Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese Cheesecake

Click to add a blog post for Uncle Tetsu's Japanese Cheesecake on ZomatoMy roommate had just returned from Toronto, and as a souvenir, she had brought me back Uncle Tetsu’ cheesecake. I didn’t know that it was so popular, nor that such place existed. She said that she had to wait in line for nearly 1.5 hours!! Thank you roommate!

So with me having to skip the long line wait, plus the free delivery from TO, I opened the box to see a spongy cake with the Uncle Tetsu’s character baked on top. When I cut out a piece, I could see how soft it was. Now if you’re used to the ‘Western’ style of cheesecake that is dense and sweeter, you may not like the style and flavour.


Mmmmmmmmmmmm!! It just melts in your mouth! Like most Japanese sweets, it’s not that sweet. On the first evening, I ate half of the cheesecake – all by myself. I could have kept going, but I wanted to also share it with Sheepie, so I resisted my temptations, lol.

idearabbit-uncletetsu1 idearabbit-uncletetsu2If there was one in Vancouver, I’d definitely go and buy it for a special occasion. It doesn’t have to be a special day or anything as the 6″ cheesecake isn’t that overly expensive at $8.88 – which is probably another reason for the line ups.

I will check it out the next time I’m in Toronto – though I doubt I’d be patient enough to wait over an hour. I am also curious about the Uncles Tetsu’s Matcha cafe right next door. The matcha ice cream looks delicious too~


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Lin Chinese Cuisine

Click to add a blog post for Lin Chinese Cuisine on ZomatoFor lunch, I was craving some Chinese, so I remembered walking by a sandwich board (yes! they work!) whenever I pass by that area. So I thought to give the place a try.
I ordered the Beef & Broccoli under the Lunch Special menu. All sets are $7.99 and comes with rice and your choice of soup; either Hot & Sour or Chicken Corn. I looooooooove hot and sour, but my stomach can’t handle spicy stuff the past few years, so I opted for Chicken Corn.

idearabbit-lins1I went in, and the place was really busy. There were 4 servers running around taking orders and maneuvering the dishes to the tables. The lady took my order, and my total  came to $9.40. I thought there was some mistake, but the gentleman after me also ordered something off the Lunch Special menu and the staff also told him $9.40. GST as far as I know is only 5% – that’s 40 cents. So I wonder if their pricing has gone up to $8.99 instead and their menu hasn’t been updated for some reason. Otherwise, the only explanation I could come up with is that there is a 13% tip or service charge added. If anyone know why, please let me know. I will like to inquire about it next time. I know it’s not a huge difference, but still.

idearabbit-lins2 idearabbit-lins3Either way, it was a good price. The sauce for the beef and broccoli was very tasty and really went well with the white rice. The beef was soft and tender. I really don’t like fatty meat, and I was worried there might be with a cheap dish, but the beef was quite good. With the high cost of meat (especially beef) these days, I was happy with the price, portion and quality. The soup was really good, and I really liked the smoothness of the egg.
I was really stuffed at the end, and quite satisfied. I would definitely go back again for lunch. So close to my office. I would however, next time call ahead so I don’t have to wait there long…it’s busy, so give it at least 15 minutes. The lady kept shouting Chinese to me, actually, the first time, I didn’t even know she was talking to me cuz I thought she was talking to the other staff. They’re multitasking, so I had no idea. Every time she did, I looked at her with a blank expression, finally, she remembered that I don’t understand Chinese.
The sandwich board is pretty worn out, and it’s a bit of a hole in the wall, but the interior isn’t too bad. They have about 3 steps at the entrance, so it’s not wheelchair accessible unless you have someone able to help you – though it is tight, space wise too.

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Chatime in Richmond

Click to add a blog post for Chatime Richmond on ZomatoSo after being invited to Chatime by @ChineseBites on Broadway, I became a fan of Chatime. Every time I needed to go to a bubble tea place in Richmond, I suggested going to Chatime to my friends.

I’ve been to the Richmond location twice, both times around 11pm – and both times with a long line up out the door. This location is larger with more seats to chill on. It’s always super busy on the other side of the counter and the customers are lively even late at night.

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I always ordered the Pearl Milk Tea, so this time, I decided to get the popular Chocolate Mousse (regular) $4.80. It was frothy and I had to mix the white cream with the chocolate at the bottom to get the right mixed taste. But even then, it reminded me of some chocolate protein shake.

The second time we went there, we took our friends from Germany there and the guy was really happy with the place. He also mentioned that he liked how you could customize your drink. I agree. They ordered the QQ Taiwan Mango $4.50 and a Mango Yoghurt $4.30.

Chatime allowed me to earn points for the friend’s drink too, so I’m up to 6 points. 4 more to go until I get a free drink! :)

You can sign up to their free membership, so that you can redeem one free regular drink with one complimentary topping for 10 points. You redeem 1 point per drink, so essentially, after 10 drinks, you get a free drink. You also receive a free drink on your birthday! They will send you a text message about the offer 7 days prior to your birthday. You also get the benefit of trying out their feature Chatime Tea of the Month™ drink that is selected by their Tearistas at an exclusive price.
If you become an Chatime Elite (after accumulating 100 points!), you can redeem 10 points for one free large sized drink with any toppings and one free food item of your choice (under $3.00 before applicable taxes)
In addition to all regular Reward member benefits, you also get:
•    Your very own personalized Chatime Elite Rewards card when you reach Elite status!
•    The chance to win lower-bowl sporting tickets every season, courtesy of our partner, Vicinity!
•    More exclusive access to promotions, offers, and store events!

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