Happy Wednesday, everyone! 😁💕
Staying dry out there? There was quite a downpour today in the city, arghhh~ ☔ A far cry from the lovely weather we had last weekend! But I guess we are still in that April showers phase… Can’t wait for beautiful May flowers. 🙂
I wanted to show you this tiny tea shop that I discovered in Flushing! As you may or may not know, Flushing is an enormous Chinatown in Queens. According to Wikipedia, “The Flushing Chinatown houses over 30,000 individuals born in China alone, the largest Chinatown by this metric outside Asia and the one of the largest and fastest-growing Chinatowns in the world.”
It’s not surprising–I’ve never been to China, but I imagine it feels exactly like walking down Main Street in Flushing. The smells of Asian supermarkets wafting over throngs of people as you try to push your way down the sidewalk, colorful sights filling your vision from all directions, and shouting. Lots of shouting.
Anyway!! Macao Imperial Tea is a small shop on Main Street, just a few minutes from where the M19 bus lets off in the middle of the hustle and bustle. There are no tables–you simply walk in and order at the counter and then take your tea to go. As you can see, the menu is quite expansive, and it’s honestly a bit overwhelming. However, I knew exactly what I wanted going in, so it wasn’t really an issue for me. There was no other option. I was going to get…
🐼🐼🐼 THE PANDA BOTTLE DRINK! 🐼🐼🐼
Looking at the menu, you can see “Special Drink” labeled with a pink drink and a coffee drink. Both of them come in this adorable bottle with bear ears–white for the pink drink, black for the coffee. Since I’m not a coffee fan, I opted for the pink. They called it strawberry milk, but it was more like strawberry juice as it had a bit of a tangy flavor, not much milkiness at all. There were pieces of strawberries mixed in as well. Overall, it was pretty good! I personally prefer my classic milk tea with boba, and if I were to return I would probably just get that. But this was definitely worth it. The total price was about $7.50, and considering you get the drink plus the bottle, I think it’s more than fair! The bottle itself is very high-quality, made of glass and able to withstand harsh dishwasher cycles (I was relieved to find this after nervously testing it out, ahah~). I’ve been taking my bear bottle to work as a water bottle, and it just makes me so happy sitting there on my desk, being all cute… 😍
They also have this huge stuffed bear sitting in the corner, which is an adorable touch! Hm… It seems like they really love bears, huh?? 🐻
After picking up your delicious beverage from Macao Imperial Tea, I’d highly suggest heading over to the Queens Botanical Garden about a 15 minute walk away. It’s a bit small, but a very pleasant stroll on a spring day. I think it would be even better once the rose garden and crabapple blossoms are in bloom! 🌹
This was also on Earth Day, so it was nice to relax and appreciate the beauty of nature that we are so rarely able to witness here in the city. 🌎🌱
I hope you have a fantastic rest of your week, cuties!