Bubble Tea in Toronto

Toronto being a diverse city, there are many options for bubble tea. Here are my top 5 choices:

  1. Ten Ren’s Tea

A worldwide bubble tea chain store. Usually this is my go-to bubble tea place because they are almost in every mall in Toronto. I recommend their green tea bubble teas. My favourite is Mango Green Tea Bubble Tea. Delicious!

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2. Go For Tea

This is a great hangout spot for a group of friends. They have a food menu and also a long bubble tea menu. Many options to choose from, so it can be overwhelming. My all time favourite here is the Very Very Mango Slush. It actually has pieces of mango chunks in the drink! Truly delicious.

3. One Zo Tapioca

This is a fairly new joint with just 3 locations in Toronto. They have a unique menu with specialty drinks and in-house tapioca. Their drinks are truly refreshing!

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4. Coco Fresh Tea & Juice

If you like sweet drinks, you will love this place. If you don’t, you can ask them to lessen the sweetener. This place has a wide selection of bubble teas and also fruit juices.

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5. The Alley

Handcrafted tapioca and steeped whole tea leaves. Need I say more? Nothing gets more refreshing than this.

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When in Penang

Malaysia’s Food Capital!

Penang is a very unique place with it’s own culture and amazing views. The three main ethnicities here are the Chinese, Indians and Malays. Penang is also known as “Pearl of the Orient”.

Here are a few things to do in Penang –

Kek Lok Si – largest budhist temple of southeast asia – combines Chinese, Thai and Burmese architectural styles.

The Goddess of Mercy Temple, also known as Kuan Yin Teng is by far the most intricate temple I have ever been to. This historic temple was built in the 1700’s and is located in George Town. Add this one to your list of sight seeing in Penang!

Penang Hill Railway – Launched in 1923. Penang Hill – approximately 6500 ft in height. It’s quite steep and I was a bit anxious but it’s truly an exhilarating experience. The views from top of the hill are incredible. You will be able to see almost all of Penang. I highly recommend going there before sunset so you are able to see the view during daylight, along with the sunset and also the city lit up at night. You won’t be disappointed!

I really liked cruising through George Town and spotting pieces of art work everywhere.

As mentioned earlier, Penang is also Malaysia’s food capital so if you’re a foodie, you’re in for a treat!

5 Delicious Dessert Places in Toronto

Toronto has a LOT of good dessert places but here are my top 5 picks!

I will update this as I discover new places 🙂

  1. Dolce Gelato – This is the best Gelato I’ve had in Toronto so far!

Locations:

  • Danforth Avenue (Greek Town)
  • Kensington Market
  • College Street (Downtown)

2. Caffe Demetre – They have options from delicious cakes to crepes to                               icecreams/sundaes to drinks!

Locations:

  • Danforth
  • Dufferin
  • Kingsway

3. Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese Cheesecake – Looks can be deceiving! When I first laid my eyes on these, I wasn’t too intrigued. However, after trying them, I think I fell in love. Beware – they can be a little addictive!

Locations:

  • Bay Street – Downtown
  • Union Station
  • Dundas St – Downtown

4. Eva’s Original Chimneys – They are as good as they look. Each cone is like a huge meal! My advice – don’t have a big meal before going there! 🙂

Location: Downtown Toronto

5. Hollywood Cone – Some desserts are good for one person but some you would definitely have to share – the shakes are huge, topped with cheesecake and brownie. This place is soo good, its a must try!

Location: Downtown Toronto

6. Sweet Jesus – My personal favourite. Who doesn’t love a rocky road on a soft serve?

Locations:

  • Downtown Toronto
  • Torono Eaton Centre
  • The Annex
  • Sherway Gardens
  • Yonge Sheppard Centre
  • Toronto Uptown
  • Toronto Eastside

There are so many locations now – the chain is definitely growing. The downtown location used to have long lines (45 mins) during the summer. So I am truly thankful that Sweet Jesus opened so many stores now. Goodbye 45 minute line ups (I think).

 

 

 

 

Top 12 Places To See in Sydney, Australia

  1. Sydney Eye Tower or the Westfield tower

This is quite a nice place. It has a bar and a restaurant. Their cocktails are quite amazing. It is a rotating restaurant and you get a 360 view of Sydney. 

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2. Darling Harbour

What can I say about this place? I absolutely love it. It has everything. A few chocolate café’s, a few bars and restaurants, an IMAX movie theatre, a wax museum, a wildlife centre, an aquarium, a few clubs, oh and I almost forgot…harbour! This place is amazing. Lindt chocolate café or Guylian’s chocolate café are absolutely delicious café’s to go to. If you’re looking to have fun, go out to Bungalow 8 and you won’t be disappointed. On Saturdays you will see the incredible Sydney fireworks! During summer time the fireworks can be seen Wednesdays and Saturdays. These are stunning shows and worth paying a visit to!

  1. Harbour Bridge

People do the harbour bridge climb there. If you’re not scared of heights I would say it’s definitely worth the climb. Otherwise, you can stick to the bridge walk. This will take you to Milson’s point where you can stroll around and check out Luna Park as well. The walk itself has incredible views of the Opera house and the city.

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  1. Opera House

It’s beautiful and nice to grab a drink at the Opera bar, just to sit and enjoy the vibe and views. New Year’s Eve is the best time to be at this spot.

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  1. Sydney Botanical Gardens

You will definitely need a couple of hours at least to just walk around the Botanical Gardens. It is quite interesting as you come across a lot of different kinds of plants and let’s not forget the views you have from the garden. Behind the garden is the Sydney Opera house. There’s also a little pond where you can find Eels swimming around. You can do yoga/meditation also, as it’s really not a loud place at all. Fantastic for a picnic.

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  1. Bondi

Bondi has a life of its own. It has an incredible beach where 85% of the visitors are probably tourists. It has nice bars, restaurants and ice cream parlours. If you do make it to Bondi, I highly recommend the coastal walk to Coogee. You will need some time at hand and if you’re not up for a long hike/walk, try the coastal walk from Bondi to Bronte – it will probably take about 20 minutes. Definitely worth it!

P.S Read my Bondi to Coogee coastal walk blog for details 🙂

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  1. Double Bay

They say, “double bay double pay”. This is an upscale area where you will come across a lot of fancy restaurants, bars, and lounges. There is only one place here that has no lockout time and it’s called the Sheaf. Don’t forget to dress up when you go here!

  1. Mosman

This is another upscale area. It has stunning houses overlooking the sea. You can go on a coastal/urban walk here along Mosman. There are parks where you can have picnics. The Sydney opera house and Harbour Bridge can be seen from here and as well you will notice many many many yachts along the coast. The houses are worth billions$$ and being there will only make you dream! 

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  1. Taronga zoo

It is such a beautiful zoo. You will definitely not regret going there. The cable car ride is quite fun to begin with. Finally when you get there, keep at least 4 hours at hand. This zoo has everything! Also, it’s located in an island, a bit further away from the Circular Quay (Opera house/Harbour Bridge). You can see the giraffes with a background of the harbour bridge. Now, that’s unique!

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  1. Manly

Usually tourists go to Manly from Circular Quay on a 30 minute ferry ride. Manly is a suburb so it has a life of its own with everything that you need. The beach is quite nice and not as crowded as Bondi. A lot of people go here for surfing lessons just because the waves are calmer here. On the other side, you will notice Shelly beach. It’s named Shelly because instead of sand on the beach, it’s mainly all shells. I like Shelly beach more because it’s right by the bay. You can go snorkeling or just swim around in the water. Water is warm during summers and waves are completely calm. You can go on a stroll around this area.

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  1. Glebe

I am so biased when it comes to Glebe because I actually lived there and so did most of my friends. Glebe is super lively and you will get a hippie feel. Glebe has a mall of its own, all kinds of restaurants which give you a taste of the world, chocolate cafes, regular cafes, bars with live music! Glebe also has a park called the Black Wattle Bay. It is such a nice and peaceful park to go to. People also take their dogs for walks there so you’ll come across many cute dogs. Also, watch out for those flying foxes! They are everywhere in Glebe! (especially during the summer).

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  1. Newtown

Newtown is the ONLY place in Sydney with no lockout time!!! Need I say more?