Tag Archives: Bubble Tea

DIVAS COFFEE – #916-5300 No.3 Rd, Richmond, BC, Canada (604) 270-3482

19 Apr

PRICE: $3-10

My recent foray into Café Crepe has sparked a drastic but totally predictable addiction.  I am now addicted to Crepes.  Everywhere I go, I ask myself a simple question: does this place have Crepes?  If the answer is no, my God it becomes hard if not impossible to go inside.

So, of course, while strolling down Lansdowne Mall, you can imagine the amount of joy I’m experiencing when I unexpectedly see the pearly gates of heaven in a most unexpected place.  Diva’s Coffee is a place that I have passed several times on occasion, but this time, for some unforeseen reason, it stands out to me.

I soon realize that this is result of the glowing neon ‘CREPES’ sign that’s in place.  I guess addiction makes you more aware of things.

So I quickly go in, and order myself a Nutella Crepe.  I check out their drink menu.  Today is the rare day when I am in the mood to drink something that is not Coffee.  Hmm.  I’ve never tasted an Avocado Bubble Tea Shake before.  Pearls too?  Yes please!

“Forget Marijuana, Crack Cocaine and Heroin, Crepe addiction is no laughing matter.”

One of my new favourite things to do is check out food as it’s being made.  My hostesses are very good sports, and provide a dazzling display of their Crepe and Bubble Tea making ability.  It’s fantastic.

Once they’ve finished the show, I’m off to the table and ready to enjoy my new found culinary master-pieces.

The Nutella Crepe is laced with Powdered Sugar and Whipped Cream.  The Crepe itself is pleasantly warm, with a slightly toasty texture to boot.  The Nutella mixes beautifully and provides that familiar sweet, Chocolate and Nut induced bliss-coma.  The Whipped Cream adds a fantastic fluffy sweetness.  Delightful.

The Avocado Shake is a unique and pleasant surprise.  Avocados complement the Soy Milk and Tapioca Pearls.  A very light taste that proves to be quite refreshing.  Not too sweet, not too light, it would be perfect for a summer day.  As for me, I’m starting summer early, so all the better that I can enjoy it now.

I finish pigging out on my entrees and wave good-bye.

The cravings have subsided, but I’m already experiencing withdrawal.

My hands are shaking, and I’m breaking a sweat.

I suppose I’m doomed to serve as an example to youth that Crepes are the true ‘gateway drug’.

Forget Marijuana, Crack Cocaine and Heroin, Crepe addiction is no laughing matter.

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WELL TEA – Suite 170-4811 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond, BC (604) 278-7268

15 Mar

PRICE: $6-$30

It’s cold and dark tonight.  Rain is pouring through the cracks and crags of the wet pavement.  All that’s needed is lightning and thunder to start cracking their respective whips at us.  Seems like a scene straight out of a horror movie.  I think I need something bright, cheery, and friendly looking to lift me up.  A Bubble-Tea place, I think, is something that would do that just fine.

We drive up to Well Tea, a rather small and unremarkable looking joint, at least from the outside.  I’m skeptical.  Is this a joke?  I feel as if my friend is setting me up with an ugly date.

“Just trust me, man.”

Alright.  Sure.  We step inside and you know what?  I realize how shallow I’m being.  You just can’t judge a book by its cover.  Well, at least in the case of Well Tea that is.  I was expecting the inside to be garish and brightly coloured to an excessive degree, a  common fault of most Bubble Tea joints.  These places seem to enjoy hiring clown serial-killers to decorate their interiors.  Luckily, what I receive is very different from what I was expecting.

The place is brightly lit with thin, cylindrical lamp-lights hanging around like fireflies.  We’re greeted at the entrance by an elegant looking bamboo fountain.  Bamboo-style vegetation seems to be a common decorative theme in this place. Brown padded leather chairs and beige tables sit atop the sleek hardwood floor.  Encased in the floor are little glass compartments containing bamboo artwork.  Neat-o.   I just love the idea of walking on something so Feng-Shui. 

“These places seem to enjoy hiring clown serial-killers to decorate their interiors.  Luckily, what I receive is very different from what I was expecting.”

Let’s get to business.  The menus open up and we order some fancy sounding drinks.  Lavender  Green Tea with Tapioca Noodles.  Fresh Taro Slush.

They arrive pretty quickly and we sample them.  The Lavender Green Tea lives up to its name and provides a sweet aromatic experience with a bright after-taste of, you guessed it, Lavender.  The Tapioca Noodles go great with it, (better than Tapioca Pearls) because they are easier to drink, yet provide that same refreshing and gooey chewing sensation.

The Fresh Taro Slush is an icy good experience.  The light-purple Taro has an almost glow-y aesthetic to it.  It’s like a lava lamp in stasis.  A pleasure to look at, and an even greater pleasure to drink.  The Ice and the Juice mingle together perfectly; there is no separation between the Juice content and the Ice, as commonly seen in cheaper Slushes (“Auugh! Why is there nothing but Ice where my drink used to be?!”).  The subtle-sweet taste of Taro proves to be refreshingly light.  Bubble-Tea places have a tendency to make their Slushes waaay too sweet.  Thankfully this drink does not suffer from this problem.

We order up some chow.  It’s cold so we’re craving something soupy.  We order the House Special.  We have the option to create our own Noodle Soup Entrees.  I choose Beef Soup, Yellow Noodles, and Pork Slices, Pork Intestines, and Pork Balls to top it all off.  We’ll call it BYPPP for short.  I’m all about killing pigs.  My compatriot summons up Miso Soup, Udon Noodles, Beef Slices, Squid Balls, and Mushrooms (MUBSM).  Should be interesting.

My BYPPP makes its entrance onto the table.  I try it.  Holy CRAP that’s spicy.  I have a few more bites.  And salty too.  It’s initially quite shocking because I’m not really expecting it to be like this.  I don’t recall ordering Spice.  I ask my foodie compatriot and he assures me that I’m just being a pussy, and that this is the norm.  Hmm. Well I guess I’ll  have to start getting out more.  I keep sampling the Chow and after getting over the initial shock, the flavour begins to grow on me.  Alright.  This is what exotic food tastes like.

The MUBSM makes its way to our table and we give that a spin.  A more subtle down-to-earth savoury flavour.  Drenched in Miso, and decorated with a variety of Beef and Seafood overtones (the Squid Balls are AWESOME), this is the dish that I really should’ve ordered.  It’s good.  Not too salty, a more mellow yet savoury dish.  Win.

“Hey check out who’s over at that window.”

“Okay.  A girl.  What about her?”

“Ehehe, look at where she’s looking.”

My partner points just behind me to a couple.  They look good together.  I’m still confused though.

“Haha, she’s been there the WHOLE night.  Looks like she’s trying to see what kinds of extra-curricular activities her man is up to.”

Duh.  How could I have not noticed?  Looks like a player is going to be hating the game, ‘cause he’s about to find himself in a whole lot of trouble.  (Say that with a ghetto accent)

So how about that?  Great drinks, solid food, AND dramatic entertainment.  What else more could you ask for in a Bubble Tea joint?

We walk past the entrance after having paid our hosts and go outside.  The girl is STILL peering angrily into the window, and from the looks of it, her soon-to-be ex still hasn’t noticed.  She’d make a good Private-Eye.

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