I'm new to this community and to bubble tea, so I thought I'd drop a note to tell you all that just looking through some of the recent entries gave me a dozen ideas. Thanks!
Also, being from Chattanooga, Tennessee, I'm sad to say that this city has no bubble tea that I know of. (Correct me if I'm wrong, but I doubt many of you would know anyway.) When I'm in school, I'm about an hour away from Nashville, but I haven't explored for bubble tea there because I had never had it until I visited Boston a week ago. I'm dying to try some of the more unusual flavors (avocado???), but I guess for now, I'm stuck with what I can come up with on my own. Chattanooga is a beautiful city, and I love it, but I think I'm stuck in the part of the U.S. that is the last to see anything new.
Today, I made some bastard bubble tea with tiny tapioca pearls. I used black tea and mint tea and vanilla cream, and it turned out better than I thought it would, but really, I have no basis for comparison. At least the tiny tapioca pearls fit through my regular tiny straw.
Back to lurking, I guess.