Josh and I recently did a Main Street walk. We discovered a Japanese tea vendor at Kikori called Chado Tea. We also passed by the Main Street Honey Shoppe and got some honey comb. Last night, I decided to bake some cookies of course! Just a quick review before we get into the recipe.

The video displays the tea from Chado Tea. You can find their products here. Kikori is a Japanese antique shop on 4391 Main Street, Vancouver. Josh and I were looking at some sweet cabinets, when I noticed a rack of tea. A Japanese lady was stocking it up and she was super kind to go through all the tea products with us. They do not have a location yet, besides the rack in Kikori. They sell their products primarily online. They try to be natural and true to the Japanese way of making tea, unlike David’s Tea which tends to add fusion flavours. One thing I noticed is Chado has Gyokuro tea. I had some of  this at O5 Tea Bar last month. If I recall correctly, getting a tin of this is $48 at O5 Tea Bar. It’s only $22 at Chado. That is good to know. I love O5 and would buy their tea for my fancier stock. But I want to make a lot of Gyokuro over ice in the summer, so I might have to give my business to Chado if I want to drink this every day. We ended up buying the Amber tea, which is nicely toasted, light and super fragrant. Apparently, this is the best seller when she sells at Van Dusen.

We went back to Main Street Honey Shoppe. It was Josh’s first time, much like Selma’s if you recall the previous post for the Honey Shoppe. Kandi was there and she was super helpful. They went through a tasting with Josh, and he picked up a hunk of honey comb. This is completely unrelated to Main Street Honey Shoppe, but it’s making me sad bees are dying due to insecticides if the research is true.

OK. To the recipe!


Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups uncooked regular oats
2 cups chocolate chips
(it can be white chocolate, milk, dark. i used dark)
optional: 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans

1. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer or a whisk until creamy. Gradually add the sugars, beating well. Add eggs, 1 at a time. Stir in vanilla after you’ve mixed the eggs in really well.

2. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients, gradually add to butter mixture. Stir in the oats and chocolate chips. (Pecans if you chose them.)

3. Make tiny cookie dough balls on a well buttered pan. Set the oven to 350 degrees.

4. Bake for 12 minutes. I had to bake at 13 because my oven is a bit different. Cool them completely when done. (3 mins)