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Last year, a pop-up bakery took Vancouver by the storm with a cookie made with the Asian White Rabbit candy. This summer, Chef Andrew Han turned his pop-up into a cafe. Kouign Cafe is now open in Chinatown.

Since its opening, many have followed the white rabbit and tried the various cookies and pastries Kouign Cafe has to offer. The original vision for the cafe was to offer dine-in options with the addition of sandwiches and beverages. At this point, they are only offering pastries to go. I suspect Chef Han’s plan, like many others, was disrupted by COVID-19. The shop has been very popular, though, and some items would even be sold out before closing. While I was in the area, I swung by and purchased one of everything that was available at that time. I’ve never bought pastries from their pop-up shop before so this would be my first time trying them.


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West Oak recently celebrated its 5th anniversary in the Yaletown neighbourhood. As a follow-up, Areta, Alice (Double A!) and I were invited to a hosted dinner at the restaurant. I’ve been here a couple of times beforehand, one of which was an evening out with a few of my girlfriends a few years ago.

Disclosure: This meal was provided to me complimentary of the restaurant. However, the views and opinions are my own.


We got a sneak peek of some of their new cocktails (from left):

New Cocktails at West Oak

The Aperol Spritzer Mimosa is their new take on the classic brunch cocktail. This is available only during brunch, but the restaurant made one for us to try. Aperol, prosecco, fresh juice (orange, grapefruit, etc.) — it was juicy, citrusy, fizzy, refreshing. Great for a patio brunch. There’s no reason a mimosa fan wouldn’t enjoy this.

Tiffany Blue could become a local IG sensation. The Ciroc Apple came through and gave it some tartness, almost face puckering. You can really taste the apple here. The addition of edible silver makes it sparkle like a precious piece of jewelry.

Tiffany Blue

The last cocktail, at the time this was written, hasn’t been named. It just had a nickname “Green Thumb“. It had gin, elderflower liquer, basil, cucumber. It reminded me a bit of mojito – it’s light and crisp, and herbaceous.

Then, we dove into dinner, with a couple of appies to share. (more…)

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For the last few years, my office has organized a Christmas baking exchange, where we trade our baked goods with each other so we all end up with a variety of treats for the holiday. Last year, I made these sesame cookies; they were delicious and I love the Asian touch to it! We heard of the recipe on the radio and made some changes after we did a couple runs. Are you still doing some more holiday baking? Here is our recipe for you:

Sesame Cookies

Sesame Cookies Recipe


  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sesame Oil
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Cup Toasted Sesame Seeds

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We are only a few days away from Halloween, so we made some monster fingers to celebrate the occasion. We adapted from a recipe on beanpanda.com and made some changes. This is super easy to make and there are ways to involve your kids (or the kids in you)!

Monster Finger Recipe


  • 50g Butter (Room Temperature)
  • 2 tablespoons Granulated Sugar
  • 10g Whisked Egg (or Liquid Eggs)
  • 90g Low Gluten Flour (Cake Flour)
  • 20g Almond Powder
  • 16 Raw Almond (Approximate)

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I didn’t grow up with a lot of baked goods. It wasn’t really a part of my culture. Not surprisingly, it wasn’t long until I started to take a liking to them. After all, who can say no to a soft, moist, and buttery cookie?

Well I certainly couldn’t.

This is the only Nestle Toll House store in BC, and in Canada for that matter (strange choice, because you would assume most chains would open their flagship store in Vancouver or Toronto). Like a bakery, all the sweets are displayed at the front of the shop. There are various types of desserts, with the majority being cookies. They also have smoothies and Nescafe products.

Nestle Toll House Cafe

Nestle Toll House Cafe

What went in

I went straight for the epic: the Double Trouble. 2 large cookies stuck together with a thick layer of icing.

Double Trouble

Double Trouble

Is it too rich? Yes. Is it too sweet? Yes. But is it awesome? Oh yeah.

You can’t think of this cookie as a snack. It’s a lot more than that, literally. Everything about it is overwhelming. (more…)

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