Tea Barrel takes its name seriously. Along with a menu loaded with dozens of tea drinks—from fresh green and black teas to lattes and milk teas—the cafe seats guests at tables made of actual tea barrels. Guests can settle in on the benches at their quaint table for laid-back sipping on their preferred drink, whether it's kumquat green tea, strawberry milk tea, or refreshing watermelon or honey plum juice. Slushies and smoothies can also be created in a variety of fruity and other flavors, including mango strawberry, vanilla coffee, or thai tea.
Assisting everything from relaxation to energy boosts, Muse Tea House's tea gurus blend black, green, and oolong leaves with flavors that range from blueberry and passionfruit to lavender and rose. Chewy boba and aloe pearls nestle at the bottom of almond and taro milk teas, and royal sparkling sodas—started with San Pellegrino mineral water—tickle tongues with bubbly flavors of peach and pomegranate. For something more filling, patrons can opt for a fruity, syrup-free yogurt drink made with organic ingredients from France and Japan or toss back items from the kitchen, such as macarons, squid balls, and sliced barbecue pork on dry noodles.
Muse Tea House cultivates an intimate, hushed atmosphere with a row of low-set tables and cozy booths shaded by patterned gossamer curtains. Thick, burgundy drapes frame each sun-drenched front window, which cast natural light on a smooth, stone floor so that customers can draw perfect hopscotch courses in chalk.
Though the chewy boba pearls are the stars at Boba Day, they aren't the only culinary highlight. Staff serve not only bubble tea, but a variety of custom-made drinks including fresh-fruit smoothies, cups of single-origin coffee, and creamy Oreo shakes. The menu also includes Asian-inspired shaved ices made with green tea mochi, fresh fruit, green tea ice cream, or red beans.
Bathed in sunlight pouring in from floor-to-ceiling windows, Boba Link Tea House's colorful interior is home to a menu of blended bubble tea smoothies, flavored ice milk, and tea-house style dim sum snacks. Sip on lychee green tea while testing chopstick dexterity on bowls of the Shanghai onion noodles, taking advantage of Boba Link's free WiFi to research the businesses' relation to the Boba Fett family tree.
Lollicup sates thirsts with a variety of tea, juice, and fruit drinks. Milk drinks include coconut, coffee, and honey milk teas, alongside caramel lattes; fruit teas include passion fruit, mango, or sour plum alongside slushes and smoothies. Customers can also enhance their drinks with fun add-ons such as boba, pudding, mango jelly, and aloe vera.
What we know today as the thick, round, and buttery Belgian waffle is an impostor. More accurately, its real name is the Brussels waffle. Even though these days, practically everyone in the States recognizes it as generically Belgian, it's not the only waffle the country is known for; in the city of Liege, another recipe is the top waffle all together.
The traditional Liege waffle is much sweeter than its Brussels counterpart, thanks to the signature Belgian pearl sugar dotting its dough. These large sugar crystals caramelize when the dough hits the waffle iron, producing a treat that's practically a dessert in and of itself. But that doesn't stop the chefs at Waffles de Liege from topping it with simple powdered sugar, fresh fruit, or Nutella.
Between its roaming food truck and brick and mortar locations, Waffles de Leige brings this sweeter, heartier waffle Westward. Since the dough?not a batter?plays such an important part in creating the Liege flavor, the cooks only produce it fresh, even in their food trucks and waffle-obsessed dreams. Beyond simple toppings, the chefs also offer options that include ice cream and Speculoos, a Belgian cookie spread that tastes like ginger snaps. Among their selection of drinks are many caffeinated beverages made with Heart Coffee, a roaster who's focus is to change the way people see black coffee, offering hand-selected beans that are robust in flavor and never bitter.