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Burst your bubble with 5 local bubble tea joints

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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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Five places to snag a donut today

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Forgetting about Memorial Day isn’t as much a sign of how irrelevant the calendar has become as compared to this following anecdote from a cherished local business. 

When talking to the owner of Buckeye Donuts about its National Donut Day plans, it didn’t dawn on him until a few days ago that he needed to start preparing for the holiday. Now, Buckeye Donuts is more than prepared, assuming a 10 p.m. curfew, which will keep the 24/7 campus spot from operating out of its original pocket.

The following list consists of five places where you can get your donut fix on Friday.

Buckeye Donuts

A local and campus establishment for 51 years, Buckeye Donuts will again be pulling out all the stops; that is, as much as they can. Being a 24-7 establishment, Buckeye Donuts has layers of bakers on deck prepared to do big bakes every eight or so hours with all sorts of varieties and specialities to indulge in.

Duck Donuts

Duck Donuts wants to promote kindness throughout the community this Friday. Whatever way you order, you’ll be treated to a free cinnamon sugar donut, at participating locations.

Amy’s Donuts

No purchase necessary, Amy’s Donuts is offering a free bag of cake donut holes, while supplies last.

Dunkin’ Doughnuts

Stop by any participating Dunkin’ and you’ll be given a free donut with any beverage purchase.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

All week Krispy Kreme has been spreading donut kindness. If you place an order with them today, you'll receive a free donut. The promo started on June 1.

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National Cognac Day: with a Royal Twist

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Happy National Cognac Day! We partnered up with Rémy Cointreau and local bartender, Ben Griest, from Giuseppe’s Ritrovo to present to you... the Royal Sazerac! Ben has shown us a thing or two about making speciality cocktails - today he's making the Royal Sazerac, fit for a King and/or Queen.

The Royal Sazerac is well-known in the cocktail world as America's first cocktail. Also known as New Orleans' official cocktail, Remy Cointreau stands out offering its aromatic richness - making the Royal Sazerac an outstanding premium cocktail.

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Condado Tacos open in select locations after closing its doors Tuesday

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Condado Tacos is open once again after closing its doors to the public Tuesday following an employee walkout Monday night. Polaris and Clintonville locations remain closed until further notice.

Employees at the Polaris location walked out Monday after refusing to fulfill a catering order by the Ohio Highway Patrol, according to a press release from Condado Tacos Wednesday. The employees who walked out were given the opportunity to not work on the order, without repercussion, if they didn’t feel comfortable, according to a statement provided by Linda Powers, Condado Tacos director of marketing.

The order by the Highway Patrol was placed at the Condado Tacos Polaris location on the fifth-straight day of George Floyd protests in Columbus. Floyd’s death was ruled a homicide following an incident where a Minneapolis police officer placed deadly force on Floyd’s neck with his knee. The incident has sparked protests across the country, including Columbus.

After reaching out to Condado’s PR agency over email, the contact stated that their team has “parted ways” with the business. 

Wednesday’s statement by Condado says they “value different points of view,” but, “choosing not to serve a particular group, in this case law enforcement officers, in itself is discrimination and goes against our core values to welcome and serve everyone.”

Read the full statement here.

Read Tuesday evening’s two-part post on Condado’s Facebook page below:

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