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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Coast Happy Hour – Downtown Vancouver

Wow! It’s been a long break… I’m back foodie fam! Trying to catch up on my posts to give you guys the inside scoop on where to go or where not to go… or at least what to expect and you can decide if you still want to go there… 🙂

V-STAR Rating: 

Variety – 9/10 – For appetizers, you could get calamari, dips, salads, oysters, prawn cocktail, tacos, ahi tuna poke, beef carpaccio, fish and cip cones, tuna & avocado toast and miso glazed sablefish… Keep in mind, this is a SEAFOOD restaurant and that’s their specialty (hence the happy hour choices – all seafood basically). They also have buck-a-shuck here for $1.00 feature oysters!!

Service- 8.5/10 – Everyone’s friendly and quick. Our server was really nice. Although it was really busy, she tried to be as fast as she could. If someone else (who wasn’t our server) noticed we were trying to look for our server, they would come to our table and ask us if we need anything.

Taste – 9/10 – I liked majority of the things we ordered. Wasn’t a fan of the “sushi chef’s feature” which is their daily creation. That day was supposed to be some sort of spicy salmon roll but it wasn’t spicy at all! It also had a weird topping that we were not a fan of.

Atmosphere- 9/10 – Everyone’s smiley here, maybe because it was hot and sunny and it was patio season… Everyone’s super friendly and the staff is helpful if you look lost (when you’re obviously trying to find your way to the bathroom).

Reasonably Priced – 7.5/10 – For happy hour, it was reasonably priced (for 90% of it)! If I was here for a normal occasion, it would probably be a little pricey for my pockets. The quality that you get is definitely worth it during happy hour..

Overall, I would come here again … in the summer … for happy hour 🙂

yours truly,

tb ❤

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 ❤

Hapa Izakaya – Coal Harbour Vancouver

Modern Japanese Cuisine. It’s unfortunate to hear that this location is closing down sometime this month… 😦

 

V-STAR Rating:

Variety – 8/19 – A lot of things you could get! Rice & Noodles, limited Tacos, Sushi, Salads, Sashimi, cold Tapas, hot Tapas,

Service – 8/10 – The servers were friendly and quick. Everyone looked nice – literally.

Taste – 9/10 – Majority of the things we ordered were quite delicious!

Atmosphere – 8/10 – ambiance is nice there – probably because of the view of the water.

Reasonably Priced – 8/10 – I think it’s reasonably priced especially during happy hour! You can try and share many things during happy hour 🙂

Overall, I would come there again but they’re closing down this location so I probably wouldn’t make my way to their Yaletown location unless I was already in the area.

yours truly,

tb ❤

Hoi An Cafe – Vancouver

I kept seeing this on Instagram and finally decided to make the trip. Even at 1:30 PM/2:00 PM, it was still packed and we had to wait about 15 minutes for a table.

 

V-STAR Rating: 

Variety – 9/10 – You can have more than just your typical Vietnamese dishes. Besides the normal Rice, Pho or Noodle dishes, you can have other dishes like Banh Bot Loc and their specialty noodle dish. There’s just a lot of different authentic Vietnamese dishes other than just Pho and Bun (Noodles).

Service – 8/10 – We were greeted right away. They were friendly and tried to be as quick as they could despite it being really busy.

Taste – 10/10 – Super flavorful (but not overpowering) and one of the best Bun Bo Hue’s that I’ve had. My sister had this yellow noodle (that was their specialty) and she actually finished the dish (to the best of her ability). My boyfriend had a chicken and rice dish that was marinated very well and the chicken was very tender and moist. He said it was the best chicken and rice plate ever.

Atmosphere – n/a

Reasonably Priced – 8/10 – For the quality that you get, it was definitely worth the price. It’s not overly expensive but it is not dirt cheap either.

Overall, I would definitely come here again if I was closer to the area. Super delicious but the distance is not worth it for me.

yours truly,

tb ❤

Gokudo Shabu Shabu Hot Pot – Richmond

Update: Highly recommend making reservations because it can fill it very fast and they have limited seating to give you the ultimate experience 🙂

I’ve been here before right after getting picked up from the airport only because I heard about it from @yvrnomswidlindu…then I went here again with my friends but with a groupon.

V-STAR Rating:

Variety – 9/10 – WOW!!!! I feel like you get so much with the Groupon or my appetite is just really small… but we still had meats and some vegetables leftover…

Service – 9/10 – Our servers were really nice and friendly and patient. Plus she took more than one photo and automatically offered to take a photo for us without us even asking…. They were quick and tried to be there for us even when it was really busy.

Taste – 9.5/10 – the base that you get with the groupon was okay. My friend and I who sat on the same side got one miso and one tom yum base (paid extra $3). We decided that miso would be too ‘bland’ so we mixed the two together and it ended up being really spicy…….. oops LOL. Everything else was really delicious and I drank 1.5 cups of the milk tea (because it was unlimited). The dessert was also really good (it’s jello and not tofu dessert woooooo!)

Atmosphere – 8/10 – it was dim and if you are a group of 4 or prefer the tables, there are only 2 (i think). Everyone else has to sit up at the oval bar which is really cool/nice i guess. You face the servers inside who help/serve you in and out etc.

Reasonably Priced – 9/10 – for 17.50 each ($45 groupon but discount code bringing it down to $35 which is $17.50 per person plus tax) it is DEFINITELY worth the buck!!!!! Highly recommend you try this place especially with the groupon. Make sure you get the dinner one if you’re going for dinner (because there’s also lunch time).

Overall, I would definitely be coming here again!~

3779 Sexsmith Rd Unit 2133, Richmond, BC V6X 3Z9

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 ❤