I saw pumpkin spice chocolate covered pretzels while shopping the other weekend and was inspired to make my own. I didn’t want them to be too orange because it didn’t seem as appealing to eat, so I made mine a very light orange, which barely shows in the photos.

In person though, the white chocolate coating is quite pretty, almost like a very light creamsicle color.

Despite Tea Station always being full of customers, I’ve never really been a fan. I find the drinks to be overpriced (about $1 more than any other tea place), the food to be just so-so, and the service to be pretty bad.

I used to visit mainly because I was dragged there by friends. It’s been a long time since I’ve paid a visit, but I decided to try again because I was craving the brick toast which I used to enjoy, and the honey toast I recently had at Up 2 You Cafe was disappointing.

To avoid the crowds, we went to the Mira Mesa location.

We started with a round of tea drinks. Tea Station does have a huge selection, with pages upon pages full of tea options.

Milk tea with boba

One thing I do like about Tea Station is that they are always one of the first places to adopt trends from Taiwan. For example, they were one of the first in San Diego to offer mango snow ice after it became really popular in Taiwan a few years back. And on this visit I noticed that Tea Station now offers an option to choose different sugar levels for the tea drinks, a customization I really like that was offered at all the tea places in Taiwan I went to last Fall.

However, even though they offer different sugar levels for your drink, the problem is that the regular level was way way way too sweet. So even a reduced sugar level wasn’t much healthier, but more like the regular sugar levels at other tea places.

Milk Slush with pudding, caramel and boba

This has been one of my favorite drinks at Half & Half, a tapioca tea chain in LA, so I was curious to try the one here. It’s also a good option for those who don’t like tea beverages as this one only has sweetened milk. I actually enjoyed this one, though not as much as the one at Half & Half.

Sticking with the classics, I recently made one of our favorite pumpkin recipes: soft pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. These cookies are soft and cakey with a hint of cinnamon.

It’s like combining pumpkin bread with cookies and getting both in one bite.