Since debuting in Taiwan in the 1980s, sweet tapioca pearls have traveled the world, jockeying for the title of America’s next taste sensation upon landing in California. Made of sweet potato, cassava root, and a hint of brown sugar, each pearl is soft on the outside and chewy on the inside, much like a nerf ball filled with creamy mashed potatoes. Tapioca Express captures the gems in more than 100 frosty, fruit-flavored bubble drinks and velvety milk teas—crafted from authentic ingredients imported from Taiwan and hand-selected tea leaves—in flavors such as mango, lavender, almond, and smoky oolong. The pearlescent bubble drinks pair with a menu of Taiwanese snacks, including fried steam buns and crispy calamari rings and combo entrees such as curried chicken and braised pork ribs.
The bean barons at Second Street Café sling brewed-to-order fair-trade coffee, specialized sippables, and breakfast and lunch fare that employs fresh organic produce. Shake off nightmares of showing up fully clothed at a nudist beach with the Jump Start ($2.85–$3.25), which drops a double shot of espresso in a cup of classic joe from the nearby Verve's Coffee Roasters. A selection of bagels ($1.65–$2.95), breakfast sandwiches ($3.95–$4.95), and breakfast burritos ($3.95–$4.25) ensure a mollified morning, while iced americanos ($2.50) and lattes ($3.50) cool off humid highway hoppers.
Choosing the ideal drink to order from Quench's enormous menu of good-for-you sippables will result in a nutritious treat for your body, as well as a boosted reading level. Quench serves up more than 200 creative concoctions ($1.95–$3.95) to satisfy all brands of thirst—including 'ades, smoothies, mocktails, bubble-tea pearl drinks, ciders, hot chocolates, shakes and floats, coffee drinks, tea drinks, and more. Cool off as you recharge on a hot summer day with a frozen caramel latte ($2.95) or a refreshing guava Italian soda ($1.95), or unwind in the evening by blowing aromatic bubbles into a soothing lavender lemonade ($2.95). Abstinence on the Beach ($3.95) mixes grapefruit juice, cranberry juice, and coconut for a tempting mocktail that should inspire no guilt, while a wide variety of decadent shakes and floats such as the chocolate-cheesecake milkshake ($3.95) provides a straw-sized ticket to an indulgent escape.
Impress houseguests and nosy neighbors with the dominion you hold over baked goods by presenting these edible marvels on your serving plate. With an abundance of flavors for your taste buds, dessert fans can celebrate any occasion with a pet bundt by their side. Throw a party in honor of chocolate with chocolate-chocolate-chip and white-white-chocolate bundts, or kick-start a fruit-filled New Year's diet with January's flavor-of-the-month, lemon raspberry. Anniversaries are easily remembered with lovely cakey lumps topped with icing ribbons and silk flowers. Those with a steady confectionary companion can supplement hugs and kisses with sweet-natured red-velvet cakes on Valentine's Day. Cakes come in various sizes ranging from 8-inch cakes to tiered masterpieces ($18.50–$65.00), as well as single serving bundtlets that are more precious than the gold pans they're baked in ($3.99 each). Since they’re made only from pure ingredients and a love for the sweeter things in life, it’s easy to love your bundt for its radiant smile, can-do attitude, and perfect attendance this semester.