Tasting Notes: Nuttea Nut Mylk Tea

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Samuel Lee is almost vegan, but not quite.

“I can’t resist the taste of ice cream,” admits Lee, owner and operator of the first Nuttea Nut Mylk Tea franchise in Edmonton. “But I certainly try.”

Lee gets more opportunities to explore the possibility of going fully vegan with his new venture, a plant-based company that makes “mylk” from various nuts through cold pressing and baking. The drink that comes out of this process is then mixed with tea, coffee or fresh fruit for a refreshing drink. You can also enjoy it in flavors like avocado, mango, banh oatmeal or chocolate hazelnut.

Nuttea originated in Taiwan and expanded alongside Hong Kong, where Samuel grew up. You can now find it in seven countries, including Australia, the UK, Macau and multiple locations in Hong Kong.

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“I studied in Edmonton in my youth and then moved back here after being in Hong Kong for a while,” Lee says. “I’ve never been a businessman, but I decided to try it, and I wanted to do something without animal products.”

Lee is especially pleased that the shop is located in the old Strathcona Hotel at 8204 Gateway Blvd., a cozy little space just downstairs from Leopold’s Tavern.

“A friend of mine told me about this historic hotel and it’s so amazing,” he says. “It is an important milestone in the early history of Edmonton.

“I think people would love to see the building as much as they would buy one of our drinks.”

High Level Street Car Cask Series

With summer just around the corner, do you fancy a beer or two and a spectacular view?

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The Common provides that with their High Level Street Car Cask Series, which kicked off on May 12. The all-season series combines three winning elements: a few pints of cask ales, a beautiful view of Edmonton from a tram atop the High Level Bridge and some snacks for good measure. The whole is concluded on the return journey to The Common with a glass of beer at the end.

The second installment of the series is Thursday, May 26 with two limited-edition barrels courtesy of Town Square Brewing, plus food from FU’s Repair Shop. Tickets are $57.77, available on Eventbrite. You can choose the tour from 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM or the trip from 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Check the website of The Common for information about future tram dates; the series ends on October 20.

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