I am a big fan of boba. I love enjoying a bubble tea with my family and friends and trying out the different flavors of tea and coffee with the chewy tapioca pearls. With LA County still having a Safer at Home order however; trips to the boba shop are a bit more sparse. Thankfully though I can still get my boba fix via C Tea Shop’s Boba Kits!
I first discovered C Tea Shop when they partnered with my one of my favorite IG boba buddies; Bitsy Boba. Bitsy Boba along with with So Cali Boba and C Tea Shop came together for one of Bitsy Boba’s 12 Day of Boba Giveaways. I was one of the lucky winners of Day 8 and the prize pack included C Tea Shop’s Original Boba Kit and 2 of Bitsy Boba’s heart straws.
Being a boba lover; I was so happy to receive this box of happiness! Inside the boba kit was Tapioca Boba package, Coconut Milk Tea Powder, Taro Milk Tea Powder, Vanilla Milk Tea Powder and Black Milk Tea Powder.
I was soon off to making boba at home. The process was fun and quite easy! In a nutshell in consisted of adding tapioca to boiling water, mixing in brown sugar or honey with tapioca and then blending the flavor mixtures with milk. In less than 25 minutes I had myself a lovely and refreshing boba treat right at home.
My favorite boba creation was the Taro Boba Tea. Taro is one of my go-to boba flavors and so I was super excited to try this flavor at home. C Tea Shop definitely did not disappoint with their taro flavor and their boba balls. The taro itself had a nice sweet and nutty flavor. The boba was chewy and soft. Together; the taro tea and boba came together for the perfect drink at home. The drink was very much comparable to some of my favorite boba drinks that I’ve had at some of the local cafes.
Another boba creation I enjoyed was the Coconut Boba Tea! Ooh I was such a fan of this. It gave me the all the tropical feels and made me feel like I was at a beach in Hawaii.
It’s so exciting to be my own Bobarista. I can’t believe how quick and easy it was to make my favorite boba drinks at the comfort of my home. I am super excited to be making more boba drinks in the comfort of my own kitchen. C Tea Shop’s boba kits have so many different flavors. My first kit had four flavors but there’s actually plenty more that C Tea Shop has to offers There’s Almond, Black Tea, Black Rose, Coconut, Thai, Taro and Matcha.
I also really loved using the cute and colorful boba straws from Bitsy Boba! The reusable boba straws add a bit more fun and color to the drink! They’re perfect for drinking these tasty drinks.
It’s no secret that I love coffee cafes and I also love boba. I was thus happy to hear about Cafe Pruvia; a lovely new cafe spot that specializes in both coffee and boba. Cafe Pruvia just opened up this May 2020 in Pacific Square in Gardena, California. Behind the cafe are three brothers from Manhattan Beach; Tyler, Kyle, and Cody Nakazaki. Tyler, Kyle and Cody wanted to have a spot that would cater to both boba lovers and coffee lovers. This is definitely my kinda place.
Unfortunately due to the pandemic; I’m not quite able to sit at the cafe, relax with a warm cup of coffee or refreshing boba like the old days. Nevertheless I was still able to enjoy some takeout from Cafe Pruvia recently.
My recent takeout consisted of two of their boba drinks from their Cafe Pruvia specials; the Taro Swirl with Boba and the Honeydew Swirl with Boba.
These drinks are absolutely gorgeous. They’re frappes swirled with house-made whip cream and then topped off with more whipped cream.
Not only do the drinks look good; they taste quite good too. It’s no surprise as the owners really studied what would be best for the menu. The whipped cream gives the perfect creamy texture. It’s very smooth. The flavors of the honeydew and taro are just right. It’s not too sweet and you really get the taste of honeydew and taro respectively. The freshly made boba is chewy and soft. The drinks are very well made.
Cafe Pruvia is a nice spot to get some quality drinks. Though one cannot sit and enjoy drinks at their neat cafe; their takeout is not a bad option at all. I’m happy to support this coffee/boba spot and looking forward to another delightful drink from here in the future. Coffee; next!
For more smile; please see my Yelp Review on Cafe Pruvia.
Back in 2018; I wrote a blog post about the newest Happy Lemon in Gardena, California. The new boba spot was quick to become my happy place. I absolutely love their boba. (Favorite boba drinks include the Purple Taro Milk Tea with Taro Ball and Green Milk Tea with Strawberry Trifle and Crystal Boba )
Fast forward two years later; Happy Lemon Gardena is bringing even more happiness to Pacific Square as well as more happiness to my tummy and heart ;). They are now offering Sunmerry Bakery cafe goodies! Several Happy Lemon locations in California already partner with Sunmerry Bakery and so it’s definitely nice to see them also be paired up here at the Gardena location.
Sunmerry Bakery had originally started in Japan and was brought to Taiwan in 1986. Their speciality is combining Japanese baking techniques with Taiwan flavors. Two delicious cuisines are combined to bring some delightful baked goods.
This November 2020; Happy Lemon Gardena had a safe, socially distanced soft opening celebrating their new partnership with Sunmerry Bakery.
I picked up a few baked goods at the recent soft opening and needless to say I am once again a very happy girl. Among my choices were Shiitake Cheese, Bolo, Mochi Taro and Mochi Black Sesame. I love Japanese baked goods but Sunmerry definitely kicks it up a notch by adding that Taiwanese twist. These baked goods were perfect with my favorite boba drinks.
Speaking of boba; I also found a very special and unique dessert here; boba egg pie! I love boba and I love egg pie and so this dessert was truly meant for me. It has egg pie topped off with several boba pearls and a wafer straw cookie. Yummy! Sunmerry makes me so happy!
Happy Lemon Gardena was always my happy place but even more so now.
For more smiles; please see my updated Yelp review on Happy Lemon Gardena