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Chatime is a global bubble tea cafe franchise with over 1200 locations all over the world. We first tried Chatime in Toronto. Recently, Chatime opened 3 locations in Vancouver: Broadway, Downtown Vancouver Robson Street, and also in Richmond at 9100 Blundell Road. They praise themselves for fresh tea, non-powdered flavorings and also customization. You can choose the sweetness level, amount of ice and level of steeped tea.
We were invited by ChineseBites along with few fellow bloggers for their grand opening tasting to try their top Bubble Tea flavors.
We always wondered why there isn’t a good bubble tea shop in Downtown Vancouver or even near Chinatown. I am quite happy that Chatime has opened.
Chatime has quite a large selection of beverages: Bubble tea, Fresh Tea, Mousse / Tea Latte, Smoothie and Slushes and even Coffee.
Chatime Top 10 Bubble Tea Flavors
- Pearl Milk Tea
- Grass Jelly Roasted Milk Tea
- Taro Pudding Milk Tea
- Brown Rice Green Milk Tea
- Taiwan Mango QQ
- Matcha Red Bean Milk Tea
- Mango Smoothie
- Red Bean Pearl Milk Tea
- Matcha Tea Latte
- Chocolate Mousse
What is surprising and disappointing to us is that they do not have Malt (or Wheat Germs). Pearl Castle makes one mean Wheat Germ boba.
- Customization add ons:
8 toppings available: pearls, grass jelly, coconut jelly, red bean, coffee jelly, aloe vera, rainbow jelly, pudding.
- Ice level: regular, less, no ice
- Sugar level: extra, regular, less, half, slight, no sugar (0% / 30% / 50% / 80%)
Pearl Milk Tea: How can you review a bubble restaurant if you don’t try their signature boba. We liked their Chatime Roasted Milk Tea vs their regular milk tea more because of the denser and more robust flavor. We later learnt that 30% sweet with half ice is the way to go.
Matcha Tea Latte: Definitely a drink you need half sweet. Give it a good mix before you drink it also. Otherwise the flavor just sits at the bottom.
Over Chatime is pretty tasty. However, service can be slow during peak hours and staff may not speak English fluently. There are some seating available and free WiFi if you are a Telus customer.
Chatime is always part of the vicinity reward program. Don’t forget to get your card. Every 10 points gets you 1 free drink.
Chatime Bubble Tea 日出荼太
Cuisine: Bubble Tea, Boba, Dessert
Monday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 – 11:00 pm
1274 Robson street, downtown vancouver, BC
The Westin Grand Hotel Vancouver is a convenient hotel on the corner of Homer Street and Robson Street. The Westin Grand has comfortable beds. I’ve stayed here previously for work conferences / training and have always found it pleasant. This time we came here for Happy Hour at the Pop Up Patio. Every Thursday and Friday 5pm – 9pm, The Westin Grand transforms their poolside deck into a summer garden with music from their live DJ. The atmosphere is casual and unpretentious. What I like about this place is that it is upbeat but not too overly crowded.
Executive Chef Chris Savino created menu that is served from a BBQ station. Cocktails are handcrafted from Hidden Tasting Bar & Social Lounge. We particularly enjoyed our little escape courtesy of our friends at Motive Communications and Vancity Buzz. The Westin Grand Pop Up Patio is a good place to unwind after work. On this particular Happy Hour we ordered a few drinks
NEGRONI 10: Gin, Campari, Sweet Vermouth. There is something about Friday Bitters that eases me into the weekend.
CRISPY TUNA SUSHI ROLLS 14: Nori aioli, red and green tobiko, avocado, cucumbers, albacore tuna, sweet soy, pickled ginger. This was a heavy roll and I would prefer more fish and less rice. Otherwise, it is pretty good to soak up some alcohol.
CARAMELIZED CHICKEN WINGS 12: Chicken wings caramelized with home-made sweet chili sauce, pickled daikon slaw. This was one of my favorite dishes from the Pop Up Patio. The wings are crispy and the sauce is not too salty.
DUCK SALAD ROLL 12: Mini Vietnamese salad rolls with shredded duck meat, white tiger prawns, rice noodles, caramelized orange and tomato relish, hoi sin sauce.
RAW ALBACORE TUNA POKE 16: My least favorite of all the dishes. The heavy marinaded with sesame and curry powder completely covered the freshness and flavor of the tuna. A simple ceviche would have better done this fish justice.
BLOODY CAESAR 9: Finlandia Vodka, Clamato, Tabasco, Worcestershire
SPIKED SNOW CONES 8: Come summer, all Dave can even talk about is getting a Slurpee. So it only makes sense that we ordered him a Spiked Lemonade – Finlandia Vodka, Limoncello, Lemonade
Westin Grand Vancouver Pop Up Patio
The Westin Grand Hotel – 3rd Floor
Cuisine: Lounge, Bar, BBQ
Thursday 5pm – 9pm
Friday 5pm – 9pm
433 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6B 6L9
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Juice Shop San Francisco is the best! I love fresh juices and clean eating as much as I love stuffing my face with a juicy burger with an fried egg on top. At home juicing is easy with my trusty Breville JE98XL Two-Speed Juice Fountain Plus. On the go, I relay on The Juice Truck.
On vacation, drinking cold pressed juices isn’t always easy to find. For all you Instagram Fiend, I first learnt about Juice Shop from my San Franciscan friend’s feed. So you would have to understand how ecstatic I was to find one located just around the corner in the Marina / Cow Hollow area. The shop is open 7am to 7pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 6pm Saturday / Sunday. It is directly across from Lululemon and is nothing more than a walk up booth size.
A+ Deep Green: Apple, Kale, spinach, parsley, romaine, cucumber, celery and lemon. The juice is sweet, despite the listed ingredients. It is bright and full of energy. Like how you would feel after a morning run!* This is one of their most popular drinks. Another is Bright Green.
Almond Drink: sprouted almonds, coconut water, vanilla, Himalayan salt and filtered water. This fragrant almond milk was smooth and creamy; filling yet not clinging to your throat. The salt definitely brought out the sweetness to the almonds itself.
Return the cute glass bottle to get your deposit back for $2. Or use them for little flower vases to decorate your desk!
*miserable before pounding the pavement but feel like a million bucks after sweating out a 5-10km run.
Juice Shop San Francisco
Cuisine: Cold Press, Juice Bar, Smoothie
Mon 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tue 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Wed 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Thu 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Fri 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sun 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
1994 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123,
United States +1 415-834-5161
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Cuchillo Vancouver is a new new Latin-themed restaurant in the fringes of Gastown and Downtown Eastside, landmarked by a skull neon awning. Barely opened a month and there’s a crowd forming already and protesters outside, green with envy, for city revival and booming business. Oh, what credit does that give them. But I digress. Service is friendly, food is top shelf – perhaps this is what they call ‘high end’.
Inside exposed brick and wooden communal high top tables fill the center; skull themed tiles surround the kitchen and the smell of delectable warms the space.
Mojito: one damn fine drink with all the essential aesthetics.
White Sangria: Pears, pineapples, grapes, apples.
Ceviche – Mixto Traditionale: octopus tiradito, side stripe prawn, rockfish, mussels y calms, sweet potato puree. I felt like I was a at seaside market in Spain filled with colorful flavors.
Ceviche – Local Albacore Tuna Y Pipian Rojo: warm Peruvian double smoked bacon causa. Light delicate flavors highlighting the buttery tuna with bursts of bright smoked bacon. The potato stack at the bottom was unexpectedly distinctive with seasoning.
Taqueria – Mole Lamb: albondigas sardo parmesan browned garlic popcorn. We appreciated the gameyness from the lamb meatball which was only elevated with the toasted garlic. The use of the popcorn was clever and at times I almost thought it to be cracklin skin softed by sauce.
Taqueria – pulled duck y cracklin’ roasted garlic, blackberry habanero jam. The duck shallows in comparison to the lamb tacos. The flavors are subtle and not as pungent. The best would be to have the duck first followed by the lamb.
Pork Belly Confit: maple chipotle, tamarind glaze, chicaron, patacones, minced onion y jalapeno. Tender soft pork belly in a sweet-spicy sauce. The sweet yam patty is slightly crispy with stickiness. And contrasted with fried pork rinds. The sauce however was too overdressed, overpowering the natural flavor of the pork… Like arriving to a beach picnic in full prom attire.
There was only so much we could sample in one sitting. We must make a feast out of this sometime and try the other dishes. For now, I’ll have to just reminiscence and drool over the photos.
Cuisine: Modern Pan-Latin, Latin American, Mexican
Mon 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Tue 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Wed 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Thu 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Fri 5:00 pm – 12:00 am
Sat 5:00 pm – 12:00 am
Sun 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
261 Powell St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2Z1
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