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.
I was arranging a date to catch up with my friend and she told me about this Italian eatery called Il Posto in Ladner village that she had tried. My initial reaction was “What were you doing there? There’s food there?”. I’m down to try new places though and it’s actually pretty close to Richmond.
The building looked cute which was a good sign. It was very quiet here and there seemed to be plenty of parking. Like any other Italian eatery, Il Posto serves a range of pastas and pizzas. We decided to get one of each and share.
I went to explore the Shipyards Night Market for the first time but didn’t find any of the food trucks interesting so my friend and I decided to get food somewhere else. After doing a quick Google search, we decided on Smoke and Bones BBQ. They’re located near Capilano Mall, just a few minutes from the Lions Gate Bridge. They’ve won several BBQ competitions before as can be seen from the trophy’s they have on display.
We arrived around 6:30pm on a hot day and we were surprised to find that the inside of the restaurant was even hotter. It was definitely over 30 degrees in there and they didn’t have air conditioning, just some slow spinning ceiling fans… However, we were determined to get our BBQ fix so of course we stayed. We just chugged a lot of cold water!
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.
Steveston is a great place to visit on a sunny day and I finally found the Outpost Mini Donut Company on my most recent visit! The shop is pretty small with just a table and a small couch to sit on. I believe most people take their donuts to go but the shop smells amazing!
You can buy the mini donuts in a half dozen, baker’s dozen or a box of 20. We decided to get a baker’s dozen in a cone which is 50 cents cheaper than getting it in a box ($8.50). We were going to eat them right away anyway. They display all the flavours of the day on a tray at the counter so you have an idea of what they all look like.
OEB hails from Calgary and they have opened their first BC location in Yaletown next to Provence Marinaside. I was invited for a media preview by my Instagram friend @guacarons courtesy of @nativmediaco. All food and drinks were complimentary but opinions are my own.
My friend works in the tourism industry and every year they have a tourism challenge where you try to collect stamps from different tourist attractions and then you can get in for free for the whole year. Sounds like a great perk to me! As part of the tourism challenge, some restaurants (mainly hotel restaurants) also have special offers. Market By Jean-Georges was offering a buy 1 get 1 free breakfast/brunch (up to $25) so we decided to check it out. Market is located inside the Shangri-La Hotel.
I haven’t had afternoon tea in years so it’s about time I tried it again. After doing some research, it seemed like Neverland Tea Salon was a good option based on price, food portions and ambiance. They even serve vegan and dairy free versions of their afternoon tea. If you’re not feeling too hungry, you can order their “demi-tea” which is a smaller version of their afternoon tea with less food items.
My friends and I had originally planned to go to Gyu-Kaku but they can’t do groups of more than 10 people so our back up plan was to go to Royal Seoul House. Royal Seoul House has been around since 1990 but I guess they’ve been in business for this long for a reason! Also there aren’t any other Korean BBQ places nearby either.