For starters, it tastes like bubble tea and is topped with actual black sugar boba bubbles. The owner, Daisy Yuan, used to have a bubble tea shop near Places-des-Arts called Coin Bleury. When it closed due to the pandemic, she said she turned her attention to baking.
"I love bubble tea and lighter cakes like chiffon. It's not easy to find this kind of style in Montreal so I might as well start baking," Yuan told MTL Blog.
This particular cake is made with Earl Grey chiffon, a layer of Assam milk tea panna cotta, Earl Grey crème chantilly and a dash of black sugar syrup, Yuan said.
Then there's the tsunami aspect. As you unwrap your cake, it overflows like a waterfall, allowing the creamy toppings to cover the entirety of the cake.
Lastly, Ri Yue offers 4-inch bento cakes made for one to two people, which makes sense considering "bento" is a Japanese lunch box. The bento aspect may just be the best part because it means you can eat a whole damn cake to yourself.
A bento boba tsunami cake costs $10.99. For a full list of Ri Yue's baked offerings, check out its website.
Whether you've made it through another work week, aced an exam, or managed to cook every meal at home this week, it's important to remember to take a moment to savour the little things.
The good news is, whenever you feel like life has picked up speed and you need to find time to focus on you, there are plenty of simple things you can do to hit "do not disturb" on life and take a much-needed breather.
From indulging in your favourite dessert to curling up with your go-to Netflix show, the opportunities are almost endless. There are no limits to self-care and it really depends on what makes you happy. If you're unsure of where to start, try these six ways to chill out and cater to your well-being. Think of it as a nice little recharge!
Get Lost In A Good Book
First thing's first: reading on your phone doesn't count, so turn all devices off and dedicate some time to diving into a physical book that sparks your interest. Whether it's fantasy, self-help, poetry, or a classic romance novel, there are tons of genres you can discover and get lost in.
Besides, sometimes it's nice to escape your reality for a little while. It's like taking your mind on a vacation without actually going anywhere.
Dig Into Your Favourite Dessert
Is there anything better than taking time for yourself to sit on the couch, put your feet up and indulge in your favourite chocolaty dessert? You can make the moment even more enjoyable by making sure you're always stocked with treats like Deep'n Delicious Cakes, which come ready to eat right out of the freezer. It doesn't get much simpler than that.
Chocolate lovers looking to hit "do not disturb" on their day can satisfy their sweet cravings with a moist, rich cake topped with decadent icing. When it comes to convenient and luxurious ways to treat yourself, tucking into a Deep'n Delicious cake is highly underrated — especially when they come in delicious flavours like Cookies & Cream and Coconut Vanilla.
Have Some Fun With Game Night
Playing games is often underrated. There's a lot of fun — and several health benefits — to be had from making time for play in your life. Whether it's a game of Uno, an online co-op like Among Us, or some time alone with the latest Legend of Zelda release, getting time to play, problem solve and have a few laughs is invaluable.
The great thing about playing games is that it can be tailored to how social you're feeling. If you want time with friends, you can lay out some Settlers of Catan, and if you want to immerse yourself, you can have some one-on-one time with your favourite console.
Try Your Hand At Bullet Journaling
Activities that encourage you to stay in the present can do wonders for your mood. They don't have to be complicated either. Bullet journaling is a completely customizable way to sort through your ideas, make plans, or just share your thoughts. It can be really creative too!
You can be as minimalist or elaborate as you like, the important part is that you're taking a little moment to indulge in something that makes you feel good.
Life can get so crazy and busy that you don't even realize it's passing you by until suddenly it's been months since you've hung out with your best friends.
Spending time chilling out with your BFF, a glass of wine and a few slices of Deep'n Delicious Marble Cake, is a wonderful way to unwind. Everyone deserves some time with their best buds and a moment to indulge every once in a while — no occasion necessary.
Head Outside & Tune Into Nature
Nature is vast, and so are the opportunities to explore it. Try your hand at a few outdoor activities and discover what brings you the most joy. Some people love to go for a jog, others prefer a long scenic hike, and many enjoy a nice bike ride.
Not only does heading outside help you disconnect from the hustle and bustle, but it also gives you the opportunity to tune out the noise of everyday life and tune into yourself a little deeper.
Whether you like to get lost in a good book, unwind with your besties or dig into a slice of cake on the couch, there are endless opportunities to treat yourself. Whatever way you choose to hit "do not disturb" on life, remember that you don't need an excuse to take a moment every single day to do what makes you happy.
Visit your local grocery store to pick up Deep'n Delicious, and to find out more check out their website or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
The café, located in the Centre-du-Québec, specializes in Japanese food and imported Asian products. It's a place where customers can go to play games on the Nintendo Switch, buy manga, eat onigiri and drink various teas, though bubble tea is the most popular.
The boba comes in four sizes: small, medium, large and mega with mega being the three-litre one that's bigger than your head.
To get a better idea of how big that is, think about it like this: When you're having a party and you buy a full-sized bottle of Coca-Cola at the grocery store, that's only two litres.
At Nakama-Thé, you can pick one flavour for the small size. Medium gets you up to two flavours that you can layer and large gets you three flavour options. You can choose up to six flavours for the mega size if you're buying it in-store.
Prices for bubble teas start at $4.25, but the mega size will set you back $30.
Flavours include taro, coconut, passion fruit, durian and caramel pudding.
If reading this convinces you to hit the road and pick up a mega bubble tea, then congratulations because you're a true boba fan. Now, let's see if you can finish the whole thing!
Price: From $4.25 - $30 per bubble tea, depending on the size
Cuisine: Japanese snacks & drinks
Address: 180 rue Brock, Drummondville, QC
Why You Need To Go: True boba fans can put their love to the test by taking a day trip to Drummondville and basking in the joy of three whole litres of bubble tea. The bigger the better!
To celebrate its new location in the Old Port of Montreal, One Babo is serving up $2 bubble teas all day Saturday starting at 12 p.m., as long as you follow its Instagram page. The first 50 people will actually get their boba totally free.
One Babo, formerly called One More Thé, has another location on Chemin Queen Mary in Côte-des-Neiges. This is its second time opening in the Old Port after the previous location had to close last year due to COVID-19.
"This year, we were lucky to be able to open once more in our favourite place in Montreal, but in a different spot," said Karen Chen, One Babo's external coordinator.
Chen described One Babo as an international expansion of a Taiwanese boba chain.
"We specialize in authentic Taiwanese boba drinks with an innovative twist, with unique flavours and toppings for everybody to enjoy," Chen said.
Here's what you can expect to find on the menu on July 3:
Classic One Babo Milk Tea
Jasmine Tea Jelly Lemonade
Black Iced Tea with Boba
Violet Crystal (Yakult®)
Grapefruit Green Tea
Pouchong Rice Honey Tea with Boba
The drinks will be served in "regular fat cups," according to Chen, and they will all include a topping!
$2 Bubble Tea at One Babo
When: Saturday, July 3, from noon to 9 p.m.
Address: One Babo (previously known as One More Thé), 3, rue de la Commune O., Old Port of Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Taiwanese bubble tea in fat cups for $2 or possibly even free — this is a boba lover's dream.
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