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kelseydo Good Food at UBC: Bubble Waffle and Mini Mart

I’ve been finishing off my undergraduate for what seems like forever at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver. You would think that a University would be a virtual smorgasbord for cheap delicious unique eats. For the first two years I literally could not find anything good or cheap to eat on campus but for some reason, in my third year, I have hit the jackpot. I probably wasn’t looking hard enough and not living on or near campus made it less likely for me to search the UBC streets for delicious eats.

In my search I found another blogger with my same concerns about the UBC food sitch, and a post she wrote on the same place I am recommending today. You can check Fiona the Foodie’s post here: fionathefoodie.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/bubble-waffles-spotted-at-ubc

But there are some good finds, and because I was unable to find anything on the internet about nice food at UBC, I will share with you my gluttonous endeavours. You’re welcome.

First up, BUBBLE WAFFLE CAFE! Located at the Village next to McDonalds near the 99 B Line bus stop.

Cheesecake Bubble Waffle

Cheesecake Bubble Waffle

This cafe sells everything from noodle soup to bubble tea to deep fried octopus balls. It’s a super snack shop. So many delicious snacks, all in one place. So far, I have only tried the legendary bubble waffles but I will be trying other items asap!

Also, upstairs from the cafe is a magical MINI SUPER which carries a wide variety of Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Taiwanese and Southeast Asian dry goods. There are also cosmetics. For some reason cosmetic products with snail byproduct are super trendy right now which is weird but I’m a slave to the groove so I bought a snail mask. Maybe it will make my skin nice and slimy or  averse to salt or something.

Noodles, Face Masks and Spice

Noodles, Face Masks and Spice

See, there is good food at UBC! To be continued…

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kelseydo nagashi somen & thrift shopping

Days like today I stop and think…wow, I am living in Kyoto! I am so lucky! Sometimes I forget. Actually often I forget. Trying to adapt to everyday life in a different country makes you forget how truly wild it is that you are there! But of course there are those moments of clarity. Today was one of those moments!

I started the day with a fun event organized by a tutor association (TISA) at Ritsumeikan. There were about 30 International students and 20 Japanese students participating in the event so I got to speak in English and Japanese which was great. We played a lot of ice-breaking/group-making games and then we enjoyed the main event: eating Nagashi Somen!

Nagashi Somen is an eating style where people catch and eat somen noodles with chopsticks as they run down a bamboo pipe in a stream of water.

Nagashi Somen Line Up!

Nagashi Somen Line Up!

Hard at work, pouring water and adding somen

Hard at work: pouring water and adding Somen

Catching noodles!

Catching noodles!

Good times

After the event, my friend Alex and I went on a mission for coffee. We had a particular cafe in mind: Cafe Kamogawa.

On the road

Alex on the road

Alex found this little gem on a website called Eat Drink Kyoto, that listed Cafe Kamogawa as THE BEST COFFEE in Kyoto so naturally we had to go all the way across town to try it.

Alex enjoying her coffee at Cafe Kamogawa

Alex enjoying her coffee at Cafe Kamogawa

My Iced Cafe Mocha came with a scoop of ice cream: DELIGHT

My Iced Cafe Mocha came with a scoop of ice cream: DELIGHT

Alex hamming it up

Alex hamming it up

Needless to say, the coffee was divine and the dessert was even better. Alex had a slice of lemon cheesecake and I had a piece of soufflé roll cake. I didn’t really need the dessert after I saw that my Iced Cafe Mocha came with a scoop of ice cream- amazing!

Outside of Cafe Kamogawa

Outside of Cafe Kamogawa

There are so many little unique cafes in Kyoto and this experience made me want to try them all! It was a fantastic way to spend the afternoon. Alex is a riot, she is always cracking me up with her funny sayings and ridiculous faces. I might have to pack her up and bring her back to Canada with me in my suitcase!

We stopped at a small recycle shop (thrift store/second hand store) that was loaded with incredibly quirky and unique items.

A highly stylized miniature bow & arrow set

A highly stylized miniature bow & arrow set

I managed to spy a few goodies and took home some loot:

A cool top $4.80

A cool top $4.80

Back side

Back side

A red coin purse with a small pocket inside for loose change $5

A red coin purse with a small pocket inside for loose change $5

Afterwards we rode our bikes home through Myoshinji, a beautiful zen buddhist temple complex near our dorm. It was “magic hour” (as Nick likes to call it) when the sun is setting and the lighting is nice and warm but not too bright.

Shameless bike riding selfie

Shameless bike riding selfie

Alex leading the way

Alex leading the way

I always wish my weekends were just one day longer! Especially the last few weekends because I have had class/work on Saturdays.

I only have 49 days left in Kyoto, guess I had better make the most of it!

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