Jun 15, 2022

Walkabout Downtown

For walkabouts I need comfy shoes, comfy pants and a cute top. Tada! 
The little white lacey tank was a thrift store find from years ago and the jeans are some of the most comfortable jeans I've ever owned. I got them at Target a few years back and I wish I had them in all colors. I love a comfy shoe that is also a little quirky and fun. Teva Flatforms are perfect! 

Have you Had Boba Tea?


The first time I ever had bubble tea I really didn't like it. Come to find out, our first sip just was from a place that basically had some poorly made teas. So we set out to find some good boba tea.

When we visited Aloha Cafe a few months ago we decided to take the plunge and make a Boba Tea order to go with our Poke bowls. I ordered a Thai Boba Tea and it was...delicious! Now, I had Thai Tea several times over the years whenever we would go out for Thai food. So I knew I would love the taste. This time I went for brown sugar boba pearls instead of a fruity bubble tea flavor. I think that's when I found my perfect order because I am more of a fan of brown sugar boba than a fruity flavor. 

A little while later, I found out that there was a boba tea truck called Bluebird Boba Tea around town (they now have a brick and mortar store!) We ended up tracking them down one day and made an order. 

My first order was a double cup with one side Taro flavor and the other side Thai. It was perfect!!! We are now fully addicted

We've been back SEVERAL times since then! The purple is Taro flavor, then Strawberry, and my son loves the Sakura Rose flavor!

Shanghai Dumpling House Asheville NC

Remember when I told you a few months back that I planned to incorporate new food adventures in our homeschool year as a fun addition to those field trips that some kids like to call "boring" field trips? I wanted to try some new (to us) places around town that showcased different types of cuisines. Or at least ones that my 15 year old hadn't eaten.

Our 1st stop was at Aloha Cafe to try their poke bowls and they were WONDERFUL. 

Our 2nd stop on the Black Bear Academy Culinary Field Trip was Shanghai Dumpling House which was also WONDERFUL! Two for Two!

First up, Pork Steamed Buns

These were so very tasty. Thick dumplings with the most delicious sauce of the day.

Second was a classic dish of Pan Fried Chicken Dumplings. 

Probably the dumpling that is the crowd pleaser. I don't know how anyone could hate a fried dumpling.

And finally, Soup Dumplings! 
These packed a nice little surprise because when you bite into it, there is delicious broth inside the dumpling.

10/10 recommend!