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Coffee Shops in Gastown

We had a lot of coffee, tea, lattes, and the like during our trip to Vancouver. Staying in Gastown, we were surrounded by coffee shops around every corner, and we tried a new one nearly every morning (and sometimes afternoon).

JJ Bean


Upon arriving in Vancouver, we dropped off our bags and showered, and had lunch before stopping by for our first hit of caffeine. I went with my fail-safe London Fog, and was decently satisfied, but unbeknownst to me at the time, this would end up being our most-visited cafe. Continue reading Coffee Shops in Gastown


Europe in a nutshell: the Netherlands

Here begins the long overdue summary of my Europe trip, the food-centric version. If you were curious about other aspects, it is currently about 2/3 of the way through here.

Amsterdam. The Netherlands. Meat and potatoes. So many potatoes…

My favourite part was definitely the beer, cheese, and desserts. I must say I wasn’t terribly impressed by Dutch food other than frites.

The best start to the day: stroopwafels and tea. My favourite stroopwafels were the honey ones from Albert Heijn. I would also highly recommend trying one fresh from a street vendor!


Craft beer at Oedipus Brewery. I’m not generally a huge beer fan when it comes to domestic beers at home, but the beer here was so delicious that it made me rethink my feelings for beer. Highly recommend trying some craft breweries over a bottle of Heineken!


And here marks the best coffee I’ve had thus far; the honey vanilla latte macchiato in Den Haag. Presentation, taste, and cafe decor is just about perfect at the Barista Cafe here.

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My favourite cafe in Vancouver

Full Vegetarian Baguette; sub egg for avocado

I just came back from a week in Vancouver, and living in Gastown, we made it our mission to get our daily caffeine kick from a new place every morning.

Finch’s was not originally on my shortlist of cafes I made before we came, but we passed by it one morning and thought it was adorable – so we made a mental note to come back another morning.

Finch’s Tea & Coffee House
Location: 353 W Pender St
Vancouver, BC
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Kung Fu Tea Shop 2.0

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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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.


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


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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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.


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

Café Medina

Tagine, Le Sandwich Peameal, Fricassée Champignon, Fricassée

Café Medina is located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, nestled along a rather blank street; if not for the long lines of people waiting outside, you might miss it when you walk past. The first time we went there, we were told a party of 4 needed to wait an hour, so we walked around Marshall’s until about 45 mins past to leave a buffer. When we arrived back at the restaurant, we actually just made it in time as the hostess had already called our names a few times and was ready to strike us off the list.

Café Medina
Location: 780 Richards St
Vancouver, BC
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DavidsTea Favourites: Green Tea

It’s no secret that I love DavidsTea. I have one of their tumblers beside me holding my tea as I write this. However, I am definitely more of a fan of their accessories first and their teas second. I find that many of their teas are too artificial or just odd combinations that I don’t enjoy. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t love any of them, and the list below is a few of my favourites.

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My list is primarily green tea, but there is one oolong sneakily snuck in there.  Below, in no particular order, are teas I drink on a regular basis and I enjoy the most.

Korean Sejak ($7.90 for 50g)

  • Green tea of the second flush (Sejak) from the Halla Mountain slopes in Korea.

A lighter tasting tea perfect for everyday. One of the staff at the store bemoaned that it was the only Korean tea sold by DavidsTea so far.

Butterfly Jasmine ($19.90 for 50g)

  • Chinese green tea from Fujian Province, scented with jasmine flowers.

The hand-rolled version of the crowd pleaser.

Roasted Gyokuro ($19.90 for 50g)

  • Certified Organic green tea from Kagoshima, Japan

Gyokuro is good for days when I’m feeling something different. Be careful not to scorch this one!

Buddha’s Blend ($10.90 for 50g)

  • White tea, green tea, jasmine pearls, white hibiscus blossoms, natural and artificial flavouring.

White tea, green tea, and hibiscus do make for a perfect concoction and with the lower caffeine content, it’s a tea I like drinking at night.

Guangzhou Milk Oolong ($11.90 for 50g)

  • Chinese oolong tea from the Fujian province, natural flavouring.

I love milky drinks and I love oolong, so how could I not love this one?

Countess of Seville ($7.90 for 50g)

  • Certified Organic: Green tea, orange peel, cornflowers. With natural orange and bergamot oil.

I love Earl Grey and I love green tea, so a mix of the two sounded right up my alley. I almost didn’t get this tea when I saw it in store, for the leaves looked very coarse and there was an overwhelming scent of citrus. However, I’m glad I decided to give it a go as I realized it was similar to the OSULLOC Samdayeon Jeju tangerine oolong tea. At about $7.90 for 50g, this was a much more inexpensive option and evokes the same flavours as the OSULLOC tea, which costs 20,000 KRW for 50g, and only sold in South Korea.