Bows x Arrows

Bows & Arrows has incorporated a lot of my favourite elements into their coffee shop. Simple, uncomplicated menu items, an open and airy atmosphere, greenery on every flat surface, friendly staff, and pretty decent coffee. Bryan picked this cafe for our weekday meet up because he thought it would be 'my style'. He was totally right.

In typical Joany fashion, I encouraged him to accompany me to do more cherry blossom hunting after our brunch. I am truly addicted. 

Bows & Arrows Coffee Roasters Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Nearly Full Bloom

Since I work nightshifts often at the hospital, I crave to be outdoors during my days off. Unfortunately during the winter and spring months, the odds are against me for good weather. When Vancouver had its gloomiest month in March, I probably saw a fraction of the 70.5 hours of sunshine because I was sleeping during the day. 

Nevertheless, if its relatively dry, I want to be outdoors. Last weekend, there was a break in the rain and I persuaded Sam to take a walk with me around his neighbourhood. Unlike my neighbourhood, the trees in this part of Vancouver are pretty much in full bloom. Pretty!



If I ever open up my own cafe/restaurant, I think the decor would be inspired by Shishinori. This tiny location seats about 5 tables and is filled with little DIY decor details that just make you go "awww" the whole time. They still have Christmas decorations up right now and that's not even a negative point. Everything is just so cute!

We got the beautifully plated Hawaii Ahi Poke Bowl and Spicy Chicken Chashu Bowl (not pictured). All their mains come with half a plate of salad which gives the illusion that this was a guilt free meal.

Their parfait was a work of art in itself and I felt guilty deconstructing it. There were many different layers and toppings that I was not familiar with so we had to refer to the pictured diagram quite often. Sam mentioned it reminded him of the parfaits he had during his trips to Japan which got him pretty excited. For me, I usually like all things matcha and mochi but thought the gummies and jello was a weird combo.

Overall, I am a fan! Friends, if you want to hang out for a lunch and catch-up....let's come here. :)

- A cute little hangout for breakfast, lunch and dessert
- Food comes extremely fast and their mains taste great
- Everything was visually appealing but the portions are small for the hungry (me)

Shishinori Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Cherry Blossom Watch

With Vancouver's harsh winter weather (hopefully) behind us, the spring blooms are finally starting to pop up. These photos are from a quick walk around the neighbourhood to capture the first sights of this year's cherry blossoms. They are not fully bloomed just yet, but with rain in the forecast for the next week, I did not want to delay and risk missing them completely!



When your friends cannot decide to satisfy cravings for Japanese food or Korean food, HonSushi is a good place to pick. It probably has been open for a while now but in my head it is constantly referred to as "the place that used to be Fish-on-Rice". Is my age showing? Moving on...

HonSushi has a Japanese and Korean menu available so you can pick and choose to suit your hearts desires. From our quick study of the menu, you can likely find common favourites from either type of cuisine. Sushi, udon, japchae, bulbolgi, you name it. Today, our desire for Korean food won but then again, with this group of friends... Korean fried chicken always wins.

Honey Garlic Soy Fried Chicken (Large) - YASSS

The large size was shared between 6 of us and was just enough (but we could always have more). As fried chicken experts, we thought it was surprisingly good. It was just enough crispy, there was a lot of meat and I liked the flavours.

Next up was the Spicy Kimchi BBQ Pork (two servings) with a side of rice cakes.

I'll never get tired of dipping hot meat and kimchi in melted cheese and mixing it corn

At first glance, this dish looked like it was all kimchi but there were actually moderate amounts of pork pieces mixed in. Honestly, the rice cakes totally made this dish from meh to good.

Tabom was the first place we had experience this type of dish and I thought HonSushi was an okay alternative if Tabom in Coquitlam was too far of a drive.

Seafood Pancake - it just falls apart

The seafood pancake looked really nice and crispy on the outside but ours kinda of fell apart because it was slightly undercooked on the inside. This is a common problem I find with this type of dish! Nevertheless, there was a good amount of squid and what I think is imitation crab. The dipping sauce was spicy and had a good kick.

- Nothing amazing, but good value food
- The restaurant is large and can seat larger groups

Tips & Recommendations:
- Order their fried chicken :)
- Bring a group of friends to share because their best dishes are meant for sharing
- Also good for groups who cannot make decisions
- Use the ringer button service because otherwise no one will refill your tea
- Free parking after 6pm (free street parking available but you'll have to walk)

Hon Sushi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato



The name "sojoo" roots from "this is so Joany". Somehow in my convoluted thoughts, the name makes sense. On this blog you will find a collection of photos from my every day life. Hope you enjoy and stay for a little while.