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For those who haven’t taken the time to do the Googling themselves, bubble tea is a Taiwanese drink that became popular in the 1980’s and again in recent years. At its simplest, it is a tea drink flavored with milk, or sometimes a more fruity flavor, with boba added as a topping.

Boba is made from tapioca starch and is routinely flavored with brown sugar, so it’s more of a texture experience than a taste one. Good boba will be soft on the tongue, yet chewy thanks to the nature of tapioca starch. However, if boba just isn’t your style, many tea shops offer a variety of different toppings with a more flavorful punch like coffee jelly, popping bubbles, or even pudding!

Ok, so now that you’ve got a basic idea of what bubble tea is, where can you get your hands on some of the yummy goodness? You’re in luck, because there are five favorite places that I go whenever I am craving a good cup of bubble tea.

VIVI’S BUBBLE TEA | 2408 N. High St.

This adorable tea shop has it all: a great variety of tea, adorable aesthetic, board games for you to play while you sip, and a punch card system to keep you coming back. (They surely have got me trapped.)

My favorite drink: Signature Flora Tea with either Forest Berry or Rose flavoring alongside some classic boba topping. Sometimes I’ll switch it up and get their Aloe Jelly topping instead.

THE BREWED LEAF | 2060 N. High St.

This shop is a hidden gem. Located in the Ohio Stater Mall just off of Woodruff and High St., it’s easy to miss, but not one that you’re gonna want to pass up!

My favorite drink: Brown Sugar Milk Tea with boba and Sea Salt Cheese Cream.

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CHATIME | 2060 N. High St.

This is a world-wide chain of bubble tea shops, and it shows because of how much variety they have on their menu. If you’re not too keen on the idea of boba and wanna get some simple tea to try out first, I’ve gotta point you in their direction. (Also found conveniently in the Ohio Stater Mall!)

My favorite drink: Hawaiian Fruit Tea with boba topping.

MILLIONS OF MILK | 1990 N. High St.

Conveniently located next to Buckeye Donuts with a quality menu, if you need a bubble tea fix before heading onto campus, then give Millions of Milk a try for a quick in-and-out.

My favorite drink: Taro Milk Tea with boba.

ZEN CHA TEA SALON | 982 N. High St.

This quiet tea shop is located in the Short North, and it is worth the trip out. With the company of some high quality authentic tea, it’s the perfect environment to sit and study if you need a break away from campus.

My favorite drink: Honey Peach Tea with boba.

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New bakery rising on Parsons Avenue

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A bit of sugar, some spice, and a whole lotta nice are being put into a property at 1540 Parsons Ave. J’s Sweet Treats plans to hold a soft opening on February 28.

The award-winning sweet boutique bakery specializes in luxury wedding cakes that are sure to leave a lasting impression on all who indulge. Flavors range from traditional favorites like vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry to gourmet options such as banana pudding and butter pecan.

"We specialize in making magical memorable moments through edible art because let’s face it... without us, it’s just cake," J's says on its website.

The sweets shop also offers desserts like cupcakes, cake pops, cookies, chocolate-dipped fruits, parfaits, and more.

Interested in learning how to decorate beautiful cakes, roll fondant, or make a mouthwatering pound cake like grandma used to? J's also offers one-on-one, small group, children, and corporate classes! Email [email protected] to schedule your session.​

For more information on J's Sweet Treats, click here.

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3 of the best unique pancakes in Columbus

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Columbus getting sneak peek of Wendy’s breakfast before national rollout

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Update: A week ahead of the national roll-out date, Wendy's is offering its new breakfast menu at all Columbus locations.

Fuel up with items like the Frosty-ccino, the Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit, and the Breakfast Baconator.

Read more details below.

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02/06/2020: “Bold new morning options” will soon be available at Dublin-based Wendy's.

Breakfast Baconator, Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit, Frosty-ccino, and more will roll out nationwide on March 2.

“We've crafted unique sandwiches that will leave you craving another, like the Breakfast Baconator, which features a fresh-cracked egg, signature sausage patty and six strips of Applewood smoked bacon," Kurt Kane, President, U.S. and Chief Commercial Officer of The Wendy's Company, said in a press release.

In true Wendy's fashion, the fast food chain made the announcement by taunting its competitor.

"Hey @McDonalds, roast us," they tweeted.

With no response, Wendy's went on to tweet, "Yeah, we wouldn't wake up for your breakfast either. Don’t worry, on 3/2 there will be something worth waking up for."

https://twitter.com/Wendys/status/1224725170235019265?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwgr%5E393535353b636f6e74726f6c&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.foxnews.com%2Ffood-drink%2Fwendys-launching-new-breakfast-options-in-march

Wendy's promises their breakfast to be "fresh, craveable, and bold." Think they can follow through?

Find out on March 2.

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