Life in L.A. Is One Big ‘Boba’ Fête

Connecting to My Family’s Heritage and History Through a Plastic Straw


I have tried a lot of boba tea. And when I say “a lot,” I mean I’ve visited over 200 tea houses that sell these beverages—teas in a variety of flavors, typically served on ice and featuring chewy tapioca balls—in the last year.

You counted right: In a typical week, I visit two to four different L.A.-area boba tea houses. A few months back, for example, I heard about the special Hokkaido milk cream drink at TBay in San Gabriel—one of only two boba tea houses in L.A. that serve …

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