It's the day after Thanksgiving. I know, you're still stuffed. Which is why I'm bringing you a caffeinated beverage to help get you moving along from Trytophan to Tapioca Tea.
Introducing the Boba Truck. If you haven't heard of Boba before, it's a specialty Taiwanese drink. Sometimes referred to as Bubble or Tapioca Pearls, they basically taste like rounded honey gummy bears. Not sure if any nutritional value is associated with them, but the drink as a whole is fun to sip (and chew).
- you can really taste the floral 'n earl grey notes, milky smooth Cherry Blossom Premium Milk Tea ($4)
I must admit, the Boba Truck was my first sampling of a Boba Tea. To be honest, the thought of gummy Tapioca Balls shooting up a straw while I'm trying to swallow tea kinda frightened me. (Does it come with the heimlich? Afraid not.) But after jumping over the hurdle, it actually turned out to be a unique experience with incredibly flavored tea too – tapioca ball or not.
Now Earl Grey is my favorite tea, so I was disappointed they were out of it when it was time to order. But they had such a great mix of other exotic teas – Japan Barley Green, French Rose Black, Fuji Apple Black, Taro Milk, Pomegranate, and more ($3.50-4) – that I was excited to try something new.
After the server showed me all the bottled tea leave options, she recommended her personal favorite, Cherry Blossom Milk. It blew my mind way more than I thought it would. I'm not such a huge lover of floral teas like Jasmine and Lavender because they impart a bitterness too much like drinkable perfume. But this Cherry Blossom was anything but. It was sweet in all the right places, yet balanced with my favorite Oil of Bergamot essence found in Earl Grey tea. And the black Tapioca Pearls had a faint Kahlua, Coffee-like flavor on top of sweet Honey Maple.
Happy Black / Food Truck Friday biters!– now go order one short 'n sweet. Follow @thebobatruck to track 'em down.