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Original visit date: February 13th, 2020
Making your way to a local boba show is a San Diego rite of passage. Are you really San Diegan if you haven’t had boba? Whether or not you like it, you can’t deny boba took off like ROCKET and is now offered almost anywhere is San Diego hotspots and tourist areas.
What’s more, is that boba shops sometimes offer more than just an assortment of drinks, they’ll even have some pretty cool dessert options!
I decided to hit up a pretty established boba shop here in San Diego, VaniTea Cafe. There are 2 current locations and I visited the Chula Vista. It’s smaller than other shops I’ve visited, so if its busy seating will be tricky, but they did some interior revamps that I thought were pretty cute. It’s very IG if you know what I mean lol. It’s also located in a huge plaza with a sushi and Korean restaurant just a few doors down.
Funny enough, I didn’t come here for the boba, although I will discuss it. I came here to try the ever famous, taking the internet by storm, RAINDROP CAKE!
I know what you’re thinking, “how gimmicky.” And uh, YES! That’s the point. I give VaniTea props for this. They saw an opportunity to add a trendy dessert option that also stayed on brand with their overall menu.
I was pretty hype when I finally got to try it! Don’t expect this to be super sweet or even filling. The translucent sphere actually doesn’t taste like anything. It’s unsweetened gelatin after all, but what adds the sweetness is the brown sugar underneath. And honestly, I really enjoyed it! It’s really refreshing and extremely mild in flavor.
If you’re looking for some decadent over the top dessert this isn’t it, BUT if you are looking for an IG worthy and refreshing one, this might be for you. It’s also very low in calories given the fact that it’s only brown sugar and gelatin, so its a nice option if you just had a big meal but still want something sweet.
Pairing this with a really sweet matcha boba tea was pretty awesome too! I think they complemented each other, even if unintentionally. The tea itself was rich while the boba added the extra texture. Now pair that with the raindrop cake that pretty much melts in your mouth with a slight brown sugar hint and you’ve got yourself a pretty solid treat!
I’d recommend people to try this just to say they’ve tried it. It’s one of those things where you may not have it again but you’re glad you got to cross it off your list1