When one suddenly begins to desire an Oreo slush, but then is immediately conflicted with thoughts of an iced macchiato, concoctions such as the following may arise: Oreo-Coffee Chiller/Slush.
While I wanted to flavours to mix slightly for a caffeinated chocolate-y taste, I still wanted to be able to clearly distinguish between the elements within the drink. By utilizing the difference in the densities of the two drinks, two somewhat distinct layers were created: a bottom one consisting of slightly sweetened iced coffee, and the top an icy, creamy Oreo slush. (More photos can be found HERE under Miscellaneous Food Adventures.)
Remember the post on my last visit? Well, it was the same waitress. But things were much different this time: she seemed a lot less lost, and was even training a new girl.
Green Grotto has also recently updated their menu, now including combos and providing additional details on specific dishes. But unlike Bubble Republic, these updates are not posted on their Facebook page, meaning that customers can't actually view the menu until they arrive in-store.
I ordered their top-selling rice dish, the Minced Pork on Rice, and made it into a combo with a Taro Milk Tea with Brown Sugar Agar. (The updated menu had also listed Coffee Agar as one of their topping choices, but I was told that they did not have that in the store as yet.). Up-sizing to a large drink would have cost an additional dollar, which is pretty reasonable in my opinion. Though I wasn't too parched at the time and just decided to stick to a small-sized beverage.
Asking for less sugar, the taro milk tea was less taro than I had expected. Though then again, I don't think I've tried a taro-flavoured milk tea for a good four or five years, and really can't be one to judge. The Brown Sugar Agar was pretty unique: it had a "springy" feel to it and allowed for a good, subtly sweet chew.
The Minced Pork on Rice also proved to be a tasty meal.
Other visuals from this week include a Lemon/Peach Chiller w/ Lemon Jelly and Green Apple Jelly and a package of Oreos. I must confess that I may have gotten a bit too excited when Shoppers had a $1.99 sale on Oreos last week. This sale included the Original Oreos, Golden Oreos, and the 30% Less Fat Oreos, and I ended up leaving the store with 2 packs of the Original, 1 pack of the 30% Less Fat (though I would've purchased more of this variation of there had been stock left), and 1 pack of the Golden Oreo. I am very sad to announce that this will be my last pack of Oreos for a while (/sigh).
Though there was nothing like this on the menu, the cashier said that a similar-tasting beverage could be made using a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino as a base, and then adding espresso shots and a drizzle of the Maple syrup. I had actually forgot my wallet at home and didn't realize this until it was my turn to order. But instead of wasting the 5 minutes I had already spent waiting in line, I quickly pulled up the Starbucks app on my phone to pay. (Thank God, or rather the inventors of smartphones, for such convenient technology!)
Regular visitors of this blog may recall that I had previously ranted about a girl with an extremely sarcastic and condescending attitude working at cash one Monday afternoon. As someone that works in customer service myself, I understand that standing for extended periods of time (with no breaks in between) and having to deal with a long line of picky customers isn't fun. But it is the duty of customer service reps to ensure that customers are always treated with courtesy and respect, regardless of the rep's emotional state at the time.
The barista that made my considerably pricey Frappuccino was less smiley than Josh though. She was extremely speedy in making my drink, and expressionlessly slid her finished creation to me when she was done. I had noticed that she had put the Maple syrup drizzle on the inside of the cup instead of on top of the whipped cream, thus I asked her to drizzle some on top. Being the lazy person she was, though, she did not lift the lid up. Instead, she proceeded to squeeze the syrup bottle and dispense a quarter-sized pool on top of the whipped cream instead. As the syrups started to pile up, I realized that she had been holding the tube for approximately four seconds already. "Uhh, I think that's enough." I said, to which she responded by placing the syrup bottle down and shoving the drink my way without even cracking a smile before stepping aside to prepare the next customer's order.
And this is the reason why patient customer service reps deserve a shoutout.