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Bubble Tea: A Brief History


Posted By on Apr 29, 2020

Bubble tea, the popular Taiwanese drink—if you haven’t at least heard of it perhaps you’ve been vacationing under a rock as it has recently taken the world over. It was created in the 1980’s and is also known as “black pearl tea” and “boba tea” and is now beloved not only in Taiwan and around the world.

While there are no dozens of variations, it is basically a combination of tea, milk and of course the bubbles. These can be anything from large tapioca pearls to balls of fruit jelly.

Bubble tea has risen in the ranks of the food kingdom. It is a new official emoji in 2020. And recently has become a pizza topping and can even be found inside cheesecakes. But perhaps most telling is the fact that it is has been considered a star item of Taiwan state banquets for three years running.

But where did it come from? The story dates back to the 1940s.

In 1949 Chang Fan Shu, a mixologist and bartender who worked in Taiwan under the Japanese in WWII opened a tea shop. This was shou yao shop, the tea all made with cocktail shakers.

This resulted in a cold, clean tasting tea with a foamy top. They called foam tea in Taiwan. And not only was the foamy element new, but the idea of eating and drinking for pleasure was not yet quite part of the culture yet. And cold beverages were a rare treat.

It wasn’t until later on in the 1980’s in Taiwan during their economic boom when tea houses and tea and food restaurants became more popular that modern Bubble Tea was created.

Taiwanese artist and entrepreneur Tu Tsong He decided to open a tea house and ride the trend. While walking in a wet market one day he saw tapioca pearls, a favorite childhood treat of his. He decided to try some in his green tea and took off experimenting.

As these things do, it took off until we have the international phenomenon we have today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One home as gone up for sale recently that most people probably wouldn’t mind spending their vacation in; it is a Bahamas beach house with a pool, a terrace, five bed rooms and one hundred and eighty feet of private beach.

The property is part of a gated community, Lyford Cay, at the western end of Casuarina Beach on New Providence Island. Christie’s International Real Estate has the property listed for $12.5 million.

Well who owned it? The late Princess Diana owned the property and when she stayed there the press would moor offshore in boats for a chance at a photo of a royal vacation. Her neighbors included the likes the Bacardi family and Sean Connery.

The property on Casuarina Beach property was owned for a long tie by the Menzies family. It was designed in 1969 by architect Robertson Ward, a mid-century modernist. It was refurbished in 2009 and its interior covers a spacious five thousand square feet.

 

 

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The superyacht Morning Glory is not unheard of among those in the though know having been owned by media tycoon Rupert Murdoch and for Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. The 158 foot yacht is currently up for sale an seeking a new owner.

Berlusconi recently put up the for sale sign with a price tag of $11 million.

While in Berlusconi’s care the yacht has had some major overhauls. New engines and generators were added and the haul repainted to a dark blue. The yacht includes for luxury suites, an owners suite, and four additional cabins—allowing the yacht to accommodate 8 guests.

In addition to its spacious and numerous guest rooms the vessel includes an L shaped lounge, marble fireplace, spiral staircase and sit-up bar and game table.

As a motor yacht that sales the ship offers both the ease of modern convenience and elegance of wind sailing. Built by the Perini Navi shipyard, their craftsmanship can be seen in the warm woods used to create the interiors of the ship.

The vessel has a top speed of around 14.5 knots on its engines and an almost five thousand nautical mile ranges at 10 knots.

While $11 million may seem steep other superyachts like the Leander G. overshadow it by millions at $49 million. The Leander G. also recently went on sale.

 

 

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