Boba Review: Teaspoon
While both members of our official boba team were out of office this Thursday, this past Tuesday was National Boba Day, and we couldn’t pass up the excuse to partake in our favorite beverage.
Ordering Experience: 5/5 bubbles Between our small order of 3 drinks and Teaspoon’s simplistic and clear menu design, we had no problem getting our order promptly and perfectly. While shaved ice perhaps isn’t a traditional part of our weekly boba adventures, Teaspoon’s ornamental, tea-flavored “snow” is definitely on our list for future weeks.
Taste Factor: 5/5 bubbles Liza’s favorite mango popping boba was satisfying as usual, Lauren’s taro was complemented well by the honey boba pearls, and Lynn’s Thai milk tea was exactly as sweet as requested. The ability to reduce the amount of ice meant there was more room for tea, and we all took advantage of that.
Convenience: 5/5 bubbles A quick 8-minute walk away from our office, Teaspoon is easily accessible… and therefore perpetually tempting. Visiting the tea shop made for a nice lunchtime jaunt, especially in the wonderful sun we’ve been having lately.
Overall: 5/5 Bubbles The tea was made quickly, accurately, and deliciously. We’re excited to try their artisanal “specialty snows” and report back to you as the Bay Area temperatures continue to climb!
Amelia Johnson: Opera Singer, Martial Artist, and Fundraiser
Though she hasn't taken on learning circus arts (yet), Amelia Johnson is basically a professional juggler. Amidst working full time for FGT's development team, earning her MBA at Santa Clara University, and weekly training in Krav Maga and Salsa dancing, Amelia is busy--to put it lightly.
She's used to the grind, however, having received her BA from San Jose State in Vocal Performance. You'll find voice majors in the studio warming up at 6:30 AM, in preparation for their first class at 7 AM, and with 11 classes per semester, the day doesn't slow down from there. Constantly memorizing music of different styles, stepping into different performative roles, and creatively collaborating with other musicians taught Amelia skills that she's taken with her into her graduate program and work at FGT.
There's a level of self-awareness that comes from not only stepping into a new perspective as a performer, but from genuinely understanding a song and the performer’s relation to that perspective. That awareness of context is key, according to Amelia. It's about clarity of message; both what one is saying/singing, and how it's being received.
In development, just like on the stage, it's important to think critically about the needs and contexts of both agencies and donors, both can be met in symbiotic ways.
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