Your guide to parenting in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts

By Mary Smith

Bubble Tea ownersTea is many things--soothing, comforting, relaxing. It is also a reminder of the mystery, innovation, and substance of Taiwanese culture. Bubble tea is a trendy form of Taiwanese tea that starts with a traditional Boba tea and combines it with milk and gummy tapioca pearls for a refreshing, textured tea experience. This unique take on tea originated in Taiwan in the 1980s and has quickly spread from New York City to California. Now, thanks to Bubble Tea House in Providence, Rhode Islanders can experience this exotic and popular bubble tea!

Simon and Lee co-own and operate Bubble Tea House, a café on Westminster Street, where bubble tea is served in four forms: milk, made with black tea and non-dairy creamer; slush, a favorite among the kids; snow, a crunchier rendition of the slush; and juice, which is made with Jasmine tea and has just 60 to 70 calories! The name of the tea comes from the bubbles or tapioca pearls that lay at the bottom of the cup. According to Lee, "they have the consistency of gummy bears!" After allowing me to sample a traditional Boba bubble tea, I would have to agree with him and add that bubble tea is indeed delicious. The bubbles are made fresh every day from a secret recipe to ensure their chewy texture. With a list of over twenty kinds of tea, Simon and Lee have set up a sure-fire method for getting you hooked on bubble tea. The frequent-buyer card allows you to buy nine teas and get the tenth one free, and if you fill up three cards, you get a free bubble tea T-shirt. The time has come to trade in your latté for a low-calorie, high-quality cup of bubble tea.bubble-tea-on-westminster

Bubble Tea House invites you to use their free Wi-Fi, jam out playing Rock Band or even sing Karaoke all evening. The friendly staff is dedicated to providing kids with a place to hang out after school; they have partnered with New Urban Arts to donate bubble tea for an annual fundraiser, Hats On, that will take place on April 2, 2009. A trip to Bubble Tea House is an experience all its own, from the secret recipes of the tea and the bubbles, to the machine that seals a plastic lid on your cup, to the giant straw that is necessary for sucking up every last bubble! This is definitely a place to introduce your kids to a healthy, refreshing treat.

Bubble Tea House - 849 Westminister St., Providence, RI 02903
Open: Monday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Click here for coupons and special offers.

New Urban Arts - 743 Westminster St. , Providence, RI 02903

Mary Smith is a freelance writer who lives on the West Side of Providence. When she is not writing, she spends her time roller-skating for the Providence Roller Derby and having nice chats with the lovely people of Providence.

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