookies actually come in the shape of a cat’s tongue. Its milky and buttery goodness is fit for that light afternoon snack, but it comes with a bit of a problem – it will be hard to stop munching. Same goes with all the cookie variants that can usually be bundled to avail of the promo offer three or seven for 100 pesos.

Mika’San Choc’o Flakes

There is something about this snack’s simplicity that makes easy to chomp. The usual breakfast cereals are made interesting by being glazed with either milk or white chocolate. Surprisingly, the brand seems to have solely been known to make these creamy, crunchy goodness. They also now have the choc’o pinipig.

Good Shepherd Convent’s Mountain Maid Training Center specialties

The center is the home of the velvety Ube jam. Apart from that, their bestsellers comprise of the peanut brittle, strawberry jam, Alfajor cookies (with caramel filling) and the Snow Balls – a treat that looks like a cookie covered in confectioners’ sugar that softly crumbles when you dunk it in your mouth. They have a wide variety of food products that not only contribute to the tourist traffic for the city’s tourism but also in social enterprise by helping the economically challenged youths from the six tribes of Cordillera – Benguet, Ifugao, Mt. Province, Kalinga, Apayao, and Abra.

Butter Oats

This is another cookie variant, but this one’s an underrated choice since the stacks at the market can be a tad overwhelming. However, Butter Oats has slowly been creeping into the pasalubong lists of many. Its moist, buttery texture, and satisfying sweetness will surely make you crave for more…until you realize your holding your last piece.

Tantamco’s Ube Jam

The Tantamco store in the Baguio Public Market is one that does not boast of its products but can just count on word-of-mouth because of the quality of its bestselling Ube jam. Compared to most of the Ube jams, their Ube jam has this thick and chunky consistency that is rich in flavor. You can avail of the jam while it is warm and fresh – you have to literally keep the jars ajar first to let it cool down if you intend to store it for a while or for the long trips back home. They also have other jams which are also of the same high quality – pineapple jam, guava jelly, blueberry jam, among others.

Pure Honey

You can find bottles of pure honey everywhere, but you have to be careful and to know what is pure and what appears to contain “extenders”. Nonetheless, this is one of those specialties for the health conscious.

Herbal Teas and Fruit Wines

If you are tired of getting the usual, herbal teas and fruit wines area great products to explore. One of the widely available teas is the Turmeric tea which is also gaining traction in the Metro Manila markets with its health benefits. The fruit wines are surprisingly refreshing and quirky drinks suitable for those moments of reminiscing memories in the City of Pines.


There are several known stalls in the Baguio Public Market that sell these scrumptious meat treats that is a staple Filipino food – may it be for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It is just up to you how much of these and what flavors are you willing to bring back home and binge.

Fresh Vegetables

The climate of Baguio is also very conducive for vegetable farming and when you get to the local markets, you can avail of fresh vegetables for a price very much lower than those that are already delivered to the Metro Manila markets.

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