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Friday Foodie Find: Meat and Bread

24 Dec

Meat and Bread

370 Cambie Street
604.566.9003
www.meatandbread.ca

Monday-Saturday: 11am-5pm

Sandwiches and I go back a long time. My earliest memory of our blossoming relationship was from the kindergarten days, when my mom used to pack me a PB&J packaged lovingly in plastic wrap and packed away in my Power Rangers lunch box (blue, if I remember correctly). Oh how the times have changed. Two decades and some years later, I now feast on these babies:

This is the porchetta pork sandwich from Vancouver’s new sandwich shop- Meat and Bread. In it’s natural form, it looks even more delicious (um, hello cracklins’!):


Don’t forget to top to your taste with the house sambal and mustard sauces. I’ll take everything to go please. Now if only I still had my Power Rangers lunch box to carry it all out in…

Friday Foodie Find: Cattle Cafe

3 Dec

Cattle Cafe

2 locations- I went to this one:

4883 Kingsway
Burnaby, BC
604.430.8686
www.cattlecafe.ca

On a blustery, winter day, which would you rather have?

Malay Laksa Soup with rice noodles, chicken balls, enoki mushrooms and assorted vegetables


OR Thai Tom Yum Soup with rice noodles, beef brisket, specialty sausage (similar to Taiwanese sausage) and assorted vegetables


HINT: Both are absolutely delicious- bring a friend so you don’t have to decide. Sharing is caring!

Friday Foodie Find: Bon Chaz

29 Oct

Bon Chaz

www.bonchaz.com

426 W Hastings Street
Vancouver
, BC

604-626-7215

Monday-Friday: 7:30am-7:00pm
Saturday: 10:30am-5:00pm
Sunday: 10:30am-4:00pm

Disclaimer: I interviewed Bon Chaz owner, Michael, for one of my writing gigs and these were the juicy tidbits that couldn’t be fit into the article. All my other Bon Chaz encounters have been through either free tastings or as part of media tours.

Lately, I can’t go anywhere without running into Michael, the owner of Bon Chaz bakery. So, when I got the chance to interview Michael, I was pretty stoked to find out the story behind these unique and delicious buns.

5 facts about Bon Chaz

1.       A bon chaz is made by marrying the recipes for the Mexican concha pastry and the French brioche sweet bread. The result is a soft milk bun filled with different sweet mixes and topped with a coffee icing that hardens into a crunchy shell after baking.

2.       Fun trivia: You eat with your nose. No, seriously a person’s sense of taste is greatly influenced by their sense of smell. That’s why Bon Chaz never closes its doors. Think about it: how hard is it to resist stopping by a bakery that smells like heaven 24/7??

3.       ….And it smells that way because fresh batches of bon chaz are made constantly throughout the day. I love them best straight out of the oven after waiting just long enough to not burn my taste buds off.

4.       Bon Chaz also makes great savoury dishes from scratch. Crowd faves: Vegan sandwiches made with baguettes made in-house, and perfect winter comfort food- the Bacon Mushroom soup.

5.       The chocolate used for the Chocolate Truffle bon chaz is flown all the way in from France. So yes, the chocolate truffle is legit and delicious.

A great place to hang-out, Bon Chaz also offers free wi-fi and a shelf full of books and board games to go with your baked goods.

Foods mentioned:

Original bon chaz– $1.25ea

Chocolate Truffle bon chaz– $1.75ea

Vegan Sandwiches– $3.95ea

Bacon Mushroom Soup– $2.95ea


 

Lately, I can’t go anywhere without running into Michael, the owner of Bon Chaz bakery. So, when I got the chance to interview Michael, I was pretty stoked to find out the story behind these crazy, but delicious buns

5 facts about Bon Chaz

1. A bon chaz is made by marrying the recipes for the Mexican concha pastry and the French brioche sweet bread. The result is a soft milk bun filled with different sweet mixes and topped with a coffee icing that hardens into a crunchy shell after baking.

2. Fun trivia: You eat with your nose. Seriously- a person’s sense of taste is greatly influenced by their sense of smell. That’s why Bon Chaz never closes its doors because you can’t help but stop by a bakery that smells like heaven 24/7.

3. And it smells that way because fresh batches of bon chaz are made constantly throughout the day. I love them best straight out of the oven after waiting just long enough to not burn my taste buds off.

4. Bon Chaz also makes great savoury dishes from scratch. Crowd faves: Vegan sandwiches made with baguettes made in-house, and the Bacon Mushroom soup.

5. The chocolate used for the Chocolate Truffle bon chaz is flown all the way in from France. So yes, the chocolate truffle is legit and delicious.

A great place to hang-out, Bon Chaz also offers free wi-fi and a shelf full of books and board games to go with your baked goods.

Food mentioned:

Friday Foodie Find: Pajo’s

6 Aug

Do you ever find that you go to places, but only have time (or room in your stomach) for a quick snack or nibble? I find a lot of amazing restaurants, bakeries, dives and everything in-between like that, and I always seem to lose my way back to them. Here’s hoping blogging about my Foodie Find will solve that problem. Call it your foodie ramp up for a delicious weekend :-)

Pajo’s Fish and Chips

www.pajos.com

Locations in Richmond: Steveston Wharf, Garry Point Park
Location in Port Coquitlam: Gates Park
Location in Port Moody: Rocky Point Park

Open in the summer, times vary across locations

Summer is going into full swing here in Vancouver, so I’m paying homage to one of the best outdoor food spots in the city- or out of the city I should say.

Pajo’s is well-known for being one of the best places to grab fish and chips. With 4 locations in Richmond, Port Moody and Port Coquitlam, it takes a bit of effort to get out to nosh on this English meal, but damn, it is so worth it.

I love that Pajo’s even provides special tables to hold  the fish and chips cone, leaving your hands free to dip one fry in the tartar sauce as you bite into a fried fish piece of goodness.

The fried batter is crunchy and there’s a hint of some kind of beer coming through. The fries are cooked just the way I like it- crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. The sign of true double fried perfection.

I’m not really sure what they do that makes the fish so good, but one day I’ll figure it out…or I’ll just keep coming to Pajo’s to get my fix. Yeah, that sounds like a good plan 😉

Friday Foodie Find: Raw Canvas

30 Jul

Do you ever find that you go to places, but only have time (or room in your stomach) for a quick snack or nibble? I find a lot of amazing restaurants, bakeries, dives and everything in-between like that, and I always seem to lose my way back to them. Here’s hoping blogging about my Foodie Find will solve that problem. Call it your foodie ramp up for a delicious weekend :-)

Raw Canvas

www.raw-canvas.com

1046 Hamilton St.
Vancouver, BC
604.687.1729

Monday-Friday: 4pm-late

Saturday-Sunday: 1pm-late

Raw Canvas is a unique lounge fast becoming a popular Yaletown hot spot. It’s a tapas lounge, wine bar, live music venue and art studio all rolled into one. That’s right, it’s a restaurant that doubles as an art studio, where you can enjoy a glass of BC wine while expressing your inner Van Gogh to your heart’s content. With canvas’ starting at $40 and awesome tasting plates to go around, this is a great place to have an interactive birthday party or to get rid of those jitters on a first date.

Top: My tasting plate: vintage 3 year gouda, juniper and elk salami and wild boar salami ($15 for a combo of 3 meats and/or cheeses and 3 condiments.
Bottom: Hummus and pita ($6.50)

I loved everything on my tasting plate. I got the gouda because the menu said it was sweet like butterscotch, and while I can’t agree with this description, I agree that it had a yummy sweet sharpness. The salami’s were great and I definitely recommend trying them. We got the hummus and pita to help fill us up, but unknowingly our tasting plates came with a basket full of soft baguette slices. It looks like a little, but I ended up being happily stuffed for the whole night.

All you have to do is buy the canvas (you can get a small one for about $40) and all the art supplies are provided. Feel free to make as big of a mess as you want, in fact, it was pretty much recommended. There’s also an art teacher around to help you make your doodle a masterpiece.

Our finished products. Won't tell you which one's mine haha

My inner Van Gogh was satisfied by the end and I happily left with only a slight craving for ear…of corn, that is 😉

Friday Foodie Find: Acme Cafe

2 Jul

Do you ever find that you go to places, but only have time (or room in your stomach) for a quick snack or nibble? I find a lot of amazing restaurants, bakeries, dives and everything in-between like that, and I always seem to lose my way back to them. Here’s hoping blogging about my Foodie Find will solve that problem. Call it your foodie ramp up for a delicious weekend :-)

Acme Cafe

www.acmecafe.ca

51 Hastings Street West
Vancouver, BC V6B 1G4
604.569.1022

Monday-Saturday: 8am to 9pm

Sunday: 10am to 9pm

Lovely Loren has her pie and eats it too at Acme Cafe!

I’ve been hearing a lot about Acme Cafe lately, so I decided to check it out with my friend, Loren, one sunny afternoon. We came here more to catch up, but managed to try some of their signature dishes while we chatted.

Shrimp Guacamole Sandwich

Loren had the Shrimp Guacamole sandwich: whole wheat hoagie bun, shrimp, avocado puree, , corn, shredded jack cheese, diced tomato and onion dressed with lime, cumin and cilantro. Loren really enjoyed this one, but it did end up completely falling apart on her halfway. Note to Acme Cafe: get stronger whole wheat hoagie bun.

High-Falutin' Grilled Cheese

I had the High-Falutin’ Grilled Cheese: cheddar, Swiss, brie, Grand-Marnier cranberry relish, on a grilled Ciabata panini. This was good, but not as good as a normal cheddar grilled cheese with a bowl of tomato soup. I did like the relish though. The orange flavor was great and something I’d never had with any cheese before.

Trinity of Side Dishes

We both liked the added touch of potato chips, coleslaw and pickles to our meal. It totally gave Acme Cafe that diner feel I always look out for in small restaurants like this.

Yummmm!

The server totally got us to try out the Chocolate Creme pie despite our full bellies. WOW. So worth it. The crust was so good and the chocolate creme thick, rich and oh-so satisfying. Ask for the whipped cream topping and be happy.

Friday Foodie Find: Urban Tea Merchant

11 Jun

Do you ever find that you go to places, but only have time (or room in your stomach) for a quick snack or nibble? I find a lot of amazing restaurants, bakeries, dives and everything in-between like that, and I always seem to lose my way back to them. Here’s hoping blogging about my Foodie Find will solve that problem. Call it your foodie ramp up for a delicious weekend :-)

Urban Tea Merchant

1070 West Georgia St.
Vancouver, BC V6E 2Y2
604.692.0071

www.urbantea.com

I had a gift certificate from work for a free tea latte from the Urban Tea Merchant, and I couldn’t wait to use it!

I got the Tribute Black Tea. It was seriously the best tea latte I’ve EVER had. It was lightly sweetened thanks to a nice blend of marzipan and chocolate. Whoever thought to use marzipan in tea is a genius. I’ve been aching to go back and get another cup (or five) of this brew since.

My gift certificate also came with a free Charbonnel et Walker Truffle- a lovely UK product. The chocolate was blended with champagne and wrapped in a strawberry coating. It was a heavenly, rich bite that I regretfully ate way too fast. *drool*