Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Café Gratitude


*Vegan Milkshake Review Only*

Let me say this first.
I might expect too much for this restaurant since people were waiting and waiting- so many waiting list I could see and reviews are super good here.

I just slightly jumped into and order the milkshake.
It was the same day I visited Saturn Cafe for the milkshake.

Vanilla Bean Milkshake.
Price was slightly over $9.75 (almost $10).

Tasted ok. Could feel the vanilla bean which I liked, BUT 
I hardly recognize the difference than one that I got from Saturn Cafe.

Quantity: same small cup as any other drinking cup. Thought that since their price is almost double as Saturn Cafe, more quanitity coming up. But Noooooo~


But for this $10?
This is TOO expensive.

Waited for it from inside.
It's good environment to hang out for the weekends with family/friends with nice music playing.


Will come back?
I do not think so for now.

1730 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94701



Saturn Cafe in Berkeley


It was my planned routine to get a 'vegan milkshake' on April 5  Berkeley Tour.
Cinnaholic and Saturn Cafe.
They are same block. Just few walks away each other.

I was looking for sweet and creamy milkshake but did not know what to order from the menu. 
They helped me to order and got me 'Vanilla with berry on top' since I'm a huge fan of vanilla flavor.

It was magnificant!
Hardly can't tell it's vegan milkshake.

Ever since I become a vegan it was my first vegan milkshake, it was just perfect!
Did drink it all on the spot.

Price is around $5.25 or something that range. So reasonable.
Great great great!

They also offer 20% off lock-out from yelp, just forgot to mention when I paid.
Anyway, I will visit again so my discount offer is still on!



2175 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704

Vegan Bread Stick- Lovesticks by Judy's Breadstick

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 Cinnamon Raisin Breadstick

You can buy at Whole Foods Market in Bay Area. 

So crunch crunch!
Hard crunch!
Well enough sweetness out of most likely can sugar and bit of raisin. 

It kicked out my work stress by bitting the stick! 

Any one is looking for vegan breadstick? Here they are-
Order from the online if you don't live nearby. 
You won't regret :)

Price: $3.99

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Veggie Grill

Today here I am again @ Veggie Grill!
Yahoo! :)

Craving for chocolate pudding parfait so several days. Yum~~~
Creamy rich chocolate with oreo cookie on the bottom. Oh if course on top, cream! So yum!


Since I'm allergic to nuts, no nuts on mine. 

Oreo cookie gives crunch cookie bite feeling and creamy pudding combine together. So good!

Hope that the portion is slightly larger than it is now. 

So another touch and hard day at work marked period with this! Thank God!
Delicious meal and great service always at Veggie Grill! I always wonder how employees could be so friendly and nice here? Give me the secret---! Seriously! You guys always made my day easy, thank you!

Once Julie from 'Julie & Julie' said almost same thing in the begging of the movie after bad day at work,

"Chocolate Cream Pie"
.......... 
"It's such a comfort"

Well, more likely she's talking about 'cooking' but you get my point here, don't you?

Well... On the way home should I get a chocolate again?

I know I will have acheness from cocoa later tonight but for now arrrrr---
(This parfait is so worthy by the way)

Oh! I also got kid's meal as usual- my all time menu here for free today, yay! 
How do I get so many free meals here?
(Always, most of the portion of thr meal is good for 3 times of deal for me. I eat small haha)

The answer:
Download the APP! :)

p.s. Kid's Meal: $4.95
Chocolate pudding parfait: $3.75(?) around this range.

Ciao for today!



3055 Olin Ave, Ste 1030, San Jose, CA 95128

Friday, April 25, 2014

Born to be a Vegan?

I guess I was born to be a vegan.

I don't like the meet texture at all. 
Had left over from Tofoo Tom Chay- bum hue noodle. It had vege fake meat that is exactly same texture of meat. I did not like it so I sorted out all and it all ended up being in trash. 

I just don't like meat texture! Even if it is not real meat! I can't stand it.

Do I ever miss meat?
No--- 
I wasn't eating meat that much even before I became a vegan anyway. 

Conclusion?
Born to be a vegan. 


Btw, this is the one I had for dinner. 
Add korean hot pepper paste in boiling water with Left over noodle. Flavorwise? Tasted good! 
Pic does not catch the flavor this though haha-

Smile Life


Try to smile all the time
positive thinking. 

Frost Cupcake Factory

Front Door- they hang this poster
my name on the box

















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Vegan Chocolate Chip Chocolate Garnache 
4-16-2014, Wed.

Right after work, heading to Frost Cupcake Factory in Downtown Campbell, yahoo!

It was very first time me to go there- always wanted to visit when the farmer's market held but finally!

Downtown is really cozy and nice than what I expected. Luckily, found a parking spot without any waiting near store. Thank God!


As you can see Vegan Cupcake I got is Chocolate chip with chocolate garnache.

Tip:
1. They do have vegan cupcakes on Wed. and Sunday only. One flavor for one month unless you pre-order as you want it on any day. 
2. If you want to have it but it's going to be after work, make sure you call them and save them for you. Otherwise when you get there you come out without anything. That's how I got my name on the box! :)

Ok, here goes tasting part! Ready?


Frosting/Icing(?), whichever your term is, it IS unbelievable! It is HEAVEN. yum!

One bite? No resistance. You got to keep digging!
Its part is huge~ than any other cupcakes out there which makes me sooooo happy and satisfy!
Layer is deep, so you can dig into your forks, really! Isn't it so pleasurable? :D
This is what all cupcakes should be, don't you think?
Oh-- its thickness is just perfect-!
Chocolate flavor: Dark Cocoa flavor (I can definately tell). So rich! Wonder what brand they use :)


Muffin part: I believe it was vanilla flavor with chocolate chip inside. So when I chew the chocolate chips make me delightful experience, if you know what I mean ;)

Not too greasy, not too dry, nor too creamy even after you finished your cupcakes you still can tell, there's no unpleasant tasting left over your tongue at the end like oil tastes or some others- mainly greasy taste what I mean.


Do I want to come back? Oh- yes!

Price range is also reasonable comparing to other stores. $3.25
I'm thinking since I'll go to farmer's market on Sunday, might stop by again and get one :)
Wonder the flavor for next month, can't wait! 
Plus, 'Support the Local!' 
So proud of cupcake winner is in our neighborhood. Such a privilege :)

A cute little to go box for my cupcake!
I had a little bit hard time to get it out, funny...


Interior is not too impressive but who cares as long as they do have awesome tasteful cupcake.





4-23-2014 @ 12:30 p.m
oh--------
can't stop thinking about their frosting!
wonder they sell only the frosting, too!

you know what???
I just called and they do NOT sell the frosting only. Muffin and frosting, TOGETHER!
She emphasized, TOGETHER. Sad.......

oh, well... then, what can I do? Have them together or go to "Cinnaholic" since they do sell separately.
Thank God I do have two options haha :)
Positive thinking :D

Kimchi @ Whole Foods Market



On Demo desk at Whole Foods Market this week I found there were few samples for Kimchi with this cute badge!

So proud to see this as a Korean-American :)

Way to go, Kimchi!!!

Mineral Sparkling Water


Yoohoo!

Got this sparkling water @ Whole Foods Market
On sale $1.49!

Recently, I cut my soda.
I'm not a big drinker of Soda product at all, but sometimes I do need it.
But the fact is we all know that soda is killing our body, basically we are pouring the bad bad unhealthy sugar into our body- like chemical stuff T.T but sometimes we cannot resist it.

So my replacement for soda, sparkling water!
It is so good!
Can't believe it is just water.
Anyone who have hard time to cut the soda out of the lives, go for this!
You'll definately satisfy! :)


Thursday, April 24, 2014

Funny Habit

I found out a thing of myself  just now!

I wear almost same shoes everyday, I mean everyday... (someone might say, is it possible for women's life? yes. I'm the proof).

What happen to me?
Back in college year oh, that's too much back..., just 3-4 years back in my life, I matched my shoes with outfits.
Now, look at me. Office look shoes same shoes between two. Wear until they were torn... arrr-

Wake up!
I am a woman!

Coco Chanel once said,
“A woman with good shoes i never ugly!” 


Extra quote from Coco Chanel,
“You can be gorgeous at thirty, charming at forty, and irresistible for the rest of your life.” 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Post reviewing foods

Any one is suffering or allergic to certain foods?
So am I!
I do have lots of reaction to foods- nuts, oils, these few back days including cocoa (arrrr-), normal white sugar (little bit), I got to see the ingredients really super carefully.

I've thinking that I'd better wait at least one day to see how my stomach react to foods I had. Over 90% of foods I consume is super healthy foods- raw and organic, but I'm a human-being like any others haha-, if you know what I mean.

Like Mochi the other day...
The moment I had them, it was good! My appetite was satisfied; however, for white sugar won't mingle with my stomach for few hours....

I'm talking about this stuff now..
Some say this and that restaurant is healthy food. You know what? Honestly, my stomach can tell if it is or not. Try me :)

Well, my day is going thankfully well so far.. about to leave the office now. Still lot to post here.. One by one as a baby step for now..

Ciao!

About Cupcake Stores

Frost Cupcake Factory's Wednesday Vegan Cupcake Flavor is 'Chocolate Chip with Chocolate Ganache'.

I had this last Wednesday, I'll post the review soon---. Hope someone is so wanting to know it :)

Just in case I wondered Kara's Cupcake has Vegan cupcakes, but unfortunately, they only have gluten free ones, yet. Too bad-. If you have thought to stop by for vegan cupcakes, do not waste your time. Try Frost Cupcake Factory first! and I heard 'Icing on the Cake' and 'Sprinkles Cupcakes' have vegans, fyi!!!


Monday, April 21, 2014

Jin's Bakery & Coffee

  • Mochi-

Around 8 am this morning stopped by to get Mochi, thought that they would have it since they open at 7 am. But soon I entered the store the employee was just turning on the open sign and not many of pastries were ready, of course including Mochi!
so sad for I was so wanting to have Mochi for breakfast with my coffee (sounds funny, but I wanted it so bad somehow). Well, think about it! It does sound it would be a good breakfast menu, wouldn't it? Why not, right? :)
I guess I need to call in first to check if things are ready before I head to be there.

So, believe or not, I drove there again for my lunch! arrrrr---
Of course, to make sure, I gave a call.

  • My favorite! So Chewy!
Red bean paste inside is so smooth (& silky I might say? haha). The size is big enough, about 2.5 inch around.



Sweetness: a bit sweeter than normal Korean pastries but I can handle it. Sweet killer haha.
Sweetness definately coming out from 'white sugar'. Believe me I know the taste differences. While I'm having it, I give myself a thought that what if using brown sugar or cane sugar? It will change the taste of sweetness of course but the texture of chewiness, I mean in a good way!



The combination of red bean paste and the sweet rice flour combination well! They're going together not running separately, if you know what I mean.

Next time, just for the experiment, I will stop by Ehwadang Rice Cake pastry for this place is so well known among Korean community for their ingredients are most high standards than any other places of rice cake pastries in San Jose Korean Community. I will post for that, too. Wait for me :)

Oh, the reason why I kept going Jin's bakery rather Ehwadang is, even though I have to pay cash (Min. $15 for credit card also, otherwise, $.50 card fee applied) to Jin's bakery, they have two mochi in a pack, just right portion of size to eat fresh rather having it over night sitting in a kitchen. Ehwadang they have six in a pack- $6.

Well, that's about it.
I had my lunch done quite well. 


  • 3050 El Camino Real
  • Santa Clara, CA. 95051


Catching UP!

Well, folks..

For now, no one is reading my blog besides me.. but someday someone will.

So, I speak to them now, for future audiences.. :)

I AM so so happy that finally I have things to make me exciting and happy now.

Over the weekend I've thought about catching up writing reviews on all the restaurants I've visited- of course, the recent ones.

As long as I can remember the food taste, then I will definately write something about, including what foods are suitable for vegans or not.. exciting all the vegans out there? 

Hope you all are! :)

Ok, this is my short-term goal now.


Ciao!

Happiness Cafe

The owner is super nice. The place is clean, but not for group of people can have the meal for the place is kind of small, but still good.

I had Veggie Hot Dog. The size portion is big! Comparing to size and price? Price is so affordable.
It was alright, little bit dryness to me though?
(skin of sausage was like old lady's skin- hello~)Hot dog bun was OK- warm enough to enjoy as a hot dog bun.

If I want to compare the hog dog with Plant Based Pizza in San Jose, then I'll probably go with Plant Based Pizza's. 

Reason? I'm not a fan of sausage but it tasted more juicyful (I'm not sure this word is existing or suitable on here- oh well who cares as long as people can understand) more, more chewable pleasure from not over cooked (grill?). There was definate pleasure eating it than Happiness Cafe's.

I guess I need to try their popular dish- avocado roll next time and for sure their vegan boba smoothies.I think this place is more suitable for vegan dessert place.




  • 1688 Hostetter Rd
    Ste C 
    North Valley.
  • San Jose, CA. 95131

  • (408) 573-8699
  • Business websitehappiness-cafe.com

Friday, April 18, 2014

Tofoo Com Chay


Tofoo com chay

Bun Bo Hue #13 on the menu



Ham is like spam texture and taste which i like the most from 3 different types of meat (how do i know spam taste? This is my 3rd years being a vegan). 
Soup taste is little bit watery taste- more flavor needed for me so added more sauce myself. 
Fake meat- it just like meat 장조림 like chicken feeling?
Fried tofu
Dark brown meat: fake beef?
Noodle: Chewy like Udon noodle. But some tasted like not cooked enough. Arrrr-



Soup is warm but since i lile extra hot for me always, if anyone is like me then ask for extra hot. 
Looks oily but no. No oily taste at the end either which is good!


Place is continuously busy.
5 inside tables and 3-4 more outside. 

People just grab drinks from refri first and then pay later. Trust built up i believe :)

Price so affordable. Perfect for lunch, specially who work around this area.


Wonder various types of drink on the top shelf.... 

Anyway, overall experience?
6-7? Out of 10. 
I should try others.. If I can have a chance to go to downtown San Jose again since the price is so affordable. 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Cinnaholic

Last Saturday 4.5.2014

Just couldn't wait for Cinnaholic!
(Located in downtown Berkeley, CA)
Drove up there by myself fron San Jose- almost 40-45 miles, just for this!

Did not know what to order because this is all cutomised. An employee there i got recommended me her favorite thing: caramel frosting with chocolate chip for topping.


Sitting outside the store, enjoying the perfect sunshine warm weather..
Not having any foods in mouth on that day, right after it got handed to me, drooling- had to bite first haha!

Price? $5.45 
Yelp check-in deal provided me one free frosting/topping :)
Tip: have a receip to your text. Collecting ten, then you get a free deal!

Bun is warm so while i'm having it, frosting is melting and coating the bun itself. It actually kicks the flavor more and can feel the warm bun more as time goes by (naturally it supposed to be opposite though). Enjoyed much!

But for me i missed little bit more of sweetness. Don't get me wrong- i am really crazy about strong flavor of sweetness. 

Next time? 
I already decided what to have: pomegranate frosting with cookie dough topping!
I guess it has little bit of chewful texture with sweetness flavor!

Heard they are launching as franchise.
And they are shipping their goodies to states! Try some!

Worth to drive 40-45 miles?
I will say yes? :)

Double Rainbow Soy cream

Luckly I found a soy cream (ice cream) vanilla bean flavor on sale in sprouts farmer's market this evening. 

Sale price? $.99!!! 
Can you believe? What a deal, yeah?!

Taste?
Wow yeppie!
Just the way i like!

Creamy rich smooth but also pleasant chewing(?) feeling for vanilla bean!
Feeling like something little things popping? Those kind of pleasant feeling? Haha- (i'll come up with more better vocab next time- you know what i mean here, dont you? For most of you have had vanilla bean ice cream, i believe)..

It did not indicate 'vegan' on the outside of box but i gave myself a try for it says "dairy free".

Well... Hope my stomach can take this!

Oh btw, i'm a lactose intolerant.. Have Nut allergy... Beyond being a vegan.. but no complain. How??? 
Because it eventually brought me into this whole new world of life. 
I am soooooooo happier than before :)




Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Grand Opening!

Day 1 from all my upcoming journey, this is THE day.
The first step.

Let's see how I can come up with things/dreams/hopes in reality as days go by, the days we call 'normal/ordinary/usual days', but it's going to be so excited!

My every single life will be so excited!