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Quality Counts…and My Boba Addiction

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Do you love Boba shops?  I’m talking about the places you go to order tea or fruit smoothies finished off with tapioca pearls or bursting balls of fruit juice.  Until this week, I would have said boba is boba no matter the location. 

And I would have been wrong.

My Boba Transformation

I stopped at a cute hole-in-the-wall place, Q Boba Tea, this past Tuesday on my way home from a pet sitting job 15 minutes from my house.  I ordered my usual go-to, a strawberry smoothie with tapioca balls. 

It was the best one I ever drank. 

This place only uses real fruit and other ingredients, so I was treated to actual strawberries being blended into submission instead of strawberry powder.  And the tapioca must be made in the store, because it was amazing.  Soft outside with chewy centers.  The smoothie itself was creamy and light.  I finished the whole thing way too quickly and wanted another on as soon as I parked at home. 

But I waited.  I waited all of Tuesday night and most of Wednesday.  I knew I had the same pet sitting job close by Q Boba at 7pm and I would be drinking down another sugar high with tapioca 35 minutes later.  But guess who closes at 7pm?  Yep, no Q Boba repeat for me…but my craving was still there and it wasn’t going to be ignored. 

I ended up stopping at I Heart Boba on the way home.  It’s 5 minutes from my front door, so I’ve been there before and remembered that they were pretty good. 

Yeah…I was wrong again.  Once you’ve had awesome Boba, you can’t be nearly as happy with the slightly icy, too chewy version.

Don’t worry, there’s a happy ending.  I was back at the Q on Thursday.  Yeah, this means that I spent nearly $15 on freaking smoothies this week (so far).  But here is the lesson it drilled in…

Quality Matters

People will drive out of their way for better Boba.  Or to tie this to something money related, they will  pay more for a pet sitter who goes the extra mile.  Or a blogger with helpful posts will receive better affiliate income than the one phoning it in.   It all comes down to the quality given to the consumer.

Quality counts. 

And I am thisclose to driving out for Q Boba Tea again today…know of any smoothie support groups?  😉



FYI:  I worked at a dead end cubicle job from 2005-2011 for about $30,000 per year.  I went self-employed in July 2011 and make between $70,000-$90,000 through blogging, professional pet sitting, hubby's reffing, and our rental home.  If you’d like to start your own site (link to my free step-by-step guide), I highly suggest checking out Bluehost (my referral link with a nice discount for you, PLUS a free custom header banner from me!).  Please contact me any time at budgetingfunstuff*at*gmail*dot*com with questions or just to brainstorm! I’d love to help!
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2 thoughts on “Quality Counts…and My Boba Addiction

  1. It sounds like you need too pen a boba shop, lol! I tried a good Boba and was fascinated by them. Since I am on a no carb diet, I could not consume too much and it was not a great as yours sounds like it was because it was made with a powder and jar tapioca balls.

    So I made a diet Boba mix I call frog eggs Boba. Yeah, it looks a bit like frog eggs, but is only 100 calories. I take 3 teaspoons of chia seeds, teaspoon (to taste) of honey, and my favorite tea (Lipton’s Chai tea is what I use at present). First pour heated water into a glass or cup. sprinkle in the chia seeds a bit at a time so they do not clump, or mix the seeds with some honey and then add the water, stirring constantly. Once the 6-8 oz of water is thoroughly mixed with the seeds and the honey, dip in your tea bag or whatever flavoring you are going to put in there. Warm it up for like 30 seconds in the microwave, then just let it sit for 15 minutes to overnight in the frig. Whenever you want your Boba, take it out, add a bit of milk to taste. I actually just drink it warm. You can pre-hydrate the chia seeds in the icebox and take as much out as needed for your preferred drink. It gives any drink a strange new look and slimy feel. Supposedly it is a hunger buster too. Some people used the hydrated seeds as their own tapioca pudding substitute.




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  2. You know I’m not a fan but I hear that amazing Boba will draw people from many miles away. I’ve seen this phenomenon – people in SoCal drive 20 miles and wait in line for actual hours for it. It’s a Serious Thing 😉




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