Kung Fu Tea Shop 2.0

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Rose milk tea, Uji matcha latte, tieguanyin milk tea

I was pretty sad when I found out Kung Fu Tea Shop closed their location on Dundas and University two years ago. It was my go-to spot for bubble tea when I was downtown and I would go out of my way to get my fix.

So I was pretty excited when they finally re-opened on Spadina, with a much bigger location and definitely with more foot traffic.

Kung Fu Tea
Location: 264 Spadina Ave
Toronto, ON
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The Alley

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Royal No. 9 & Uji Matcha

I was a bit surprised when I realized I never wrote anything about The Alley – known as Diagon Alley elsewhere in the world, they opened up last summer in the Commerce Gate Plaza, and has just opened a new location on Main Street Unionville.

The Alley
Location: 505 Highway 7 E
Thornhill, ON
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Little Pebbles

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One of my favourite types of cake has to be the chiffon cake; so when QuirkyAesthetics suggested stopping by Little Pebbles for some cake, I readily agreed.

Located in Kensington Market, they have a sign outdoors advertising coffee and Japanese desserts that certainly captured the attention of many passer-bys.

Little Pebbles
Location: 160 Baldwin St, Unit 4
Toronto, ON
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Mildred’s Temple Kitchen

Mildred’s Temple Kitchen was definitely the top of my list when it came to brunch options – the endless stories I heard about their blueberry buttermilk pancakes were enough to entice me.

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Mildred’s Temple Kitchen
Location: 85 Hanna Ave
Toronto, ON
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Saving Grace

We were in search of a brunch place to continue our monthly brunch sessions back when Pig was still in Toronto; we decided on Saving Grace without much expectation.

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We headed there early and was surprised to see a line of about fifteen people already there; the restaurant opened and the small space filled up quickly.

Saving Grace
Location: 907 Dundas St W
Toronto, ON
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Coffee Shops in Markham

I’m one of those people who have trouble concentrating at home. There’s always something to do, clean, watch, make, etc., and so I also find myself sidetracked or seriously distracted even when I manage to sit down and work. Studying or finding a place to work in Markham isn’t the easiest thing to do – libraries fill up fast here and aren’t that plentiful.

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I love the cafe atmosphere of nursing a drink for a couple of hours while working, or just catching up with friends over a a cup of joe. There have been more coffee shops popping up over the last few years that offer exactly that.  Continue reading Coffee Shops in Markham

Voodoo Doughnut

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My absolute favourite doughnut was the one I had from Dough (fun fact: I did not even buy this doughnut but my friend let me eat so much of it that I don’t know how we still didn’t finish it). I have been sorely disappointed at finding alternatives here, and definitely no place offered a hibiscus doughnut.

When I told my friend I was going to Portland, besides warning me of its weirdness, he highly recommended Voodoo Doughnuts.

Voodoo Doughnuts 
Location: 22 SW 3rd Ave
Portland
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Funky Munky Cafe

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I was on the hunt for a place to work after dinner on a Tuesday night, and found Funky Munky Cafe. I wasn’t looking for bubble tea, but imagine my surprise when I walked in to find that they offered bubble tea in addition to coffee and tea.

Funky Munky Cafe
Location: 9275 Markham Rd, Unit 7
Markham, ON
L6E 1A1
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