Yesterday afternoon I went to check out the What’s Shaken Milkshake Bar on Davie Street. A couple of weeks ago someone posted on Facebook that a coworker from my last place of employment was part of this new venture. While I didn’t make it to the Grand Opening, I’ve wanted to check it out ever since.
What’s Shaken is actually the brain child of Xionmara (the “x” is pronounced as an “s”) Lopez. When she couldn’t find a place in Vancouver that made a really good milkshake with ice cream (not soft serve), she started her own business. Using the 1950s milkshake parlor as a starting point for her vision of a modern day enterprise that specializes in gourmet and custom milkshakes, Xionmara’s What’s Shaken Milkshake Bar is bright and cheerful. Placed in front of the window facing the park, a counter with stools offers a great place to sit and sip while enjoying the view.
Not just traditional shake flavours and fruit combinations, Whats Shaken also offer a variety of vegetable and cereal shakes as well. I was curious – according to two of their servers, they have made three cereal milkshakes this past week alone. While I was talking to Bobby (the coworker I knew), I was given a sample of their Strawberry Banana (dairy) shake. And I (finally) ordered the Tropical Bliss milkshake (pineapple coconut ice cream, orange juice, mangos, pineapple) in the snack size. It was very delicious and totally reminded me of a homemade shake you’d whip up for yourself on a hot summer’s day.
The milkshake bar features both dairy and dairy-free ice cream and boasts over 1001 flavours, including possible custom shake combos. (The first thing I did when I walked in was to ask Bobby to name all 1001 flavours.) I love the fact that there is a snack size – I could treat myself and not feel guilty. I kept saying that I wanted to lick the inside of the cup. I actually wasn’t joking – the shake really was that good.