Much to my surprise, a little pearl tea cart has opened in the Burlington Mall, on the first floor down toward Sears. The people who run it say it is the first out-of-state branch of some enterprise that emanates from NYC, and, of course, they say their tea is the best. Since I have not managed to get myself in to Chinatown (or Wisteria) and have my two cans of pearl tea untouched in the fridge, I have no point of comparison, so I will leave that to you hounds. I will say that my favorite flavor this far is coffee--sounds odd but it is like a sweetened cafe au lait with the (addictive) pearls. My runner up thus far would be the lemon. My daughter seems to have latched onto the coconut. I have tried the strawberry (good, but weak), litchi (tiring), and passionfruit (too weak to be outstanding. My daughter tried the peach, which she seemed to like, but I couldn't share it since I had a cold. The workers seem to all prefer the (unlisted) taro, which they say tastes like cookies and cream (!).
Anyway, on one hand, I don't look forward to having to wait in long lines to get this stuff (which is addictive, in spite of my comments); on the other, I would like to see them get enough business so they stick around for a while.
Hmmmm. Maybe I have to wait until 10:30 (when they open, alas--and note that I expect that might be later on Sunday) to go to Kimball Farm, so I can get some pearl tea first.