The Alley 鹿角巷: Downtown Vancouver

The Alley is a Taiwanese bubble tea chain known for its for freshly handcrafted tapioca – aka deerioca (a play on the word tapioca and their deer logo). They are opening their first Vancouver location this Saturday (April 27). The Alley creates its own sugar cane syrup and serves up an elevated menu of original…

Meat and Bread

Meat and Bread first opened in 2010 in Gastown, since then they have since expanded to several locations, including their newest shop on Robson. They are known for their signature Porchetta sandwich, but this week I stopped by to try our their limited edition Reuben Sandwich. From April 11-13, instead of having their signature Porchetta…

White Spot: New Avocado Beyond Burger

White Spot is jumping on the plant-based burger trend by adding the Beyond Burger patties to their burger and salad menu. Beyond Meat is the world’s first plant-based burger that looks, cooks, and satisfies like beef. Available at all full-service White Spot restaurants in BC and Alberta starting Monday, April 15, the hearty four-ounce chargrilled…

Beta5 Chocolates (Special Collaboration with @ConstellationInspiration)

I was so excited when I heard about the special collaboration Beta5 Chocolates was having with Amy to create Asian dessert inspired cream puffs, and I wasn’t disappointed! I managed to preorder all three flavours so I didn’t have to queue or be turned away because they ran out. This collaboration is turning out to…

3 Quarters Full Cafe

3 Quarters Full Cafe is a quaint cafe located inside Denman Place Mall. It’s a bit hidden, but if you keep an eye out for the Dollarama near by, you won’t miss it. This cafe has a very relaxed vibe and it brings me back to many afternoons spent in cafes in Taiwan. Everything is…

Beaucoup Bakery & Café

I first heard of Beaucoup Bakery & Café after reading The Measure of My Powers by Jackie Kai Ellis, the founder of Beaucoup. I wasn’t able to make it here before the bakery changed ownership, but from what I hear, not much has changed. Under the ownership of brother and sister duo – Betty and…

Sakura Afternoon Tea at The Trump Champagne Lounge

Every season, The Trump Champange Lounge introduces a fabulous and inspired afternoon tea set. This season is inspired by head pastry chef, Fumiko Moreton‘s hometown of Japan. The Sakura Afternoon Tea is available from March 18 – May 19. Sakura Afternoon Tea ($65.00 per person) – features a selection of savoury and sweet selections with…

TSUJIRI Richmond

After several years of stalled openings, TSUJIRI is finally open in Richmond! I’ve been looking forward to trying this place out for so long, that Trudy and I made reservations as soon as they were available. We made our reservation about three weeks in advance, but note that they are pretty much booked until May…

Mr Mustache Bubble Tea

Mr. Mustache Bubble Tea has two locations – one in Vancouver and one in Burnaby. On this occasion I visited the Burnaby location which took over the former Cafe Joie. It’s only a few minutes walk from Metrotown, so it’s a nice cafe to rest up after a day of shopping. On my visit, most…

Gyo Para Gyoza & Ramen Bar

Gyo Para Gyoza & Ramen Bar first opened in 1993 under the name “Gyoza Paradise”, on Thurlow and Robson. They’ve reincarnated as Gyo Para Gyoza & Ramen Bar and they’re now located in Kitsilano near UBC. This unassuming ramen-ya dishes out quality ramen that uses natural ingredients and traditional methods that have been passed down…