Brunch Date – Té

Spring is finally upon us and hibernation season has come to an end. What that means for myself and Jes is we can finally get out of bed without staying under the covers for hours and actually make use of our morning – which usually involves weekend brunch. I actually only found out about  a couple of weeks ago when I was looking through Instagram stories and stumbled upon a glorious picture of their Chai Milk Té. The alcoholic in me stared at the words bubble tea cocktail, and by the next heartbeat, we made a brunch reservation.

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The Chai Milk Té ($13.00)

As soon as we sat down, I ordered what made me want to come here in the first place, their Chai Milk Té. According to their menu, the ingredients include vodka, amaretto, vanilla chai, cream, cinnamon stick, and mini tapioca pearls. Realistically, that combination of flavours should work well with each other to create a delicious bubble tea inspired cocktail.  I think what made me disappointed wasn’t so much the (lack of) alcohol ratios, but more so lack of a chai flavour profile. For those who have not been exposed to chai, it is generally a black tea brewed with many fragrant herbs and spices – such as cardamom pods, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, etc. What I ended up drinking was a slightly alcoholic brown-coloured water with a floating cinnamon stick and a couple of tapioca pearls added in. Despite the rough start, it wouldn’t be brunch unless we actually fill up our stomaches with real food.

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Dark-Spiced Taiwanese Fried Chicken and Egg Waffle ($18.00)

When it comes to brunch, I feel like I am in the minority when it comes to ordering food. Typically on Instagram and food blogs, brunch pictures involve eggs benedict or some really fancy looking pancakes. Us on the other hand, we order and share what sounds the most greasy and unhealthy on the menu, in this case, their Dark-Spiced Taiwanese Fried Chicken and Egg Waffle and Bulgogi Burger with French Fries. Long story short, chicken was moist and seasoned beautifully, egg waffles were crispy on the outside, warm and fluffy on the inside, and balanced very well with maple syrup. Personally, I think their Bulgogi Burger was definitely the highlight of this meal. There is just something so satisfying about burger-shaped food where we eat with our hands and make a mess. I mean at the end of the day, what is there to not like about bulgogi, a runny fried egg, wasabi mayo, and friend onions squished between sesame buns?

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Bulgogi Burger with French Fries ($16.00)

All in all, I would say Té executed their Asian-inspired brunch pretty well. The biggest disappointment was their cocktail, it has so much potential to be a top-seller if they improve on getting the correct flavour profile. Would I come back for brunch? Probably, but I would take my day-drinking elsewhere.

2017 – Personal Goals Going Forward

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Photographed by Jesica Chan

Bag – Supreme FW 15 Contour Hip Bag

Bomber – Represent Oblivion Bomber Jacket

Hoodie – ASSC Mindgames Hoodie

Tee – H&M Striped Extended Tee

Shorts – Fear of God Cotton Drop-Rise Shorts

Leggings – Fear of God Waffle Knit Leggings

Shoes – Y-3 Yohji Run

First and foremost, my name is Charles @thatscharles and welcome to my first ever blog post. This marks the beginning of a new chapter in my life. I want to start this project as a way to get my name out  and open more doors for my future. If you would like to follow me on this journey, grab some popcorn and get comfortable because this could end wonderfully or like the Titanic (the ocean liner, not the movie).

Expectations

Often times, expectation and reality  do not go hand in hand with each other. If you asked me where I saw myself after graduating from university, I would have probably said teaching or something with music. Here we are now, two years after graduation – I am working a regular 9 to 5, not on bottom of the office food chain, but definitely nowhere close to the top. Through the melancholic lifestyle we call “adulthood”, I found enjoyment out of sharing the attractive aspects of my life (dates, fashion, and travel to name a few) through photography.

Content Creation

The current plan for this blog will is an outlet for me to create content surround male lifestyle and fashion. I plan to split this blog into four categories – Lifestyle (food, dates, shopping, personal care), Fashion (self-explanitory), Travel (vacations and trips), and Advice (personal experiences).

Youtube Channel

Youtube has always been something I really want to try out as it is a very interesting way to showcase who I am to the world. I believe video is a format that can portray real personalities that photographs fall short of. The current plan to start a Youtube channel will hopefully begin by the end of May once I return from my trip to Hong Kong and Japan.