Small Bites: New Bubble Tea Shop To Open in Rockville

Plus: Kensington restaurant hosts celebration for Kensington Palace's world-famous couple; new cherry blossom-inspired gelato at Pinstripes

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Pearl milk tea from Gong Cha, a bubble tea chain with a location opening in Rockville.

Via Gong Cha Tea/Instagram

Gong Cha tea opens this week

Gong Cha, a bubble tea chain, is opening a shop in Rockville this week.

The trendy Taiwanese drink includes different flavors of tea with “boba” balls made of chewy tapioca mixed in. While there are several other places offering the drink in the area, including locations of Kung Fu Tea in Bethesda and North Bethesda, this is the first Gong Cha in the area. The chain started in Taiwan in 2006 and now has about 20 shops in the U.S., mostly in New York City.

Gong Cha will open at 11 a.m. Saturday at 1800 Rockville Pike in the Galvan at Twinbrook complex, according to a press release from the company. 

The chain is also opening locations in College Park and downtown D.C.

Dish & Dram holds royal wedding celebration

In honor of the upcoming wedding of Prince Harry and American actress Megan Markle and their future home at Kensington Palace in London, the Dish & Dram is holding a royal wedding watch party in Maryland’s Kensington.

The 10301 Kensington Parkway restaurant promises an all-day celebration for the May 19 event, with TVs set to the wedding and special British menu items commemorating the occasion. Starting at 7 a.m., breakfast offerings will include bangers and mash and scones. At 9 a.m., after the wedding (which starts at 8 a.m. here), Dish & Dram is inviting kids to dress up as royalty for their ‘Prince and Princess Parade.’ The winner gets a free kid’s meal.

Pints of Lowest Lord ESB will be available, as will a special Ultimate ‘High’ Tea, a 20-ounce gray tea for two with orange bitters and dry Beefeater Gin. The gin tea also includes Elderflower, which the restaurant points out is an ingredient in the royal wedding cake.

Pinstripes offers special gelato for cherry blossom season

Pinstripes in North Bethesda has put out a new seasonal dessert. The Cherry Gelato, meant to commemorate the flowers of D.C.’s world-famous cherry trees that are expected to bloom in coming weeks, is made with sweet and sour dark cherries from Italy. The dessert is available through April 15 at the 11920 Grand Park Ave. bistro offering bowling and bocce.

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