Sugarholic Cafe: Waffles and Toast Boxes

My friends and I spotted the newly opened Sugarholic Cafe in Aberdeen on the main floor near the fountain. It’s in that corner where a few other cafes have opened but none have survived. The waitress said that they have been open for almost a month now. The interior looks like a cutesy elegant high tea place and the ambiance seemed promising except that it was pretty quiet when we went around 8:30pm. Well ok I think they were quiet the whole night since I walked by earlier and peeked in…

Sugarholic Cafe

They have a small dinner menu and also a section of waffles and toast/toast boxes which we decided to indulge in.

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Tuc Craft Kitchen Brunch

My friend and I ended up at Tuc Craft Kitchen for brunch after trying to watch the Santa Claus parade. We didn’t go early enough so we were stuck at the back and couldn’t really see anything. Then we just decided to go for brunch instead. Tuc Craft Kitchen wasn’t my first choice for brunch but they ended up being the only place without a line up and we didn’t want to wait.

Tuc Craft Kitchen Brunch

This was the Lamb and Eggs which consisted of two sunny side up eggs, braised lamb shoulder, arugula, parsnips, cranberries and potatoes was served on a hot skillet. I just had a bite of this and the lamb was succulent, well braised in small pieces and very tender. The dish was on the small side though but it reflected the price ($13).

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Cafe Medina: Where have you been all my life?!

On another spontaneous work lunch outing, we decided to go to Cafe Medina! I’ve never been but I’ve certainly heard a lot about them. They have rave reviews! Also, long line ups but hey that’s how you know the food is good right? Thankfully it was a weekday and there was no line up at 1:30pm. Hurray (I hate line ups)! They are located on Richards and Robson Street now.

Cafe Medina

One of the items you must try is their lattes. They have some interesting flavours like lavender, salted caramel and raspberry caramel. We decided to share the Raspberry Caramel Latte. I am not a coffee aficionado (really I go to Starbucks/Blenz  if I do get coffee…) but I could tell this was a superbly well-made latte! It was velvety in texture with hints of raspberry and caramel. I believe it is the smoothest latte I’ve ever had and I was nothing but impressed.

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Waffle Gone Wild

I had previously visited Waffle Gone Wild last year and it seems like their menu has expanded since then. They were also a lot busier so our waffles took half an hour to come… good thing I wasn’t in a hurry or hangry! It was still way too long though because I think they filled this to-go order before ours…

Waffle Gone Wild

They now offer some liege waffles with pie inspired flavours (lemon perfection, homestyle apple and cinnamon etc.) as well as “Be Wild” flavours which are the green tea waffle, the mint chocolate waffle and the Japanese mochi waffle. I wasn’t too hungry so I decided to just get a waffle instead of one of their waffle creations.

This was the Mint Chocolate Waffle served with a side of whipped cream and a dusting of powdered sugar. I had imagined a green mint flavoured waffle filled with chocolate chips but what I got instead was a liege waffle with some very green mint chocolate chips instead. The waffle was crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. I did find the flavour of the mint chocolate chips to be a bit too artificially mint flavoured though. I should’ve stuck with the green tea one!

Waffle Gone Wild

This was the Japanese Okonomiyaki Waffle ($7.99) with imitation crab meat, seaweed, bonito flakes and an added poached egg ($1.50) and black forest ham ($1.50). There were also some slices of apple, cucumber and potato salad on the side. The poached egg was perfectly poached and this was a great choice for a savoury waffle due to the okonomiyaki sauce used and the combination of ingredients. However, I think that $1.50 to add a piece of ham was a bit overpriced. Since I’ve had it with the add-ons now,  I think it would be a bit plain without the poached egg …

The waffles are pretty good here and I would recommend it if you like waffles. Pricing is also not bad since some of the waffle creations start at $5.99 and they seem to have gotten more creative since my last visit. Presentation is also thoughtful.

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Waffles at Belgium Place

A new waffle place  opened up where Death by Chocolate used to be on the corner of Fir and Broadway. My friend who was craving waffles suggested IHop and I’m just like no… after some research I found Belgium Place! It’s got the word Belgium in it so they should make good waffles right? They also serve some soups and sandwiches too. The cafe space has a lot of wood furnishing and they also have a shelf with a few French kid’s books. It doesn’t seem too busy so it could be a nice place to chat with some friends.

Belgium PlaceThe waffles are all Liege waffles and cost $3.80 plain. They also have waffles with chocolate and waffles with chocolate and almonds. and they are both $4.75. This was the Waffles with Strawberry and it was one of the special creations on the menu. It was served with 2 scoops of vanilla gelato and strawberry compote with a side of whipped cream. The size of the waffle was pretty big! Price wise it’s a bit cheaper than some other waffles joints coming in at $7.80 but pretty close.

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Le Petit Belge: Satisfy your Waffle Cravings

I’ve been to Nero Belgian Waffles once and I was absolutely hooked. It’s been raved about a lot and it did not disappoint when I tried it for the first time this year. However, they are usually quite busy and I am deterred by line ups… hence I was excited to learn about Le Petit Belge and their waffles which looked pretty much the same as Nero’s! =D

When I went in on a late Sunday afternoon, they were really quiet and there were only 2 other customers in the cafe. They had a few croissants and other desserts in a display case.

Le Petit Belge

For the waffles, they have 3 sweet options and 2 savoury options. The price for the Brussels waffle is a bit more than for a liege waffle since the Brussels waffle is bigger? Pricing was reasonable though and on par with Nero.

Le Petit Belge

Say hello to this magnificent waffle!!! This was the Majesty with Bresilienne nuts, ice cream, whipped cream, banana slices and caramel drizzle.

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New Dessert Shop: Crackle Creme

Crackle Creme just opened last month in Chinatown, or more like the outskirts of Chinatown on Union St. with a lovely view of the Georgia Viaduct and some very dead grass since it was super hot that week. This was the nicer side of Chinatown though! The interior is pretty small as expected and has a few bar style seats along the walls.

Crackle Creme Menu

The menu is written on a piece of glass at the front. Sorry it might be hard to read but there was an impressive variety of flavours! I had trouble deciding as usual… Unfortunately they were sold out of the Earl Grey and the Matcha already. The owner said that he was still trying to figure out what sells and what doesn’t. We went on Wednesday and he said that since they are not open on Monday and Tuesday he wasn’t at work to make more creme brule! He also let us try some of his home made Earl Grey ice cream. It was really hard and frozen from the freezer but the distinct Earl Grey flavour was there.

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Nero Belgian Waffle Bar=Waffle Heaven

I finally made it to Nero Belgian Waffle Bar!!! FINALLY. Nero is quite tiny inside but we went early at around 6pm before it started to get busy so we didn’t have to wait for a table. Yay! My friend and I decided to share one waffle.

Nero Belgian Waffle Bar

We decided on sharing The Biscuit which had vanilla ice cream whipped cream, Oreo cookie crumble and dark Belgian chocolate drizzled over it. You can choose to have a liege waffle or a Brussels waffle. The Brussels waffle is bigger and it can hold all the toppings better so we went with that. It was super delicious! I think this is what they call love at first bite <3 The waffle was crispy on the outside and warm, soft and fluffy on the inside. Mmm this is waffle heaven!!! You also can’t go wrong with ice cream, whipped cream, Oreo and chocolate! We should’ve ordered another waffle! My friend says her favourite is the Bresilienne which has hazelnut crumble and caramel sauce.

Be prepared for line ups during peak hours! They also serve a few savoury waffles as well as coffee and tea. The price ($8.90) is probably a bit steep for just dessert but I love dessert so I don’t mind. They do have a few options that are less pricey too. Maybe they should think about opening another store soon…

BRING ON THE WAFFLES!

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The New Miura Waffle Bar on Main

I was invited to the re-opening of the Miura Waffle Bar on Main and Broadway for some waffle and drink samples. Their new location looks nicer and more modern. I was also about to eat more waffles than I have in my entire life (ok not really). Miura serves American style waffle sandwiches and each has its own twist. They’ve also been featured on You Gotta Eat Here.

First they gave us some samples of their new milkshakes. The milkshakes all look the same in my photos so I won’t post them. There was a Sweet Corn and Vanilla Ice Cream Milkshake. It tasted surprisingly good because it was sweet from the ice cream and the corn also tasted sweet and gave you s0mething to chew on. There also wasn’t so much corn that it was too thick and smoothie like. Not weird at all!

The next milkshake was the G8 with lots of beans (red bean, green bean, white bean, mung bean???). It smelled a bit like sesame oil and the texture was more grainy from the beans. It was alright given that there were so many beans and I don’t really like beans but it’s not my thing. It’s suppose to be healthy though.

The last milkshake was their version of a Salted Caramel Milkshake. I liked this one too and the salted caramel flavour was mild but the bottom of my milkshake was more salty…

Miura Waffle and Milk Bar

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The sandwich on the left was the Japanese inspired Salmon Wasabi sandwich. The salmon was infused into the waffle batter. The salmon was moist and smooth almost like smoked salmon and the mayo provided the wasabi flavour. I love how their waffles are very soft and fluffy. There was just lettuce inbetween the two waffles so this was a lighter sandwich.

The one on the right is the Burger King? I think that’s what she said… It had beef, kimchi and egg. The beef was also infused into the waffle batter. This was a heavier sandwich and there was a lot more filling. As you can see from the picture this one had a darker looking waffle so it was crispier and the salmon one had a less crispy waffle. Both were good in my opinion.

Miura Waffle and Milk BarNext we had some Nori Chips. They were oily and not that flavourful. I think more salt would’ve helped. They tasted thicker and crunchier than regular seaweed but I would pass on this.

Miura Waffle and Milk BarThis was a Vietnamese inspired sandwich made with different pickled vegetables and hoisin sauce. I liked this one since it was light and I like pickled vegetables.

Miura Waffle and Milk BarI’m a huge fan of fried chicken so I was happy to see this Chicken Kaaarage waffle sandwich! The chicken was moist and tender and it was like the Japanese version of Chicken and Waffles. There was also some cabbage and thousand island dressing. I was also getting really full at this point…

Miura Waffle and Milk BarThis was one of my favourites! It was an Italian inspired sandwich with cheese, cucumbers, and tomato pesto.

Miura Waffle and Milk BarOkay I was SO FULL at this point but dessert sandwiches were next. Don’t worry I didn’t eat all of these I just had about half or half of the half… This had cranberries and whipped cream. It wasn’t particularly special so I would pass on this.

Miura Waffle and Milk Bar

Dessert round 2! This was the Banana Caramel sandwich with whipped cream. It was pretty good since it’s a pretty classic combination.

Miura Waffle and Milk BarThis was my favourite dessert sandwich. I know it doesn’t look like much in the picture. It was suppose to taste like salted caramel but the server said that it was a sweet teriyaki sauce??? There was also whipped cream and ice cream and this was delicious. Except it was also extremely messy to eat due to the melting soft serve ice cream. The teriyaki sauce does not taste like teriyaki sauce so you’ll never notice it there  but it did have that salted caramel flavour and I still wanted to eat it despite sampling their entire menu in one night!

Thanks for inviting me Miura Waffle! They do have some interesting waffle sandwich creations inspired by different cuisines and I would recommend a visit for their savoury waffles! The dessert ones aren’t too exciting but if you want something simple they’re alright. If you want to see more waffles, see my previous post.

*Food courtesy of Miura Waffle

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Waffle Gone Wild: Waffle Cravings Satisfied!

I’ve had a craving for waffles since April when I saw a blog post about Waffle Gone Wild! That was approximately when they opened on Broadway. All their waffles are liege waffles baked fresh to order. The store is on the quaint and cozy side and there was a giant chalkboard with Tin Tin drawings! I still haven’t been to Nero Belgian Waffles so I don’t have much to compare with. Price wise though, Waffle Gone Wild is about $2 cheaper. During my visit, we were the only customers in the store so their service was super attentive. It seems to be run by a Korean family? Our server gave us some lemon flavoured water to start with and they asked us how the food was like 3 times. Besides, waffles they also have a small selection of teas and bubble tea type drinks.

Waffle Gone Wild Being the chocolate-lover that I am, I knew I had to get the Chocolate Volcano. The presentation was beautiful and there was a lot of effort put into it.  The liege waffle was served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, mocha whipped cream, chocolate shavings, strawberries and an Oreo cookie. I felt super guilty for eating all that whipped cream but it was delicious! The waffle was on the dense side and sweet from the sugar crystals they use inside. It was a really good waffle and the ice cream and whipped cream complemented it well. I would’ve preferred the ice cream on top of the waffle and some more chocolate sauce as well. The drizzles on the plate were nice but I couldn’t really eat it. There wasn’t really enough chocolate to make it volcanic though despite the name.

Waffle Gone WildI knew my friend would go for the Japanese Matcha waffle. Presentation wise it was equally beautiful. It was also served on a fresh liege waffle and topped with red bean and a scoop of vanilla ice cream with matcha powder on top. This also came with a mochi ice cream ball, strawberries, mandarin oranges, whipped cream and a cookie spring roll. I’m pretty sure I liked this one more!!! It just felt like it had more going on than my Chocolate Volcano.

I enjoyed my first liege waffle experience here! The people there are super nice and friendly. If you go on their website, you can also order your waffle online and pick it up later.

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