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La Forêt: New Bakery in Burnaby

When I saw my social media feed light up with posts about a new bakery located in Burnaby, I just had to see what the whole hype was about. La Forêt is pretty close to Metrotown but is tucked away on a side street just off Imperial Street. The thing that hits you immediately is how large this bakery is.
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Baker and Table Cafe: Melonpans!

After our introduction to melonpans during our trip to Japan last year, I’ve been seriously craving these crunchy-topped buns. Recently, I heard that a place on Fraser Street had started selling these in Vancouver and we wound up stopping by after a Lobster Sticky Rice dinner at nearby Ho Yuen Kee.
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The French Bakery (Bellevue): Savory Crepes

I had fairly high hopes for The French Bakery during our road trip. After all… it’s all right in the name. Who could ask for anything more? Well, we actually had a tough time trying to find this place as it’s tucked inside the Elements building. And despite the address being on 112th Ave NE, it’s actually easier to find if you walk into 111th Ave NE as that leads right to the courtyard area where you can see the bakery.
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Top Pot Doughnuts (Queen Anne): Hand-Forged Doughnuts

I love the story about how the name “Top Pot” Doughnuts came about. It seems that, prior to opening Top Pot, the co-founders had noticed a dilapidated neon sign above a boarded-up Chinese restaurant called “TOPSPOT”. They purchased it and left it in their backyard for four years before they decided to have it restored. Once they did, however, the middle “S” fell off, leaving the words “TOP POT” instead.
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Daily Dozen Doughnut Company (Seattle): Mini Doughnuts

Daily Dozen Doughnut Company is a mini doughnut stall located in Pike Place Market (fairly close to where they toss the fish around).
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The Pie Hole: One of the Best Pie Shops in Vancouver

About ten years ago, there was a tv show on air called Pushing Daisies about a man with the ability to bring back the dead… but with certain consequences. Together with his formerly-deceased childhood crush, he used his abilities to solve murder cases. The reason why I mention this is because the main character was a baker and opened a restaurant called “The Pie Hole”. Since then, I’ve had a fascination with being able to walk into a shop called “The Pie Hole” and order up a bunch of different tasty pies.
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Liliha Bakery (Hawaii 2017): Cuckoo for Coco Puffs

Our road trip to the windward coast began with donuts, so it was only appropriate to end with donuts too. While we had started with Kamehameha Bakery in the morning, our return trip ended with a visit to Liliha Bakery located in the Liliha-Kapalama neighbourhood.
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Kamehameha Bakery (Hawaii 2017): Poi Glazed Donut

On our visit to Oahu this year, we decided that we’d rent a car and head out to some of the places on the windward side of the island. Since we were heading out early, we figured the best thing to do would be to grab a quick snack from Kamehameha Bakery in the Kalihi area of Honolulu.
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L’otus Cake Boutique: Earl Grey and Matcha Mille Crêpes

Nothing spurs the FOMO in people like seeing countless pictures of beautifully crafted desserts fill their social media feeds. That’s exactly what happened in the beginning of the year when people started sharing pics of the delicately formed mille crêpes cakes served at L’otus Cake Boutique in Richmond.
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Bao Bakery: Apple Tarts and Buns

I’m going to take you back in time… back to the eighties – a time when shoulder pads and fob hairstyles peppered the landscape. It was a time when Chinatown was actually full of Chinese people; buying groceries, dining in Chinese restaurants, and buying Chinese pastries.
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St. Marc Café (Tokyo 2016): Chococro

St. Marc Café is a popular chain bakery in Japan but you might be more familiar with the name of their signature chocolate croissant known as a “chococro”. Read the rest of this entry

Naruto Taiyaki Honpo Asakusa Shin-Nakami (Tokyo 2016): Baked Sea Bream

One of the desserts that we wanted to try during our visit to Japan was taiyaki (literally “baked sea bream”). Now, I know what you’re thinking… baked sea bream doesn’t sound like a dessert (actually, it sounds like a pretty good main course). No, Taiyaki is a fish-shaped dessert that’s usually filled with a sweet red bean paste.
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