While shopping in the CBD, I came across Fujipan and I loved baked goods so I popped in to check it out. Super happy that I did because there were so many delicious Asian buns in there! Fujipan is located close to World Square Centre.
Look how cute this is! Who can resist Totoro?! Someone needs to bring this to Vancouver. They would be insta-famous. Continue reading →
Disclaimer: All drinks were complimentary but opinions are my own
Last week I was invited to the Chatime media event by ChineseBites. They opened up three new locations this year on Robson, Broadway and Blundell Road. I visited the Broadway location for the event and it’s located a few steps away from the 99 bus stop at Granville and Broadway.
Chatime is the #1 bubble tea brand in the world with over 1200 locations worldwide! Their tea is brewed fresh in the store and they only use high quality natural ingredients and they don’t use pre-made tea or tea powders either. In fact, they source the tea leaves directly from Taiwan and they even have their own tea farm.
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.
I was really excited when I saw photos of the fancy bubble waffles from the BBT Shop. The BBT Shop is located in the parking lot under Superstore and the location is pretty convenient and there’s always parking! I also grabbed a great window seat for photos. Ok well… the photos still aren’t that great just so you know!
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 Waffleand 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.
Hello! Ok excuse my lame pun in the title… I met up with some of my former co-workers for dinner at Sushi Bella and then we went to Icy Bar for dessert! Icy Bar is a shaved ice and dessert cafe similar to Mango Yummy in Richmond but Icy Bar has been around for a lot longer. They also have locations in Richmond but the one we went to was on Kingsway.
You can get 8 toppings on your shaved ice for $8 or 4 toppings for $6.50. We decided to get two of the 4 topping shaved ice. If you order the 8 topping option, they’ll give you more ice in proportion to all the toppings. Or that’s what it looked like when I saw other tables ordering it.
This had mango, glutinous black rice, red bean and taro mochi.
This one had pearls, lychee, strawberry and green tea mochi.
The best part about Icy Bar is that they give you your own squeeze tube/bottle of condensed milk!!! WE USED A LOT. We practically drank it but it was awesome! =D Usually they charge you more for condensed milk.
We also ordered a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side for $2. It melted super fast… wasn’t the best ice cream and I’m not sure why I got it on the side and not on top… but they offered to give it to me on the side so I was like ok. I don’t think I would need ice cream next time anyway so I can save $2!
By the way, the ice is not flavoured but the texture was good. The toppings were all delicious and came with a generous amount. Nothing to complain about! I bet all the condensed milk we dumped on it helped!
It’s also a nice place to hang out with friends here! The store is not super tiny like Mango Yummy so it’d be a lot easier to get a table. They also serve drinks, tofu pudding and hot soup desserts.
After eating dinner at Shanghai House, my friends and I still had room for dessert so we walked to the relatively new Mango Yummy across from Richmond Centre. Once we opened the doors, we were hit with the smell of durian and although I’ve actually never tried durian, I don’t find the smell atrocious but just an FYI they do serve durian pancake/crepes here!
The store is tiny as usual and since we had a group of seven, we ended up waiting for 35 mins for a table. At the same time, we couldn’t come up with a better dessert plan so we ended up waiting. We finally managed to get a table meant for three and squished seven people around it.
They have an impressive array of drinks, smoothies, tofu desserts, shaved ice, sweet soup, toast and some waffles, cakes and crepes. I remember visiting their stall at the night market for at least two years.
This was the Mango and Mochi with Vanilla Ice Cream Shaved Ice. This was served on a plastic dish and there was an impressive amount of toppings. The mango was pretty sweet and the mochi had a very satisfying chew to it. The shaved ice is not flavoured though like at Frappe Bliss. It’s just ice but shaved very finely and I really liked the texture here.