Yolk’s

Sunshine and I had been planning to get together to catch up on each other’s lives for awhile, but it was canceled last minute numerous times because something always popped up. Sunshine’s one of those awesome friends where even if we don’t talk or see each other for a long time, our relationship would still be as tight as if we hung out everyday. But I’m glad to say that our bro date finally happened. Sunshine picked me up after my early morning staff meeting for work and we headed over to Yolk’s for brunch.

While the inside of Yolk’s is rather plain looking, it has a bright and homely atmosphere. The staff at Yolk’s are friendly and full of personality. The food here is also pretty good.

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I like that you get to customize your bennies at Yolk’s ($7.50 for 1 egg, $10.25 for 2 eggs). I got the double smoked bacon with arugula, poached egg, hollandaise, on an English muffin with a side of truffle lemon hash browns (+$1) and Okanagan Valley goat cheese (+$1). My favourite part of the plate was definitely the truffle lemon hash browns. Now my first bite was really lemony and sour. Sunshine agreed. It left us wondering “why the lemons?” But once we dipped the hash browns into the spicy ketchup, it sang a perfect sonnet. The sourness was neutralized and all the other flavours were brought out. They were simply addicting. The benny on the other hand was good, but not mind blowing. I didn’t think the goat cheese was worth the additional dollar considering how I only received a tiny sprinkle on my benny, which I barely tasted. The bacon was crisp and smokey, but all the other components were just average.

As we were eating, one of the ladies stopped by our table to check up on us and noticed that our eggs were slightly less runny than they should’ve been. Sunshine and I said that it was okay, but she immediately told us that overcooked eggs at Yolk’s are not alright and that she’ll send us new eggs. That was super kind of her. Our eggs arrived promptly, and the lady jokingly said that she’ll beat up the chefs in the back of the parking lot later on in the day. I gotta say that it really did make a difference to our bennies. But unfortunately, we were almost finished by that time. Sunshine and I were pretty full after cleaning off our plates, especially Sunshine who ordered 2 eggs and ended up with 4. Hahah.

Sunshine and I had a great time catching up at Yolk’s. The next time I come back, I would like to try their chicken and waffles!

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YOLK’S
+1 604 428 9655
Strathcona
1298 East Hastings Street, Vancouver

Beta 5 Chocolates

Beta 5 is a hole in the wall, literally. It is in the most unassuming location. KitKat and I had just wrapped up our yard sale, and we wanted to cool off with some ice cream, if we had not pulled up actually looking for Beta 5, we’d definitely would’ve missed it. Unfortunately, our ice cream sandwiches were melting fast and we were eager to devour them so I didn’t get a very good picture. (I was actually reluctant with blogging about the ice cream for that reason, but I guess I’ll do it anyway) KitKat got the blueberry cheesecake and I got the raspberry jasmine ($5 each).

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The raspberry jasmine had raspberry and jasmine ice cream sandwiched between lemon shortbread cookies. I liked that the cookies were soft so that the ice cream didn’t get smooshed out as I ate it. The raspberry ice cream was tart and refreshing and the flavour went really well with the lemon shortbread, I just wish there was more of it in comparison to the jasmine ice cream, which tasted rather underwhelming. I had to search for the jasmine flavour. If I had not known that it was jasmine ice cream, I don’t think I would’ve tasted it. I also should’ve spent a little less time trying to take photos because my last few bites of ice cream were melty and frothy.

KitKat said her blueberry cheesecake had a rich cheesecake flavour, but the blueberry ice cream was pretty subtle in contrast. The blueberry compote inside had a frozen texture, but it wasn’t too off-putting and the graham cookie was good, but could’ve had a stronger graham taste. I think she said she liked the s’mores ice cream sandwich more.

As we were eating our ice cream sandwiches, there was an Asian grandma carrying a toddler who had his eyes on our ice cream. In Cantonese, she told him not to stare and that the ice cream sandwiches belonged to the aunties. I was kind of devastated ;__; We’re still living our glory days, barely in our prime yet. Kind of strange I guess, when we’re used to experiencing the opposite side of things, people still ask us whether we’re legal or whether we’d like to buy concession bus tickets (for students).

IMG_1358 Anyway, after I finished my ice cream, I lined up to buy a box of cream puffs to take home (How can I go to Beta 5 and not get cream puffs?) I got the coconut passionfruit, blueberry lavender, raspberry earl grey and salted caramel. They’re priced at $5 each or $18 for a box of 4. They also have bigger boxes, but I forget.

IMG_1367Coconut passionfruit: I’m not too enthusiastic about coconut, but coconut passionfruit is one of Beta 5’s top sellers, so I got it, and boy am I glad I did. The passionfruit cream was so aromatic, light, and refreshing. The mild flavours of the coconut cream blended flawlessly with the invigorating and piquant passionfruit that was neither too sweet or too sour. The majority of sweetness came from the dollop of icing on top. The shell of the cream puff was like no other. It was crisp and crumbly, yet it held it’s shape and didn’t cause a mess. One of my pet peeves about eating cream puffs is that the cream gets squished out everywhere when you bite into it, but this didn’t happen with this heavenly creation. It was just amazing.

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Blueberry lavender: The blueberry lavender was another delicious flavour. I was afraid that the lavender was going to be overpowering, but that was not the case at all. There was just a hint of floral fragrance that complimented the fresh blueberry compote.  Again, the level of sweetness was just right.

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Raspberry earl grey: The raspberry earl grey was good, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I am an earl grey fanatic so I was disappointed that the flavour of earl grey got a little lost amongst the huge pile of cream that tasted faintly reminiscent of vanilla that didn’t really add to the overall flavour of the cream puff. The raspberry was tart and robust but pleasant. The vanilla cream was piled high, so it was hard to get all the components into one bite, which made for unbalanced flavours. The dollop of earl grey in the centre was considerably small, but the bites that actually had earl grey in them were fantastic.

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Salted caramel: While the other cream puffs were light and refreshing, the salted caramel was more heavy and decadent. The caramel that oozed from the centre of the cream puff tasted exactly like the liquid form of Werther’s Original candies. While I enjoyed it, the flavour of the salted caramel was a smidge too sweet and overpowering for me.

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BETA 5 CHOCOLATES
+1 604 669 3336
Strathcona
413 Industrial Avenue, Vancouver