I was in North Vancouver to check out the Shipyards Night Market which runs every Friday all summer long. We stumbled upon the new Shipyards complex and found the new location of Welcome Parlour. I had never heard of them before but they have another location in North Vancouver. According to their website, they boast about the natural flavours of their ice cream.
The inside can seat about 15 people and has ample space for line ups. The Welcome Parlour started out in 1909 selling general supplies and ice cream and the store theme reflects their heritage.
The Hot Chocolate Festival has been on for a few weeks now and will be ending in 4 days on Feb. 14th but I’m still going to blog about it. When I first saw the hot chocolate from Soirette, I did think it looked gimmicky but since I worked nearby anyway, I decided to pay them a visit with my coworker. Soirette is located near Coal Harbour and it is a bit out of the way to get to but the 19 Pender bus does pass by their store. They mainly specialize in macarons but for the hot chocolate festival, they’ve come up with 2 special drinks.
We came for the Dazzling Mermaid to see what all the fuss was about. This pretty drink was a wild blueberry cheesecake and butterfly pea white hot chocolate and it comes with a cute little seashell macaron! I really enjoyed the whipped cream with the addition of sprinkles and candy bits. The mermaid tail is a piece of chocolate as well but I let my coworker have it so I didn’t try it. The drink itself tastes like liquid cheesecake and the butterfly pea makes the drink blue.
What I enjoyed more was actually the Mining for Vibranium drink. This was a coconut ash and black sesame dark hot chocolate. I like dark chocolate more and I love black sesame so I thought this was the best of both worlds. The hot chocolate was not too sweet and tasted more like a hot chocolate than the Dazzling Mermaid. I loved the chocolate and black sesame rim as well. The Vibranium inspired truffle was equally delicious and smooth with the same black sesame and dark chocolate flavours as the drink. I would get this again if I could!
I haven’t been to Soirette in a few years and noticed that they changed the layout of their store. They no longer have any seating inside and they seem to have expanded their baking area in the back. There is a small bench outside if you want to have your drinks there.
We acquired a ginormous 10lb bag of Krusteaz pancake mix from Costco because everything is cheaper in bulk! For my family that’s enough pancakes for 5 years… I decided to look up what else I could do with pancake mix and found a recipe for pancake mix muffins. Bingo! It was also very straight foward to make and only required a few ingredients.
I decided to half the recipe since I wasn’t sure if it would taste good so I ended up with 6 muffins. They turned out quite moist and fluffy! You can customize them with whatever toppings you want so I went with chocolate chips and craisins. Blueberries would be good as well if you have them on hand. These pancake mix muffins would also be great for a quick grab and go breakfast.
This was my first time at Congee Noodle House for dinner but I’ve had lunch here before. I was ready for some good old Chinese food! We saw that they had different deals where you can pick 3, 4, or 5 dishes etc. off a special dinner menu and it will come with rice, soup, dessert and they will give you a small “free” BBQ dish as well! We had 6 people but we don’t eat a lot so we ordered 4 dishes and it came with half a BBQ duck for around $67.
The first dish we picked was the Stir Fried Beef with Onions. There was lots of tender beef here and lots of onions as advertised. I love onions and you can stir fry them with lots of things! As you can see, it was rather oily but that was to be expected. Instead of giving us individual bowls of rice they just gave us a big bucket and there was more than enough rice for us! Continue reading →
On my trip to Toronto last November, I was exploring the Kensington area which is a really eclectic looking neighbourhood beside Chinatown. Just think lots of vintage shops and brightly coloured murals everywhere.
This is also where I found Millie Creperie! I had read about it briefly but didn’t make plans to visit but my friend and I happened to pass by so I couldn’t resist going in.
They serve a variety of sweet and savoury crepes and parfaits. We had already had a huge brunch so we just wanted a light snack. Continue reading →
Nice Cafe is located on 8th and Main around the corner from the 8th and Main store. It’s very easy to miss since it’s on the side street but it’s across from 8 1/2 Restaurant and Lounge if that helps. This is the definition of a greasy diner joint. We went on a warm day but it was super stuffy inside so we opted to sit outside where it was much cooler. It was only 20 degrees or so though so I don’t know how they survive in there when it’s 30 degrees.
I wasn’t particularly hungry and I was just accompanying my friend so I ordered a Chocolate Milkshake. It came with some generic whipped cream like the kind from a can but the milkshake itself was very good! Chocolatey but not too sweet. I ended up drinking a lot more than I expected to. Continue reading →