Tpumps is a boba tea shop chain that has become very popular in Northern California. During my last visit home, my sister introduced me to this newest trend in tapioca tea: adding multiple pumps of flavored syrups.

Truthfully, I didn’t think I would enjoy it, but the endless lines when we passed by had me intrigued.

On the day we visited, there was a line, but with so many employees working, it moves very fast. I found it a little amusing that a firetruck had pulled over to the side and there was a group of firemen inside waiting for their drink orders.

A standard drink allows you up to three pump flavors and there’s quite a few to choose from, ranging from fruit flavors to almond roca and pumpkin spice. Here is what we ended up with.

These traditional British scones differ from American scones. They use less butter, have a tender crumb, and just a hint of sweetness.

I tasted my first scone from a coffee cart during my freshmen year of college and the attraction was instant. As you may recall, in April I experienced traditional English Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason and completely and utterly fell in love with the Afternoon Tea tradition and British scones. British scones are not the same as American scones. The differences are discussed in great detail in this article from Cook’s Illustrated.

I completely floured myself and my kitchen while making these scones. Last week, I had to undo hours of unpacking because our pantry shelves were starting to pull apart from the walls and needed to be fixed. I haven’t had a chance to put everything back yet, so my kitchen ingredients have been sitting in boxes, much like when we first moved in.

Well, the flour container on my kitchen island was nearly empty, so I went to refill it. We buy the Costco sized bags of flour since I bake so much and of course Mr. K had buried it underneath everything else in a really tall box. So when I reached to grab it out, the top opened … you can imagine the rest. It was like I had walked through a snowstorm.


I’ve been trying to satisfy my Bruxie waffle sandwich cravings before the students come back to SDSU. My initial visit to the San Diego location can be found here.

I previously discussed my love for the light and airy waffles, but had not been able to find the a sandwich combination that was worth a repeat. But I finally found some favorites on this trip.

Green Eggs & Ham
Grilled Ham, Tillamook Cheddar, Jumbo Egg, Mayo & Arugula Pesto

While this is a breakfast waffle, it’s served all day. Perhaps it’s my pesto obsession, but this was just a great combination of flavors. My one wish was that they had kept the egg yolk runny.