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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:

Foodie Tour: Downtown Vancouver

3 Aug

I’m going to be honest: I work in Downtown Vancouver, and, despite my love of food, when it comes to getting lunch or after-work drinks, sometimes I just don’t have the time or energy to find a new place to eat. Most of the time, I’ve got a good ol’ sandwich from home tiding me over as I get through my workday. Needless to say, I was excited to get an invite to go on the Downtown Vancouver Foodie Tour by the owner and tour host- the wonderful Michelle Ng.

Dan Close Food Concepts
604.562.2634

Dan's meal in a bag!

The tour started at Victory Square, where we were only a few steps away from our first restaurant…which turned out to be nothing more than a white delivery van! No, this isn’t a bizarre abduction story. Dan Close Food Concepts is actually an online store the delivers meals made from organic, locally sourced ingredients. Once you get your meal, all you have to do is boil the food (it comes in a vacuum sealed bag) for a few minutes to finish it off.

On the Menu: Grilled Lois Lake Steelhead Salmon with Charred Lemon, Manitoba Wild Rice Salad with barley, dried fruit and curry citrus vinaigrette, and Grilled Asparagus.

I always forget how much I love wild rice. It was hard to believe this meal came from a bag it was so delicious!

Bon Chaz
426 W Hastings Street
604.626,7215

On the Menu: Original with Sea Salt, Banana Walnut and Matcha Green Tea flavoured Bon Chaz.

A cross between the French brioche and Mexican concha pastry, the bon chaz buns were eagerly polished off by my tour mates. I tried Bon Chaz at Eat Vancouver and loved the Original, so I gave the Matcha a try. The green tea flavour was hard to find. Owner, Michael, said that they had originally made the buns with strong matcha flavour, and people had complained it was too strong. Hmm… guess, I’ll stick with the Original for now.

Shangri-La Hotel Lobby Lounge
1128 West Georgia
604.689.1120

On the Menu: Freshly Baked Scones, Clotted Cream, In House Made Compote, Assorted Pastries, Loose Leaf Tea

This was my favourite stop on the tour- afternoon tea at the Shangri-La Hotel! This was my first high tea ever and it couldn’t have been any better. From the tea to the scones to the sinful pastries, everything about this was amazing. Wish my tea parties as a kid had been like this, sighhhh.

Fun facts:

During the construction of the hotel, monks blessed four items and buried them in the four corners of the foundation. These are said to be luck and good omens for the Shangri-La.

Head to the Lobby Lounge for the free tapas hour every weekday from 5-6pm

MARKET by Jean Georges
1128 West Georgia
604.695.1115

On the Menu: Black Truffle Pizza, Rice Cracker Crusted Tuna, House Soda

Dubbed “one of 100 things you have to try before you die,” the black truffle pizza was literally a food orgasm in my mouth. The smell of truffle always does something magical to my senses and it practically melted in my mouth. The house soda’s were made with fresh ingredients not the kind I got on the Refinery stop of the Granville Foodie Tour.

Sutton Place Wine Merchant
855 Burrard St.
604.642.2947

On the Menu: Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cremeux with Dehydrated Chocolate Mousse Sable, Elephant Island Framboise 09 Fortified Wine

I’ve been meaning to take a wine course so I can properly understand how wine and food go together. This stop at the wine shop outside the Sutton Place gave me a nice lesson on pairing chocolate with a sweet, fruity wine. It was a great way to end the day and my education on yummy alternatives to the homemade lunch.

I’m going to be honest: I work in Downtown Vancouver, and, despite my love of food, when it comes to getting lunch or after-work drinks, sometimes I just don’t have the time or energy to find a new place to eat. Most of the time, I’ve got a good ol’ sandwich from home tiding me over as I get through my workday. Needless to say, I was excited to get an invite to go on the Downtown Vancouver Foodie Tour by the owner and tour host- the wonderful Michelle Ng.

Dan Close Food Concepts

The tour started at Victory Square, where we were only a few steps away from our first restaurant…which turned out to be nothing more than a white delivery van! No, this isn’t a bizarre abduction story. Dan Close Food Concepts is actually an online store the delivers meals made from organic, locally sourced ingredients. Once you get your meal, all you have to do is boil the food (it comes in a vacuum sealed bag) for a few minutes to finish it off.

On the Menu: Grilled Lois Lake Steelhead Salmon with Charred Lemon, Manitoba Wild Rice Salad with barley, dried fruit and curry citrus vinaigrette, and Grilled Asparagus.

I always forget how much I love wild rice. It was hard to believe this meal came from a bag it was so delicious!

Bon Chaz

On the Menu: Original with Sea Salt, Banana Walnut and Matcha Green Tea flavoured Bon Chaz.

A cross between the French brioche and Mexican concha pastry, the bon chaz buns were eagerly polished off by my tour mates. I tried Bon Chaz at Eat Vancouver and loved the Original, so I gave the Matcha a try. The green tea flavour was hard to find. Owner, Michael, said that they had originally made the buns with strong matcha flavour, and people had complained it was too strong. Hmm… guess, I’ll stick with the Original for now.

Shangri-La Hotel Lobby Lounge

On the Menu: Freshly Baked Scones, Clotted Cream, In House Made Compote, Assorted Pastries, Loose Leaf Tea

This was my favourite stop on the tour- afternoon tea at the Shangri-La Hotel! This was my first high tea ever and it couldn’t have been any better. From the tea to the scones to the sinful pastries, everything about this was amazing. Wish my tea parties as a kid had been like this, sighhhh.

Fun facts:

During the construction of the hotel, monks blessed four items and buried them in the four corners of the foundation. These are said to be luck and good omens for the Shangri-La.

Head to the Lobby Lounge for the free tapas hour every weekday from 5-6pm

Market

On the Menu: Black Truffle Pizza, House Soda

Dubbed “one of 100 things you have to try before you die,” the black truffle pizza was literally a food orgasm in my mouth. The smell of truffle always does something magical to my senses and it practically melted in my mouth. The house soda’s were made with fresh ingredients not the kind I got on the Refinery stop of the Granville Foodie Tour.

Sutton Place Hotel

On the Menu: Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cremeux with Dehydrated Chocolate Mousse Sable, Elephant Island Framboise 09 Fortified Wine

I’ve been meaning to take a wine course so I can properly understand how wine and food go together. This stop at the wine shop outside the Sutton Place gave me a nice lesson on pairing chocolate with a sweet, fruity wine. It was a great way to end the day and my education on yummy alternatives to the homemade lunch.

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