Boba Guys Kickstarter open house

If you’re a new reader, one of the most important things to know about me is that I L O V E bubble tea! I would drink this stuff every day – multiple times a day – if I could! My all-time favourite bubble tea shop is Boba Guys, who I started following a few years ago after my friends took me to their their pop-up shop. Not only am I hooked on their perfected craft of bubble teas, but I have so much respect for the brand they’ve cultivated over the few short years they’ve been in business.

Last week, I shared some snaps of the latest additions to my mug collection and am really excited to share more about the Kickstarter open house party that Boba Guys hosted on the last weekend of August for their new shop in Union Square, San Francisco.

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After backing the Boba Guys Labs Kickstarter back in May, I was super excited to join in on the open house party. Any excuse to hang out with the co-founders of this amazing company is a good enough reason to hop on a plane for a weekend in SF! What most people don’t realize is that these guys both have full time jobs on top of growing this company. Both Andrew and Bin are super smart and really awesome to talk to. I feel like I’m getting mini-MBA lessons whenever we chat. They’re also incredibly humble when it comes to the success of their shop, which blows my mind because they are moving mountains in the coffee and tea industry by positioning bubble tea as an everyday drink.

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In case you thought I was kidding about being addicted to bubble tea, I’ll admit to having 2 cups on this single visit. A regular jasmine milk tea (my fav!) was the first cup, followed by a strawberry tea fresca which is made from all fresh ingredients. I may or may not have been in a bubble tea coma by the time my friends and I got back to their place… haha!

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If you’re in the San Francisco area next weekend, their grand opening is on September 27!

Boba Guys – Union Square
429 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA
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Picture perfect mugs

After a short weekend getaway to San Francisco for the Labor Day weekend (has it already been 2 weeks since?), I have a big backlog of photos to go through. Aside from visiting friends and doing our usual food tour of favourite places in the Mission, we also stopped by the Boba Guys new shop location in Union Square (more on that later).

Before posting about the open house for their new shop, I couldn’t help but share some photos of these camping mugs that were newly released in their Mission store. There were only 100 produced and by the time I got there (2 weeks after their announcement), there were only 3 left!

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So glad I could call this pair my own. They’re handmade and topped with enamel for a one-of-a-kind treat! I’m obsessed with the clean design, both of the mug and the packaging. There’s nothing that makes me happier than clean, thoughtful design.

Happy Friday!

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Goodbye London, hello Oxford!

Back in April, a couple friends and I spent a day venturing out of the city of London to check out Oxford. My friends are huge Harry Potter fans (I’ve only watched the movies and barely made it through half of the first book. Judge away!), so visiting Christ Church was like hitting the jackpot for them! For those of you who don’t know (like me), the scenery and buildings were inspired by some of the corridors of Christ Church. Some of the movie scenes were filmed here!

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As a fan of unique architecture, the textures on every face of the walls and edges of this building were really incredible! No two rooms were the same, but the theme translated so beautifully between all of them.

For all the Harry Potter fans reading, you will recognize the room in the next set of photos right away. This is the dining hallfrom the movies, which actually still functions as a dining hall today. Sadly, the people in the photos in the frames don’t watch you as you walk by. They’re not animated (thank goodness, because that would be suuuper creepy in real life). ;)

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This really isn’t a blog-worthy outfit photo at all (had to wear comfy clothes for the 2 hour commute from the downtown of London to Oxford), but I wanted to show the perspective of how big this building really is. My friend and I are standing on ledges in the main grass area. Fun fact: this area is not open to the public. There’s a security guard whose job is to stand at the edge of the center sidewalk to scold people who try to enter.

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If you ever get a chance to visit Oxford, I highly recommend stopping by Christ Church for a few hours. Even if you’re not a Harry Potter fan, this building is stunning and such a treat to wander through.
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Borough Market: eat your heart out

The Borough Market is one of the largest and oldest food markets in London. The vendors cater to both the wholesale and retail markets, showcasing baked goods, organically grown produce, freshly grilled seafood, and so much more! As a lover of food, the Borough Market was on the top of my list of places to check out in London. Let’s be honest: who doesn’t want to eat their way through a new city?

A tip my friends found online was that it’s best to stop by the market on a weekend because more vendors set up shop on the weekends than on weekdays. I couldn’t believe the size of the crowds attracted to the market on the particular day we decided to check it out! Our group must’ve gotten split up three of four times because of all the sea of people in every inch of the market– it was hard to walk anywhere without brushing shoulders with everyone around you!

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One of our favourite stands was Kappacasein’s. I was so shocked to see the lineup for something so simple as a grilled cheese. This stand is famous for their 2″ pile of grated cheeses between slices of sourdough bread. Both locals and visitors don’t think twice to join the long line for one of these delicious treats!

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This isn’t any regular grilled cheese sandwich, though. Each one is made from three different types of very sharp cheeses, stuffed with onion, leek, and crushed garlic. Don’t expect to talk to anyone for the rest of the day after eating one of these sandwiches– the garlic got me good! haha

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Aside from the grilled cheese, I really liked this dish of freshly grilled scallops on a bed of stir fry topped with house-made bacon bits served on a seashell. It boggles my mind how delicious food can be made with such a limited amount of cooking equipment (each stand was literally no wider than 5ft across). I could probably go on and on about all the things we ate this day, but I will try to maintain some dignity because I’m pretty embarrassed for how much food was devoured between stalls. We stopped almost every fourth or fifth stall to nibble on something!

If you ever get a chance to go to London, I would highly recommend checking out the Borough Market, located at 8 Southwark St. It’s conveniently only a couple blocks away from the London Bridge tube station.

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Scenes from London

A few weeks ago, a couple friends from university and I met up in London to do some exploring. Coincidentally enough, we have a couple friends who now live and work in the UK and met us up to hang out and show us around their new home. Day 1 was a bit of a blur, to be honest. After spending almost 12 hours in transit and not getting much sleep on the plane because of crying babies sitting left, right, and center, I immediately met up with my friends who flew in from Toronto to meet up with one of our other friends stationed in London.

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We met at the Picadilly Circus area, which contains a great range of shopping. Everything from Uniqlo to Zara to Burberry are shoppable in this area. In our zombified, straight-off-the-plane states, we couldn’t justify doing any shopping. Instead, we headed straight to my London friend’s favourite macron place, Laudrée. Who could say no to some macrons as a first snack in a new city? Not this girl!

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The storefront was a sight in itself! From floor to ceiling, the walls – and everything mounted on them – was coated in gold! Was it excessive? A little. It was really different and helped to make the shop stand out from the rest of the stores in the area. If you’re ever in the area, we went to this location: 71-72 Burlington Arcade, London W1J 0QX

Our next stop was Buckingham Palace! Leading up to the palace, we passed through Green Park. At the end of the park are sets of gates for Canada, Australia, and South Africa. The Canadian gate (pictured below) was built as part of a memorial scheme (along with a sculpture) as a tribute for the fallen soldiers in World Wars 1 and 2.

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I wore my favourite Clarks ankle booties for a flight and full day of walking. They’re incredibly comfortable and still on sale at 49% off at OnlineShoes.com.

The palace itself was gated off from the public (no surprise). It was extremely crowded, but just as beautiful in person as on TV. I wish I took more (err, any) photos of it. I think I was pretty loopy from the lack of sleep at this point and we ended up heading back to the hotel for an early evening nap.

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Fun fact: GBP bills are larger than Canadian/US dollar bills! I don’t know why, but I couldn’t stop laughing at the fact that the money was literally hanging out…
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