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What it means to be a Giant
What it means to be a Giant
Gil LadetzkyJune 22, 2024

In fifth grade, I attended my first-ever Redwood basketball game. It was a rainy Thursday night in a gym packed with energetic students. As I...

A high school student ridden with acne scrolls through social media posts of influencers with seemingly flawless skin from filters.
The bulging red bumps of your teen years shouldnt be normalized: Acne vulgaris, a detrimentally neglected disease
Emily HitchcockJune 20, 2024

Acne vulgaris is a chronic inflammatory disease —those red, white or scarred marks, the ones that stand out or grow beneath the skin as a painful...

Seniors launch their caps in their air as Dr. Barnaby Payne announces they have officially graduated.
Redwood class of 2024 graduates amid tears, cheers and airhorns: A celebration to remember
Cora ChampommierJune 15, 2024

  On Thursday, June 13, the Redwood class 2024 solidified their impact on the school over the past four years and became a step closer...

Boba bliss: discovering Marin County’s finest bubble tea destinations

In Marin County, where natural beauty meets great food, boba shops add to the culinary charm. In this review, I’ll explore the numerous boba shops across Marin. With a multitude of options to choose from, navigating these establishments can be an adventure in itself. 

 

Teaspoon, Corte Madera

Teaspoon (4.5/5)

Teaspoon, founded in 2015, is a renowned boba shop franchise primarily located in the Bay Area, but also in various areas of the US. In September 2022, a Teaspoon location opened in the Corte Madera Town Center shopping mall, quickly becoming a popular choice, particularly among Redwood students due to its proximity. Teaspoon’s diverse menu features classic favorites like Thai Tea and House Milk Tea, signature drinks such as Caramel Cream or Silky Mango and coffee beverages and seasonal refreshments. Prices start at $6.25 for classics but can reach seven to nine dollars for signatures, seasonal drinks or additional toppings. I ordered the Thai Milk Tea, and the boba is exceptional, boasting a chewy consistency that pleasantly lingers in the mouth, accompanied by a subtle honey sweetness. The tea is silky and smooth, and the non-dairy refreshments carry a light and exhilarating taste. Moreover, customers can customize their drinks according to sweetness and creaminess preferences. Despite occasional boba shortages, Teaspoon offers excellent customer service with friendly staff and short wait times. Overall, Teaspoon provides a delightful boba experience, earning a rating of 4.5 out of 5.

 

Aloh-O, Strawberry

Aloh-O (5/5)

Founded in 2018, Aloh-O is an American-Japanese fast-food restaurant that offers top-tier bubble tea. With a location in the Strawberry Village Shopping Mall, Aloh-O beckons as an essential destination for boba enthusiasts, particularly those residing in Tiburon and Mill Valley. I ordered the Rose Milk Tea; Aloh-O’s bubble teas are exceptional, featuring chewy pearls with a hint of sweet brown sugar that adds to the enjoyment. Their teas, whether with milk or without, are smooth and refreshing, making for a satisfying drink. Customers may also customize their drinks to their liking, being able to choose between sweetness levels and dairy options. Quick service, often delivering drinks in under five minutes, and friendly staff add to the appeal. Plus, with a flat price of $5.50 per drink (excluding extra toppings), Aloh-O easily earns a 5/5 rating for its stellar offerings.

 

World Wrapps, Corte Madera

World Wrapps (2.5/5)

World Wrapps, founded in 1995, is a fast-casual burrito-sandwich fusion chain that combines diverse flavors of the world into a single menu. With six locations in the Bay Area, it’s a popular spot for locals seeking diverse culinary experiences, offering bubble tea as a beverage option. Similar to Teaspoon, World Wrapps has a location in Corte Madera Town Center that is easily accessible to students. While the bubble tea menu is somewhat limited, it features unique flavors like horchata and classics such as jasmine milk tea, both featuring boba. The drinks themselves are criticized for their diluted taste and lack of robust flavor. Additionally, the boba is noticeably undercooked and stale, with no flavor and a hard consistency, detracting from the overall enjoyment of the drink. With small bubble tea drinks priced at $5.95, World Wrapps doesn’t offer a great bang for your buck, particularly given the modest portion size. Considering all aspects of the drink experience, World Wrapps receives a rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. 

 

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Kai Gaultier
Kai Gaultier, Cub Reporter

Kai Gaultier is a junior at Redwood High School and is a member of Nonfiction, the prerequisite class for the Redwood Bark. He enjoys traveling, playing sports, and spending time with friends.