Mimibuluvme

After dinner at Zakkushi, KitKat asked me for dessert suggestions. Mimibuluvme came out the top of my head, I had been there once before. Richa had to leave us, so it was down to the 3 musketeers. I just love how it’s a mutual assumption that we’ll be going for dessert after our main meal whenever we hangout, no need for pondering or subtle hint dropping.

Mimibuluvme is a cute little cafe with very limited seating. I’ve always wondered how they came up with their random name, but I guess the obscurity helps the guests remember the cafe. If it’s your first time giving them a visit, you should know that the sign on their store front says “Bubble Tea” in giant letters, instead of the actual name of the shop.

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KitKat and I both felt like something light and refreshing so we ordered the frozen yogurt parfait ($7.10) to share. It came with frozen yogurt ice cream, fresh seasonal berries, whip cream and honey pound cake. The yogurt ice cream had a bright, tangy flavour. The fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries were all sweet and didn’t leave us picking seeds out of our teeth. The menu had advertised a blueberry compote, but KitKat and I found that missing. Maybe they had meant to refer the berry syrup. But overall, we were very satisfied.

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Jujube got the mini coffee parfait since no one wanted to share with her (Sorry!). I think it’s about $2 less than the regular size, but just with less ice cream. The coffee ice cream was creamy and flavourful, and the puffed cereal added a fun crunch. The coffee jelly didn’t have a very strong coffee taste, but the ice cream made up for that. It also came topped with honey pound cake, whip and strawberry pocky.

After we finished our dessert, Jujube wanted to stay awhile longer to make a sketch of the cafe. The place was empty when we arrived, but it began to fill up as the night progressed. But it totally makes sense since Mimibuluvme’s parfaits are yummy and the area lacked late night dessert shops.

image On a tangent, KitKat has once again captured me basking in the glow of all my unduly awkwardness. I know precisely how OCD and goofy I am when trying to get a decent shot. While these guys make a game out of teasing me, they not only put up with my ridiculousness, they help me out with action shots and lighting. My girls are the real MVPs ❤

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MIMIBULUVME
+1 604 327 6368
Riley Park & Little Mountain
5556 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Zakkushi Charcoal Grill

Last week, Kitkat treated Jujube, Richa and I to dinner at Zakkushi Charcoal Grill in celebration of her graduation. Bill Nye the Science Guy is gonna have a guest appearance at her graduation ceremony. I’m super stoked for her to begin the next chapter of life. I’m sure it’s going to be full of challenges, accomplishments, laughter, good times with awesome friends and delicious food of course.

We had forgotten to make a reservation and were told that there was gonna be about a 45 minute wait when we arrived. Hungry, and not wanting to wait outside in the bone-chilling wind, we scurried off to 49th Parallel Coffee and Lucky’s to grab some coffee and gourmet doughnuts. About 15 minutes in, we got a call from Zakkushi telling us that they had a table ready for us, so we grabbed our stuff to go.

Zakkushi mainly sells Japanese grilled skewers by the stick, but they also offer appetizers and small dishes to share (or not to share).

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The beef tataki ($8.70) was served in a spicy sweet sauce with a side of grated daikon and chopped green onions that you can roll up with the tataki. While the slices of beef weren’t as thin as I had expected, it was tender and soft nevertheless. The sauce was predominantly sweet with just a hint of heat. We all really enjoyed this dish and ended up ordering another plate for our second round.

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Mochi is one of my favourite things ever, so naturally, I had to get the cheese mochi maki ($2.80/skewer). These were just okay. The cheese tasted like Kraft singles. The mochi had a nice char and was crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. It had the right texture, but I felt like it was missing something in flavour. A sauce would’ve been a good idea.

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We got one each of the cheese tsukune ($2.40) and nori mayo tsukune ($2.20). I only tried the cheese one, but the other tsukune probably tastes the same, but topped with mayo and seaweed instead. My cheese tsukune pretty much just took up the flavour of the cheese melted on top, I highly suspect it’s Kraft singles processed cheese. The chicken meatball lacked seasoning and did not have that plump, juicy quality I was looking for.

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The ebi mayo with house cocktail sauce ($8.80) was great. The batter was thin, crispy and light tasting. While I’m sure they used frozen shrimp, it didn’t have that freezer taste and the consistency of the shrimp meat wasn’t mushy at all.

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The appetizer sashimi platter ($16.80) came with 2 slices each of albacore tuna, sockeye salmon, yellowtail, scallops, spotted prawns. You can taste the quality of the seafood in this platter. Everything was fresh without any hints of fishiness.

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For $8.90, this mentai kimchi udon was incredibly small (don’t be fooled by my picture, my close up shot makes it appear much bigger than reality). This one pales in comparison to the one at Guu. It did not have enough mentaiko (pollock roe), and it’s a little on the bland side.

IMG_1862The karaage ($5.80) was decent. The chicken was juicy, lightly battered and fried. It wasn’t oily at all. However, I felt like it didn’t pair well with the daikon oroshi sauce. It would’ve worked much better with a mayo based sauce, or something more savoury. The chicken kaarage weren’t really seasoned on their own.

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The first plate is comprised of premium beef tongue with just salt and pepper ($4.70/skewer), negi p-toro ($2.50/skewer) and duck breast in a citrus ponzu chili ($3.80/skewer). The second plate has the g beef ($2.60/skewer), oropon beef ($2.60/skewer) and more negi p-toro on it because it was yummy and we wanted seconds. The g beef came in a teriyaki sauce topped with minuscule garlic chips that were more like crumbs. The oropon beef was topped with grated daikon and ponzu sauce. The quality of the meat were good, none of them were tough or chewy but flavour-wise, I felt like seasoning was on the mild side, with the exception of the negi p-toro. The chunky negi onion sauce was addictive, and I found myself putting it on the other skewers.

We had also ordered zucchini, but our one vegetable never made it to our table. Our server probably forgot to put our order in. I guess it just wasn’t meant to be.

Overall, we had a great time, I even learned something. While we were browsing through the menu, Richa had come across the term bukkake and everyone found that super amusing. Confused, I asked what it was all about, and my friends had referred me to Google, advising me to turn the safe search on and to keep away from images. Needless to say, it was inappropriate. Bukkake is the noun form of the Japanese verb bukkakeru ぶっ掛ける, to dash or sprinkle water, but I can see how this can also be easily used to describe less innocent acts. Please excuse my hentai friends. (Lol! Jokes).  Anyway, Zakkushi was decent, but not as satisfying as I had hoped. Definitely not up to par with the the places I’ve been in Hawaii and in LA. The skewers were more flavourful, and for a fairer price. With the abundance of Japanese restaurants, I would expect there to be more yakitori restaurants in Vancouver, but unfortunately, it seems that we’re still premature when it comes to Japanese grilled skewers. The market is definitely there, and competition is rather lackluster as of now. Might I add, skewers are also very profitable considering that they’re usually sold a few dollars per stick. I think it’s only a matter of time before more yakitori spots pop up. I can’t wait.

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ZAKKUSHI CHARCOAL GRILL
+1 604 874 9455
Riley Park & Little Mountain
4075 Main Street, Vancouver

Trilussa Pizza and Pane

One day KitKat, Jujube and I had a spontaneous food adventure. Jujube, picked me up early in the morning and we headed over to pick KitKat up. She had just rolled out of bed so we got the chance to go inside her house while she got ready and play with Meelo, KitKat’s trusty ramen dog. Meelo gets super excited whenever he sees me, it makes me feel so loved. But I guess it makes sense because he probably remembers me when he was just a little pup. He was born under my roof, his mom MoMo used to be my pet, but unfortunately, Mamallama and her boyfriend broke up and he had taken her away along with Pookie, one of my other beloved dogs. I still miss them dearly. Pudding and Cashew still keep me company though.

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Anyway, back on topic! Our first stop was Trilussa Pizza and Pane. This place serves up authentic stone oven Roman pizzas by the slice. There are lots of daily flavours to choose from from their wooden counter. Once you pick out your pizzas, they’ll heat it up for you. You also have the option of picking out a flavour off their menu and have a whole pizza baked fresh.

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I picked out the Vancouver pizza ($6.34) and the gorgonzola pear pizza ($5.91?). The crust was thin and crispy with a pleasant chewiness to it. The Vancouver is a cold pizza that’s topped with smoked salmon and organic green salad. You can definitely taste the quality of the ingredients. The smoked salmon was incredibly flavourful without being too salty. It was soft without any toughness or chewiness. I have this pet peeve with eating anything with smoked salmon in them, that is, I’m always afraid that when I take a bite, I’d pull the whole piece of lox out, you know what I mean? But that was not the case here, the salmon just came apart where it was supposed to. While this pizza was good, I was a little sad that it didn’t have any cheese. It’s more like a flat bread, it’s just not pizza without cheese. I also thought that the Vancouver could’ve been done with a little more sauce. I faintly remember something that tasted like a light dijon mayo that was scantily placed. The gorgonzola pear pizza was my favourite of the two. The gorgonzola cheese had such a pungent, buttery and nutty aroma. The sweetness of the pear complimented the flavours of the cheese impeccably. Unfortunately, by no fault of Trilussa’s, I had made the mistake of eating the second half of my gorgonzola pear after my lox pizza. I thought it would be nice to end with something sweet, but I had underestimated how fast the pizza cooled off and how slow I eat. By the time I got to my second half, the cheese had congealed and the texture had become a little gritty.

While being on the pricier side, I think the quality of the pizza’s definitely worth it. KitKat, JuJube and I were all satisfied with our brunch and we were headed to our next destination. We literally had a full day of munching planned, but we decided to add in a shopping break in-between at 8th and Main as we needed a little time to walk off our food babies before we hook up with Beta 5’s ice cream social.

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TRILUSSA PIZZA AND PANE
+1 604 558 3338
Riley Park & Little Mountain
4363 Main Street, Vancouver

Au Petit Café

I had to go to the clinic, and my family doctor’s office is all the way in West Broadway, so I took this as a chance to visit Au Petit Cafe since it’s around the same general area. As the name reads, this busy Vietnamese cafe is quite petite indeed. There’s probably only seating for about 15-20 people in the whole restaurant. so be prepared to line up outside if you go during peak hours. 

IMG_1701My party of 4 was seated after a 15 minute wait at around 1:15pm on a rainy Monday afternoon.

I started off with a dark french iced coffee with condensed milk/Vietnamese coffee ($4.00). I didn’t always like coffee, but It’s kind of growing on me. I’ve begun to appreciate the taste of bitterness, or at least to tolerate it. My tastebuds are just under continual evolution. The coffee was very strong with a subtle sweet undertone from the condensed milk. The size of the coffee could’ve been a bit bigger considering the price though. I’ve been sick for the past week and all the sleepless nights have been adding up, but this got me through the day.

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Me, Mamallama, Totoro and friend ordered the Vietnamese spring rolls ($8.25) to share. These were served piping hot with fish sauce on the side for dipping. The shell of the spring roll was very different from what we’re used to, but it was a pleasant change. It was crunchy, but it also had a little bit of a chew to it. The filling was well seasoned and had a nice ratio of ground pork to vegetables. I also liked that they weren’t greasy.

IMG_1717We also got the shrimp salad rolls ($7.50) to share. These were served with a peanut hoisin sauce. While there’s a stark difference between good and bad salad rolls, I feel like there’s a ceiling to how great a salad roll can get. I just don’t see salad rolls blowing people’s socks off. Nevertheless, these were pretty good. Everything was as it should be. The ingredients were fresh, and tightly wrapped so it stayed together until the last bite.

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The bahn mi subs are what Au Petit’s known for, it’s what keeps me coming back. I always get the french bread sub with homemade ham, house meatball and vegetables ($5.25) with optional jalapeño peppers. Their bread is always baked fresh daily- crispy on the outside, very soft on the inside.  I’ve never really been a fan of the rubbery texture of vietnamese ham, but I actually liked them in the sub. The meatballs were soft, moist and flavourful and accented perfectly with the pickled carrots and cucumber, I had gotten mine with the hot peppers, but they were too spicy for me, so I ended up picking them out.

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Mamallama and Totoro felt like something soupy, so they ordered the BBQ lemon grass boneless chicken and rice noodle in soup ($9.25). The noodle soup was very comforting on a cold, rainy day, it warmed us right up. The broth had deep flavours, it had a subtle sweetness to it and it had just the right amount of sodium. They were also pretty generous with the lemon grass chicken, which was juicy and tender.

After lunch, we immediately started planning our next meal. We decided It was the perfect day for hotpot. It’s nice being able to look forward to returning home after work with food, family and friends waiting for me.

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AU PETIT CAFE
+1 (604) 873-3328
Riley Park & Little Mountain
4851 Main Street, Vancouver