So my husband and I became slightly (completely) obsessed with matcha tea for the past 3 years. It was to the point where we ended up buying different 'ceremonial' grade matcha just to see which one we liked the most. I have to say, my taste is definitely different than his as he prefers the earthy flavors. It's not wonder, since he also drinks his coffee black. Meanwhile, I love to marry my matcha with other flavors and try to see what magical concoctions I can create! I prefer things just a tad bit sweeter :)
And since the weather in socal has dipped to lows Connie and I can't even take, I decided it would be a good time to warm up with my favorite matcha flavored things. Here's a list of date night tries if you're in LA:
1. California Donut Matcha Green Tea... Donut
This combines two things that bring me that happy, cozy, food-addiction feeling: donuts and matcha. It's located in the heart of Koreatown and well worth the trek. It's in this pretty unimpressive shopping lot, but most amazing things are hidden like a diamond in the rough. Parking is pretty terrible so I'd bring a buddy so one of you can drive around the block and the other can run in and grab your goodies LOL.
2. Pretty much everything at SIP in Westwood
This place makes me so happy every time I pass by it. My husband hasn't tried it yet, but it's definitely the next date night activity. There's a historical movie theater nearby, THE FOX, and SIP is a great place to hit up afterwards for snacks and a delicious matcha drink. This place caters to the adventurous matcha connoisseur as it has hot and cold drinks that are mixed with untraditional flavors like blueberry, aloe, and even chocolate! I personally enjoy the aloe matcha as I just enjoy the taste and the healing properties.
On top of that, SIP has these delicious sushi burrito type items called the ONIMATCHA. It's a super delicious seaweed wrapped rice ball with filling. My favorite is the salmon:) What I also like about SIP is that it's mission is pretty clear. They don't skimp on the good stuff. Here's a whole list of reasons why they're so particular about the type of macha they use: https://www.wearesip.com/matcha101/
3. Shaved Ice Cream at Blockheads
Yes, it totally looks wierd and spaghetti-like, but this shaved ice matcha green tea is MY FAVORITE. It's got a very subtle taste, so if you want something really punchy, you're barking up the wrong tree. However, if you want a hint of matcha with some delcious asian condiments, Blockheads is the right place for you. During the summertime, this place has a line out the door almost constantly. The portions also seem pretty ridiculous, but trust me... you'll finish it. The shaved ice just looks more intimidating than it really is lol. On top of that, they have a plethora of goodies you can add on top it. I highly, highly recommend their rice balls. YUMMMM
4. The Green Tea Monster Pancakes at Bea Bea's
And, ya know, if Friday date night doesn't work out there's always Saturday morning brunch to get you going:) This is so decadent. I mean it's made with green tea marscapone, white chocolate chips, and whipped cream. Need I say more???
5. And if it's raining like it has been lately, then you can always make your own matcha tea and cuddle at home!
All you need is some ceremonial grade matcha powder, a bamboo whisk, and a tea bowl! If you're looking for a starter kit, we recommend this: https://www.matchaeologist.com/products/brewing-kit
Happy Friday, everyone!!
Soma & Ulte