Nana’s Green Tea

Regarded as the Starbucks of Japan, Nana’s Green Tea recently opened its first North American store in Kerrisdale, Vancouver. Prior to its grand opening, I was lucky to tag along with Jason to its media event. Its minimalist and elegant interior design is paired with wooden chairs and tables. Though there is limited seating, it is not too packed. After the media tasting, I went back again on a weekend afternoon, and the line wasn’t too bad, as I only waited for 15 minutes.

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Top 10 Restaurants to Eat in Hong Kong (Part 1)

Yes I just returned from my month long vacation in Hong Kong, Korea, and Taiwan, so I finally have time to sit down and consolidate a list of must try food spots for you all. Hong Kong is known as a food paradise, yet as a local, I’ve found food in Hong Kong to be pretty mediocre. It can get quite expensive compared to other cities, including Vancouver! So on this trip, I spent more time digging through hidden gems to share with you all.

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812 Cake & Dessert

Every year, I would choose a different place to order a cake for my mom’s birthday, and this year, I chose 812 Cake & Dessert. I came here with my friends before, when they first opened. We ordered most of the flavors in the shelf, so I thought my mom would love this place as well. 812 Cake & Dessert is a Korean-owned cake shop near Gilmore. Their cakes overall are on a lighter side, and they have a large variety of beverage selections.

During my first visit, we ordered Tiramisu, Blueberry Cheese, Sweet Potato, and Salted Caramel. Flavors come in a rotational basis, so I am sure you will never get bored of the cakes here. As for the second visit, I ordered Strawberry for my mom’s birthday cake.

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Yama Cafe

If you are ever looking for cafes to satisfy your matcha crave, Yama Cafe would be the go-to place.  Formerly known as Basho Cafe, Yama Cafe is a cozy Japanese cafe, which retained almost the same menu and atmosphere from before. It serves breakfast and  lunch sets, afternoon sweets, and a large selection of beverages. And more importantly, they are ALL gluten-free and made in-house.

I love studying and grabbing a snack or two from here. Though the cafe can get pretty busy, it is never too loud to a point that I would get distracted. I was back again for a media event to discover more on the menu and this cozy cafe itself.

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Food Crawl Stop #4 – Candy Tree Dessert

It has been awhile since I last update on our Food Crawl that happened back in January. But here I am, back on track! Candy Tree Dessert was our first dessert stop, after all those savory dishes from Hoi An Cafe, CHAU Veggie Express, and Sushi by Yuji. It is located in South Burnaby, and it specializes in Asian-style desserts, such as waffles, shaved ice, and sweet soup (糖水), etc. And we were here to try out its Durian Waffle Tower.

After we ordered, we then realized that all six of us are not a fan of durian at all, so I guess this is a food challenge!  Continue reading “Food Crawl Stop #4 – Candy Tree Dessert”

Chef’s Playground Eatery

I would like to introduce you all to my new favourite restaurant in Steveston, Richmond – Chef’s Playground Eatery. Since I wanted to fully enjoy the sunshine, my friend decided to drive to Steveston, and here we are concluding our night with this fabulous dinner.

Steveston is full of hidden gem, and this restaurant is particularly unique. The restaurant is cozy. I love their open kitchen a lot! There are only two people running the restaurant, the chef and the server! I was very impressed that they still manage to serve the food in a timely manner. Chef told us that their menu changes seasonally, or whenever he felt like it. And more importantly, from the balsamic glaze to the syrup of the drinks, they are all made IN HOUSE!

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Food Crawl Stop #3 – Sushi by Yuji

Time for some wasabi kicks into our food crawl – Sushi by Yuji. Melody chose this restaurant, because it is reasonably priced, and the ingredients are super fresh. More importantly, we are here for some egg porn!

Sushi by Yuji is a hidden gem on Nanaimo Street. Though it is small, they serve some of the best sushi in the Kensington area. We again ordered some of the daily specials, as well as the signature nigiri sushi. I only tried two sushi, Aji (Spanish Mackerel) Nigiri and Ika Mentaiko Gunkan, because I was full after two restaurants LOL!

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Food Crawl Stop #2 – CHAU Veggie Express

I have to admit that I’m not a veggie lover, and most of the time, I think I’m “allergic” to vegetables! But I really like our second food crawl stop – CHAU Veggie Express. It is one of the most popular restaurants on Victoria Drive, which serves traditional Vietnamese vegetarian cuisine. Most of the dishes here are also gluten-free. They also have a location in Granville Island, but I personally think the new location is way more accessible.

CHAU Veggie Express is a self-served restaurant, where you order at the counter and seat wherever you find comfortable. Since it is called “Express”, the food comes out fairly quick, so customer turnover rates are fairly high. We ordered four items to share.

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Food Crawl Stop #1 – Hoi An Cafe

My foodie friends and I went for a food crawl last Saturday in the Kensington area. We went 6 different restaurants to try some of their signature dishes. Starting from today, I will blog about one restaurant per day for the next 5 days. So here we go!

The first stop is Hoi An Cafe, the only one Viet restaurant that serve authentic Central Vietnamese food in Vancouver. We ordered some of the signature dishes to share, which includes their infamous Mì Quảng, an authentic Vietnamese turmeric noodle dish, Cafe Sữa (Vietnamese Ice Coffee), and much more!

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