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Cheesecake Cream Teas Exist And Panda Express Is Serving Them At These Exclusive Locations

It’s been a minute since we saw something pop up from Panda Express, but delicious things come to those who wait. And for those who have been clock watching, Panda’s latest addition to their summer menu is what they’re calling Cheesecake Cream Tea.

Cheese Tea is already a widely popular trend in countries like China and Thailand, and select tea houses in the United States have begun offering the rich beverage.

However, this will be the first time a major chain like Panda Express puts their own spin on it. If it’s anything like the original beverage, Panda’s Cheesecake Cream Tea will have some sort of thick whipping cream made from milk and some variety of cheese. The company describes that it will have a sweet, velvety taste.

Tea flavors include your choice of cheesecake foam over Milk Tea, Green Tea, or Black Tea.

The Cheesecake Cream Teas will be available now through Aug. 27 exclusively at Panda + Tea and the chain’s Innovation Kitchen in Pasadena, CA. While you’re there, I highly recommend pairing it with a bing wrap filled with Orange Chicken. It’s essentially an Orange Chicken Burrito.

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Exclusive Panda Express Spots Are Serving Orange Chicken Burritos, Here’s Where To Find Them

A while back, folks lost it when Panda Express released an Orange Chicken “Burrito” at their Innovation Kitchen in Pasadena, CA.

The fast-casual Chinese food chain recently opened a new Panda Express + Tea Bar near our stomping grounds so we decided to swing by and grab some burritos for ourselves.

Though in actuality a “Chinese Bing” or wrap, the item effectively acts as a burrito with a thin scallion pancake acting as the tortilla. While essentially having the same core ingredients as a tortilla, there are some noticeable differences in the taste of the scallion pancake.

Panda’s new item didn’t stop at Orange Chicken. The bing acted as a canvas for us to create the most intricate of burritos, combining a plethora of different meats, starches, and sauces in a hefty wrap.

We even threw a double dose of the restaurant’s new Five Flavor Shrimp into a bing.

The Panda Express + Tea Bar, outside of the original Innovation Kitchen, is one of three restaurants that serve the “burrito” to patrons. You can’t find the item at just any Panda Express. Trust us, we’ve tried.

If burritos aren’t your thing, the Panda Express + Tea Bar also serves customizable salads — an item that isn’t offered at regular Panda Express locations.

Peep our salad diet:

Nice, right?

The Tea Bar portion of the restaurant lives up to it’s actual name. Customers can choose from a variety of different milk teas and fruit teas from the tea bar menu. Drinks are either pre-made for those who are in a hurry, or you can have a drink made to order. Beverages can be customized with add-ons like tapioca pearls, lychee jelly, aloe vera, and chia seeds.

A word of caution for new patrons, however: make sure to take in the entire menu upon your first visit. Whatever you decide to order will fill you up for the rest of the day.

Items like the Orange Chicken “Burrito,” salads, and milk teas can be found at Panda Express + Tea Bar locations (Hacienda Heights, Monterey Park, and Westwood) as well as the original Panda Express Innovation Kitchen located in Pasadena, CA.

Also, be sure to check out our Foodbeast Podcast to hear more about the burrito!

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Starbucks Reaches Teavana With New Tea Bar

Teavanna bar
Starbucks hopes to do for tea what it’s done for coffee with the debut of its first teahouse, Teavana Fine Teas + Tea Bar.

Located in the Upper East Village, the chain’s first step outside the coffee world is described by CEO Howard Schultz as being the complete opposite of the Starbucks cafes we know and love. “The difference between a Starbucks coffee shop and a Teavana teahouse “is like night and day, it’s much more zen-like than anything you’ll find in a Starbucks store.”

Other differences between the two shops include the fact that you can order a shaken iced tea at your favorite Starbucks but don’t expect to find a grande caramel macchiato at Teavana, the tea bar doesn’t sell any coffee.

The Tea Bar couldn’t look or feel more different than it’s coffee pushing counterpart. Adorned with warm colors, mood lighting and a wall of loose leaf teas, Teavana aims to appeal to customer’s comfort, inviting them to sit and savor their order.

Teavanna Cafe Snacks
With a wide array of gourmet menu items Teavana’s prices are a bit steeper than what Starbucks customers are used to. Featuring dishes such as Lemongrass Ginger Chicken Rice Balls and Roasted Butternut Squash Strata prices can be upwards of $14.95 for their most expensive salad to $3.95 for standard baked goods such as scones. Tea lattes start at about $5.95 which is about $1 more than your favorite venti Starbucks drink.

Starbucks hopes to break into the tea industry with its new Teavana Bars with plans to open at least 1,000 more tea bars in the next 5-10 years. These specialty tea bars shouldn’t compete with existing Starbucks stores as most tea drinkers strictly stick to their loose leaf beverage of choice.

Seattle is said to be the future home of Teavana Fine Teas + Tea Bar’s second nationwide location.

H/T + PicThx USA Today