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Boba report: Tea It Up opens in Menlo Park; milk tea and mochi donuts headed to Palo Alto

Uploaded: Mar 3, 2020

In the latest local boba news, Tea It Up is now open at 993 El Camino Real in Menlo Park and Te Amo Boba is opening on March 13 at 4131 El Camino Real in Palo Alto.

Te Amo Boba is a new boba shop opening in Palo Alto. Photo by Elena Kadvany.

Tea It Up took over the former Cobblery in the small shopping center at the intersection of El Camino Real and Menlo Avenue. The shop serves a range of fruit and milk teas with topping options such as lychee jelly, coconut jelly, egg pudding, strawberry popping boba and aloe vera. As at most boba shops, customers can adjust sweetness and ice levels.

Meanwhile, Te Amo Boba has put up signs at the former Starbucks space on El Camino Real in Palo Alto. If it's similar to a new outpost in Castro Valley, there will be typical boba tea options, smoothies and coffee — plus mochi donuts with glazes in flavors such as strawberry, matcha, chocolate, churro and black sesame. According to Yelp, the donuts are made in house and only available Friday through Sunday (at least in Castro Valley).

Te Amo Boba's mochi donuts. Photo via Tea Amo Boba/Instagram.

Bakeries like Third Culture Bakery in Berkeley and Mochill in San Francisco have popularized the hybrid, chewy donut. (You might have also seen Third Culture's mochi muffins for sale at local cafes.) Honolulu-based MoDo Hawaii, whose mochi donuts have drawn long lines during pop-ups at San Jose's Mitsuwa's Marketplace, is returning to the Japanese grocery store starting this Friday, March 6, through April 5.