El Joyrney

Spiri-tea'd Away 

It's been a while since I have... (cue Aaron Lewis) written a blog post but hey I'm still here lurking, breathing, eating, mostly eating. Yesterday was a day of firsts, apparently. My friend and I tried a "Fly Gym" class which is basically yoga with a hammock; I felt like a bat hanging from a tree branch and reclusing into the hammock at the end of it - I just wanted to stay and nap in there. So of course, we had to eat after because that is why people work out, right? She found this place called LaPostté on Spring Mountain and Lindell Rd. This cafe looks like it's straight out of a Hayao Miyazaki movie: to the right was a dedicated wall just for post cards. You can send some if you like and if you don't have a post card ready in your purse or pocket for some reason, there's another wall with custom post cards and stickers for sale. If you're anti-cute then you better not step into this place 'cause the food is cute too! They have mini desserts and a thing called "High Tea" and no, it's not that kind of tea, guys - it's a late afternoon or early evening tea meant to be enjoyed with a cooked dish or bread. The Coconut Ooolong was migh-tea fine btw. They also have fruit drinks, coffee, and other finger foods. Not too pricey, perfect place for catching up with friends or life ♡

A Kantaro Moment 

Hi, my name is PJ - singer, songwriter, zoo keeper, avid food eater. I live in a house (not a hotel, sorry) in a city known as Las Vegas. This place has grown so much in the last 10 years and let me tell ya, the food has been incredibly diverse and tasty AF. 

I've heard about Sweets Raku and have been trying to eat there for the last three months or so. The first time I went, a group of tourists were standing in front of the place waiting for their Uber to come back because the place was closed; they don't hold the regular business hours as it is not a regular dining place: THE MAIN COURSE IS DESSERT! Let it be known now that I, PJ, have a sugar addiction. My partner, on the other hand, does not. So, there's another reason I've not been able to go after our first attempt as he is not as excited as I am about desserts which is a good thing, I suppose. 

The other day, I was driving home from a meeting near Chinatown plaza and thought "Today is the day." Usually, the parking situation there is f***** but on this particular day on this particular hour, a spot was open to my immediate left as I turn into the lot (holy macaron!). I park my car and walk on the red carpet that leads to the place. One wouldn't know this was a desserts place as the front wall that faces the door is lined up with wine bottles. A few steps in, you see the table and you still don't know what the hell is going on then a nice person comes to seat you. The menu starts with a 2-course dessert and à la carte options. They also have lunchy items like sandwiches and stuff but let's be honest, you came for the sugar so forget about this part (for now).

I opted to sit on a table but quickly realized, I messed up. "Miss, are they making my order behind the bar?" She goes "Yes, that's why a lotta people like to sit at the bar." "Okay, I need to be there" I said and she took me there immediately, well it's not that far really - it's like 2 steps away. Anyway, I sit there and watch torches caramelize banana slices and other yummy stuff. The Carib which is a panna cotta dessert with fruits looked divine in a huge wine glass as a torch melts the chocolate top that is now dripping all over the whole damn thing. I ordered the Mars which is a hazelnut dessert with berries that is covered with what looks like a red gazing mirror dome. She sets the plate in front of me and my espresso; she explains what else is in there but I can't hear a word she says. A golden vessel she holds is now being torched at the bottom and poured on the dome. It melts and voilà there's the stuff! The syrup was a shot of brandy, btw, and it's 3 in the afternoon which is happy hour time so don't judge. This is when I knew that I just had a Kantaro: The Sweet Tooth Salaryman moment. If you haven't seen this show on Netflix, check it out. It's very strange but if you're a sugar addict like me, you will appreciate it. 

The price is a bit $$ but totally worth it, bro. If you wanna impress your date, take them to this place - you will get laid. You're welcome.