I saw before that Styo had a SocialShopper deal going on but I didn’t get it because usually whenever I buy these deals I don’t end up using them but I think I could’ve in this case! Styo serves froyo parfaits and other froyo desserts as well as waffles and smoothies.
I like how they have a blue theme going on since I’m super biased and blue is my favourite color. Seating is pretty minimal though.
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I am still obsessed with waffles so I was ecstatic when I saw pictures of heart shaped waffles from Beard Papa’s new location! They closed down their stall in Richmond Centre and now they have an actual store in the same complex as London Drugs on No. 3 Road.
The space inside is bright and clean and would be a great place to hang out with friends. There’s also an ample amount of seating as well. With their floor to ceiling windows, it’s easy to entice passerby’s to come in!
This was the Green Tea and Matcha Waffle and I’ve seen a lot of pictures of it since Beard Papa’s has opened. I loved how they’re in heart shapes and they were nice and chewy! I would totally come back for this.
The Green Tea Fondant was not as good though. They display it in their fridge case and then they warm it up for you after you order it so that the fondant is melty although it really was just lukewarm. The cake part was strangely dense and chewy but sorta spongey? The green tea lava inside had a strong green tea flavour as advertised. The cake texture was not appetizing though so I wouldn’t get this again.
In addition to their signature cream puffs, they also have some other desserts in a display case now like small cakes and tiramisu.
Continuing on with my Granville Island eats, we visited GI Gelato and Coffee House. They had a selection of 18 gelatos and sorbets as well as coffee and a few pastries. The gelato selection wasn’t huge but there should be something for everyone. No matter how small I say the selection is, I still take forever to choose a flavour…
One scoop costs $3.57 which is about average. If you want a waffle cone, it will set you back another 50 cents. On the left we have Japanese Green Tea and on the right we have Maple Walnut. The green tea was packed with matcha flavour and if you love green tea, this will make you a happy camper! The Maple Walnut was sweet with maple flavour and there were a few nuts to give it some texture. These were good-sized, creamy scoops of gelato. They weren’t particularly special but it was still good enough for me.
Recently my favourite YouTube chef, Chef John, put up a video for chocolate macarons so a friend and I decided to try it! This recipe required almond meal/almond flour and I went to Safeway and didn’t find any. I found some at Pricesmart Foods but they ran out. Then I found some finely ground almonds there which is essentially what almond meal/flour is so I just bought that. However we sort of failed because we forgot to rewatch the video and uhm missed some steps… BUT ANYWAY they still tasted good! LOL so here are a few photos haha
Stiff Peaks for Egg Whites!
You can see the bag of ground almonds in the back.
Ok I think we made these a little too flat =( Then it lacked that texture when you bite into it because well there wasn’t much to bite into… We did a swirly pattern which didn’t work that well since they were too flat.
Mixing in the dry ingredients!
In the oven!
These are actually the green tea ones we made after. They were a tad bitter because I added too much green tea powder. These macaron measurements need to be extremely precise! ><
Assembled together! Ours were actually pretty big so they looked more like cookie sandwiches than macarons! haha Instead of making our own filling we just decided to use nutella and that worked out quite well too. Even with the green tea ones! XD Our macarons lacked the little “feet” that they’re suppose to have around the edges and the texture wasn’t there either. They were really more like cookies… but anyway they still tasted good so maybe next time we can improve some more! Maybe they can look like this next time!
Or I can just buy them…