Wow! It has been a week since launch day already? I can’t believe it. I can say that the first week of Foreign Taste Buds existence has been very successful. I am so anxious and excited to see what community I discover throughout my adventures.Now that Foreign Taste Buds has been established, I plan to have a consistent posting schedule. Mondays are for travel, Wednesdays are for tea, and Fridays obviously need to be reserved for treats!

This past weekend has been full of foodie adventures! I gratefully got to explore a few tea shops and cafes in the Federal Way (and surrounding) area!

First stop on my weekend adventure was to pick up our pottery that we painted for valentines day. As mentioned in my valentines day post, I noticed that there was a tea shop right next door that I vowed to take a peak at. And if you are an Instagram follower, you saw that I found the cutest tea shop in Sumner while having breakfast with a friend earlier in the week. Well they are the same company!! I was so surprised and excited when I realized that it was the exact same company, just a different location. Tea Madame is ranked #2 in the state of Washington on Teamap–I can see why! Between the owner and her abundance of tea knowledge and her excitement to share her high quality tea, and the actual location-it is one of my new favorite tea shops.  When I ended up at the location in Lakewood, I had Rodney with me…we went a little tea crazy to say the least.

Next up, we ended up at a local cafe that had some fun flavored items. Cafe Noir is located in Federal Way, in a plaza that could be an adventure in itself. Being the person that I am, I wanted to get something that I know I couldn’t get just anywhere. So, I decided on a Sweet Potato Steamer and a Sweet Potato Waffle Sundae. The steamer was so yummy and tasted just like a sweet potato pie. On the other side of the table (yes, Rodney’s side), the sweet potato waffle sundae was so interesting that WE couldn’t keep our forks off of it. It started with a nice and fluffy waffle, a thick layer of what seemed like mashed sweet potato, a hefty scoop of vanilla ice cream, then topped with a dollop of whipped cream, sprinkle of cinnamon and drizzle of honey. I know, it sounds like a mouth full- and it was! And of course the best part of Cafe Noir in my opinion is there wide variety of Tea Forte teas! Although I wasn’t in the mood for a hot cup of tea at the moment (shocking, right?) I did insist on taking a sachet to go.  I decided on Tea Forte’s Honey Yuzu green tea (watch out for a future tea tasting post!) All in all, I will definitely be returning to Cafe Noir to try their shaved ice and multi-grain frappuccino!

By the end  of the night, I had to get some grocery shopping done. I decided to make a much needed stop at Marlene’s Market for all of my part-time vegan needs. Not only did I grab my usually necessities, but I also found a fun cookie-in-a-cup product. And of course, it would not be a trip to Marlene’s Market if I didn’t stop in the tea aisle. This time around I was specifically looking for a tea that I have been eye-balling for years now. Republic of Tea’s Sonoma Cabernet Iced Tea has caught my eye ever since the day it popped up in my email. But, with the many teas that I tend to buy from Republic of Tea initially, I just never get around to grabbing this one. But this time, I am in the market for a tea that will further inspire a recipe that I am looking into- any maybe even be a perfect pairing!( Watch out for this fun recipe coming this Friday!) Unfortunately, I did not find it, but I am still on the hunt. If you know where I can find it in store in WA, let me know!

This past weekend was fun to say the least, and I can’t wait to explore more places and discover more bakeries and tea houses! Do you have a favorite bakery in your town? Let me know in the comments so I can add it to my foodie bucket list! To be a part of the action during my adventures, you can follow me on Snapchat @ ForeignTasteBud. Leave your snapchat names in the comments so I can see where you’re wandering!


Love, Tauti