Praising Serenitea

I will never get sick of the tea choices at Serenitea.  They seem to serve the best and affordable ones.  One good evidence is you will observe them having so many customers at Tea Avenue (Banawe) while all of their competitors have flies.  Everybody knows how there are so many tea concoction stores in that street and everyone simply chooses Serenitea.

I will never forget how the owner of Serenitea said at Entrepreneur magazine that you will never know if your business would become successful until you try it.  He told a story about how business was bad for their San Juan branch for the first 4 months.  However, they did not give up and business boomed after that.  They were able to put up a ton of branches.

They were also able to attract a lot of competitors who are not afraid to open a similarly themed place right across one of their branches.  Of course, the owners would gladly welcome the friendly competition.

Hokkaido Milk Tea with egg pudding and Okinawa Milk Tea - My favorite sinker is egg pudding because it goes well with my favorite milk tea, Hokkaido.

Serenitea's top 10 could make for a good bucket list for milk tea lovers.

Green Tea Mango Frost - It is one of the drinks that Serenitea offers exclusively.  This is one drink that is perfect for the hot weather.

Nagoya Milk Tea - Vanilla ice cream would love this milk tea as it is mixed with creamy vanilla flavor.

Royal Milk Tea with Panacotta - Only in Serenitea will you see Panacotta being offered as a sinker.  It certainly went well with Royal milk tea, a drink that has nothing to do with the soda of the same name.

Chicken Chops - These crunchy chicken chops are perfect for meryenda.

Honeydew Matcha - I love the combination of honeydew and matcha here.  They combined to make a glorious taste.

Rating: 4.5/5


Turn of the Century Filipino Dining at Crisostomo

I love the tag line of Crisostomo so I decided to try their food.  I have to admit their food is nothing special but I am curious to try all of the items on their menu.  This experience was not that good as I expected.  Perhaps, I should not be coming into an expensive restaurant and expect to be treated like a king.


Bistek Pelaez Tagalog (P850) - I love Bistek Tagalog so I decided to give this dish a try.  I was impressed because the beef is tender and it is mixed with soft potatoes.

Fresh Buko (P150) - I was surprised at how fast they served my Fresh Buko juice order.  The juice was not cold though so they could improve on that.

Tinolang Matanglawin (395) - Their chicken tinola was good and it included 4 pieces of chicken.  The soup was average but I think they should have increased the number of chicken pieces.

Crisostomo Kare Kare (495) - Kare Kare is one of my favorite Filipino dishes so I ordered this right away.  Well, their version has a huge serving so it is good enough for 3-4 people.


Sizzling Lengua (395) - I love Lengua ever since I was a kid so I was very excited when I saw this on their menu.  The fact that it is sizzling makes it a lot better than it already is.

Paella (395) - I love it when a Paella is full of hidden meat and that is exactly what this Paella is all about.


Bottomless Pandan Iced Tea (98) - Their pandan iced tea was too sweet so I only had 3 glasses.  I believe I was not able to make up for the price of the drink.


Sinang Con Laing (195) - I love to order vegetables and I love coconut oil so I wanted to try their Laing.  I have to admit it was good enough to satisfy my craving but nothing special here.


Pinakbet (325) - My all time favorite Filipino dish but it would be better if it had more lechon bits.  I was not that impressed with the serving of this dish.

Rating : 3/5