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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

You're In For A Treat

Dear friends,

Today I will tell you about one of my lovely findings, here in Krakow. Three years ago, when I started walking around and visiting places and experiencing new things in this beautiful city, I bumped into BoboQ Polska. If you ever were once in Krakow, or for a matter of fact in Poland, and you never heard of them I must say that would be a huge loss. They do a yum yum drink named "Bubble Tea".  At first I was extremely skeptical but then, hey! I always like to try something new so I gave it a go. Well, dear friends, until this day I am still very much in love with this drink :) 
Bubble tea, also known as pearl milk tea or boba milk tea, is a Taiwanese tea-based drink invented in Taichung, Taiwan, during the 1980s. The term "bubble" is an Anglicized imitative form derived from the Chinese bōbà (波霸), meaning "large", slang for the large, chewy tapioca balls commonly added to the drink. These are (粉圓, fěnyuán), also called "pearls" (珍珠, zhēnzhū). Most bubble tea recipes contain a tea base mixed with fruit or milk. Ice-blended versions are usually mixed with fruit or syrup, resulting in a slushy consistency. There are many variants of the drinks, and many kinds of types are used and ingredients added. The most popular bubble drinks are bubble milk tea with tapioca and bubble milk green tea with tapioca.
Pick and choose :)
Bubble teas are typically of two distinct types: fruit-flavored teas and milk teas. However, some shops offer hybrid "fruit milk teas". Most milk teas include powdered dairy or non-dairy creamers, but some shops also offer fresh milk as an alternative. Other varieties are 100% crushed-fruit smoothies with tapioca pearls and signature ice cream shakes made from local ice cream sources. Many American bubble tea vendors sell "milk smoothies", which are similar to bubble tea but do not contain any tea ingredients. Some small cafés offer sweetener substitutes, such as honey, agave, stevia, and aspartame, upon special request.
Location, location, location...
The oldest known bubble tea consisted of a mixture of hot Taiwanese black tea, small tapioca pearls (粉圓), condensed milk, and syrup (糖漿) or honey. Many variations were created, the most common of which is served cold rather than hot. The tea type is frequently replaced. First was bubble green tea, which uses jasmine-infused green tea (茉香綠茶) instead of black tea. Big tapioca pearls (波霸/黑珍珠) were adapted and quickly replaced the small pearls. Peach or plum flavoring appeared, then more fruit flavors were added until, in some variations, the tea was removed entirely in favor of real fruit. These fruit versions sometimes contain colored pearls (and/or "jelly cubes" as in the related drink taho), the color chosen to match whatever fruit juice is used. Flavors may be added in the form of powder, fruit juice, pulp, or syrup to hot black or green tea, which is then shaken in a cocktail shaker or mixed with ice in a blender. Cooked tapioca pearls and other mix-ins (such as vanilla extract, honey, syrup, and sugar) are added at the end.
Now there are many places now who sell this particular type of drink - at least here in Poland, in Krakow. But my personal fav still remains the one located in Galeria Krakowska, ground floor, right in the middle of the Galeria. The company is names BoboQ Polska and you can find them on Facebook ;) or on their Online Internet Page. The product is typical vegan/vegetarian and it is done really quick, in front of your own eyes and you get to pick the ingredients ;) You can choose the base: either yoghurt, milk, green tea or black tea. After that you add the flavour - I prefer lichee all the time! And at the end you choose the bubbles :) as many as you would like! I rather like to ask for all the bubble flavours except tapioca and coffee... I feel like those are too weird and mushy and sticky for my taste, but who knows?! maybe you may like them! In Krakow you can find BoboQ only there but they have different shops in different cities and this is a franchise so if you wish to open up a similar place, you can give it a go ;)
As a plus, they have Freebee program as well :) just like Shake & Bake. If you know not what FreeBee is and what it does and if you live in Poland - or especially in Krakow - I suggest you have a look at their site. It is a fidelity program that allows one to accumulate points when shopping, and being able - later on - to buy products from those points. Hey! even my gym I am going to has this ;) Manufaktura Zdrowia allows one to buy products/services and get points from that! Maybe one day I will tell you about the gym as well ;) So what say you? Will you give it a go and try the Bubble Tea? Or have you tried it yet? What did you think of it? I, for one, each time I pop one of those bubbles I have a huge smile on my face and feel like a child :)

** This post was made out of love for popping bubbles. I was not repayed in any way and all the opinions are my very own, straight from the heart! **
Yours truly,
A Bubble Tea Fan LadyBug