Posted on 16-04-2011
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Bubble Tea Café Launches in Soho in April

April sees the launch of Bubbleology, the specialized Bubble Tea café located in the heart of trend-setting Soho on Rupert Street. Bubble Tea is set to be the newest tea craze to hit our shores, with a huge following already in Chinatown NYC and throughout the USA, Australia, Canada and all of Asia.

Originating in Taiwan in the 80-ies from a mere stall in Taipei’s night market, the drink has become so popular that there are now over 8000 Bubble Tea cafes alone in the country. Served warm or cool, Bubble Tea drinks have a red, white or green tea base which are infused with delicious fruit flavourings, with the unique and hugely addictive addition of Tapioca pearls at the bottom. These Tapioca pearls, ‘Boba,’ have an almost ‘gummy bear’ texture, being zero fat with a delicious caramel undertone and become infused with the flavour of the tea itself.

Walking into the Bubbleology store, guests will feel like they have been transported to a mad scientist’s lab. With fun black and neon décor, exposed brickwork and scientific diagrams explaining the bubble tea creation process, guests will be served by the trained ‘Bubbleologists’ dressed in wacky lab coats.

The fruit based teas are made with green or red tea, and come in the following flavours: Lychee, Green Apple, Strawberry, Passion Fruit, Mango—Green Tea, Kumquat and Ginger—Red Tea. The milk-teas, are more akin to a fun milk-shake, and will come in the following flavours: Taro, Coconut, Almond, Cocoa, Vanilla, and Honeydew. The teas are priced at £2.95 for standard and £3.35 for extra large cups.

Packaged in over-sized transparent cups, the ‘Boba Pearls’ are clearly visible at the bottom of the drink, and a large brightly coloured straw is included to suck these up. The Taiwanese were also pioneers of a specially designed ‘Sealing’ machine, which seals the top of the cup with a unique plastic cover. Bubbleology have imported one of these unique machines, having specially crafted the design of the seal.

Walking into the Bubbleology store, guests will feel like they have been transported to a mad scientist’s lab. With fun black and neon décor, exposed brickwork and scientific diagrams explaining the bubble tea creation process, guests will be served by the trained ‘Bubbleologists’ dressed in wacky lab coats. Guests will also be encouraged to make their own ‘experiments’ with a range of quirky food options.

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Plug in X Add on: a rehearsal of potential connections between two cities” Taiwan Contemporary Art Exhibition

“Plug in X Add on” offers the UK an exclusive look at the Taiwanese contemporary art scene, introducing young artists who were mostly born in the late ’70s and early ’80s, a time when Taiwan made the transition from manufacturing to high-tech industries.

“Plug in X Add on” is a concept that is inspired by computing pract⋯⋯ice, enabling third-party developers to transform and extend the function of host applications. Using such concept, the exhibition observes and experiments with the way young artists connect and adapt themselves to different cultures, societies and politics.

Participating artists:
Bbrother
Chen Cing-Yao
Chen Jing-Yuan
Chu Chun-Teng
Shih Yi-Shan
Su Yu-Hsien
Tsui Kuang-Yu
Yu Cheng-Ta

Private view: 7pm, Thursday, 2 June 2011
Exhibition date and time: Fri, 3 June to Sat, 11 June 2011, 11am-7pm daily
Venue: Rag Factory, 16-18 Heneage Street, London E1 5LJ (Tube: Aldgate East)

Organised by +8
Advised by the Taipei Representative Office in the UK
Supported by Rowan Arts, Lodnon
Sponsored by BenQ, China Airlines, Taipec and Old Tree Bakery

Website: http://plus-8.com/
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/plus8london
Twitter: http://twitter.com/Plus8Arts
Contact: info@plus-8.com

Admission free

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