Guilty Pleasure

What is your guilty pleasure? What make you feel guilty upon consuming it? I know mine is called bubble tea!
What is bubble tea? For those who are not familiar with asian drinks, bubble tea consists of a drink of any flavor [each store had their special drink, but most have the classic such as honey dew, milk tea, taro, etc] with tapioca balls [bubbles]. If you live in the US, you might know it as Boba. This drink was originated from Taiwan, correct me if I’m wrong. When I first start getting addicted to bubble tea, they only have the choice of tapioca or jelly as condiment. Now you can find all sort flavor of jelly and tapioca, also grass jelly as a “healthier” substitue. Many places are renown for their drinks, one of the most popular where I am is Chatime.

goodtime-tea_3_1_largeThe drink is mostly artificial flavor and full of sugar therefore consuming it daily will rise the risk of diabetes, but once you try and get addict, it’s the end. You will never be able to run away from it. I remembered when I first try it, it was love! Every week end is bubble tea date! Even now, as I grow older, I am still addicted and try to restrain myself from drinking it everyday. I know I shouldn’t have it, but sometime temptation is very strong!

For self-restraining from overdose on bubble tea, I title it my guilty pleasure.

Until the next post, I will see you guys with a bubble tea in hand ❤

P.S if you have tried them, what’s your favorite flavor?

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Intro/Misoya Ramen

This is a blog entry reviewing Misoya Ramen, a japanese noodle restaurant, I did for my friend’s blog. Please have a look!

The adventures of the Machiabellians

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Hi! My name is Baymax… no my name is…. wait, I have too many nicknames therefore just simply refer to me as Munchlax on this blog. I am honored to be the first to post something in this blog, as I have too much free time. I will be featured from time to time, I also happen to have a blog on foodies, which you can find here… and various other stuffs *coughANIMEMANGAcough* Ok enough of the intro.

misoya

I have given this place a lot of chances and it never disappointed me… so far anyway. I went to this place within the first week of its opening and wanted to try to out some “real” ramen, as other places I went had ramen that tasted like instant noodles (I got fooled ໒( ⇀ ‸ ↼ )७ ).

My story with Misoya is that I have always found their broth…

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Lola Rosa

❀ Hello fellow foodies! Have you ever had good vegetarian food? I mean seriously good vegetarian food. Whenever I hear someone telling me that they don’t eat meat, I start questioning their life decisions. That’s how I am. I love meat. I live for food. Meat is the best. Every time I had vegetarian food, they all tasted bland and very… vegetable and salad-like. There was no fun. Sometimes, they make imitations of meat and they seriously tasted and looked like meat. So what’s the purpose?

❀ Anyways, my best friend brought me to this vegan place called Lola Rosa Café. It was amazing, the best vegan place I ever tried. But then again, I’ve only tried a few places, so I might not be a reliable source. They have two locations, one on Parc, and one on Milton. We went to the one on Milton. But not to worry, I will post the two addresses at the end of this post.

❀ We arrived at Lola Rosa exactly at their opening hour. Actually, we came 10 minutes early and there was already a couple of people waiting! When we were finally seated, the place was getting crowded in a blink of an eye. And as we ate our meal, there was a huge line-up outside! The place was quite small but very cozy. So you guys better come early or make that reservation when you try this place out!

❀ My best friend had their burrito filled with black beans, corn, tomato, cilantro mozzarella, spicy sour cream and jalapenos served with rice and a salad — yes, I got all that from their online menu. I had the samosa (2 pieces) with chutney sauce and a salad. We shared our meals and they were d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s! We both cleared everything from our plates. The flavors were colorful and fun. The samosa had a thin crispiness to it and the inside was flavorful and soft. Everything about the burrito plate complimented each other; the sauce, the rice, the filling. It was the best vegan burrito I ever had. I’ll be back for more!

❀ I highly recommend Lola Rosa Café to anyone. Whether they’re anti-vegan, vegan, foodies like me, old, young, hipster, skinny, fat… This is the place for awesome vegan food. Plus, the decor is super cool too! There are messages left behind from costumers in the tables! Who knows, maybe you can find someone’s number and hook up like in the movies! You guys know what to do! Gogogogo!

 

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Cost: $$
Bee approves: 4/5

4581 Ave. du Parc
Montreal, Quebec H2V 4E5
514.843.5652

545 Rue Milton
Montreal, Quebec H2X 1W5
514.287.9337

Le Painnamou – 빵나무

❀ Hey guys! Though I know in my last post I gave the impression that my next update would be in awhile, it seems like it won’t be the case. After Kat and I had supper at Biiru, we went for dessert at Painnamou.

❀ I was ecstatic when Kat agreed to go there with me. The reason is that they have bingsu/bingsoo. For those who don’t know what it is, bingsu is a popular Korean shaved ice dessert during the summer. Though it sounds a bit boring, it’s a little more complex than that. It’s not just shaved ice with some colored syrup on it; there is a whole variety of ingredients that could be used as toppings. Not many places in Montreal offer this kind of dessert, and those who do tend to be very disappointing.

❀ The one that Kat and I shared was the red bean bingsu. It was different but lovely. Their ice was smooth like snow. It melted right away! All of the other places I’ve tried, the ice was crunchy — it sounds weird in words but you know what I mean — and made out of water. That’s right! Painnamou don’t use water for their ice; they use milk! So that makes it more flavorful even though some of you might think it’s weird. Trust me guys, even my Korean friends approve of this place! So in our bingsu, you can see there’s the red bean, mochis, almond flakes and I believe almond powder. We got the medium sized bingsu which was $7.99 (+tax) and it was big enough for the two of us to share. There’s also a larger size but I heard it’s really big! And they even have a smaller size to go! They have a few other bingsu flavors to try as well; mango, strawberry, chocolate and green tea.

❀ Painnamou not only offers bingsu, but they’re in fact a café and a bakery/pastry place. I haven’t tried their drinks so I can’t say anything about it. However, their pastries are awesome. They’re a little more expensive than Cocobun and the places in Chinatown but you can definitely taste the higher quality — does that make sense? — and the sweet goods aren’t overly sweet. One of my favorites is the pizza baguette! This is the perfect place to take a break, study or even mingle amongst friends. The place is very cute and the atmosphere is pleasant. Since it’s right next to Concordia University, I believe once the semester starts, the place will be packed! And I’ll certainly go there often! So see you there!

patbinsooCost: $1/2
Bee approves: 4/5

2019 Rue Bishop
Montreal, Quebec H3G 2E8
438.386.7880

Biiru (Beer)

みなさんこんにちは! Today’s post will be about food!! Because we love food!!! It all started when I was feeling really hungry and had nothing to eat because I was at work without anything but junk food surrounding me. The first person in my text message list was my Bee, therefore I texted her and few hours later we have decided to visit this new place she wanted to try: “Biiru”. And so begins our exploration of this Japanese tapas restaurant.

Location
It is on the corner of St-Catherine and City Councillors street, near the La Baie.

1433, rue City Councillors (Ste-Catherine)
Montreal, QC, H3A 2E4
(514) 903-1555

Ambiance
Unfortunately we didn’t take a picture of the outside, but it was looking really neat and simple with only the Japanese’s flag and when you approach then the name of the restaurant is print on the main window. The decorations inside the restaurant were very modern. Two item from the decoration caught our eyes: 1. the huge bird cage at the entrance with paper crane inside and 2. the huge modern painting on the wall.

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Beside the interior design, the restaurant also have a terrace on the side for people who wants to enjoy the sun and the heat, but we are two heat haters, therefore air conditioning of the inside was the best choice XD
It is a nice place to just eat and chat, the music wasn’t too loud like the other Japanese tapas we went to.

Services
As for the service, it was quite nice. Our waitress was really sweet and the service was fast. After ordering, our food just keep appearing on the table one after the other. For someone who is new to tapas, she will gladly explain how it works and how many dishes you should take for the number of people and recommend the place’s favourite/trademark dishes. Overall the staff seems to be well organized, friendly and helpful.

Foods
Onto the food! Here is the list of what we got to try out. We have ordered a total of four dishes and one drink each.
Let’s start with the drinks. Mine was called Raijin, a white unknown liquid hahaha just kidding. Well it was white with sprinkles of candy on the top and a lot had drown in the bottom. It looks like a milk shake, but with alcohol. The taste was really good, there is a mix of Yuzu and something else that I don’t remember, but it main taste is sweet and a bit orangie.
Bee ordered the Totoro drink because it was called Totoro 😐 yeah… As we always exchange a sip of each other’s drink, I found that Bee’s drink was too sour. As an old lady I can’t take sourness anymore, therefore I didn’t like it.

Left: Raijin Right: Totoro
Left: Raijin Right: Totoro

First dish to arrive was the Japadawg: Shrimp sausage with vegetable in a bun. As usual, I have problem eating anything inside a bun, everything inside will eventually all fell on the plate leaving me with only the bun and the sauce XD This one wasn’t an exception. Anyway, onto the taste. It was not so bad, but it wasn’t the best thing I ate so far. I found that the taste wasn’t really there and the pickled vegetable was taking over. I didn’t quite taste the shrimp from the “meat” either. Also I would have like it if they have brought this dish at the end or in between two dishes instead of serving it first. After eating the bun and having a few sip of my drink, I would feel the bun starting to expand in my stomach. Would I order it again? Yes

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Japadawg – Shrimp sausage

While we were still munching on the bun, the waiter came with a basket of Kaarage. I didn’t like this dish at all. The chickens were tasteless, the sauce was too sour. I would rather have a sweeter sauce and a bit of herb or salt on the chickens. The salad was way better than the actual dish. The good part was that the chickens were well done and tender. Would I order it again? No.

Kaarage - deep fried chickens
Kaarage – deep fried chickens

Third dish was Tomorokoshi, grilled corns. I have to say, from all the dishes that we have order, this one would be my favourite. The corns were not dry even though it was grilled. On top of them, there was sauce made of queso fresco. It was sweet (due to corn) and salty at the same time. Grilled corn is always a win. Would I order it again? YES! But I would recommend having dental floss with you after eating this you will need it XD (If you don’t want to make faces like Bee)

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Tomorokoshi – grilled corns on a stick

Last but not least is the Okonomiyaki, the Japanese pancake. I have to say, I was really disappointed with this dish. It was tasteless if it wasn’t for the mayo, the soya sauce and the moving katsuobushi – fish flakes. The pancake was thin, that was a part that I like because I don’t like thick pancake and it was crispy. That is all for the Okonomiyaki. Would I order it again? No.

Okonomiyaki - Japanese pancake
Okonomiyaki – Japanese pancake

Price
I found it a bit overprice. The drinks were ok, but for what we ordered, each glass was 11$ each. The drinks were huge compared to other place, but by the time we finish it, it has been water down by the melting ice. I would rather have a smaller drink that I can finish before the ice has completely water it down to tasteless glass of water…
The total bill was about 30$ each – 4 dishes (divided in two) and 1 drink. The design was really nice, menu was ok, there was not a lot of dishes so that you will get lost and take hours to decided. For the quality of the dishes and the taste it was totally not worth it!

O-Taku Manga Lounge

Hello world!!
Ok, it has been a while since the last post but, hey, I’m busy (?) and I’ve been in restaurant that I love these days so nothing there to blog about. You know them already!
So this time it’s a different “genre”, it’s an OTAKU PLACE!!!

Ambiance
For Otaku or people who want to venture into the manga world. It’s a place where you can borrow manga and taste some sweetness from Japan/Asia.
It is a lounge so the place is really quiet, perfect for reading time. It’s a really friendly place, makes you feel like going to a friend’s place rather than a lounge. They have the usual customers. The staffs there are the owner (Alex) and his wife (Ledivine, not sure about her name). Friendly people indeed, make you feel at ease right away. At the entrance, they decorated the place with picture of popular manga characters and deeper inside they have goodies and manga all over the place.

They do have a large range of mangas, compare to other places, they do have a really large collection, from oldies to newbies. The best place to forget about reality!

Services
As I mentioned it, the owners are really sweet. First time in the store, Alex introduce us to the “rules” of the lounge. Nothing in particular, just basic informations of how to borrow manga and stuff. One of the important rule there is to be careful with the manga!
If you’re a newbie to this world (otaku/manga), Alex will gladly help you through 😀

Foods/Drinks
Since we wander there after a big meal (for next blogging :D), we didn’t get a really big order. Just some ice cream Mochi and bubble tea. Unfortunately I was too overwhelm with the place that I totally forgot to take pictures of the food/drink. They have the usual mochi, ramen and other kind of drinks which we didn’t dare to try yet. We took an apple and rose bubble tea, strawberry and red beans ice cream mochi. They use juice instead of powder so it’s a lot healthier than your usual bubble tea. The bubbles they are using were also made with juice, which they call “magic bubble”. If you bite in them, juice will come out. They also have a variety of tea.

Price
Overall, it wasn’t pricy compare to an other place I’ve been to. For what we took it wasn’t more than 20$, 2 drinks and 2 desserts + 1 hour for reading. Since it was our first time there, we had 1 hour free of reading and they also gave us a card for next time. The prices are 5$ per hour for reading if you order something to drink/eat. Price for the drink are the same as any other place. Sorry if I’m not really precise with the price but we didn’t plan on going there for blogging. For more informations, you can visit the place/website/call them.

Location
It’s locate on St-Denis street, near Sherbrooke metro (3623 Saint-Denis), in front of the park, on the second floor. The sign is “petite” so you really need to look up when you walk near there.

For more information (prices & activities):
http://www.otakulounge.com/

Sorry, took the pictures with my itouch so the quality is not really good.

Hyang Jin ~ Japanese

Last friday, Bee and I, along with a friend, we went to Hyang Jin, a Japanese restaurant.

Ambiance
In front of the restaurant there is a little terrace on which you can enjoy a nice lunch under the sun. When you get in the restaurant, the decoration is really nice and typical Japanese style. If I’m correct, all the little decoration are handmade. It’s a small space though. On the left side, there are 4 private tables with partition for more privacy. On the right part of it, there a total of 3 tables for a bigger group.

Services
The services were great, our waitress was really really nice. She praise Bee for been a good eater XD
Our friend couldn’t eat fish so she suggest some alternative to us which was really good too. The only thing I can complaint about it, it’s that they were a bit slow on bringing out the food. It was around 7-8 o’clock, the tables were full and there was only one cook so we waited a little bit. But at lunch time, there was no waiting time at all!

Food!!!
Finally the Food!! Should I say it was great? I’m pretty sure Bee agree with me on this one. Along with the main dishes, we had side dishes like Kim Chi, Bean Spout and mix of vegetable and sea weed. They also were free for 1 refill.
If my memory is correct, we ordered the Haru combo for three which included:

Sashimi

Sushi

Mix Tempura

Beef Teriyaki

Instead of Grilled salmon, we change to tofu soup

These were not included in the combo

 Bee wanted Takoyaki so we orderd the Dragon Ball which was their name for Takoyaki!

Their new dessert Samurai Killer which is apple rolls

And we ended the dinner with some really juicy sweet orange (like the one with the Samurai Killer rolls)

Price
The whole dinner cost us around 50$ each person.
The main dishes was 80$/ 3 persons.
Overall, the price is around 20-30$ per person for individual orders. It’s not cheap but it’s worth every penny!

Location
It’s locate on Queen Mary street after Decarie. You can get to it via Snowdon metro on Queen Mary West or through Decarie.

5332 Chemin Queen Mary (corner Decarie)
Montreal, Qc  H3X 1T7
514.482.0645

For big group of 5+, I recommend reserving before.

Montreal’s La Sauvagine

❀ I know it has been awhile and I actually have no excuse. Laziness has taken over me! But yesterday was a lovely day in Montreal. And parents and I took a stroll to the Old Port.

❀ Today’s review will be on La Sauvagine. La Sauvagine is all about French cuisine and its concept of the “wild game“. Meaning, they specialize on cooking wild animals. As written on their specialty menu, they serve elk, buffalo, deer, caribou and wild boar. But not to worry, they serve plenty of other dishes that some other are more comfortable with such as salmon, chicken, lamb, etc. You may have a look at their menu here.

❀ Although it looks pricey, it will be worth it. You should spoil yourself once in awhile! And looking back, it’s not that bad when we paid. My father ordered a 1/2 L red wine of the house, our (papa, mammy & me) main courses came with the choice of a soup or a salad, and we had 2 caramel flan. All that for about 109$ with the taxes. Not that bad, right? Despite the wait for the food to come is a bit long (just a bit, trust me, i’ve had worse) every waiting minute was worth it.

❀ The restaurant is located in the Old Port. If ever you take a stroll to the Old Port or want to try something new and “frenchie” drop by La Sauvagine. In fact, there are no excuses needed! Try it! Spoil yourself with a fancy meal! And here is the address along with some lovely pictures~

115 St-Paul East,
(Angle St-Vincent),

Montreal Quebec,H2Y 1G7.

Telephone: 1(514) 861-3210

Telecopieur: 1(514) 878-4764

❀ the soup that came with the main course; carrot & pumpkin ❀

❀ my main course; salmon filet & shrimp ❀

❀ papa’s main course; lamb shank in provincial herbs ❀

❀ mammy’s main course; half of a rock cornish frilled in cajun spices ❀

❀ dessert; caramel flan ❀

Montreal’s IMADAKE

❀ Let me introduce myself in 3 words: I LOVE FOOD! The things that I will post here will most likely be food. However, if you’re a Montreal resident, consider yourself lucky! Because I will tell you where to get the things I eat! I know, I know, this isn’t a food blog, buuuuut, aren’t I doing a good thing here?

❀ Alrighty, before I start… Just to let you guys know, every time I will be posting something, you will see this image of me, so it’s easier for you readers to know who’s posting and all, since there are 2 bloggers here; Kat and me. And now you guys know what I look like, if you see me in the streets of Montreal, don’t be shy to say hi!

❀ Have you ever wanted to try REAL EPIC JAPANESE GOODIES?! I mean, sure, sushi is good and all, but what else do you know other than that? You’ll be surprised that not many people know. And it makes me sad sometimes because THEY’RE MISSING OUT!!! There’s an izakaya near the corner of Saint-Catherine and Atwater. To be specific it’s located at 4006 Saint-Catherine Street West. An izayaka is basically a Japanese pub. The place is called, surprise surprise if you didn’t read the title, IMADAKE. There, you will be able to try many various of delicious Japanese food! From takoyaki to okonomiyaki~ I’m pretty sure you can’t find this kinds of goodness just anywhere in Montreal! They are almost always busy, so I highly recommend to make reservations before going. As for prices, it’s quite reasonable! It’s about 10 – 15 $ per entrée, but don’t be fooled~ YOU WILL GET SUCKED IN THE MENU AND ORDER ENDLESSLY!! OH! Don’t make the same mistake as me, READ THE MENU. I accidentally ordered cow tongue by pointing at a good looking picture on the menu. And I unconsciously ate it without any worries!! And when the bill came, I saw “Miso Cow Tongue” I turned white. But hey! IT WAS STILL DELICIOUS!

❀ Enjoy the pictures!

❀ takoyaki ❀

❀ gyoza ❀

❀ okonomiyaki ❀

❀ miso cow tongue ❀

❀ ebi tempura ❀

❀ yakisoba ❀

❀ green tea pudding ❀