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Mitoya (Kuromon Ichiba Market): Osaka 2017

Ahhhh, mochi! For those of you who are unfamiliar, mochi is a rice “cake” made from glutinous rice that’s been pounded and molded into shape and which has a distinctive chewiness to it.
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Pablo Dotonbori: Osaka 2017

For whatever reason, cheese has never been a big thing in Chinese cuisine. Personally, I love cheese… mac n’ cheese, cheesesteak, cheesecake? Yup. So, it’s nice to know that cheese seems to be a big hit in Japan. After grabbing some Japanese cheesecake, we stopped by Pablo in Dotonbori. This bustling cafe is famous for their creamy cheese tarts.
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Uncle Rikuro’s Cheesecake: Osaka 2017

Our first introduction to Japanese cheesecake was at the Uncle Tetsu’s in Waikiki. If you’ve never tried Japanese cheesecake before, you have to understand that it’s not like the kind of cheesecake that you get in a western bakery. It’s much lighter and fluffier and just melts in your mouth.
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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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Rain or Shine (West 4th Ave): Malted Milk Chocolate

We’re smack dab in the middle of summer and it seems like the weather in Vancouver has been more “shine” than “rain” lately. Actually… I wish we did get a bit of rain right about now.
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Rocky Point Ice Cream: Root Beer Float and Passion Fruit Pavlova

There’s no doubt that Rocky Point Park is a popular summer destination for residents in Port Moody or the rest of the Tri-Cities. If you’re fortunate enough to find parking in the small lot at the entrance of the park, make sure you stop by Rocky Point Ice Cream.
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Dolce Gelato (White Rock): Mango!

After our lunch in White Rock, we stopped by Dolce Gelato for some ice cream because… well… it wouldn’t be a trip to White Rock without strolling down the pier with some ice cream.
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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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Molly Moon’s (Queen Anne): Earl Grey and Melted Chocolate

If you’re in the Seattle area and looking for ice cream, you’re bound to hear about Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream. Since their first ice creamery shop opened in 2008 by founder Molly Moon Neitzel, they have since expanded to 8 shops currently and it was at their Queen Anne location that we found ourselves during our Seattle road trip.
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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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Earnest Ice Cream (Frances St): Seriously Good

It’s the dog days of summer in Vancouver and the one sure thing that you’re bound to see is lineups outside Earnest Ice Cream. That is, unless you check out their newest location in the Grandview area of Vancouver.
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