Jon and Carmen Pei spent years traveling the globe, visiting caf?s from New York to Taiwan in search of the perfect rendition of their treasured childhood treat: bubble tea. After organizing all their recipes, tips, and ideas, the couple opened their own shop, where they whip up their own blend of innovative bubble teas, smoothies, and frozen hot chocolate.
Upon entering their colorful, brightly lit shop, guests are often greeted by Jon and Carmen themselves, who dole out free samples to first-timers, greet return customers by name, and tussle the toupees of visiting congressmen. The duo and their staff of baristas fold premium tea leaves and freshly cooked tapioca boba balls imported from Taiwan into fruity drinks. They also chop up fresh fruit for smoothies every day at the shop. Customers are invited to order from a menu of specialty drinks or choose from a variety of flavors, fruits, and mix-ins to design their own concoction. They can even add from a selection of more than 25 kinds of popping boba balls, which burst in the mouth with every sip. And during chilly winter months, the baristas pour hot bubble tea.
Guests sip on beverages and nibble on snacks?such as crunchy Pocky sticks?out among the tabletops of the lively seating area. Some play video games on wide-screen computers and televisions, whereas others engage in more traditional games such Connect Four or competitions to fit the most straws up their nostrils.
Though it sounds like the name of a delicious new swamp-fruit, Frogberry actually refers to a fro-yo shop where you can enjoy a cold treat and dream about the flavors of the future. Every day, four fat-free yogurt flavors are selected from a list of 24 that includes options such as mango, peanut butter, cake batter, and blueberry. Toppings are equally plentiful—you could sprinkle on gummy frogs, strawberries, granola, and chocolate chips, as well as healthful mix-ins such as protein powder, açai berry extract, and energy booster made from the gunk inside AA batteries. And it's all served in compostable cups, which come in three sizes—Newt (4 oz.), Tadpole (6 oz.), and Frogberry (10 oz.).
In addition to fro-yo, Frogberry offers smoothies and shaved ice snow cones. And it opens self-serve cereal and coffee bars as early as 9 a.m. for the morning crowd. Cushy chairs and concave stools invite guests to lounge around, check email, or post pictures to their yogurt review site of choice.