CRAYEST SWEET PICKS OF 2013 !!!
14. Cafe e Nata Margarets Macau, China
One of Macau’s most legit spots for Portuguese egg tarts is Margaret’s Café e Nata. Don’t expect much in terms of service at Margaret’s, the bakery gives off a “f*uck you, pay me” kinda vibe run by a bunch of middle aged inhospitable women. Service aside, these Portuguese egg tarts are pretty damn good and worth a few minutes of dealing with that attitude. Margaret’s milk tea is also pretty decent. Skip all the other baked goods doe.
13. VADE MECVM Osaka, Japan
This rad coffee shop doubles as a gallery and café with a super simple menu consisting of coffee, tea, frappes, smoothies, beer, ice cream, pastries, cookies and affogatos. A limited selection of food is served on the weekends. Try the coffee, affogato or amazing Black Sesame Frappe !!!
1 Chome-１３−２１ Kyomachibori, OsakaNishi Ward, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
12. Coffee Chu Seoul, South Korea
A café dedicated to great coffee and crispy churros! Coffee Chu has the churro game on lock, fully equipped with churro machines that eject dough directly into the deep fryer and an apparatus that squirts filling into the churros! Choose from a variety of fillings and dipping sauces including original, chocolate, vanilla bean, lemon cream cheese, milkyboy, berry very, peanutcchio, nutty choco, churro sundaes and CHURRODOG !!!
11. Ivy Place Tokyo, Japan
IVY PLACE triples as a café, restaurant as well as a bar focusing on COMFORT FOOD with Mediterranean and American influences serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The famed Classic Buttermilk Pancakes with Fresh Cream and Acacia Honey were some of the best pancakes I’ve ever had. IT’S SO FLUFFY I’M GONNA DIE !!! Seriously, these were the fluffiest pancakes I’ve ever eaten with the creamiest fluffiest whipped cream I’ve ever had.
Japan, Tokyo, Shibuya, Sarugakucho, １６−１５
10. Fresh Cafe Honolulu, Hawaii
Fresh Café is in Honolulu’s Kaka’ako district brewing awesome coffee made with 100% Kona coffee beans and homemade delicious sandwiches, salads, and tasty baked goods. Back in February, That Food Cray !!! collaborated with Fresh Cafe Creating a SO FRESH, SO CRAY !!! menu consisting of four specials including the Grilled Cheese Cray Sandwich, Poi Malasada Gelato Sandwich, Haupia Açaí Bowl and Yue Smoothie!
831 Queen Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
p: +1 (808) 688-8055
9. Omotesando Koffee Tokyo, Japan
The best and also the hardest coffee shop to find in Tokyo is concealed within the backstreets of Shibuya is called Omotesando Koffee. The coffee here is hands down some of best grinds I’ve ever had. This minimalist coffee shop focuses on Hot Koffee and Iced Koffee consisting of the usual suspects such as Cafe Latte, Cappuccino, Cafe Mocha, Mochaccino and a good ol’ cup of regular jo. Items that had a bit of a CRAY factor included Kashi baked custard cubes, Iced Shakerato, Cafe Granita, and my favorite, a Baileys Cappuccino!
Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan
8. Heart’s Dessert Hong Kong
One of the most interesting desserts I’ve had this year is from a new dessert joint in Sham Shui Po called Heart’s Dessert. Their signature dessert is an entire coconut in which its natural coconut water has been congealed into a coconut jelly then topped with crème caramel submerged in a pool of coconut milk !!! I’m obsessed with coconuts and I LURVE crème caramel so this dessert blew my mind. The coconut jelly is genius – it’s natural, refreshing, and pure coconut water goodness. The crème caramel isn’t too sweet, mad creamy and tastes even better with the coconut milk.
7. C*Lab Project Tokyo, Japan
C*Lab Project is a modern European influenced patisserie with a Japanese flair offering a selection of roll cakes, tarts, cakes, loaves, cookies and more. What initially caught my attention was their Camouf Roll, a camouflaged chocolate, green tea and vanilla flavored roll cake! Not only did it look dope, it tasted amazing! The sponge cake had sections of green tea, vanilla and chocolate which looked awesome and tasted really well together. The cream was incredibly creamy and you could taste the distinct flavors that made up the camo-print. LOVE LOVE LOVE this roll.
Taito, Tokyo 111-0042, Japan
6. Yardbird Hong Kong
Fried chicken skin and waffles with maple ice cream, YES PLEASE! Stussy teamed up with one of my favorite restaurants in Hong Kong, Yardbird, to create a collaborative T-shirt, beer koozie and a full-on fried chicken feast back in March. I have a major soft spot for savory desserts so the crispy fried chicken skin with fluffy waffles and creamy maple ice cream was on point. We made a tower out of ours #levelstothis.
5. Sembikiya Tokyo, Japan
I have a huge fetish for #veryrare Japanese fruits with expensive price tags. During my last Tokyo adventure, we stayed at the Mandarin Oriental in Nihonbashi which is where I found Sembikiya, Japan’s oldest gift shop specializing in bougie fruits! This OG fruit shop has been killing the luxury fruit game and is also where I found pretty effing amazing ICE CREAM and SHERBET !!! The chestnut, coconut, grape, and melon flavors were legit.
4. Little Bao Hong Kong
Little Bao is a way beyond little baos. Chef Mai Chow’s food is inspired by her #beenazn roots with an unconventional flare creating some #turntup next level, for a lack of a better word, fusion food. She takes proverbial Asian favorites to a whole ‘nother level, turning the mundane into something CRAY with a contemporary approach that is easy to relate to and appreciate. Little Bao’s deep fried green tea ice cream sandwich with condensed milk is AMAZEBAOS.
G/F, 66 Staunton St. Central, Hong Kong
e: [email protected]
3. Via Tokyo Hong Kong
Via Tokyo is one of the newer dessert cafés in Causeway Bay specializing in matcha and milk “soft cream” along with traditional Japanese desserts. Fresh fruits, okome (rice puffs – think Japanese version of Rice Krispies but triple the size), shiratama (sweet dumplings similar to mochi), anmitsu (jelly made of red algae, seaweed, water or fruit juice), and azuki beans (red beans) are just a few of the plethora of toppings Via Tokyo has to offer. The dessert combinations are endless and will leave you thirstin’ for more. They take ice cream to a whole ‘nother level, churning out the creamiest ish you’ll ever put in your mouth #pause. It’s thick, rich, buttery and tastes effing amazing.
2. Nobu InterContinental Hong Kong
Round N’ Round – frozen cheesecake with raspberry soda and Hokkaido black honey. The cheesecake ball tasted almost like ice cream filled with a fizzy fresh raspberry soda, topped with freeze dried strawberries and surrounded by bits of pongashi (kinda kind Rice Krispies, but bigger and puffier). AMAZINGGGG textures and flavors !!!
18 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui , Hong Kong
p: +852 2721 1211
1. Pierre Herme Macarons
One of the best things I put in my mouf this year was Pierre Hermé’s CRAY CRAY Christmas edition macarons including WHITE TRUFFLE and CHOCOLATE FOIE GRAS !!! BEST FLAVORS EVER !!! The Truffle Blanche & Noisette had a bold white truffle flavor with slivers of crunchy roasted Piedmont hazelnut. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I bit into the Chocolate & Foie Gras, but this was absolutely delicious combining the creamy salty foie gras with bittersweet chocolate. You are a friggin’ genius Pierre Hermé !!!American, Asian, Canadian, Chinese, Dessert, European, French, Hawaiian, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Honolulu, USA, Japanese, Macanese, Macau, North American, Osaka, Japan, Portuguese, Seoul, South Korea, Tokyo, Japan