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Reunion Bake Brew Bite

Stumbled onto Reunion Bake Brew Bite on the web while searching for new places to go to, and I was there in a heart beat!

Reason being they offer a small selection of Malaysian food.

Their menu is eclectic — there are Malaysian dishes such as nasi lamak, beef rending, laksa and Heinan chicken; then there are BBQ smoke meats.


On the side, there are waffles with different topping, sandwiches, bake items in the case, and a huge line-up of coffee drinks.

To my surprise, lots of ingredients in the store are organic, including the chicken and the milk.

I had to have the nasi lamak with chicken.

The rice was good — soft, flavorful with spicy peanuts, crisp shrimp chips and little dried fish, and a side of hard-boiled egg.

Chicken was very tender, albeit too salty.

Laksa was a little disappointing, coconuty spicy soup with nice mix of 2 kinds of noodles (rice and egg), topped with boiled egg, egg tofu and seafood.

Now, to be fair, this laksa was about the same as what I can get in the Seattle area such as Malay Satay Hut or Teapot vegetarian.

I was just having such a high hope that it would be like the laksa I had in Malaysia, and this wasn’t it.

It was not bad, perhaps my expectation was unreal here.

There was a pot of self-serve plain chicken soup that came with any lunch set, and that was good.

Nice, subtle, soothing flavors of just chicken and ginger, it was awesome!

Even though there were many other dishes I wanted try, I was saving space for waffle with kaya.

Kaya is the quintessential Malaysian spread made of coconut and pandang plant: sweet, coconuty and with a brilliant green color that cannot be missed.

The kaya was good; the waffle was ok and not very fluffy.

Lastly, down to the coffee offering.

I had the wonderful RS&T espresso ice cubes which was totally superb, and the theatrics of it was very fun.


Four to five cubes of espresso ice cubes in a cup, and warm steamed milk was poured into the cup, slowly melting the espresso ice cubes.

The coffee flavor was roasty but not overpowering, allowing the floral and fruity characters to come out.

I was amazed even with the amount of milk, the coffee characters were still very bold.

The warm milk imparted sweetness and creaminess, it was a wonderful drink to savor.

My friend had the nitro latte, and it was definitely an interesting experience!

Cold latte with great espresso flavor and small fizzy bubbles on the palate, the drinks present itself as acidic.

Reunion also offers many single origin coffees in their “slow bar” where the coffee is hand-brewed; and I have not even tried the Malaysian hand-pulled teh Tarik (milk tea) or kopi Tarik (coffee with milk) yet.

Food is good not wow, but then there is no wow Malaysian food around either; drinks alone are worth the trip.

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Basho Cafe

Basho Cafe was the best find in my last trip to Vancouver!

Away from the hustle and bustle of Vancouver downtown, Basho is located in east Vancouver.

The wood decor gave an old style, rustic comfort, reminiscent of Kyoto’s sweets shop, and homeliness of a family run business.


Basho roasts their own coffee, and definitely serves one of the best coffee around.

We had mocha and it was absolutely smooth, roasty and delicious.

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Mocha Versus

Seattle, dubbed by many as the coffee capital of the U.S., has countless cafes and coffee shops.

Type in “coffee” in Seattle Yelp, and select “downtown” area, it shows 227 coffee spots in a small, roughly six-by-eleven block area.

Of course, many of these stores are giant Starbucks, or smaller giant Tully’s; most importantly, there are also many local independent, or three to four store chains.

One of these small chains that I love is Storyville; they are only three stores in the Seattle area, with a roasting studio on Bainbridge island.


Simple, fresh, elegant are the words I will use to describe Storyville.

Coffee experience at Storyville is simple: 2 blends, one caffeinated Prologue Blend, and one decaffeinated Epilogue Blend.

The best part about their coffee is freshness — roasted in Bainbridge island 10 miles away from Seattle, this supply provides coffee for the 3 stores.

Not only that coffee is fresh, their simple, few-item baked goods menu are hot-off-the-oven: cinnamon rolls, chocolate cakes and cookies that are bake fresh each stores.

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Eating Out in Houston

WP_20141102_10_30_06_ProWe started off the day debating whether we wanted the $5 Hong Kong style

breakfast with milk tea, soup macaroni, and eggs, sausage and toast, or Northern

Chinese breakfast with fried dough and hot soy milk.

Since I can get fantastic Hong Kong breakfast in Vancouver, we went for Northern


WP_20141102_10_44_20_ProClassic Kitchen has ok food; we had an assortment of

dishes to try.

Most memorable was definitely the house-

made noodle (we had cold noodle and hot beef

soup noodle).


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