1. Naming shop after the subject of a Japanese science experiment based on the 1950s Godzilla, who escaped the evil scientist of Japan, fleeing to Portland to team up with two locals and open up a yum yum shop.
2. Inviting space, sofa, and smiling happy people. Yah, so there are a lot of high schoolers, but they are the cool ones that don't hang out at 7-11.
Teenage + Adult Hormone approved
3. Offer free tea! Not just one flavor but three: jasmine, green and black. Bonus, awesome smelling hand sanitizer.
4. Use locally made and rBST free ice cream. Oregon Ice Cream: Cascade Glacier. Owner swears by their green tea ice cream.
5. Real.Shaved.Ice - not that blender version - this is real snow Taiwanese style shaved ice (made with coconut milk) shipped from Taiwan via Canada. Now that's mojo!
6. Watch owner make crepes to order, then cut berries with bare hands (crepe batter made fresh daily).
7. Japanese style crepes! The Purple Rain ($5.25) with blueberries, strawberries, blackberry sauce, whipped cream and vanilla ice (and green tea ice cream) was my crepe of choice. The crepe itself was feather light, just serving as a holding device further supported by paper cone. The berries were super fresh and blackberry sauce beaming with dark fruit flavors and not a whole lot of sugar, thank god. Astin's crepe, Jean's Flambe ($5.25), came equipped with bananas, cinnamon & sugar, butter and caramel (plus whipped cream and ice cream). She loved it. I avoided it because I really do not like banana and caramel, in general.
Cream on the inside, clean on the outside. Mojo Crepe paint job
All hail the Purple Rain with green tea ice cream
8. Textbook shaved ice. Not the blended stuff with jagged shards. This is the Aspen fluffy snow of shaved ice. We got the Fresh and Fruity shaved ice with mangoes, strawberries and kiwis topped with condensed milk. Although I was a little disappointed not seeing any specific shaved ice with a red bean option, I'm sure they'd gladly add it per request.
Living the dream
9. Mojo Dogs! I will be fighting off pre-pubescent 9th grade boys for these in the neat future.
8409 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97266