Drink Diaries: Chachago Toronto

Food Diaries: Chachago - Candy Coated Culinista

Food Diaries: Chachago – Candy Coated Culinista

Location: 3 Elm Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1H1
Hours: Everyday: 11 am – 11pm
Website: http://www.chachago.ca/

Another Tea shop has opened up in Toronto and I can say I have enjoyed my second Asian style tea. Chachago is a part of the Taiwanese tea culture with a promise of a great cup of tea with quality ingredients. Milk teas, fresh fruits, fresh milk, salted whip and other beverages are available. I was quite surprised at all the beverage options and I just decided to go the safe route and select a drink that I could see a picture representation of. You can select three different ice levels and three different sugar levels. I choose the Sicilian Orange made with Sicilian oranges and passion fruit with regular ice and sugar. I enjoyed my tea a lot and the atmosphere of the restaurant was relaxed with a constant stream of K Pop Music Videos playing on the TV. I could smell a taste the fragrance of the oranges and passion fruit and see the actual fruit which I appreciated. Everything at my table looked quite tasty and I could have easily seen myself having almost anything on the menu except the chocolate items. I will be visiting again for sure and prices range from $4.50 to $6.20. There is also punch card where you get 10% off your next visit after you purchase your first drink.

Top picks at Chachago are: Strawberry ice smoothie, Chachago bubble milk tea, Taiwan taro milk tea, Passionfruit rocket, Green bean ice smoothie, Grapefruit green tea, Mango aloha, Ice cream chocolate, Cranberry aloha green tea, Sicililian orange, Black tea milk cap and kiwi ice smoothie. There is something on the menu here for every flavour palette.

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No-Churn Matcha Ice Cream

No Churn Matcha Ice Cream - Candy Coated Culinista

No Churn Matcha Ice Cream – Candy Coated Culinista

Even though I have an ice cream maker sometimes I still like the idea of a no churn
version just for comparison sake; and since I have matcha powder on hand that I use strictly for baking purposes this was the perfect recipe for me.

From: Simply Nigella

Yield/Serving: 1 Quart
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cook Time: 5 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 1 ¼ cups heavy cream
• 1 can (2/3 cups) condensed milk
• 2 tbsp Matcha green tea powder
• Ice cream container or airtight container

Assembly
1. Using an electric mixer with the whisk attachment, whisk cream until soft peaks form and then add in the condensed milk.
2. Whisk in the match powder until the mixture has turned an even shade of green.
3. Pour mixture into an ice cream container or container and let freeze overnight.
4. Serve.

Tips
• Ice cream is best eaten within one month.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
This isn’t one of my favourite recipes no matter how simple this was to create. Maybe because this was a no churn, non ice cream maker recipe; but I found the ice cream melted way to fast. It didn’t taste rich and creamy and I could smell the matcha. I still wasn’t a fan though.

Tea Diaries: Infuse Cafe

Tea Diaries: Infuse Café - Candy Coated Culinista

Tea Diaries: Infuse Café – Candy Coated Culinista

Location: 3 Gerrard Square Mall – Main Floor – 1000 Gerrard Street East, Toronto, Ontario M4M 3G6
Hours: Monday – Friday: 10am – 9pm; Saturday: 9:30am – 6pm; Sunday: 11am – 6pm;
Website: http://www.infusecafe.ca/

I was invited to my first instameet up and got introduced to Infuse Café’s at their second location in Gerrard Square. I had actually browsed the café for a quick moment on Boxing Day when shopping; but I didn’t have a moment to grab a tea; but a this launch party I got to learn all there is to the Infuse Café. Infuse Café combines organic and fair trade ingredients with industry leading technology; which results is a one of a kind tea experience. Rich, bold and robust flavours are layered using the RAIN technology. If you have ever had a tea that smells when you open up a container; but then the tea doesn’t really taste of that fruit anymore when you drink the actually tea – this is your new cafe. RAIN technology is the Reverse Atmospheric Infusion technology that uses vacuums to remove the air that is trapped in organic materials cellular structure; this result in a more flavourful tea profile. The Bkon Craft Brewer is a machine that uses the RAIN technology to give the purist cuppa. This machine costs $14,000 – $16,000 totalling $22,000 total including the technician flying in from San Francisco and installing the machine. Infuse Café has the only 4 Bkon Craft Brewers in the area and has exclusivity on the device for the next 4 years.

Tasting for the night included blueberry hibiscus ice tea and infuses signature coffee iced. Each tea takes about 120 seconds to make and a special algorithm is used to make each tea; which is steeped just under the boiling temperature to not scorch the teas leaving resulting in a harsh flavour. These machines can also create alcoholic drinks and it takes out the alcohol flavour and ups the value and taste; and if you are a coffee lover more caffeine is extracted than the normal brewing process.

A tea demo was provided by World Tea Podcaster TJ Williamson showing steeped and un-steeped processes. This gave us all some insight into the art of Japanese tea making and I will add this podcast to my feed.

At both locations Cecelia’s Cheesecakes are the perfect treat to accompany your tea. The cheesecakes are light and airy with a hint of cheese. Each is beautifully decorated and I think Japanese style cheesecake may be the way to go for me regarding cheesecakes.
I went back yesterday to try two more teas which were the customer favourite White Peach Blossom tea and the Tropical Crimson which reminds me of Caribbean sorrel with is vibrant deep red hue. I enjoyed my hot tea unsweetened and it tasted delicious. It was light and I could smell the peach. The iced tea had very little ice in it which was great as the tea wasn’t watered down.
Loose leaf tea and tea sets are also on sale and the barista’s couldn’t be any more friendly or helpful. I think I have found a new tea shop in my neighbourhood to frequent. The beverages whether tea or coffee hot or iced is rich, strong, robust, bold and flavourful but not overpowering; it just taste pure.

Tea Diaries: Infuse Café - Candy Coated Culinista

Tea Diaries: Infuse Café – Candy Coated Culinista


Tea Diaries: Infuse Café - Candy Coated Culinista

Tea Diaries: Infuse Café – Candy Coated Culinista

Tea Diaries: Infuse Café - Candy Coated Culinista

Tea Diaries: Infuse Café – Candy Coated Culinista

Cecelia's Cheesecakes  - Candy Coated Culinista

Cecelia’s Cheesecakes – Candy Coated Culinista

World Tea Podcast  - Candy Coated Culinista

World Tea Podcast – Candy Coated Culinista

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