The Boba Tea Project: DIY home brewed tea

The lovely Beth Hillyer is herself addicted to boba, so she learned how to make it at home. When I told her we are into it, she invited us over for a tutorial!

She bought:
Tapioca Pearl balls, brown and white
Popping boba balls, mango flavor
Instant powder, honeydew flavor
Black tea bags

Now, it’s not rocket science, but there is a tiny, tiny bit of technique to making the tapioca at home. We made the honeydew flavor powder with tapioca balls. You simmer the tapioca for 45 minutes until it’s chewy-soft. Add some honey to the water. (That part, I wouldn’t have realized.) Mix the powder with water to taste, add balls, drink. We enjoyed it, and the only reason we didn’t have our favorite (black tea with milk) is because I didn’t want caffeine at night.

The popping bobas are flavored, and burst in your mouth. I am not crazy about that. I throw them in the acai smoothies when I make those.

Luke and Lane

I don’t know where you can buy the pearl balls because she got it at the commissary. I also don’t know where to buy tapioca flour, because Olivia is a baker and can make it if she could get her hands on the right flour. I suppose I could research all of this more but right now I haven’t time for that.

So there is your boba tea review, from our kitchen!

Diane Ako

Peace of mind By Diane Ako I like to reflect on life. Sometimes it’s philosophically. Sometimes it’s humorously. For all its beauty, life is far too difficult a journey to take alone. You need the support and connection with others to help carry you along the way. Writing brings me that connection– within and without. It clarifies my thoughts and feelings. It helps me reach out to others for advice, wisdom, or feedback. Your thoughts become your actions. Your actions become you. A wise yogi- Patanjali- said, “Speak what is true. Speak what is pleasant.” Let’s speak of things pleasant to one another and seek some peace of mind along the way. ABOUT Diane Ako joined Hawaii: In Real Life in October 2016. She likes being part of a community of local bloggers – people who like writing and sharing, like she does. Ako is an anchor/ reporter at Island News (KITV4 – ABC) in Honolulu. She previously anchored and reported at KHON2 (FOX) and KHNL (NBC), and at stations in California, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania. She freelance writes for NMG Network's magazines. In between news jobs, in 2017, she launched and ran her own p.r. company, Diane Ako PR. From 2010-2014, she headed the public relations department at Halekulani Corporation, which oversees luxury resort Halekulani and boutique hotel Waikiki Parc. She’s been blogging since 2009 – before Hawaii: IRL, she wrote for The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the state’s largest daily newspaper, where her stories garnered a dozen journalism awards and an Emmy nomination. Ako has a BA in Communications from Menlo College and an MA in Political Science from University of Hawaii at Manoa. She volunteers as a board member of the Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation, a Shinto shrine maiden at Daijingyu Temple, a citizen-scientist studying shrimp, and a yoga teacher at a senior center.

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