Saturday, November 13, 2021

17 Reasons to Visit Pangolin Cafe in Reno Today and Seasonal Treats Not to be Missed

Dolls From Zambia for Sale

Pangolin Cafe (midtown)

955 S Virginia St.

STE 110

Reno, NV 89502



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More Reviews and Photos on Yelp

1.  The shop is named after the most trafficked animal in the world to bring awareness of its threatened life to the public.  

In efforts to help save this endangered species, Cafe Pangolin donates a portion of their profits to  They also support a group of women who crochet in Zambia by selling their dolls in store.  Who knows what other great deeds they're involved in.  

To me, a business that works so hard in making a difference is an amazing business worth supporting. 

2.  The taste and quality of their drinks and food are superb.  

I worked at Seattle's Best Coffee and Starbucks back when I was in college and tasted so many different types of coffees and teas.  I quickly learned that all coffees and teas are not created equal.  

Like fruits and vegetables, there are different levels of taste and quality.  

Coffee beans and teas grown in ideal conditions with the best soils and nutrients will be filled with more flavors and characteristics compared to their counterparts. 

Just looking at and smelling their loose leaf teas, I can tell they pack lots of flavor.  They are comparable to loose leaf teas from tea bars in San Francisco (based solely on look and scent). 

 I do know that their Matcha Green Tea is high quality.  The flavor was outstanding in their Maple Matcha Latte.  A lot of places will skimp on using this ingredient because of it's high costs, but definitely not Pangolin. 

At first taste, I knew that what I was tasting at Pangolin was quality. 

In addition to their drinks, their confections and food are tasty.

Earthy, floral, warm, vibrant, fruity, chewy, sweet, acidic, body, roast, salty, crunchy are only a few of the many words of tastes and textures to describe the experience you'll get here. 

Pumpkin Spice Latte and Maple Matcha Green Tea Latte (Iced)

3.  Their drinks and food are works or art.

While my priority is taste when it comes to food, I am not complaining that Cafe Pangolin not only brings taste, but presentation as well.  We do eat with all of our senses, after all.  

4.  They have the perfect ambiance.

While there, I witnessed someone working on their laptop and a couple of people chatting up a storm.  Their modern styled business is super classy, laid out with lots of great details, including Thomas Edison-style lights and real and hip house plants.  

Emmy's Flower Truck Local Business

5.  They support local businesses just like themselves.  

I caught the two listed below, but there were more.  If there's one thing I love about Reno, it's the community that constantly supports one another, especially through tough times.

Emmy's Flower Truck - Emmy's flower arrangements, when coupled with the natural look of the cafe, make for an inviting atmosphere indoors.  Follow her on Facebook and Instagram to learn of her whereabouts.   

Emily Rae Art - A talented artist that does charming artwork. She sells prints and invitations on her site and does custom orders.  Follow her on Instagram to see her amazing work. 

Pumpkin Spiced White Chocolate Toffee

Seasonal Items As of Oct. 2021

6.  They go out of their way to create seasonal items for the enjoyment of their customers.

There's nothing like getting into the holiday spirit than with seasonal treats to help bring back and create new fond memories.  

It takes effort for businesses to keep up with seasonal items.  They have to create recipes, keep up with trends, advertise, approximate and order supplies and specialty ingredients.

7.  You can order online.

Order online on their website and use curbside pickup for convenience.

Liege Waffles Perfectly Balanced
Jesus making sure our drinks tasted great.

8.  Their attention to detail is outstanding.  

Their fresh handmade flower arrangements are everything.  They also offer milk alternatives for different dietary needs and have agave and paper straws.  Their branding is on point, with the pangolin printed on their sleeves, mugs, and found throughout their menu, website, store, gift tins, informative cards on how to store food, and more. 

9.  They're located in midtown on a strip packed with so many other local businesses.  

Walk across the street and check out Junkee where you can find an outfit for any occasion or walk next door to The Emerson Cocktail Lounge, Local Beer Works, or Sanctuary Hair Salon.  

Sea Salt Chocolate Dipped Toffee is Out of This World!
Turkish Delights are Delightful

10.  Their made in-house confections are out of this world and you get one free with every drink.

With the few options they have, they certainly pack a punch in the flavor department.  You must try their assorted Turkish Delights and Toffee. 

What is a Turkish Delight?  A chewy confection candy made with a base of cornstarch and a simple syrup (water and sugar) with a wide array of flavors added and coated with a cornstarch and/or powdered sugar. They are so fun and flavorful.  Best of all, they're perfectly sweetened.  Mother approved for sure.  

Their toffee is on another level, with a texture that's softer than other candies and yet still crunchy.  I highly recommend this toffee as it is filled with so much flavor.  It's definitely one of the best I've had ever. 

If you gave me a tin of their goodies, I'd be the happiest person on the planet. 

11.  They have cute tins that you can fill with their coffees, teas, and confections to give out to family and friends.

Orange Italian Cream Soda
12.  They serve drinks both iced and warm, suitable for any season so that you can enjoy their flavors year-round.

13.  They offer tastings.  

Have you ever been to a restaurant and wanted to taste more than one flavor of something?  You don't have to do that here because they 've got you covered.  Bring a friend and enjoy a tasting of their incredibly fun, chewy, delicious, and inviting Turkish Delights and AMAZING toffee (both made in house).

14.  They use earth-friendly straws. 

Plastic straws kill lots of animals and break down into microplastics that end up being consumed by sea creatures.

15.  They have outdoor seating. 

16.  Get a taste of the treat that was featured in The Chronicles of Narnia.

17.  Their Service is the Cherry on Top.
I walked in and was immediately greeted by Sal, who along with Jesus, welcomed me and my son right away and provided us with excellent service.  

Being a first customer, I always ask lots of questions and both of these workers were more than happy to answer all of them.  


*They offer milk alternatives- oat, almond, macadamia
*Google Maps brought me to the back of their building.  You can get back onto S.Virginia St. to access the entrance to the parking lot. Business is on the corner of the block. 
*Free choice of Turkish Delight with every drink purchase
*They have bagels and cream cheese from Rounds Bakery
*They offer decaf coffees and teas. Order a teapot when with groups of friends and family.
*Coffees are analyzed with Agtronic Technology to ensure the best quality products
*Top drinks - Cubano and Cardamom Latte
*There's about seven parking spots out front.  Street parking is available.
*They have a box of masks at the door for customers
*You can take a bag of their coffees and teas home
*They have assorted pastries.
*They offer classy lavender lemonade and Italian sodas.
*They have hot cocoa

In Store Menu as of 10.13.2021

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Peace, Love, & Kindness,
Katherine Fung

Categorized Under "Good Eats"---> "Cafes"

Friday, October 1, 2021

17 Reasons to Visit The National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nevada

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My Short Video of the Museum

Fasten your seatbelts and take a ride in a DeLorean time machine back to the past at the National Automobile Museum.

At this cleverly designed museum, walk down the "streets" and hop from gallery to gallery laid out in chronological order and marvel at a collection of cars dating to the 1800s and onward to present day, watching the most impactful human creation evolve, with each collection advancing and transforming. 

The National Automobile Museum all started when Bill Harrah, a pioneer in the gaming industry known for his casinos and hotels, passed away, leaving a collection of some 1,400 vehicles behind.  

Holiday Inns jumped at the opportunity to take over Harrah's collection, and before having the chance to auction the cars off, were intercepted with a proposition from the City of Reno to use some of the cars to  start a museum, preserving the history and beauty of Bill's legacy. That vision came to life and today is known as the National Automobile Museum.  

The museum's well-designed layout, educational plaques, themed displays, flawless vehicles, and the attention to detail (complimenting music and art), make for the ideal environment for wonder, nostalgia, and appreciation to live and thrive.

17 Reasons to Visit the National Automobile Museum

1.  The museum has many well thought out displays that come to life.

2.  Experience and have fun learning the history of the automobile in the most ideal setting.

3.  Among many collections of amazing cars, find a "celebrity" section with cars known for their roles in prominent movies of the past.  Can't pass up the Back to the Future, Titanic, and Rebel Without a Cause vehicles. 

4.  There's a daily presentation on story of Bill Harrah and his journey to the museum.  Showing everyday, 11-4pm on the hour, 25 minutes in length, at their 157-seat theater.

5.  Their gift shop is amazing, with out-of-print books about cars, antique toy cars, old-fashioned souveniers, plenty of T-shirts, a penny press souvenir machine, and more.

6.  You can have fun sitting inside a Ford Model T.  Pre-pandemic, they had costumes for visitors.  If you came dressed up in a costume for a photoshoot, they would be happy. 

7.  They have a very cool space museum exhibit.

8.  You can find a very well made figurine of Yoda.

9.  The volunteers and workers are amazing, passionate, and kind.

10.  If you're a tourist from out of town, there's a visitor's pamphlet section next to the restrooms.

11.  They have special events that run throughout the year.

12.  They have volunteers that have been there for many years (the kind one that told me the history of the museum has been there for 12 years) and make your visit special by sharing their knowledge and kindness.

13. They have special traveling exhibits, like the history of motorcycles (pictured below) and Cars with Lightning McQueen and Mater.  

14. There's a photo booth that can send your pictures to your phone for free. 

15.  I don't consider myself a car person, but I absolutely LOVE it here.

16.  The National Automobile Museum always makes Halloween fun and safe every year and for a minimal fee.  You trick-or-treat from gallery to gallery and always end with some carnival games and more treats at the end.   

17.  They have free networking events where you can connect with like-minded people.

$3 Children/ $2 Adults  2021

Know Before You Go
-Free Parking
-Museum is huge with plenty of space
-Masks required as of 10/1/2021
-Their website is loaded with tons of information for visitors
-They have Science Saturdays, second Saturday of every month. Ages 8-12yrs.
-Audio Tours available
-Tourist pamphlets to attractions in Reno next to restroom

How to Support our Amazing Museum
-Attend their special events 
-Purchase from their gift shop
-Follow them on Instagram and Facebook and tag them in your pictures
-Host your special events here (weddings, banquets, seminars, special occasions) 60-1,200 guests, catering available
-Purchase with Amazon using their "Amazon Smile" link, in which they will get a small profit from your purchases. 

Purchase Tickets for Art, Autos, and Wine
(wine tastings, appetizers, live music, and art for sale)

This event is special to them as they will be showcasing art from one of the long-time artists, Bob Cinkel, who worked for the museum for a while, designing signage, interpretive text, and creating art for its walls.

Feature artist for this event will be Mike Callahan, who does amazing paintings of our beautiful landscapes.

Categorized Under "Museums and Zoos"