My Frosty Dessert Cafe – Vancouver

Burrrrrr! It’s cold in here – but that doesn’t stop the foodie fam from visiting dessert places with shaved ice dessert! Hidden in a complex/plaza, this Korean cafe was quite delicious!

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V-STAR RATING: 

Variety – 7/10 – From what I can remember, you can only get taiyaki (3-4 different flavours) shaved iced (strawberry, mango, etc.), drinks: tea, coffee, flavoured fizzy lemonade, and sweet toast.

Service – 7/10 – Getting our stuff took some time. The Taiyaki was fast because they were tiny portions. Other than that, they were really nice I guess? Very little interaction since you come in – order –  then seat yourself and they bring it to you when it’s ready.

Taste – 9/10 – The shaved iced was very creamy and soft! The Taiyaki was a good size (in my opinion) because I usually can’t finish the normal size. The drink that I got was interesting, but probably very overpriced.

Atmosphere – n/a – no atmosphere here.

Reasonably Priced – 8/10 – Priced normally in terms of what you can expect nowadays at these dessert cafes.

Overall, I wouldn’t come here again (if I was coming from home). If I was in the area or if it was on the way to another place I was going to, then I would be more willing to make a pit stop there.

Address220 2800 E1st ave, Vancouver, BC V5M 4P1

yours truly,

tb ❤

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giovane cafe + eatery – Vancouver

A very rewarding treat after biking the seawall. We were a little concerned that it would be sold out by the time I got back, but luckily there were still a lot of the original flavor left (but only 2 matcha ones left)!

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V-STAR Rating:

Variety – 7/10 – You can have dessert, soups + salads, breakfast, power bowls, paninis, meat & cheese platter, pastas, pizzas, and desserts/pastries.

Service – n/a – order and take your things and find an empty table

Taste – 7/10 – the sugar buns were pretty good except it had A LOT of cream. Possibly too much cream. It was really overwhelming after a few bites.

Atmosphere n/a –

Reasonably Priced – 5/10 – everything is really expensive here except for some pastries and i guess pizza is normal … but the breakfast, bowls, paninis, salumi + formaggi etc are over the top!

Overall, I wouldn’t come here again or dine here. If I did come here again, it’s probably because I wanted a sugar bun – but that won’t be for awhile…

yours truly,

tb ❤

Sugar Lab – Burnaby

Suga Suga how you get so fly~ 

Ha. Ha. Ha. An interesting name for an interesting dessert place. Interior is super cute but quite small. The walk to the bathroom is quite aesthetically pleasing.

V-STAR Rating:

Variety – 9/10 –  they got drinks (like bubble tea) in a fancy glass. crepe cakes. shaved iced. and probably other desserts that I wasn’t too excited about (so i forgot).

Service – n/a – you order and then you sit down and then they bring it to you. very little service required… Don’t get me wrong. They are friendly, but I can’t necessarily rate their service when there’s limits to their

Taste – 7.75/10 – The crepe cake was really good. I think I like it better than Estea Cafe. The Shaved Iced (Mango) was huuuuuuuuuuuuuuge! Was not expecting that. However, I prefer snowy village better for this. As for the mango drink, you could not mess that up (so it was delicious)

Atmosphere – n/a – quiet-ish, super small with limited seats. It seems like a place that people study in at night … super cute inside as mentioned above.

Reasonably Priced – 7.75/10 – decent price for the amount you get. Not over the top expensive. Still something that you can justify for.

Overall, I would come here again even though it’s about a 30 minute drive. It’s just worth it. Highly recommend.. 🙂

yours truly,

tb ❤

 

Jack Frost – Richmond

Saw this all over Instagram so we decided to drive down here… All I can say is MEH.

V-STAR Rating:

Variety – 7.5/10 – There are bingsoos, dippin’ dots, macrons, and a few variety of cake slices. I went here because of the dippin dots and bingsoo…………….

Service – 7/10 – It was alright. We just ordered, sat down, and then they brought it to our table and that was the end of that. There was a table of cups and a jug filled with a quarter of ice and no water..

Taste – 6/10 – I thought the dippin dots (banana split) was flavorless? Maybe it had more freezer burn than the actual flavor? I prefer mini melts over dippin dots any day!!! The Mango Bingsoo was garbage. It was so meh and the mangos were so hard. I believe they used green mango for this instead of the yellow peel mango…

Atmosphere – n/a 

Reasonably Priced – 7/10 – The price did not match the quality so I would say this was not reasonably priced.

Regardless, it was a garbage experience and I was very disappointed to have come here all the way from Surrey…

yours truly,

tb ❤

 

 

Milkcow Canada – Richmond

“Korean dessert cafe, Milkcow, famed for its unique milk soft ice cream and extraordinary toppings has arrived in Canada! Milkcow is one of the fastest growing ice cream chains in Asia, featuring endorsements by well-known South Korean celebrities.”

I’ve always wanted to go here but haven’t had the chance until last weekend. In addition, my sister won a contest that also gave her $25 gift card to spend at Milkcow so that enticed us to go sooner than later…

V-STAR Rating: 

Variety – 7/10 – There were about 10-15 different ice cream toppings and the prices vary by how tough it would be (from what I can see).

Service – 8/10 – They were quick and friendly.

Taste – 8/10 – It was very soft and fluffy tasting? It wasn’t sweet like Mcd’s/Ikea’s soft serve ice cream. It kind of reminded me like Costco’s soft serve though. Regardless, it was good.

Atmosphere – n/a

Reasonably Priced – 6.5/10 – It is the most expensive soft serve ice cream I have ever had. The original (just the cup and the soft serve ice cream) costs $4.95. If you want to add Macaroon or anything else (cotton candy), blue syrup, other things, it would be $5.95 and more. Personally, I don’t think it is worth the cost but it is very hyped rn so people would pay for it. It’s also different from the others (not bingsoo, not waffles, not waffles with ice cream, etc.) soooooooo ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Overall, I probably wouldn’t come here again if I was in Richmond just because there are SO MANY other choices available in Richmond that I haven’t tried yet so I’d do that first before considering to come back…

yours truly,

tb ❤

Passion8 Dessert Cafe – Vancouver

I’ve heard of this place before so when we saw it after going to that Conservatory at QE Park, I just had to check it out.

V-STAR Rating:

Variety – 7/10 – From what I can remember, you can get a few different flavors of cheesecake and bingsoo. I think there were macarons available but meh, not my thing.

Service – n/a – you order then sit and then they bring it to your table. Not much “service” needed.

Taste – 6.5/10 – The cheesecake was SUPER strong in the cheese flavor and the matcha. The Bingsoo wasn’t that great. It was a tad syrup-ie and the ice wasn’t as soft as Snowy Village. It was just presented very aesthetically and you get cheesecake on top of it (but I hate cheesecake).

Atmosphere – n/a

Reasonably Priced – 8/10 – it was roughly 6.50-8$ for the cheesecake and double digits for the bingsoo. That is average pricing to me.

Overall, wouldn’t make the trip here again. Side note: it was quite packed on a weekend night so maybe I am ordering the wrong things since lots of people come here…

yours truly,

tb ❤

YEW (#DOVF) – Vancouver

To be honest, I really wanted to try this place because they had Tiger Prawn Ceviché. I’ve heard of this restaurant before and I knew it was popular and usually expensive, so why not take advantage of the Dine-Out Festival (a 3 course set menu with options for the price range of $30 – $40). Super glad we still decided to go here despite a few negative comments about how YEW sucks during dine-out…. They definitely turned the table around this year though!!

 

V-STAR Rating:

Variety – n/a – again, with dine-out, the selection is limited to 2-3 choices per course; thus, no rating was given for this category

Service – 9.5/10 – our waitress was super friendly and was super cool (because she took more than ONE photo and tried different angles as well!!!!) she was super helpful and chatty but not TOO much .. just the right amount. The only negative thing about this experience was that we noticed they took the jacket of the girl in front of us but did not offer to take ours *shrugs*

Taste – 9/10 – for my dishes, they were all delicious! The tiger prawn was REALLLLLLLLLY sour. Even though I like sour things, this was just WAY too sour but somehow I still enjoyed it thoroughly… The Beef was SO TENDER. MY GOODNESS. It just falls apart when you try to poke at it/separate.  The Earl Grey mousse dessert was a little weird though. It had the nice earl grey taste, but then it would get kicked away but the tangy orange taste .. I don’t know if i enjoyed that one …

Atmosphere – 9/10 – Everyone and everything is so boujee (extra fancy). The interior was really nice and everything just screams “high-end” (even the ceiling was quite high….). The dim lighting created that “ooh-lala” atmosphere.

Reasonably Priced – 10/10 – for the $40 dineout menu, this was definitely worth the bang for your buck!!!!

Overall, I probably would come back here for a special occasion or dine-out next year. I would recommend those who had a bad experience with them to try it again next year!!

yours truly,

tb ❤