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Best Bubble Tea

Peninsula Malaysian Cuisine

Bubble tea, or boba, is a whimsical drink that at first might seem best suited for small children, cartoon characters, and Japanophiles. The liquids may vary from teas to fruit juices to smoothies; it's the boba—large, black pearl tapioca so large that it must be consumed through a special straw—that makes the drink unique. Yet despite its admitted weirdness, bubble tea really is a beverage for anyone with an adventurous palate. Never had it before? Peninsula is a perfect place to experiment. Their take involves the classic black tapioca pearls resting at the bottom of fresh fruit smoothies ($4.50). If you're feeling playful, try an unusual flavor like avocado or taro. Honeydew, strawberry, coconut, and mango are good bets if you're just getting started. Need caffeine? Go for the green tea.

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