A Happy Pancake-Japanese Souffle Pancakes

This past year I’ve seen a few trending videos of Japanese souffle pancakes so I put that one my bucket list for my Japan trip. After doing some research, the place I found was called A Happy Pancake. This pancake specialty restaurant originated from Osaka but they now have a few locations in Tokyo as well. The one I went to was in Ginza, not too far from Ginza station. It was slightly tricky to find as the entrance to the building is in an alley way but they have a small sign located outside. On another note, I also noticed that elevators in Japan seem to be smaller.
A Happy Pancake

My friend and I came around 4pm and there was only one group waiting ahead of us. I was quite ecstatic as I hate lining up! It was actually a spontaneous visit so we got lucky with the timing. The cafe looks really new and you can watch them make the pancakes while you wait. A Happy Pancake offers a few sweet pancake options as well as some savoury ones as well. There is a disclaimer on the menu stating that the pancakes are different from normal pancakes and will take about 20 minutes to make. The menu is also available in English.
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Fable Diner-Take me Back for Milkshakes

A few years ago I went to Fable Kitchen for dinner and I was impressed with their food but it’s not a place I can visit often. I was delighted to hear that they were going to take over the space where Reno’s diner used to be and turn it into a more casual and affordable version of Fable Kitchen but with a diner feel. After trying out a free yoga class nearby, I headed over for dinner. Fable Diner is conveniently located on Main and Broadway.

FYI, the yoga class was really low level and felt more like a stretching class. It felt like I spent the whole time waiting for the “real yoga” to happen but it never did… It was my second time trying yoga and needless to say, I don’t think I burned any calories.

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Sydney Eats: Matcha Mochi Pancakes at Passion Tree

Passion Tree is located in Chatswood and it’s like a big shopping mall/shopping area on the North Shore of Sydney. I must say their shopping malls are really nice!!! There are also a lot of small cafes in the middle of the mall for people to eat at while shopping. They seemed like nice cafes, not like Starbucks or something. Also, I noticed that some places even show how many kilojoules/calories are in each food item!

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Nice Cafe-Cheap Diner Brunch

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.

Nice Cafe

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 →

Icy Bar-Dessert Buffet

Disclaimer: All food was complimentary but opinions are my own

I was invited by ChineseBites to try some of the desserts at Icy Bar. They have a few locations now: Parker Place, Crystal Mall, Kingsway and Boundary,  Kingsway and Knight and the Richmond Night Market. I first went to Icy Bar back in March and I really liked it so I was excited to come back!

Icy Bar Isn’t this beautiful? Don’t you want this on a hot summer day? I suggest you drive over there right now! You can order an Eight Mix Icy for $10 or a Four Mix Icy for $6.75. They have an impressive number of toppings to choose from. The mango was fresh and sweet and of course there was my favourite topping: mochi! Icy Bar offers green tea mochi, mango mochi, taro mochi and regular mochi! Continue reading →

Yolk’s Restaurant and Commissary

Yolk’s Breakfast was a popular food truck located outside the Stadium skytrain station. Although I never visited their food truck before I had always heard that their chicken and waffles were really good! They’ve opened an actual store now on E Hastings and Clark Drive. It feels really out of the way there but it seems like they have a large enough following to attract customers (like my co workers and I!). The outside of the building is all blue like their food truck. The inside looks like it could be renovated some more but it has an old school diner kind of feel. Water is self serve!

Chicken and Waffles

So I got the Chicken and Waffles and it was huge!!! I was not expecting this much chicken… maybe half as much. The fried chicken was crispy but wasn’t really seasoned and there was a lot of maple syrup so it ended up tasting sweet and crunchy. I think there was supposed to be gravy but now that I think about it, I didn’t notice any or they didn’t have enough. After a while I thought it was too sweet. I think I’ll ask for syrup on the side next time if I get this again.  The waffles were alright but I had too much syrup by then so it just tasted sweet and I think the one on the bottom was getting soggy.

Yolk's Breakfast Pancakes

These were their Buttermilk Pancakes which came with double smoked bacon, ham or English bangers. The pancakes were soft and kind of chewy? My co worker said they felt really dense and she was full quickly.

Yolk's BreakfastThis was the special of the day: Fraser Valley Duck Confit with pork crackling, spinach, poached egg and orange marmalade. There is also the option of getting two eggs.

Yolk's Breakfast

This was the Double Smoked Bacon Eggs Benedict Style (Two Eggs Double Everything) with real Hollandaise and their Truffle-Lemon Hashbrowns. The bacon was nice and crispy, the English muffin was crunchy and the eggs were nicely poached. The hashbrowns were crispy on the outside, well seasoned and addicting! I don’t think you can go wrong ordering this!

I think the chicken and waffles fell below my expectations and I’d heard a lot about them before! And I love fried chicken! I wish they’d work on their decor too but I’m here for the food! They’re currently not open on Mondays and Tuesdays.

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New Jethro’s Fine Grub: Pancake Coma

Jethro’s Fine Grub finally opened another location on 3455 Fraser St. and 19th. This location is pretty small too but not that many people know about it yet so there aren’t any crazy line ups (yet). It’s nothing fancy but they’re known for their large portions and supersized pancakes, I was here to try some. I knew I wouldn’t finish it but I get my bang for my buck if I can eat it for 2 days after right?

Jethro's Fine Grub FraserTada! Well here we are with the Gold Rush Pancakes. These pancakes are stuffed with caramel, pecans and struesel and a chunk of whipped butter (no that is not ice cream). O.O

Jethro's Fine Grub FraserThis was how much I ate. The pancakes were really thick and fluffy. Since the pancake on top was generously drizzled with caramel, I had no need to add syrup.  It wasn’t too sweet and the pecans gave it more texture. The streusel topping was rather large and chunky so I would have liked it better if it was like a finer sprinkle instead. I was so full after I ate half of one! This is meant to be shared for sure. For $12 and 2 days worth of meals though it’s a good deal! These are so big it barely fit into the takeout container and the server assured us that it would and she was right of course.

Jethro's Fine Grub Fraswer

The Denver Omelet is served with “Sauteed onions, peppers, maple smoked ham and cheese, hashbrowns and toast”. Unlike your traditional omelet, the egg was actually put on top of the filling. Suffice it to say, I was actually too full from my pancakes to try any of this. The toast and hashbrowns look typical though. My friend commented that there was too much egg compared to the filling. Otherwise he was super stuffed after.

If you don’t mind waiting in line for big portions for reasonable prices, come for brunch here instead of the Dunbar location (read my post here). This is probably a once a year kind of thing for me.

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Brunch at Denny’s

My family wanted to try having brunch at Denny’s since we lived so close to it but we had never gone there before although I had personally tried it before. Denny’s is located about a block away from the Marine Drive Canada Line station so it’s pretty convenient to get there if you’re taking public transit. They also have a small parking lot in the back. It was quite busy around noon but we were quickly seated in a corner. My club at school had just hosted a pancake breakfast the week before so I didn’t feel like having anymore pancakes so the Banana Caramel French Toast Skillet was calling my name!

Denny's There were two pieces of French toast covered in caramel sauce and banana slices. It also came with your choice of bacon or sausage and two eggs. The French toast wasn’t too eggy but still nicely fried. I think they could have used more egg though. There was also enough caramel syrup that I didn’t need to add more pancake syrup to it.

Denny'sThe bacon was good and I can’t complain about bacon! The eggs were typical scrambled eggs but they were pre-salted.

Denny'sMy parents shared the Lumberjack breakfast which came with a lot of hash browns, two eggs, sausage, bacon, ham, two pancakes and two pieces of toast. This was meant to be shared!

IMAG0552Two slices of toast and you have a choice of whole wheat or white bread. I forgot to take a picture of the pancakes because the server brought them after since he couldn’t carry all the plates but they were the typical buttermilk kind and topped with more butter.

Denny'sMy brother had the double Cheeseburger and it was really tall! That’s a lot of meat O___O This is a pretty substantial meal! It tasted alright and seemed to be a decent burger and the patties weren’t dry. On the other hand the fries were so bland that they tasted like the kind you would buy frozen from Costco or worse.

It was not a bad brunch/lunch and I think the Lumberjack breakfast is a really good deal. They also have free refills on coffee.

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Where does one go when one is craving for pancakes? Why the International House of Pancakes of course! Ok no this is only my second visit here ever and I’m sure there are plenty of other breakfast joints out there (Jethro’s Fine Grub anyone?). But anyway, we showed up around noon because frankly I can’t be bothered to get up early and eat breakfast during breakfast hours hehehe

I had recently read about red velvet pancakes at IHOP and thought I might want to try that but then I saw they had Cinna Stack pancakes! Which are pretty much pancakes with icing and cinnamon bun filling. It sounds too sweet already right? It was either that or chocolate chip pancakes ;) Yes I have a major sweet tooth…

The pancakes were quite fluffy but they all ended up sticking together and I wasn’t sure how to eat them so I just decided to tackle it vertically instead of separating them. The whipped cream started melting and sliding off really quickly too but I was just like 

…and started eating it really fast. The cinnamon and icing sugar made the whole thing taste like dessert though! I only managed to eat about three of these. It actually got less sweet at the bottom so I added a bit of syrup. This was about $9.

My friend ordered the pick a pancake combo which comes with two pancakes of your choice, eggs, hash browns, and bacon or sausage links. This was around $10-11.

Cinnamon Apple Pancakes. This did not taste like it had enough cinnamon after eating my own pancakes.

Did not try this but that sausage link looks really burnt on one side!

We also ordered an appetizer sampler too. This had onion rings, chicken strips and mozzarella cheese sticks. It came with some kind of dip and marinara sauce. Ok this sorta seemed like it was lacking something… I guess it tasted kinda generic like something I can buy from the frozen section at Costco. Also cost $10-11. I thought the random lettuce leaf was unnecessary since it didn’t really make the presentation much better anyway.

It was a nice brunch and our server checked on us a few times.


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