Help -- Bubble Tea or Chinese Bakeries in Connecticut?
- Ray Oct 26, 2004 11:43 AM
Need help -- I love Bubble tea but I don't know anyone who sells it in CT.
I'm also looking for Chinese pastries, esp. Moon Cakes or sweet bean cakes -- will travel to anywhere in CT.
I've never had bubble tea, but I'd love to try it. Prompted by your message, I searched around the web and found a review on Roadfood.com of Greenwich Coffee in Cheshire. They carry bubble tea. I remember driving by it a month or so ago on my way to a fair. The building looks like it's a former 7-eleven or other convenience outlet. Check out Michael Stern's review below.
re: Chris M
Bubble tea is just flavored tea mixed w/ milk or powdered creamer and has these large tapioca pearls in them which you suck through a large straw.
The first time I had it was in NJ and it just knocked my socks off. It comes in a variety of somewhat artificial fruit flavors as well as black, red and green teas and also comes in blended fruit smoothies a new concoction folling the trend) in NYC.
It's really good -- if that place in Chesire has it, you should try it.
re: Chris M
Greenwich Coffee in Cheshire is fine, but what is odd is that their bubble teas are blended frozen drinks and what is amusing is that they charge extra for the 'bubbles'. A Dong Market and Pho Boston, both in the Shield Street Plaza in Elmwood, make very good bubble teas. A Dong also has a decent selection of bakery items.
I'd be surprised if there wasn't a boba joint somewhere in West Hartford, even if only in the back of an Asian grocery. Also, a few years ago, I had a passable boba in New Haven, served from a street cart at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas. I believe the cart is regularly parked near the Medical School, but I don't know whether it is regularly stocked with boba.
My wife and I toyed with the idea of opening a hip boba bar in New Haven a few years back, but nothing came of it. I think Lollicup or Tapioca Express or one of those West Coast chains would do a brisk business in any Eastern college town. No-brainer for Starbucks to at least give it a shot in the right areas.
Ivy Noodle on Broadway in New Haven has bubble tea and lots of hip Asian (and non-Asian, too) college students drinking it. Also has extremely cheap Chinese food with soups and noodles. Diner atmosphere.
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