The Best Bubble Teas in the World

Smooth and refreshing boba is appreciated all around the world.

Also known as pearl milk tea, bubble milk tea, or boba, is a Taiwanese-invented tea drink which contains tea, milk, sometimes fruit, and usually sugar or sweetener. Tapioca pearls and/or jellies are added for a unique texture that is strangely addictive and always delicious. Here are some spots around the world that make bubble tea to boast about.

New Zealand: Hulucat Tea House

Best Bubble Teas in the World HulucatVia yelp.com

603 Dominion Road Balmoral, Auckland Central, Auckland 1041, New Zealand

If you are vacationing in the area and crave a cup of bubble tea, head to New Zealand's Hulucat Tea House for a drink that's just as good as the destination. They have dozens of tea drinks to choose from, from the milky to the fruity to the unique, served warm or cold. Consider their fresh taro milk green bubble tea for something special. Along with bubble teas, Hulucat Tea House offers slushies, "cream crusties" which are like milkshakes…but better, and even something to nosh on including popcorn chicken, and kumara (fried sweet potato) chips.

Maine: Bubble Maineia

Best Bubble Teas in the World Bubble Maineia Via yelp.com

15 Temple St. Portland, ME

Head up north to Maine and see what all the "Maineia" is about at Bubble Maineia. Owned by a Taiwanese family, this popular spot offers bubble teas with or without tapioca balls in a bunch of tasty flavors like green apple, almond, honeydew, papaya, and plenty more served warm or over ice, not to mention smoothies, ginger milk teas, and frappes. Hungry? Order some Chinese steam buns, noodle dishes, wontons, or dumplings. Finish off with "milk snow," a shaved ice frozen desert you can top with everything from sprinkles to nuts to crushed cookies to more tempting tapioca pearls.

Sweden: All My Tea House of Bubbles

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Katarinavägen 20 Stockholm, Sweden

If you're sweet on Sweden, stop in to All My Tea House of Bubbles for a bubble tea to tickle your tongue. This tea room is all about great taste and made-to-order beverages that make bubble tea even more unbelievable. Choose from juice balls and jelly to add to your drink – lychee, mango, tapioca, cherry, and more. Plop 'em into bubble tea which is offered in flavors including spiced chai, vanilla, hazelnut, black tea, and caramel. And not only is the bubble tea top-notch, but the service is just as special. One visitor raved, "The tea was cold and refreshing and somewhat a new experience! The people working here are the loveliest, kindest people I've met."

Puerto Rico: New Taste

Best Bubble Teas in the World New Taste Via facebook.com

1051 Ashford Ave San Juan, Puerto Rico

Sunshine and sipping go hand-in-hand, so when you're in San Juan, be sure to get a taste of New Taste, particularly their bubble tea. The Chinese/Japanese restaurant has outstanding food, but when bubble tea is top of mind, this spot serves some of Puerto Rico's finest. You can choose from their tapioca temptations or fill your tea with jiggly jellies. Options such as red or green bean, coffee, and green tea are delicious when added to honey lemon green tea, passion fruit black tea, milk tea, or any of New Taste's bounty of choices. While their bubble tea is the best, save room for some appetizers and entrees. Bubbles and beef teriyaki sound like a match!

New Jersey: Bubble Tea & Beyond

Bubble Tea & Beyond Via facebook.com

1138 Boardwalk Ocean City, NJ

Jersey summers on the boardwalk will get you thirsty, making a break at Bubble Tea & Beyond a must. The casual eatery is a favorite of the bikini-clad crowd looking for something sweet and refreshing on those lazy weekend afternoons. Bubble Tea & Beyond draws in the passers-by with flavors like almond cream, kiwi, jasmine green tea, pina colada, and mango to satisfy their sweet tooth. They serve snacks too – choose from sushi rolls, fried clams, butterfly shrimp, calamari, and more. Clearly, they go beyond bubble tea at Bubble Tea & Beyond.

Portugal: Bobalicious Bubble Tea & Co.

Best Bubble Teas in the World Bobalicious Bubble Tea & Co.Via lifecooler.com

Av. João XXI 72B loja e1, 1000-219 Lisboa, Portugal

ringing on the bubbles in Portugal, Bobalicious Bubble Tea & Co. is the place to go for bubble tea that is exotic and exquisite. You start with your tea base, either milk tea, fruit tea, pure tea, special tea, or mocha tea, and then choose a flavor. From apple pie to matcha to "strawberry feast," the options are not your everyday fare. Paired with those chewy tapioca pearls, these drinks are out of this world, although you can't forget you're in Portugal when you step outside in the sunshine.

California: Boba Pub

Best Bubble Teas in the World Boba PubVia yelp.com

1576 Branham Ln, San Jose, CA

California is full of bubble tea joints, but when you're in San Jose, one popular spot is Boba Pub, a cozy café-style establishment. Known for their milk and fruit teas, fruit smoothies, and noshes, Boba Pub is all about freshness and fun. When you are in town, get your bubble tea at Boba's and be sure to try something different like an avocado smoothie with added tapioca pearls, "wintermelon" summer tea with jellies, or taro ice milk with aloe vera. The milk teas are smooth and creamy; flavors such as coffee milk tea, Thai tea (with an option to add on ice cream!), and roasted oolong are menu items you don't see every day. Garlic fries, chicken wings, and Pho noodle soup will satisfy your savory side while the drinks deliver the sweetness.

Bottoms up to bubble tea!

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If you want to travel but have a job that is currently holding you back, here are a few of our suggestions for the best jobs for people who love to travel.

For many people, traveling is an amazing experience, but traveling is not always feasible because of responsibilities to work.

One way to get around this roadblock is to get a job that will let you travel and see the world. Here are some of the best jobs for people who love to travel.

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Translator

A translator is a wonderful job for those who want to travel. It will bring you to many places as you work, so long as those places speak the language you can translate. The great thing about translating is the variety of work you can get by translating for specific clients or just translating for tourists in the area. You can choose what type of scene you wish to work in very easily.

Pilot

A pilot fits the definition of a job that gets to travel perfectly. Now, whether you are a private pilot or a commercial pilot, you will still get to fly all over the planet. The only major problem with this job is the requirement of flight classes. But once you get your license, you can fly freely around the world while making yourself money to fund your trips.

Travel blogger

Being a travel blogger is a temperamental job but, if done correctly, it will allow you to visit anywhere you want. Writing to fans as you travel the world can be a fun and exciting way to engage with the planet. This job can be difficult to do, though, as you must be able to write consistently and capture your audience with each post.

English teacher

This may not sound like a job that allows you to travel, but schools all around the world are always looking for more people to teach English.

In this career, you would move near the school that you would teach at and live there over the course of your time there. The interesting thing about this job is that it does not necessarily require a teaching degree, depending on the school and country in question. You also get to live in a new country for an extended period.

When it comes to the best jobs for people who love to travel, these are just a few of our suggestions. There are plenty of jobs where you can travel around the world, but these ones are far-reaching and cover a lot of different lifestyles. They might seem like pipe dreams, but hey, you never know!

Seattle, Washington is a rainy, coffee-fueled, coastal town often referred to as the "Emerald City."

Located against the ecological wonderland of Puget Sound, this cosmopolitan, seaside city is a mishmash of arts, culture, history, nature, and, of course, cloudy weather. Thanks to its proximity to nature, its greenery, and its culturally rich, big-city atmosphere, the city is becoming increasingly popular, both for tourists and those looking for a change of scenery.

The Big Stops: Tourist Seattle

If you only have a few days to visit Seattle, you'll probably want to check out the area's most famous attractions.

For nature lovers and summit-chasers, there's the imposing, wildflower-shrouded Mt. Rainier.

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For foodies, there's the popular Pike Place Market, a giant patchwork of food-sellers and friendly chaos where you can purchase everything from giant crabs' legs to bottomless amounts of coffee (more on that later).

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And finally, there's the iconic Space Needle and the Sky View Observatory, which will give you extraordinary views of the city.

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Seattle Arts and Museums

For arts and culture lovers, Seattle has plenty to cut your teeth on. Don't miss the Chihuly Garden and Glass, a collection of extraordinary blown-glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly.

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Chihuly Gardens

For art, there's the giant Seattle Art Museum Downtown. Seattle also offers the Museum of Pop Culture, a nonprofit that features all your favorite icons from history, and plenty of other options.

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For some history, there's the Klondike Gold Rush Museum, which commemorates Seattle's history as a gold rush hub.

There are plenty of quirky attractions—like the giant Fremont Troll, the 18-foot sculpture in the Fremont neighborhood that cuts an imposing figure.

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You could also take in the city from a boat—marine enthusiasts might enjoy visiting to the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks to explore the history of this port city.

Seattle, of course, also has a gritty underground side—you may know the city from its time at the heart of the '90s grunge movement.

It also has a long, storied history that has left more than a few scars. You can literally see its underground through one of its underground tours, which will take you on a walk through the "buried city," the remnants left over from before the Great Fire of 1889.

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Natural Wonders

Seattle is notorious for its natural wonders. For a close-up view, there's the Seattle Aquarium, a marine experience that showcases the best of what Puget Sound has to offer.

For more exposure to the beauty of Seattle's nature, try the Washington Park Arboretum, a 230-acre showcase of Seattle's wetlands and natural wonders.

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You might also pay a visit to the Alki Beach for some time with the ocean waves.

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Or consider taking a more exhaustive adventure to Discovery Park, a giant and labyrinthine natural park at the edge of Puget Sound.

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Food and Drink

Food tours are also popular options for those who want to get more intimate with the city's cuisine, and Seattle is often ranked as one of the best cities for foodies.

It's also a great place for coffee-heads. You might also pay a visit to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery, AKA Ultimate Starbucks, a tasting room that features a coffee library amongst other treats for coffee addicts.

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Moving to Seattle

If you're planning on moving to Seattle, locals say there's a few things you should know. First off, it is most definitely overcast the majority of the time, though the rain is rather like a mist. That makes the rare sunny day shine even more, though, locals say, in addition to fostering natural abundance.

The city is generally very congested with traffic, which can be noisy, though it offers great public transportation options, from buses to rail—regardless, you'll want to get an Orca Card for that.

Like every city, Seattle has a number of diverse and charismatic neighborhoods. For example, there's the beachy, more laid-back West Seattle.

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There's the vibrant Capitol Hill, a hub of arts, culture, tech bros, and nightlife (during non-COVID times).

There's the historic and artsy Pioneer Square, featuring plenty of museums, shops, galleries, and pubs.

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Fremont is a more bohemian area. Belltown is a trendy waterfront neighborhood that's close to everything.

In general, Seattle residents love the city for its proximity to nature, from beaches to glaciers, and its abundance of arts and cultural attractions. As Kimberly Kinrade said, "Seattle is for people who love culture, but refuse to sacrifice their wild nature to attain it." Residents dislike the steep cost of housing and all things that come from rising prices, including the city's large homeless population.

In general, the city is known as environmentally conscious, liberal, and dog-loving. The people are often referred to as nice but possibly a bit standoffish and cold (the "Seattle Freeze" is when you make plans to hang out and then bail, which is apparently very common). The rain can certainly get depressing, but the proximity to nature helps.

Remember, if you do happen to move: umbrellas are dead giveaways for tourists.


What's your favorite part about Seattle? What did we leave out? Let us know at @thejourniest on Twitter!

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Weed World Candies Exist to Prey on Gullible Tourists

Weed is still illegal in New York, but scamming tourists is not.

You wouldn't know it walking around midtown Manhattan, but marijuana is still illegal in New York.

It does seem strange to think that perhaps the most metropolitan city in the US would be lagging behind so many other parts of the country that have legalized possession, production, and sale of cannabis and THC products, but it's true.

New York's decriminalization of marijuana has led many smokers to be more brazen with their public consumption in recent years, and Governor Cuomo recently announced plans for limited legalization for recreational use at the state level. But for the time being the sale of products containing THC is still very much illegal.

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Adding to the confusion is a company that has sprung up to prey on tourist's uncertainty. Weed World trucks have multiplied at a staggering rate since they first started appearing in Midtown and the Village a few years ago. Easily a dozen RVs and vans now line the tourist-dense streets of Manhattan, advertising Girl Scout Cookies and Gorilla Glue, clad in marijuana-leaf decals and occupied by employees who are paid either to be stoned out of their minds, or just to pretend they are.

With eyes nearly in slits and an air of relaxation that suggests that customers are temporary interludes from a permanent nap, they will promise you as much as they can get away with while letting their branding do most of the work. They will sell you four lollipops for $20, which would seem like a great deal if not for the fact that they will not deliver on the strong implication that they'll get you high.

They have a Twitter account where they celebrate the supposed availability of weed and claim to "have New York locked down." They'll even sell you vape cartridges that advise you to "get medicated," and which are packed with potent doses of… flavor?

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An employee once assured me that their candies do contain THC—maybe they wouldn't be so brazenly dishonest today—and in a drunken state I coughed up $5 to test that claim. There is a faint weedy taste to their candies, and you may find trace amounts of CBD inside, but that's it. It's a scam. There is no THC. Nothing that will give their customers the experience they're selling.

Worse than the trucks is the Weed World Candies storefront that opened in midtown in 2019. Just walking past you would swear that people were passing a massive blunt inside.

The smell is unmistakable and overpowering, except that it's fake. Whatever chemical fragrance they pumped onto the street, it was not connected to anyone smoking weed. Inside, the psychedelic wall art complemented shelves lined with suggestive candies and boxes emblazoned with pot leaf insignia.

Whatever the venue, they are all too happy to sell you overpriced hemp products and CBD creams and chocolates made to look like nugs. And if you're a tourist, or a moron like me, you might believe the scam long enough to give them money, but nothing they sell will get you high.

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The owners of Weed World, Judah Izrael and Bilal Muhammad—who prefers to go by "Dro Man" or "Doctor Dro"—will defend their products by claiming that they serve to promote legalization and decriminalization efforts by normalizing the idea of public sale of marijuana. But at no point in the purchasing process is the illusion that their candies will get you high broken. At no point are their customers offered literature explaining the mission of Weed World.

On their website's FAQs page, there is no mention of THC or its absence from their products, but the first question, "How much should I eat?" is answered, "It's all based on your tolerance but there's no limit." Tolerance for what? Sugar? The company—which originated in Alabama and has spread to cities around the country—mostly seems like a very profitable way to sell candy to gullible adults.

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The best thing I can say in their defense is that one of their trucks was recently busted by police in Saraland, Alabama, with products that "tested positive for marijuana." Assuming this isn't a screw up or deliberate frame-job by the police, it's possible that some of the Weed World trucks are using their faux activism as a front for selling actual drugs. If so, that would be the most honest thing about this company. Until that's confirmed, ignore these trucks and maybe just ask a friend for a hookup.