Bubble Boba Mocktail Party and Masterclass*

If there is one thing I love it’s bubble tea, so the fact it’s now more readily and easily available to buy on the high street makes me so happy! I especially love that Coventry has more than one bubble tea place to venture to as well. They only have one chain and to be blunt, it’s shit. So after I discovered Bubbla Boba through Amy (Writing into the Ether) and my friend Sophie back at the start of the year, I haven’t really looked back and 9 times out of 10 when I visit Coventry I’ll go to Bubble Boba for a drink or two!

Me and Amy – Writing into the Ether

When Amy invited me to the Bubble Boba Mocktail Party and Masterclass I was so excited to go! I was meant to attend the first Bubba Boba event in March but I just wasn’t able to due to feeling too tired and run down, so the fact I was invited to the one after was lovely.

I was also able to take a plus one, so I ended up getting my boyfriend Dane to tag along too for a fun evening. This was definitely fun and I enjoyed every minute of it, which I think Dane did too.

This experience was gifted for reviewing purposes, so all views on this post are my own.

Bubble Boba is located in FarGo Village in Coventry and as you enter FarGo from Far Gosford Street it’s pretty much one of the first places you will spot on you way into FarGo, which I love! It’s the perfect location if you want to grab a drink before doing some shopping in FarGo or even on the way out on your way home.

Bubble Boba isn’t exactly the biggest store in the world and can’t really house a lot of people – which is a bit of a shame if you wanted to plan a biggish group of you to go and visit. It’s more of a place to go and hang out with a friend and play some games (they have some Nintendo consoles in there and a TV!) or even just relax and have a gossip. I don’t mind walking around with my bubble tea however. Can I also add how kawaii the store is with all the Alpacasso plushies lining the shelves?! πŸ˜€

Image taken by Amy – Writing into the Ether

Image taken by Amy – Writing into the Ether

Image taken by Amy – Writing into the Ether

We were running a little late for the event due to personal reasons so when we arrived we had just missed out on tasting all the yummy bubble waffles that Bubble Boba have on offer. I LOVE bubble waffles so much so it was nice to get the chance to try some of the ones that Bubble Boba have to offer. They have loads of different ones including; Original, Oodles of Oreo, Red Velvet, Salted Caramel, Unicorn Dreams and my favourite Matcha Madness (which is made out of matcha but also contains mochi).

Not long after we arrived and managed to scoff some of the yummy waffles, we started to taste some of the newest flavours to join Bubble Boba for their Mocktails Collection.

There are six new flavours in this collection and we got to try every single one! The order I talk about them will be the order we tried them in and of course I’ll tell you guys names, as well as what flavours they are and such.

Lemon & Honey – Freshly squeezed lemon with honey from bees.

Tropical Paradise – Passionfruit, strawberry, orange with orange and lemon slices.

Polynesian Punch – Pineapple, strawberry, mango with real pineapple pieces.

Spanish Riviera – Green apple, lychee and honeydew.

Summer Nights – Strawberry, blueberry and cherry.

Hawaiian Sunset – Mango, raspberry and peach.

Summer Nights was definitely my favourite will all the berry flavours. These were all really refreshing in taste to be honest with you and really did remind me of a tropical drink you would have abroad on holiday, or at a friends summertime BBQ party!

After we tried the new Mocktail collection we were able to try all of the toppings they have on offer, including the pudding and tapioca. I LOVE pudding since I discovered it in London last year and always order it for my matcha bubble tea drinks since. I had to give this a go and it was so delicious. I definitely plan to try this with Bubble Boba’s matcha in the future.

I also gave the coconut topping a try, which I didn’t realise was a mixture of popping bubbles and jellies. I HATE the jellies you have with bubble tea! They taste amazing but the texture of them just makes me sick and it just makes me think of gone off food or something. To be honest though I gave it a go and it was much better on it’s on than with the drink itself. Dane loves the jellies however and more often than not actually orders it with his bubble tea whenever we go for it.

We also got to taste Bubble Boba’s tapioca, which was lovely! It’s made with honey to naturally sweeten it, which works really well. I haven’t actually had tapioca for ages as I just prefer popping bubbles more. This was good though and Dane really loved it.

The one thing I really like about Bubble Boba is that they have 3 samples on the bar where you order, which means you can try before you buy specific drinks. They’d had 3 specific drinks on offer that day which were; Pineapple Fruit Tea, Hanoi Sunrise (which was the drink of the day!) and Orange Oolong Fruit Tea. I tried all three and whilst they were all nice I LOVED Hanoi Sunrise the most.

Just to add this in here, when you pop into the store you can order your drinks on the little tablets they have next to these three sample containers if you wish to pay by card, or you can go up to the till if you have cash. I love the system they have on the tablet as it gives you so many options.

After we got to have a try of all the new Mocktails Collection, it was finally time to start having a go at being little bubble tea baristas ourselves, which I was so excited for! I’ve been drinking bubble tea since I discovered it in 2012 and have to this day never given it a go myself, so I was intrigued to see the logic behind how it’s made. I didn’t quite know what to expect 100% but I wasn’t shocked, but I was somewhat surprised too.

We started off with being given our shakers and all told to pick three flavours from all the ones they gave us. These included; strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, green apple, rose, kiwi, pineapple, passionfruit, mango, honeydew, cherry, lemon, honey peach, orange and lychee.

We got to make two bubble teas of our own with two different recipes, or the same one if we really like our first! For my first drink I decided to go for the flavours – green apple, cherry and passionfruit.

Once we had added our desired flavours it was time to add some fructose, which he’s to sweeten the drink further. Then we added 50ml of hot water followed by mixing with a spoon to combine the flavoured syrups, fructose and water together.

Please excuse my face haha xD

When we were ready to move onto the next step we got to choose which tea we wanted to add to our bubble tea creations. We had the choice of three; floral jasmine, fruity assam or fruity oolong tea. For my first drink I decided to go for the floral jasmine tea, as this usually what I get from Bubble Boba when I order my usual, which is the green apple. You then go and add your ice up to a certain point in the shaker, pop on the lid and then get shaking!

Me and the gorgeous Emily – The Emily Chapters

Gemma – Just Gem, me, Emily – The Emily Chapters and Amy – Writing into the Ether

This was loads of fun in regards to all the photos, videos and especially Boomerangs you could take, but also bloody tiring! You know you had shook enough when your drink when a frothy texture. This section is VERY photo heavy by the way and I am SO NOT SORRY! πŸ˜›

This is when it was time to go ahead and pick which toppings we wanted for our bubble teas. As we had been giving the chance to taste these earlier on in the event it was good to have an idea of what we wanted. For my first drink I opted for blueberry, raspberry and lemon.

Dane’s first drink was raspberry, strawberry and lemon, with assam tea and strawberry bubbles.

We got to drink our first drinks at the event whilst everything was washed and tidied ready for round two!

Not going to lie, my first drink wasn’t very nice and although I somewhat enjoyed it, it wasn’t great. I was glad at the chance to have a go at making another drink in all honesty due to this. I think it was either the passion fruit flavour or the jasmine tea that ruined my flavours.

When we were ready it was time for round two! We definitely went through the second making of our bubbles teas quicker and sadly I didn’t really get many photos of this due to how straight forward it now was to go ahead and have a go again at making bubble tea.

My second bubble tea drink was a definitely better and I really enjoyed it the day after the event after work. I went for green apple, cherry and lemon with assam tea and blueberry, raspberry and cherry popping bubbles. Dane went for double lemon and green apple with assam tea and tapioca bubbles.

The event overall was amazing and it was great after 7 years of drinking bubble tea to finally be able to give it a go myself and even come up with a new and unique flavour. I especially love how the staff said, any flavours we made and enjoyed we could ask for in the future when visiting the store. YES!

Bubble Boba have recently decided to open their masterclasses to people and have loads of offers online for people to check out. I’m going to link them all down below, so please make sure to go and check them out if you’re interested in this!

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I’ll also link down to their social media pages too, just in case you want to go and check them out and follow them! I know they recently opened up new store in Cardiff University’s student union! If you’re also local to the Coventry or Cardiff stores you can also use Deliveroo or Uber Eats to get your Bubble Boba bubble fixes direct to your door!

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Overall I LOVED attending the Bubble Boba Mocktail Party and Masterclass last week and after work it really was something to look forward to. The fact I got to bring Dane along with me and see some of my favourite blogging beauties, it was just perfect all around! I mean, what’s better than bubble tea and friends? πŸ˜›

Do you love bubble tea? If so what do you usually order when you go? I always usually opt for a milky drink of green tea matcha with pudding OR green apple with black tea and cherry popping bubbles.

Are you local to either of the Bubble Boba stores? If so (and you haven’t done so already!) will you be planning to head there anytime soon? Let me know in the comments guys!

Until next time, I hope you’ve all had a fabulous week and your weekends are relaxing.

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Palms Bar Coventry – Lunch Menu Review*

Good evening everyone! I do first of all apologise (again!) for being quiet for almost a week. Life is very hectic for me right now but I’ll be explaining that over the weekend so make sure to keep your eyes peeled for that. You know what though? Although life has been hectic, it’s been so worth it and especially with blogging! I’ve had so many blog opportunities this month and I’ve really loved it.

One of the events I attended last weekend was tasting the new lunch menu that Palms Bar in Coventry are bringing out! Emily over at The Emily Chapters and the owner of Coventry Bloggers invited myself a couple of Coventry Bloggers to try some of the yummy Nigerian and East African Cuisine the restaurant has to offer!

I’ve never really tried this type of food before so I was a mixture of excited and nervous for what was on offer. We’d had the chance to have a sneak peak of what was on offer for us to try and although I wasn’t 100% sure what some of the menu was, I wanted to go to Palms with an open mind and hear from them what everything was instead of Googling. πŸ˜›

 

Palms Bar is located on Far Gosford Street, which is just a stone throw away from FarGo Village. Their new lunch menu that Palms have released is a new project called LoveatPalms with their slogan being, “Cooked with love” which it definitely felt like it was when we tasted all the yummy food that was brought out to us.

The menu itself isn’t huge, which I really like. There’s nothing worse than going somewhere for lunch and having a huge menu to browse, decide, order and eat all in the space of between 30-45 minutes. We were gifted some of the items on the menu to taste test, of course due to the fact this was a [GIFTED] event I’ll mention and * which items we were gifted for review purposes. πŸ™‚

The first dish that was brought out for us to try was suya* [GIFTED] which is a spicy grilled beef marinated in a bend of African spices.

This was AMAZING and definitely the best way to start off the lunchtime meal. A few of us worried it might be a bit too spicy for some of us, but personally I didn’t have a problem with this and I don’t think anyone else did either! The meat was so soft and juicy, was so perfect! I’ve craved this since last weekend and I plan to try and cook it myself in the future. πŸ˜›

After this starter dish we were inundated with various dishes from the lunch menu as well as a couple of dishes from their main menu too!

My favourite dishes were definitely the jollof rice* [GIFTED} and fried rice* [GIFTED] which were so moreish to eat and enjoyable! When they described to us what the jollof rice was, it reminded me so much of Mexican spicy rice.

Jollof rice is seasoned rice cooked in a blend of tomatoes, onions and bell peppers. I’m not a healthy eater at all but if there’s three things I turn my nose up to eating it’s all of the above! So when I tried the jollof rice, I was surprised by what was actually in it. It’s so damn yummy and I’ve been craving it since the blog event! πŸ˜›

As I mentioned we also had the fried rice which is stir-fried rice with mixed veg. This was lovely too but not as good as the jollof rice was. Around the rice there was some fried plantain which is like a banana but more savoury and eaten after it’s been cooked. Due to me having an allergy to bananas, I couldn’t eat these, which was a shame. They sound yummy though! πŸ˜€

This is the spicy turkey* [GIFTED], which I liked but at the same time I didn’t for reasons. It was somewhat spicy, but the level of spice I love! The thing I didn’t like about this dish was that every piece of turkey I picked up had a piece or two of bone in, which put me off having anymore of it. 😦

There were a couple of these pasta salad pots* [GIFTED] on the table, one without mayonnaise and meat and one vice versa. The one photographed was pasta with sweetcorn, sweet potato and crab. I did try a little of this and rather liked it. The fact it’s a cold pasta salad really complimented the rest of the meal and it’ll especially be great in the summer when the hot months are here.

Another one of my favourite things at the lunch was both the BBQ wings* [GIFTED] and the fried wings* [GIFTED] which came with some sauces and dips! These were so good, especially the fried ones! I couldn’t get enough of them and I felt like I ate too many… πŸ˜›

This was what I helped myself to the most, which I’ve already mentioned were my favourite dishes! You can never go wrong with chicken and rice! I swear if I could eat this sort of lunch nearly everyday for my lunches at work, I would ADORE it! As I said previously, I LOVE the jollof rice, which worked really well with the fried chicken wings.

Palms told us before and after we tasted the food how the new lunch menu is aimed at everyone and anyone, but mostly office workers and students as they intend to have the menu at affordable prices, which of course is perfect when university students want to meet up for a yummy lunch, but not break the bank doing so! The menu will only be available between 12pm and 3pm, Monday to Friday.

The one thing I loved the most is that with office workers Palms said how if say offices have their lunch breaks for staff at 1pm, you would be able to pre-order the lunches for everyone in the office to be delivered at that time, which I thought was amazing! I wish I could do this in my office at work! πŸ˜›

If there is one thing I kept thinking whilst trying the new lunch menu is just how well I think it will do throughout the year, but especially during the summer! If there is one thing that stands out to me with this menu is how it makes me excited for the nicer weather, BBQ’s and a cheeky pint in a beer garden. We were having a chat after we’d eaten about how that would work wonders at Palms and they agreed! So in the future there is definitely some potential for a BBQ summer menu to come out!

As well as having this amazing lunch menu during the week in the bar and restaurant, they also have a normal menu throughout the rest of the week and even cater for people!

Personally I feel like Palms Bar in Coventry is definitely a hidden gem that everyone needs to know about! The one thing I’ve noticed with FarGo Village is how everyone notices that and probably nothing around it, but why?! The shops, eateries and more have just as much to offer as the places in FarGo Village do!

I just want to say a massive thank you not only to Emily for inviting me along to this event, but also to Palms Bar in Coventry for having us there to try out their amazing food! πŸ˜€

Will you be given Palms Bar Coventry a go in the future for your lunch menu? Would you office love to be able to get this sort of food delivered at lunchtimes? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re ready for the weekend. πŸ™‚

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