Tag Archives: shaved ice

Heyri Coffee House – Koreatown

A cup of joe from Heyri

Heyri is one of those fancy Korean coffee houses, with tall Korean waiters serving you at your beck and call, like in the dramas. Not exactly, but the coffee is indeed expensive ($5+ for a cup), even though it’s your average run-of-the-mill brew (I prefer McCafe’s). The coffee house comprises a building that resembles a single family home, with an extended patio area for outdoor seating. It’s a cozy affair, really. Tea lights and a water fountain in the back, and picnic tables laid out.

Since we had just eaten at Mr. Pizza (review here), we weren’t too keen on filling ourselves some more.

Mochi ice cream

The mochi ice cream ($5.50), with green tea flavored mochi bits looked enticing. But the portion size was so measly. It was good, but nothing to write home about.

Coffee ice cream

I thought the coffee ice cream ($6.25) was watered down and totally overpriced. A scoop of ice cream should not cost as much as a lunch special…

In spite of my criticisms, I suppose what you pay for is the ambiance, not the food. Heyri is a good place to come with friends and chat on a Friday night, but be prepared for pretty high prices.

Heyri Coffee House
755 S Hobart Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90005

Peace,

Justin

Advertisements

Fluff Ice – Monterey Park

Remember my “Lucky Noodle King” review from not too long ago? Well on that very same day, I had a chance to visit Fluff Ice for dessert.Fluff Ice is located in the Atlantic Square plaza in Monterey Park. I always walk past this place when I go to the 24 Hour Fitness next door. For a long while, I had been meaning to go to Fluff Ice and try their stuff out. I had written a review about “Salju Dessert” a while back, which Fluff Ice had taken note of through their tumblr page. The owner had mentioned that we should come and try Fluff Ice. I had messaged them and said that I would love to come out and try their Fluff Ice and asked what they recommended. Matthew, one of the owners, replied suggesting that I try the Thai Tea Fluff Ice.

I stopped by a few times to Fluff Ice during the day, only to find that I was much too early. Fluff Ice opens up at 1pm in the afternoon.  So I was pretty bummed during my first few attempts to try their fluff ice. However, I was happy when Calvin agreed to accompany me after we had lunch.

We came around 1:30-2:00 pm and was surprised to find the store busy with kids and adults alike.  The store was brightly colored and had a nice whimsical atmosphere about it. I really love brightly colored walls with white accents. I’m a sucker for places that are just aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

Anyway, I tasted a sample of the Thai Tea Ice, just to see what it tasted like. It was sweet and had a nice Thai Tea Flavor, however I feared that it might be too sweet with the condense milk and in large quantities, so Calvin and I decided to settle on Taro Fluff Ice with mangoes and egg pudding.

So what is Fluff Ice exactly? Well, on the wall of their store, there is a poster that states:

What is Fluff Ice?

It’s not ice cream.
It’s not yogurt.
It’s not your typical shaved ice.
It’s a new type of shaved ice that has not been seen anywhere else.
It’s creamy and has a texture that is so unique that it can only be described as “Fluff Ice”

I must admit, they were true to their word when they said it wasn’t ice cream or yogurt. The consistency of Fluff Ice reminds me a little bit of Class 302’s shaved snow at first glance. However when you taste it, it does have a creamy consistency, reminding you of ice cream. The reason why I wouldn’t say it’s ice cream is being of how light and airy the consistency is when it first touches your tongue, and then it slowly eases into a creamy texture. It is definitely not like shaved ice, because you don’t find the icy, chopped ice particles you would find in shaved ice.

I must say that I was slightly disappointed by our selection of the taro ice, simply because the taro flavor was so subtle, it was hardly noticeable even when consumed in its natural state. Add in the mangoes and the egg pudding, then you just get a cold, cream textured ice that has been overpowered by its toppings. I was expecting a kick of flavor, similar to the flavor I got from the small sample of Thai Tea Fluff Ice. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case with the taro. It’s a shame too, because I really love taro flavored ice creams and desserts.

But don’t knock it until you try it. Fluff Ice offers a good variety of flavors, so choose wisely. I would definitely come back again to try Fluff Ice a second time, but perhaps I won’t try the taro one again.

Try it out, and let me know what you guys think.

Cheers,

❤ Josie

500 N Atlantic Blvd
Monterey Park, CA 91754

Fluff Ice

So yesterday after the gym, I decided to stop by Fluff Ice since it’s next door to where I work out. Fluff Ice had extended an invitation for F00dComa to come and try out their fluff ice. Unfortunately, they weren’t open yet. =( I was disappointed. Guess I’ll have to try and find another day to come.

Josie

Teabar Starry

Teabar Starry: Strawberry Mango Shaved Ice

I had lunch with two of my friends today at a really cool, small Argentinian convenience store/restaurant. I didn’t take pictures, but next time I go back I definitely will. I had a really good steak sandwich, which I’ll write a review on some time later. Anyway, this review is really on the shaved ice we had afterwards in Arcadia.

I know, another shaved ice place? It seems like more shaved ice places are popping up around my area one by one. We originally went to Tasty to Go to try and their shaved ice, but found the place closed. =( Didn’t know they are closed on Tuesdays. So my friend James yelped the closest shaved ice place, and we settled on this place called Teabar Starry

A really random, somewhat ridiculous name—definitely Asian.

We knew it was in the general area near Din Tai Fung the dumpling restaurant, but we couldn’t find a sign for this shaved ice place. We walked around in circles for a bit, before realizing that it was adjacent to the book store, previously called Life Plaza.

This shaved ice was $6.99, which is considered a small. They have a bigger size for about $11.99. The shaved ice definitely was enough to feed 3 people after having lunch.

My first impression of the shaved ice was that it was really, really sweet. I was overwhelmed. But then we realized as we worked our way down into the shaved ice, underneath was a pile of bland ice. We should’ve mixed it all together (our bad). But it was a nice shaved ice. The fruit was fresh, and it definitely hit the spot on this hot day.

You guys should check out this Taiwanese coffee shop/shaved ice joint if you’re in the area.

Enjoy, Josie

1108 S Baldwin Ave
Arcadia, CA 91007

Salju Dessert – Alhambra


Salju Dessert: Matcha Shaved Snow

35 West Valley Blvd #B
Alhambra, CA 91801

For one whole week, Calvin of thoughtsovereasy.tumblr has been itching to go to this new Indonesian dessert place in Alhambra. He told me about the place and I yelped it. It looked really good from the pictures I saw, and it was decently priced. I finally got a chance to go with him earlier tonight.

Surprisingly it was easy to find. It is located right across from Naga Naga Ramen, formerly where Noodle World was located a long time ago. When we first walked up to the place, there weren’t any customers inside. However, the workers greeted us with a smile and immediately handed us the menu. They explained the choices, although the menu was pretty straightforward.You can choose a flavor of shaved snow, along with 3 toppings and your choice of syrup.

Calvin and I chose the Matcha Shaved snow, topped with strawberries, colorful mochi and grass jelly. We also wanted to stick with condense milk for our choice of syrup. It was a decently sized bowl, so Calvin and I shared one. The total came out to be about $5.95 after tax. (Correct me if I’m wrong Calvin). They handed us our order and we took a seat towards the back.

The dessert place was well decorated. It was very bright and colorful. It had a nice whimsical feel to it. A really cool place to kick back.After we came, more people came but they took their orders to go.

So when we finally dug into our shaved snow, we were pleasantly surprised. The texture of the snow is definitely softer than Class 302’s shaved snow. The flavor was mild. It wasn’t bitter, as you may find with most matcha dishes. It wasn’t too sweet either. It was nicely balanced by the sweetness of the toppings.

The owner of the dessert place brought over to us our own bottle of condense milk in case we wanted more. Definitely a big plus for me! If you’ve been to Guppy Tea House, then you know that they make you pay extra for condense milk and it’s a rip off.

Overall, I really enjoyed the dessert that they served and their service was really great. I will definitely come back here regularly.

Josie

*all photos taken by Calvin*

Boba Review № 11: Temple City’s Kang Kang

Kang Kang Food Court (康康小美) just opened in Temple City, part of a franchise of Chinese food courts in the 626 serving a really wide variety of Chinese dishes for cheap. Their menu options are numerous, extending all four walls.

We ordered Taiwanese-style shaved ice (剉冰) with red beans, mung beans, grass jelly and condensed milk, for about $4. They offer the option of 3, 4 or 6 sides to add to the shaved ice. Pretty generous portions.

I finally tried their boba for the first time today. Only $2.75 for a generous cup of tapioca milk tea (they have other options as well, like Thai tea and yuanyang for the same price).

The tapioca balls were pleasant and chewy, but they were clumped together. The strong brewed tea, though, is what stood out to me. The milk tea had a rich fragrance, made apparent by the fact that the liquid was much darker than most milk teas. And it was perfectly sweet—I felt no desire to add extra milk to dilute it.

Address: 9618 Las Tunas Dr, Temple City, CA 91780 | Yelp

Peace,
Justin

Class 302 – Rowland Heights

 

Restaurant Review: Class 302 Shaved Snow

Went with some friends to this Taiwanese cafe in Rowland Heights. It’s in the same plaza as the 99 Ranch Market, and is across from Coconut Bay.

We wanted dessert, so we ordered the shaved snow. Let me tell you, the consistency of this thing is really weird and awkward. It is really shaved, in layers— I feel as though it reminds me of hash browns, the old diner style the way it’s made.

The taste of the strawberry mango one, wasn’t that great. I mean, it was okay, but the ice just tasted like ice, and it had no syrup over it. The fruits were mediocre, too.

The mango shaved snow was much better. The shaved snow was flavored, and it also came with, what I believe is mochi. It had a nice texture and flavor.

In comparison with Guppy, in terms of shaved ice.. I’m not a fan of this.

rating: 3/5

Guppy Tea House – Cerritos

Restaurant Review: Guppy Tea House Special Shaved Ice

I came here for the first time last Friday, with Calvin. Let me tell you, we went to the place in Cerritos, and it was NOT easy to find at all. We wandered around Cerritos for a good hour before we found the restaurant (and when we called in for directions, they weren’t very good with them). But it was an adventure to get here, and it definitely worked up an appetite for us.

I’ve only heard of Guppy’s Tea House by word of mouth and didn’t know what to expect when we ordered the $12 shaved ice with strawberries and mangoes. When it came, Calvin and I were so shocked we thought they had gotten the wrong order. We were sure we ordered a small!

And to our surprise, this was a small order.

This monstrous shaved ice was… a SMALL!?!?!???!

It was very good! I loved how the condense milk was all over the shaved ice and the fruit was very very fresh. I definitely want to try tackling this thing down again one day, with more people!

I was quite miserable and defeated by the end, and we had a lot left over too. But definitely, I loved this shaved ice and it was worth the cost, in my opinion.

I rate this shaved ice

4.5/5 

just to give you an idea of how big this thing really was
the aftermath