Have you tried boba tea?

Have you tried boba tea?

Skip the boba, go for the tea.

Yesterday we visited Fitz’s Root Beer in The Loop for the first time, and even though it was wet and rainy and too cold to explore, we did drive down the street for a quick peek and I have to say that it looks like a really magical place. Maybe it’s not as incredible as Haight-Ashbury, but it’s still pretty awesome, with hippy stores, fun food shops, the amazing Moonrise space-themed hotel, and something that caught my eye as we were leaving—a bubble tea shop!

Bubble tea is something that I’ve always wanted to try but have never had the opportunity. We don’t have any bubble tea shops nearby where I live (though my small town is rapidly becoming bigger and more commercialized, I must sadly say) and I have had “Try bubble tea” on my list of things to do before I turn 30 all year. I only have about a month left to finish this list, so I asked my husband to stop the car so we could grab some bubble tea.

I asked for the most iconic flavor available—I am always the annoying person who asks, “What are you famous for? What’s the most authentic thing on your menu?” and I will eat that before ordering something I know I will love just to try something new—and the man working there gave me a million different options. I could have spent all day seeking a flavor, but the meter was running and we’re not used to parking meters, so we had to hurry!

I ordered a boba milk tea with boba tapioca pearls at the bottom and a lychee slushie. It was hard to decide on both and the three of us decided to split them all in the car on the way home. The slushie wasn’t bad; the lychee flavor reminded me of a sort-of-bitter lime margarita at my favorite Mexican restaurant. The boba tea wasn’t bad, either; it was like a sweet, slightly chocolate-y milk. But the boba pearls themselves were awful!

They are like black gummy balls without flavor, so they would be awesome if they just had flavor. I thought I knew what I was getting because I get boba at our local frozen yogurt place, but apparently those are quite different, bursting with fruit juice and not gummy at all. I probably should have listened to the guy when he offered me a sample to try, but I thought I knew what I was ordering. Typical me!

Overall, I think the experience was a pretty positive one, and I would love to go back to the bubble tea shop sometime and try even more flavors, as well as the interesting list of snacks they featured. What new eats have you tried this year? I think I’ll be adding something Russian to my list of things to do before 31…