COMING SOON: Midwest Tea Festival - May 7th 2016 - Kansas City, MO #MidwestTeaFestival

I'm excited to announce that the Midwest Tea Festival is returning to Kansas City this May.  I had the opportunity to stop by the inaugural event last year (you can read all about it in our two part write-up here and here) and had a fabulous time. With your paid admission you'll receive a free tasting cup so you can sample tea from local favorites like Shang tea and Anna Marie's Tea Shop or discover new companies from across the US.

Register to attend a session in one of the tasting cafes or sit in on one of the many scheduled presentations to learn more about a variety of tea-related topics. The Midwest Tea Fest is a wonderful event where those passionate to tea can share their knowledge or discover something new. Tickets can be purchased in advance until May 3rd.

Volunteers are still needed for the festival, if you're interested in helping out you can find out more info on the Midwest Tea Festival website.

Admission: $12 (kids under 8 free without tasting cup) If you would like to have a tasting cup for your child under 8, you'll need to purchase a ticket. 

This event is family friendly and strollers are allowed, but I'd suggest leaving it at home if you have the option. This is a hugely popular event with limited space and I found it very difficult to navigate, even with a smaller umbrella stroller.

Advanced tickets can be purchased until May 3rd online or locally at:

Anna Marie’s Teas, 124 S. Terrace Avenue, Liberty, MO 64068
Tea Market, 329 E. 55th Street, Kansas City, MO 64113
Shang Tea, Crown Center, 2450 Grand Blvd., Suite 106, Kansas City, MO 64108
Brits!, 929 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence, KS
Queen’s Pantry, 510 Delaware Street, Leavenworth, KS 

Added Bonus: if you purchase an advance admission you'll receive a goodie bag filled with samples, a souvenir porcelain tasting cup, and be able to skip the huge ticket line. Those of you purchasing admission online will be able to register in advance for the tasting cafe session. These spots are limited and fill up fast! Last year I waited until the day of the festival to snag a spot and nearly missed out, so don't make the same mistake I did.

Disclosure

I am in no way affiliated with The Midwest Tea Festival, it's just a really cool event I'd like to see succeed. Upon my request I have been provided with a press pass for the event, admission for one guest, and samples from several of the vendors.

 

Tea Places - St. Louis Bubble Tea - Saint Louis, MO

Description:

St. Louis Bubble Tea provides a unique experience.  We are the first to offer authentic bubble teas in the St. Louis area.  We offer many different types of drinks, from milk teas and flavored teas to icy slushes and snows (smoothies), our menu has over 150 items to choose from!  We also offer a wide selection of food plates and snack items.  Fun atmosphere for all ages.  Visit us soon!  

Other Information:

Address: 12865 Olive Boulevard | St. Louis, MO 63141
Phone: 314.878.1668
Hours: Sunday noon - 8pm | Monday - Saturday 11am - 9pm (subject to change)

Review:

I worked across the street from Saint Louis Bubble Tea for almost 5 years and made this a weekly stop for lunch every Saturday. They have an area just inside the front door where you can sit around with friends and talk, or just wait for your order. They also have a few tables on the other side of the building, but I forgot to photograph them the last time I was in.

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The food is pretty standard Chinese food, but the crab rangoon is probably the second best in the STL area (Green China in St. Peters wins the gold). What I really love about the crab rangoon is that it is more savory than sweet and it has a lot of black pepper in it. I’ve never seen it made this way at any other place. The food portions here are very generous so you can split between 2-3 people depending how hungry you are. They give you a mountain of fried rice so it’s always a good thing to order when you’re splitting.

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The bubble tea menu is extensive and takes up most of the wall space behind the counter. Even as long as I’ve been a customer I still haven’t made it all the way though the menu.

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I've become a creature of habit lately so I've been ordering either the almond milk tea with boba or the lavender milk tea. As you can see from the menu they have a lot of choices, some are more tasty than others. A few might make you pause and ask why? There are some odd choices, but there is something for everyone.

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The building is pretty sad looking from the outside, but don’t use that as an excuse to not stop in. This is one of those hidden gems in St. Louis and I always make sure to stop in as soon as I get into town.

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My Rating: 95/100

Would I visit again? Absolutely! I try to stop by every time I'm in town since we don't have anything quite like it up where I'm living right now.

Friday food post delayed, instead we'll have a Tea Places review

This weekend my husband and I are going to be heading down to St. Louis, Missouri to help a friend of ours celebrate his 30th birthday properly. By properly I mean we're going to go see a STL Blues (hockey) game and have dinner at the Schlafly Tap Room. I can't think of a better way to celebrate turning 30, it's going to be a blast. Personally, I can't wait to catch up with friends I don't get to see very often and have some actual adult conversation. The latter can be hard to come by when you have a toddler, most of my day is spent talking gibberish and going to play-dates with other toddlers who also talk gibberish. That is, unless I'm in the kitchen coming up with tasty food for you to enjoy. 

Anyway...

Being that we live in Wisconsin and the weather up here this time of year can be unpredictable, we've decided to leave a few hours earlier than expected. Unfortunately, that means I won't have time to make the last few tweaks to the recipe I had planned on posting on Friday. I've been sick with the stomach flu this week, otherwise I wouldn't have waited until the last minute. What can I say, I'm a bit of a perfectionist and there is always one more thing I want to tweak. Being sick just threw off my whole schedule and this "just one more little tweak" thing is a bit of a sickness really... I'll try to be better about it in the following year. Please forgive me!

Hmmm... that sounded suspiciously like a New Year's resolution. That could mean that it is doomed to fail, we'll just have to wait and see, won't we?

I won't be leaving you without something to read, since I'll be in St. Louis I thought I would do a Tea Places review. I haven't done one of those since I went to Minneapolis in October for my 5th wedding anniversary and stopped by the Verdant Tea Bar and Tasting Room. This time I'll be reviewing St. Louis Bubble Tea in Creve Coeur, Missouri (a suburb of St. Louis for those of you who are unfamiliar with the area.) I've always thought that STL Bubble Tea was a really fun place to visit and despite the run down condition of the building, it really is a hidden gem. 

For now I'll leave you with a brief preview of the yummy treats they serve up. That is a photo of their almond milk tea with boba. Looks delicious, doesn't it?

And now I'm heading off to bed a little bit early (for me anyway), tomorrow is going to be a day full of fun things like doing laundry and packing. Make sure you check back on Friday for the review and I'll do my best to have the food post up early next week once I've recovered from a 13 hour round trip car ride with a toddler.