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Boba Tea

audreyann Jul 22, 2006 03:28 PM

I am coming back to Boston after two years in Los Angeles, where boba tea shops are on almost every block in much of the city - I've grown addicted. Has this wonderful drink found its way to Boston yet?

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    audreyann Jul 26, 2006 09:56 PM

    Thank you all so much for your ideas! I now feel confident in my boba options in Boston ...

    1. gini Jul 24, 2006 12:27 PM

      Rainbow Cafe in Chinatown makes a good almond slushi boba. Sorry, don't know what the actual name would be.

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        hargau Jul 23, 2006 09:07 PM

        Well I tried the ChinaTown Eatery Juice bar today. Hard to judge as I think I picked a flavor that I just dont like. I got a Lychee Ice w/ Boba. It was very sweet and tasted like perfume! She did use real (canned)lychee fruit. One thing I didnt like is they give it to you in a plain old styrofoam cup w/ lid. I really like to be able to see the boba pearls in a clear cup. (and move my straw around accordingly)

        Next id like to try Bao Bao Bakery seems alot of people were going there.

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          cavedwellers Jul 23, 2006 05:29 PM

          One I really like is Tapicha (http://www.bobafind.com/Tapicha-s488.... ), in the Porter Exchange building. They give you a little stamp card; buy 10 drinks, get 1 free.

          I still mourn for the fallen Cassava Boba Lounge (boba + crepes + panini + WiFi). RIP.

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            Dib Jul 23, 2006 10:21 PM

            Tapicha uses flavored syrups instead of real fruit--I was disappointed in my lychee boba.

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              pamalamb Jul 24, 2006 12:27 PM

              I love the lychee boba there. Everyone at Tapicha is so friendly.

              I also enjoy going to the Boston Tea Stop in Harvard. They have lots of interesting flavors (rose is my favorite there) and a large variety of mochi ice cream as well.

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              maillard Jul 25, 2006 04:06 PM

              I loved the people at Tapicha and the fact that they had a stamp card, but my tea tasted dusty(?!) and I have not been back.

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                tastinglife Jul 27, 2006 08:07 PM

                The people at Tapicha are friendly, but I'd definately choose Boston Tea Stop. The teas are better, there's places to sit and games and wifi. They offer tea, milk tea, slush, snow and juice. They also have dumplings and mochi. Another advantage is their hours. Tapicha seems to be open when they want to be (I've gone a few times during normal hours to find them closed), Boston Tea Stop is open until at least midnight every night!

                Also, I second the rose tea recommendation. Good stuff!

              2. limster Jul 22, 2006 07:23 PM

                My picks are the one in Chinatwon Eatery (the little group of stalls upstairs on the corner Beach and Harrison in Chinatown) and Infusions on Brighton Ave in Allston.

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                  hargau Jul 22, 2006 07:31 PM

                  Im going to dimsum tomorrow, I may have to try that one in the eatery!

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                    Baiye Jul 22, 2006 08:13 PM

                    I second the Juice Bar in the Eatery.

                    This afternoon I had a mango boba, made fresh from mango chunks and lots of nice, squishy pearls. It was great!

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                    psc109 Jul 25, 2006 07:15 PM

                    I 2nd Infusions.

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                      Dave MP Jul 26, 2006 11:29 PM

                      Infusions is definitely my favorite place for bubble tea in Boston....I think their boba is always the perfect texture (never too slimy or too hard) and their tea is excellent. I don't really like their slushes, although some of my friends do, and they don't really have any juices at all. If you want juice with boba, head elsewhere (like Rainbow Cafe in Chinatown) or the place in the Chinatown Eatery, like Limster said.

                      Dave MP

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                    co from tx Jul 22, 2006 04:10 PM

                    there are a few boba offerings in harvard square. both tealuxe and dado tea offer pearls as an adjunct to their normal tea menus. it's been awhile since i've had these, but i remember the texture of the boba as not ideal (a bit dry in the middle), which is a shame. i would like to have pearls in actual tea.

                    if you're like me, and are also happy to drink the crazily sweet 'tea' at most boba shops, i think boston tea stop's boba are just the right squishiness. it's also too expensive, at around $3.50, but i still go when i'm missing the shops on sawtelle.

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                      hargau Jul 22, 2006 03:33 PM

                      Yes you can get it at several places in Chinatown.

                      Also there is a place in the 88 food court. (perhaps a chain you are familiar with from CA)

                      Some other random spots around.

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