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Nemesis Coffee: Beautiful Avocado Toast

Okay, seriously… when did avocado toast become a thing? If you look on social media a few years ago, you couldn’t scroll far down your feed without seeing someone post about their avocado toast. And while no longer at the height of popularity, it’s still common enough to see people posting pics of their favourite gram worthy dish.
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Kamehameha Bakery (Hawaii 2018): Poi Haupia Donut

We first came across the legendary Poi Glazed Donut from Kamehameha Bakery in 2017. Located in the same industrial-looking mini mall as Young’s Fish Market, it wasn’t rocket science that we would come back here again. Unfortunately, by the time we arrived (just after noon), they were already sold out of their poi glazed donuts! 😦
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Mochi Lab (Hawaii 2018): Butter Mochi Cupcakes

It’s hard to believe that I first stumbled across Mochi Lab’s amazing butter mochi cupcakes in 2015 while walking through a farmers’ market in Waikiki. While we’ve been back to Hawaii a couple times since then, we’ve never been able to revisit until this past year. That’s partly because Mochi Lab can only be found at pop up locations. We made a special trip out to the Honolulu Farmers’ Market, in front of the Blaisdell Concert Hall on Ward Avenue, to revisit this year and were not disappointed.
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Uncle Tetsu’s (Hawaii 2018): Honeydew Cheesecake and Mango Cheese Tarts

A few years ago, we came across Uncle Tetsu’s in the Royal Hawaiian Center food court in Waikiki. We were intrigued by the offer of a Japanese-style cheesecake as we’ve never heard of it previously. As it turned out, this light and airy cheesecake was unlike anything else we’ve ever had and we managed to scarf down our jiggly cheesecake in a matter of minutes. Since that day, we’ve always looked forward to returning to Hawaii so we could get more.
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Modo Hawaii (Hawaii 2018): Mochi Donuts!

Our first experience with mochi donuts was with a Mister Donut in Akihabara in Japan where we got to try their famous Pon De Ring. For those of you unfamiliar, mochi donuts are dangerously addictive given how easy it is to polish them off. So when I saw that they opened up Modo Hawaii inside the International Marketplace, I knew that we would stop by here during our next visit to Waikiki.
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The Pie Hole (Burnaby): Stuff Your Pie Hole

If you’ve read my blog long enough, you know that I’ve often gushed about the pies from The Pie Hole. When they finally opened a store front on Fraser St in Vancouver last year, I thought my dreams had finally come true. Well, earlier this year, they opened up a brand new location in Burnaby only a few minutes from my work place.
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Nenrinya Ginza: Tokyo 2017

Our first exposure to baumkuchen was earlier on our Japan trip when we came across Kyo-Baum in Kyoto. This German cake, which is made on a rotating spit, had us so enamoured that we specifically went looking for baumkuchen when we were in Tokyo.
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Chez Lui (Tokyo Dome): Tokyo 2017

Breakfast in Japan usually turned out to be some type of bakery item for us (mainly because these were the places that were open when we were heading out). Not too far from our hotel, in the Meets Port building in Tokyo Dome City, is a small bakery called Chez Lui serving up unique French/Japanese pastries.
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Kagetsudō Kaminarimon: Tokyo 2017

Ahhh… Melonpans! One of the main reasons for coming to Japan! If you’ve never heard of melonpans before, you couldn’t be blamed for expecting that these oddly shaped buns would taste like melon. But you’d be wrong! 🙂 No, these baked buns earn their name by resembling the shape of melons (kind of like how pineapple buns get their name because they look like pineapples).
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Moomin Bakery & Café: Tokyo 2017

In a crowded city like Tokyo, which has a population of over 13.5 million people, it’s actually quite common for residents to feel alone and isolated. I suppose that’s why places like Moomin Bakery and Café are quite popular. It combines all of the things that Japanese people want (cute Finnish characters and Instagram worthy treats) with things that Japanese people need (staff here will bring large stuffed Moonmin characters to your table to keep you company).
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Abeno Harukas (Kintetsu Department Store): Osaka 2017

Abeno Harukas may be the tallest building in Osaka but what you really need to do when you visit is go down to the basement. Like many of the large department store buildings in Japan, the basement is where you can find all types of foods… from prepared deli items, to desserts, and hot items.
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Krispy Kreme (Abeno Q’s Mall): Osaka 2017

If you go back just over 11 years ago, there were no Krispy Kreme doughnut shops in Japan. Now, there’s over 40. I suppose they’ve really embraced the whole western fatty food culture. Not that I’m complaining at all.
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