Disclaimer: I was provided the Suspro protein bars to try in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.
Suspro protein bars are plant based, allergen friendly (free of the top 8 most common allergens), low sugar, and packed with seeds. Each bar contains a combination of natural seeds, including sunflower, pumpkin, quinoa, and chia seeds. Seeds are the first ingredient listed on the protein bars. The seeds were carefully chosen to provide consumers with all the essential amino acids which we can only obtain through consumption. Furthermore, all of their bars are rich in healthy fats and contain less than 4g of sugar.
The Suspro bars are vegan, gluten free, dairy free, soy free, peanut free, and GMO free. Currently they have 4 flavours available: Apple Pie, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt, Mint Chocolate and Pineapple
Tacos El Gordo was featured on an episode of Tasty: Friend in Town and was also highly rated on Yelp. I was looking forward to some authentic Mexican food since the US is closer to Mexico and they seem to have more Mexican food available. Tacos El Gordo is located near the Wynn hotel.
We were not prepared for the amount of people lining up outside and inside the crowded store. I have never seen this many people at a taco shop before! There was someone at the door directing customers to which line they can join. They have lines based on which protein you wanted e.g. carne asada (steak), al pastor (pork), lengue (beef tongue) etc. Then you can choose how you want your meat. e.g. tacos, quesadillas, vampiros, sopes, mulas, tostadas etc. We had to Google what some of these things were.
It is best to come with multiple people so you can stand in different lines and try different proteins. Be prepared to wait at least 20-30 minutes.
Yardbird came up on Yelp as one of their most popular and highly rated restaurants. Their chicken and waffles dish sounded amazing but was also really pricey ($36 USD which is about $45 CAD). Since I love fried chicken I had to try it.
They have a bar/lounge area on one side and another more brightly lit dining room. We made a reservation for brunch at 10am (when they open) and were promptly seated. Yardbird is located inside the Venetian. It still surprises me that there are people gambling in the morning… or maybe they never went home?
Foret Noire Patisserie is a cake and pastry cafe on Broadway close to the Broadway City Hall station. I had actually visited Foret Noire Patisserie last month but they also invited me to come in to try some of their cakes as well. This post is a combination of both visits.
The following two cakes were complimentary. We tried the Broadway, which had a chocolate biscuit at the bottom, Valrhona chocolate mousse, chocolate crumble, chocolate glaze and vanilla creme brule in the centre. If you’re a fan of chocolate, then this would be perfect for you! It was rich and decadent.
Milkcow is a Korean dessert chain that specializes in organic soft serve ice cream. They’re located near the Richmond Oval. I always thought it’d be similar to Soft Peaks so I wasn’t dying to try it but they also have souffle pancakes now which peaked my interest.
The cafe is spacious and bright with seating for about 20 people. They serve about 12 different varieties of soft serve and 2 seasonal flavours. Most of the options are around $6.50.
We decided to get the Tiramisu but what we didn’t know that it wasn’t going to be a full cup of ice cream with a big swirl on top. Or we just didn’t read the menu carefully. It had a small layer of mascarpone cheese on top dusted with cocoa powder, then soft serve ice cream, and lady fingers soaked in espresso at the bottom. It tasted pretty good but we just felt like we were missing out on the extra quantity of ice cream.
The ice cream itself had a nice milky flavour and was very smooth. It also didn’t melt too fast!
My first trip to Europe was to London! Flat Iron came up a few times in my food search and they’re known for their simple menu featuring the flat iron steak for £11 (or about $18.75). They have various locations across London and we went to the one in Soho. We arrived at about 6:15pm and waited about 30 minutes. They always have a line up so be prepared to wait!
They give you a small cleaver for a knife which was pretty cute! Made me feel dangerous >=)
I was invited to check out the new Fall and Winter menu for Blossom Dim Sum and Grill. As this was a lunch tasting on a weekday, I didn’t get to try all the items since I had to go back to work. This will be a limited review of the appies and small dishes that came out first.
The space was bright and inviting with beautiful murals on the wall. the use of velvet chairs gave the space an even more luxurious feel.
Weekend Tea is one of the newer bubble tea shops to open recently and they are located in Burnaby, close to Metrotown. They specialize in fruit teas made with real fruit.
The interior is bright and upon entering the store, your eyes will be drawn to a wall with their logo surrounded by fake leafy greens. This is how you get millenials to come to your store! Just make it Instagram friendly!
One thing to note about Weekend Tea is that you don’t get the option of customizing the sweetness or ice levels in your drink. They offer a range of different fruit teas like pineapple passionfruit, grapefruit and even golden kiwi. You can also add cheese foam to a few of the fruit teas as well. We were given the option to pick whatever drinks we wanted to try.
The Honeydew Yogurt consisted of honeydew slush and Konjac jelly. The yogurt series is the newest addition to their line of drinks. I found the honeydew slush to be very refreshing but I wasn’t a big fan of the tanginess from the yogurt. I’m not into Yakult or those types of yogurt drinks so I’m not sure why I wanted to try this. It wasn’t bad though just not my thing personally. On the menu, it didn’t actually say it had Konjac jelly in it though so I was surprised there was chewy bits in my drink!
The Zang Pearl Milk was Weekened Tea’s version of the ever-popular brown sugar pearl with fresh milk. I’m definitely on that bandwagon so I had to try their version. The pearls were a bit on the chewier side but the drink had a nice caramel flavour to it? It wasn’t as sweet as some other versions but you might be disappointed in it.
The Lychee Fruit Tea was super pretty with a pale pink ombre colour going on. It had real lychee pieces in it too. This was a very light beverage and would quench your thirst on a hot day. I don’t think there are a lot of fresh lychee drinks out there so it’s very unique.
Lastly let’s talk about my favourite of the day, the Zang Mango. This had a fresh mango mixture on the bottom, fresh milk and a layer of cheese foam on top. I was skeptical about this at first but I was surprised to find that this combination worked. The mango was fresh and sweet and when you mix everything together you just get a hint of saltiness from the cheese foam. I always get milk teas or milk based drinks instead of fruit teas so this hit the spot for me. They also have a strawberry version of this.
Weekend Tea’s menu is not that big and I would recommend you stick to their fruit teas since that’s what they’re known for. We noticed that some of the drinks did take more time to make compared to the average bubble tea. I’m not normally a fruit tea person but I still enjoyed their drinks!
While looking for a brunch spot that takes reservations and didn’t have line ups, I thought of Glowbal and their $12 benny promotion. I’ve been meaning to try them since it sounded like a great deal. I’m all about the cheap eats!
It was a warm day so we opted to sit on the patio. There are 3 benny’s that you can choose from: Original, West Coast or Florentine. They also have other brunch items if you don’t feel like having a benny.