All Stirred Up
- 6650 S. Westnedge Avenue
- Portage, MI 49024
- (269) 321-0992
- No Online Menu
Shopping is just easier during the week. J and I attempted to go to the mall over the weekend, but it’s just too frustrating. We went back today after she got off work and got a lot more done without the headache of running in to people.
While we were there on Saturday, I pointed out that a kiosk near the escalators had bubble tea (if you’re not familiar with the drink, I linked the Wikipedia article….easier than me trying to explain it). I didn’t think J was a fan, but she said she has sort of been craving it since I pointed it out to her. Since we had to head back to the mall anyway, we ventured out to find her tea.
All Stirred Up is on the lower level of Crossroads Mall near the elevator. It’s a drink stand that specializes in coffee, smoothies, and teas. To my surprise, All Stirred Up is actually a local company. They roast all their own beans right here in Kalamazoo. They call themselves a “drinks bistro.”
Even though the mall was fairly empty, there was a little bit of a line. There was only one person working behind the counter, so she had to both take orders and make the drinks. I’m really not interested in any of the drinks, but a few months ago, J was introduced to Bubble Tea after seeing it on a Food Network show. We found a place in East Lansing that specialized in it and checked it out one day while shopping in downtown East Lansing. I didn’t think she really liked it, but I guess I was wrong.
When we got up to the front of the line, J ordered a regular iced chai tea with bubbles in it. The lady working went to work on putting together and shaking up the chai tea in a drink shaker. She then pulled the “bubbles” out of another bin and put a couple scoops in the bottom of a plastic cup. She then poured the chai tea on top of the bubbles which gave her a little problem when trying to put the top on. She didn’t take into account the added volume from the bubbles and overfilled the glass a little. After a few minutes, she was able to dump enough out to get the top on right.
Here’s the only spot that All Stirred Up differs from a traditional bubble tea. Usually the top of the glass is vacuum sealed with a plastic cellophane that you have to poke through with a straw with a large opening. All Stirred Up takes the other route and uses the dome-shaped plastic lid.
The drink cost just under four bucks. Personally, I don’t see the appeal. To me, the bubbles look like little fish eggs in the drink. I’m not a huge tea drinker anyway. I don’t mind chai tea, but it’s not something I drink on my own. J loves the stuff though and seemed to really like this version of the bubble tea. Last time she tried it, she didn’t drink/eat half of the bubbles. This time, the glass was empty when she got done.
All Stirred Up has a lot to offer in such a little space at the mall. Had I not checked out the website, I would have assumed they were just another mall drink shop, but I would have assumed wrong. We don’t shop at the mall all that often, but we may be making more trips for J. All Stirred Up delivered a bubble tea that she actually liked better than the place that specialized in the weird drink.