My mother has a stellar memory bank for numbers & fun stories, so she’d often tell us her hilarious childhood stories as she drove us to school. However, not all the stories she told were her own; many of them were ours. One childhood story my mom frequently told was how I used to sing lullabies to my baby brother, but with silly lyrics that were reflective of my language acquisition at that age such as phrases on mowing the grass. A story my mom still loves to tell is how Toddler Tiffany used to absolutely love squatting down in the snow, grabbing a handful of it, & just eating it like it were a doughnut. I may have been born in the spring, but I swear my ethos/spirit animal is a beluga whale. Sad news for Adult Tiffany: there’s no snow in Southern California for me to eat. Adult Tiffany prefers winter over summer. Adult Tiffany thinks speaking in third person is really lame, but for some reason, is still doing it.
So, what about all of those summer recipes you keep posting then, you ask? Listen, you can’t fault me for capitalizing on the season, its fresh fruits, & great recipe inspirations that come with it. Just because I’m bad with heat, doesn’t mean I don’t love the recipes of the season! Now that I’m back from my holiday, I’m posting two new recipes. Since California is experiencing the worst drought in the history of recorded droughts, it’s not exactly wise for us to be participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for ALS, however you can still do something to help spread the word & donate to the cause. You can dump pool water on yourself while you’re in a pool or ice water while you’re standing over an area of your garden that needs watering. What else can you do? Well, shoot, just make some ice pops or an iced tea, social media that thing, & head on over to ALSA.org to donate! No offense to the guy who came up with the challenge, but I’d rather do something useful with ice than to let it go to waste. Tired of ice pops & iced tea recipes, you say? How about sangria with boba instead?
With my love for boba & Two Buck Chuck, why not combine the two with some fresh fruit & juice for a delicious original concoction for your next Sunday Brunch? So, how do you trick your tastebuds into thinking you’re on a tropical holiday you ask? Well, follow the simple steps below. (Remember to hover over the images for captions.)
Step 1: Make Mango Paradise Ice Pops
Using the very last mango Josh’s parents sent over to me, I had to make the best of it by adding a mango ice pop recipe! While I could’ve updated my delicious mango sorbet recipe with better photos, judging from my instagram photo of homemade ice pops, people seem to really love ice pops! This recipe is bursting with flavor & has been declared the “best ice pops” I’ve ever made according to my brother, who ate about 5 of them, & Josh who savored every bite.
Step 2: Make Tropical Sangria with Boba
My local Trader Joe’s had this amazing fruit displayed that I’ve never seen before called Golden Dewlicious, so naturally I just had to get my hands on this glowing orb. It radiated this bright, vibrant golden yellow color & was shaped & textured similarly to honeydew. Turns out it’s just a gold brother of the lovely green honeydew as it has the same consistency, texture, & overall taste, but sweeter. Since this fruit isn’t a household name, I felt that this sangria recipe is already pretty novel! Try blending or juicing the melon, a mango, & some 1/2 cup of coconut water instead of store bought juice. It’s much more nutritious to make fresh juice & it’s so naturally sweet. I’m quite envious of those who have juicers though because I’m OBSESSED with fresh juice. Heather, a Community Coordinator on behalf of Williams-Sonoma, contacted me about their new juice campaign, with the goal to enlighten people about the health benefits of juicing. I’ve been eyeing electric juicers from Williams-Sonoma for a while now & I’d love nothing more than to get my hands on the Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer to make my favorite alcoholic drink in the world: Bloody Marys! But obviously, had I had the juicer or just any juicer, I would’ve made my own mango juice in my home instead of buying one from Trader Joe’s.
It’s rare to see homemade juices in sangria recipes, so it’d be a nice change of pace to make one that’s just all that more naturally sweet. All-in-all, I wanted my sangria recipe to be a little more original since there are probably 500 of the same sangria recipes out there, but how many sangria with boba recipes are there? Pretty much none, so I’m going to go ahead & claim my recipe as the first Original Sangria with Boba recipe the way Neil Armstrong claimed the moon America’s property (satire, obviously we all share the moon).
If you’re already following me on Instagram, you may have seen that I’m moving to Boston soon to attend Northeastern University this Fall for their pre-medical post-baccalaureate program! So when I’m all settled in my new place, I’ll have to add more sangria with boba recipes. This Southern California woman is moving to the East Coast–finally, I’ve only dreamed about this for forever!!!!!!!–& getting one step closer to pursuing her aspirations! I’m also getting one step closer to eating snow again, thus…Toddler Tiffany lives!
Hopefully this post was enlightening on how to pretend you’re on an island vacation. Drinking my sangria while writing this sure is fooling me!