April 27th, 2013. Spring Break In The City!

the betty (the burrard hotel)

the betty (the burrard hotel)

 

 

 

 

Good morning, Vancouver! It’s spring break!  It’s a typically rainy day, but that’s not going to stop us from making the most of it!

the betty (the burrard hotel)

the betty (the burrard hotel)

 

 

 




Another reason why I love The Burrard Hotel is that it has this incredibly sweet café attached to the lobby that has Blenz coffee and tea, very delicious looking baked goods and treats and is licensed for wine! The white and wood interior and teal and yellow accents make it that much more chic 😀

the betty (the burrard hotel)

the betty (the burrard hotel)

 

 

 

 

In keeping with the rest of the hotel even the café offers cheeky little sayings and touches 😉  What’s not to love!  Makes starting the morning even more fun!

 

 

 

*Update (Jan. 22nd, 2015): The Betty has been re-vamped and is now The Container.

March 23rd, 2013. Capstone Tea & Fondue 

 

capstone tea & fondue

capstone tea & fondue

 

 

 

  Since we couldn’t sit down for teas and treats at Soirette we headed over to Capstone Tea & Fondue on Robson instead.  Nab just started working here as the manager and I wanted to be supportive of his new job.
 
 

capstone tea & fondue

capstone tea & fondue

 

 

 

With a clean, white and green color scheme and plenty of efficient seating space for a small cafe. Capstone offers variations of tea and tea lattes to accompany the chocolate and cheese fondues.
 

capstone tea & fondue

capstone tea & fondue

 

 

 

Since we’re sweet, we went the sweet route with the Chocolate Fondue Sampler 😉  The café states that they offer 56% semi-sweet Blegian dark chocolate for dipping.
 

capstone tea & fondue

capstone tea & fondue

 

 

 

 

I was surprised to find out that all their pastries and baked goods are made in house.  Delicious little biscuits, moist cakes, I probably could have just eaten a whole plate of just that!
 

capstone tea & fondue

capstone tea & fondue

 

 

 

 

The fruit is your usual fare.  The grapes were slightly difficult to dip because it was so slippery and the skewer kept bouncing off, but I loved the strawberries and pineapple 😀
 

capstone tea & fondue

capstone tea & fondue

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also ordered an add-on side of the ice cream truffles and cheesecake truffles!  
 

capstone tea & fondue

capstone tea & fondue

 

 

 

 

 

  The fun part was the different kinds of toppings we could roll our fondue dipped treats in!  Compliments of the house 😀

capstone tea & fondue

capstone tea & fondue

 

 

 

 

 

The chocolate had a sort of sheen and coated the items well. We were definitely having fun dipping and noshing on the abundance of goodies!

capstone tea & fondue

capstone tea & fondue

 

 

 

 

 

 

I worried that the ice cream truffles would melt too quickly, but it didn’t turn out to be a problem 🙂

capstone tea & fondue

capstone tea & fondue

 

 

 

 

 

How much fun did we have?  Lots of fun!  The establishment was constantly busy the whole time we were there and the atmosphere was nice and cheerful 🙂  We had  really fun time!

 

 

Caffe Divano – Port Moody

November 3, 2013

January 14th, 2013. Jenn Day 

 

caffe divano port moody

caffe divano port moody

 

 

 

 

  Snow day!  A nice quite time at a coffeeshop sounds like a good way to enjoy it 🙂  Going out to Caffe Divano on my last day being 28!

 

caffe divano port moody

caffe divano port moody

 

 

 

 

 

  Deliciously rich and creamy Spanish Latte and housemade Spinach and Feta Scone 😀

January 1st, 2013. Best Birthday Brunch @ Red Wagon Cafe!

red wagon cafe

red wagon cafe

Happy Birthday, Eunice!!  A great sister deserves to start off the year right.  Who doesn’t love brunch and who doesn’t want brunch from a little cafe made famous on the food network?  But even before Red Wagon Cafe was featured on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Thrus and Dives” this tiny, ghetto-looking East Hastings cafe was seeing line-ups down the block and acquiring die hard fans!

red wagon cafe

red wagon cafe

 

 

Since they don’t take reservations we were in the huddle of awaiting diners gathered around the front just anticipating for the waitress to come out and call our names!  Oh, and the hunger was setting in…. Setting in reeeeeeeeeeeeeal good….!

red wagon cafe

red wagon cafe

 

 

 

When they finally come out and call your name you almost feel as if you’re “the chosen one” as you are suddenly possessed by this feeling of elation and are looked upon enviously by the others that remain outside!

red wagon cafe

red wagon cafe

 

 

 

 

 

Inside the establishment there’s very much a retro feel and it’s quite tiny!!  Literally within earshot of the other blissful diners!

red wagon cafe

red wagon cafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Mimosa for the birthday girl!  Eunice loves orange juice, so why not start off the day with a bright, special drink!

red wagon cafe

red wagon cafe

 

 

 

 

 

Eunice went for the Crispy Pork Belly Brunch which consisted of confit pork belly, 2 eggs, griddled tomatoes, homefries, salsa verde, hollandaise and toast.  A plate FULL of just delicious, hearty, flavorful goodness!  Eunice had no problem just digging right in and getting down and dirty 😉

red wagon cafe

red wagon cafe

 

She got her eggs scrambled and they looked soft and fluffy!  The pork belly had me drooling and after a taste of it myself I had to say… daaaaaaaaaamn, that’s some good pork!  Crispy exterior, juicy interior and the salsa verde was great in cutting the richness without masking it!

red wagon cafe

red wagon cafe

 

 

I love a good eggs benny.  To my disappointment by the time we were seated their special of the morning, the Pork Belly Benedict 😦  So default to the next choice?  The Pulled Pork Eggs Benedict 😉  Served with the signature homefries and hollandaise.

red wagon cafe

red wagon cafe

 

Moist, savory sweet and tender pulled pork over english muffins and topped with medium poached eggs and gorgeously smooth, rich hollandaise sauce poured over.  Perfect poach on the eggs added just the right amount of sauce and moisture needed for the muffin and the crispy, deliciously seasoned homefries!  Oh really, I was so extremely happy with this slice of brunch heaven!

red wagon cafe

red wagon cafe

And just because no breakfast/brunch is complete without bacon…we ordered a whole plate of it And since the Jack Daniels spiked Maple Syrup seemed too awesome to pass up we had to order some of that as well! Uhm….HELLO!!!  Most Amazing Combo…EVER! I was slathering it all over my homefries and also dunking that bacon in it with every bite! I guess they don’t cook off the alcohol cuz there’s a serious smokey-boozy kick to the maple syrup that is JUST ADDICTING! I could not stop!

 

So how was this birthday brunch?  Judging from the state of food coma we were in and the drool and JD maple syrup down the front of our shirts and our sticky fingers I’d say we were pretty darn happy!

November 15th, 2012. Studying Tea w/ a PSL 

 

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin Spice Latte

 

 

  Studying hard for my new job at DAVIDsTEA!

 To help me along, my favorite, PSL, and some good music in my ears 🙂

November 11th, 2012. Girls’ Day @ Mink! 

mink a chocolate cafe - south surrey

mink a chocolate cafe – south surrey

 

It’s not every day I’m in White Rock/South Surrey.  Despite being a nice little city with some great hidden gems for eating, it’s just so out of the way! Of course a good reason to go is to see Tracy!  A more beautiful, strong and faithful soul I have yet to meet amongst my peers.

mink a chocolate cafe - south surrey

mink a chocolate cafe – south surrey

 

 

 

 

JooHee and I took the opportunity to hang out with Tracy and her 2 daughters at her little condo, but then she suggested we go down to Mink!  Yes, yes yes 😀

mink a chocolate cafe - south surrey

mink a chocolate cafe – south surrey

 

 

 

 

 

After a little bit of browsing we decided to share the S’mores Chocolate Fondue option!  If you haven’t figured it out yet: I love fondue. I LOVE s’mores!  Perfect choice!

mink a chocolate cafe - south surrey

mink a chocolate cafe – south surrey

 

 

 

 

The platter consisted of graham crackers, marshmallows, and a pot of melted chocolate with a little hibachi for us to roast the marshmallows on!  The silver tray it came on was such a nice, elegant touch 🙂

mink a chocolate cafe - south surrey

mink a chocolate cafe – south surrey

 

 

 

 

 

While we did have to go to the counter to ask them to re-light the candle burning under the chocolate a couple times we still had a fun and sticky time!

Starbucks x 2

September 2, 2013

September 5th, 2012. Starbucks x 2 

starbucks

starbucks

 

Hello~~~ Pumpkin Spice Latte!  What would autumn be if there were no pumpkin flavored items?  The PSL has been one of my absolute favorite drinks since Starbucks first started doing them….so much so that my girlfriend Alisa and I text each other when we’ve had our first PSLs of the season 🙂

starbucks

starbucks

 

 

 

 

But this gorgeous indian summer weather is sticking around so I also powered through the day with yet another drink…an Iced Salted Caramel Mocha 🙂  Cuz you know, I’m on the whole salted caramel train ;D

Caffe Divano – Port Moody

September 2, 2013

August 28th, 2012.  Caffe Divano – Port Moody 

 

caffe divano - port moody

caffe divano – port moody

 

 

 

  My usual Spanish Latte at Caffe Divano~ a gorgeous cup of velvety espresso and condensed milk.  Probably my favorite drink here until they get the Maple Latte 😉

August 18th, 2012. Korean Culture Caravan Finale – Toronto, ON

second cup - toronto, on

second cup – toronto, on

 

 

I’ve always loved Second Cup for the ambience, the quality beverages and the variety of yummy treats.  I definitely have favorite drinks here 🙂  Even before Starbucks, Second Cup was where I developed a taste and love for coffee!

second cup - toronto, on

second cup – toronto, on

 

 

 

 

 

It’s just sad that they haven’t been able to cross over to the West Coast.  I really miss it in Vancouver, so when I’m in an area where there is Second Cup locations I really make an effort to gte in as much as I can!

second cup - toronto, on

second cup – toronto, on

 

 

 

It’s the morning of the AllTV Korean Culture Caravan finale and with all the work, sweat and tears I’ve put in for the past 4~5 months there’s definitely been a lot leading up to this day.  Excited, amped up and really needing a coffee to kick-start the day!

second cup - toronto, on

second cup – toronto, on

 

 

 

Double Shot Vanilla Latte is exactly what I need.  Smooth, strong and fragrant…Definitely helped me to stay calm and collected over the somewhat heavy conversation I was having with my boss this morning.

June 16th, 2012. Coffee Bun Time~

coffee bun - coquitlam

coffee bun – coquitlam

Us siblings wanted to spend some time all together, so we headed out for some Coffee Bun at the new location here in Coquitlam!  Yay~!

Cinnamon, Original & Garlic!  Made fresh in house all day everyday I was glad to see that it was just as good as the flagship location in North Van.  Super soft on the inside and delicious crusty glaze on the outside…. Just perfect!