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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

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
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Continue reading Funky Munky Cafe

Alchemy Coffee

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Matcha Latte

Independent coffee shops are popping up all over Markham, and the one with the biggest hype has to be Alchemy Coffee. Located in a strip plaza off Highway 7, it’s reputation brings customers in despite the sparse parking.

Alchemy Coffee
Location: 4361 Highway 7 E, Unit 1
Markham, ON
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Perfecting the Matcha Latte

I first started writing this post over two years ago, but sadly, was not able to perfect the matcha latte until now. There is definitely room for improvement, especially with my latte art skills, but I am finally satisfied with the end product.

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The main issues I faced were clumpy matcha, lackluster foam, and an absence of the vibrant green colour that adorns so many matcha lattes I’ve bought.  Continue reading Perfecting the Matcha Latte

Boba Guys

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Hojicha, Thai Iced Tea, Classic, and Muscat Oolong

I don’t know anyone in Canada that seriously calls it boba – it’s known as bubble tea here, so it was obvious how uniquely American this brand is.

When I first visited the Bay Area is 2014, my friend had recommended that I go here; but time constraints and lack of seriousness in trying different bubble tea led it to be forgotten. This past summer, my friend added it to our itinerary for San Francisco, and off we went in search of one during our one day in San Francisco.

Boba Guys
Location: 429 Stockton St
San Francisco
CA 94115 Continue reading Boba Guys

Spotlight: Green Grotto Maccha Hokkaido Milk Tea

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I have reviewed my overall experience at Green Grotto already, but in the last few months, they released a new drink: Maccha Hokkaido Milk Tea.

I already love their Hokkaido milk tea, and I like their maccha milk tea, which meant it was a match made in heaven. The drink comes with grass jelly but I like to substitute with tapioca.

At $6.49, this drink is not cheap by any means, but it is the perfect blend of earthy matcha and sweet Hokkaido milk to leave your tastebuds satisfied. Also, you get 15% off with take-out!

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They have opened a new location across from Markville Mall, and have a whopping eight locations now in Markham, Richmond Hill, Scarborough, Downtown Toronto, Vaughan, and Mississauga. Browse them all on their website to find the one closest to you.

Orange Slice Latte

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After seeing photos of what appeared to be a latte with an orange slice floating around Instagram, I tried to decode how to make it. After scouring the internet, I found recipe for a coffee latte… but being me, I decided to try my hand at a tea latte version. Continue reading Orange Slice Latte

Kang Ho Dong Baekjong

I always liked Korean BBQ, but when we went to Seoul in 2015 and had charcoal BBQ, it was honestly life-changing. I have had intense cravings for charcoal KBBQ ever since that sadly went unfulfilled in Canada.

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When we roamed the West Coast in August 2016, my friend decided we should try Korean BBQ in Los Angeles, and found a place online. We decided to go on our second night to try Kang Ho Dong Baekjong.

Kang Ho Dong Baekjong
Location: 3465 W 6th St
Los Angeles
CA 90020 Continue reading Kang Ho Dong Baekjong