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Teaquation expanding to Palo Alto

Uploaded: Dec 20, 2017
Of-age fans of Redwood City cafe Teaquation's tea-based drinks, rejoice: They will be available as alcoholic cocktails at a new Palo Alto location opening next year.

Teaquation owner Mercedes Mapua has taken over 115 Hamilton Ave., the former home of Spot A Pizza Place. The pizzeria closed in November.

About half of the menu at Teaquation No. 2 will be different from the Redwood City cafe, Mapua said. There will still be drinks from made from fresh-steeped tea, fruits and homemade ingredients, such as the "Scandal" (hibiscus and black tea with grapes, grapefruit and lemon) and the "Orange is the New Black" (Thai tea topped with housemade honey, coconut, sea salt and whipped cream), but also ones with beer and wine. Look for sorbet with champagne or sangria. Mapua also plans to serve "really good, hard-to-find Italian wines."


Above: Teaquation' take on Thai iced tea. Photo courtesy Mercedes Mapua.

Food-wise, there will be a wide range: toasts, gourmet hot dogs, housemade macarons and other "brunch-ish style food," she said.

Mapua, a former designer for technology companies, opened Teaquation in 2016. The concept, though originally sans alcohol, was inspired by the concept of mixology, she said at the time.

"The idea behind mixology is to keep customers' palates dancing between two or three tastes -- sweet, tart, maybe bitter," she said. 

Mapua said she aims to open more Teaquation locations down the line.

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