DALINA

During this extremely cold weather in Vancouver, I always love to sit down at a cafe and enjoy a cup of hot mocha. DALINA would be one of my go-to place! There is a mini-grocery store, with local, organic, and healthy products on one end. On the other side, it is a modern cafe that sells sandwiches, espresso beverages, and much more.

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On Yogurt

Who wants to stay healthy, but can still eat delicious desserts? On Yogurt is one of the options in Yaletown. This is where I first tried ice fried yogurt. It is absolutely cool to watch the progress of making it, and more importantly, it is gluten-free and organic. For the past years, their menu expands to also include drinks, waffles, pastry, and bubble teas. This tiny shop just brings dessert to a whole new level. Continue reading “On Yogurt”

Sharetea [Cambie Location]

What is better than drinking bubble tea in a pouring day? Drinking more than one bubble tea in a day. Today, I am glad to be invited to a media tasting at Sharetea‘s new location on Cambie Street. The interior of the shop is very similar to the Richmond location one, except that it is larger, which is full of artistic decors. Compare to other locations, it is definitely quieter, so I would say it is a good study or hangout spot with friends. Continue reading “Sharetea [Cambie Location]”

David H. Chow – Assorted Bonbons

David H. Chow is an infamous pastry chef and more importantly, a chocolatier in Toronto. One of the most popular products would probably be the photogenic BONBONS. It is different from regular chocolate, because they are handcrafted with love and care. Each piece is unique, and they often have various layers of flavors. Chocolatiers will use their creativity and bring surprises into each piece. That’s why, I am very obsessed with bonbons. So I have begged my friend, who was going to visit her boyfriend in Toronto, to bring me a box of those mysterious and beautiful bonbons as souvenir. Continue reading “David H. Chow – Assorted Bonbons”

L’OTUS Cake Boutique

Mille crêpe cake seems to be the current dessert trend in Vancouver. Recently, there are three stores, with similar concept, caught my attention – L’OTUS Cake Boutique, Sugar Lab, and Miss Lina Crêpe Cake. Therefore, my friends and I plan to go for a crêpe cakes hunt to see which one is the best. And first location would be L’OTUS Cake Boutique.

It is a famous dessert cafe in Richmond. They are known for the freshly made mille crêpe cake, as well as serving tea espresso-based beverages. I previously went there for 3 times, and they were sold out of cakes. So this time, we reserved a table of four and some cakes to start off. We went there around 3pm on a weekday, so most of the flavors were still in stock. And we ordered four flavors in total – Fresh Strawberry, Blue Earl Grey, 64% Dark Chocolate , and Black Sesame.  Continue reading “L’OTUS Cake Boutique”

Restaurant Yugo

When anyone asked about Japanese-French fusion, I immediately thought of Pidgin, but now there is a new restaurant on this recommendation list – Restaurant Yugo. The restaurant uses the simplest decor and lighting. Inside, you can see a marble sushi bar table, where you can have more interactions with the owner and the chef. This is definitely one of the hidden gem in West End.

To me, excellent service always comes first, before anything else, including food quality. And in here, I love how the owner and the chef patiently introduce each dish’s details to each of their customers. You may think I am exaggerating, but you can definitely see that passion from that smile. In addition, they serve the most unique dishes with some of the best ingredients I have tried. Continue reading “Restaurant Yugo”

Cafe Xu Hue

Located on the same block as Sushi by Yuji, Cafe Xu Hue is probably one of the most recommended Vietnamese restaurant in this neighborhood. A lot of foodie friends said that it is famous for the Bún bò Huế.

What is Bún bò Huế?

I did some research on this, because to be honest, I do not know what it was until I entered the restaurant. So, bún means rice vermicelli, and bò means beef. This famous dish is originated from Huế , which was the former capital located in Central Vietnam. The soup base usually contains a great balance in spicy, sour, salty, and sweet flavor. Continue reading “Cafe Xu Hue”