Food Crush: Alice’s Brown Bag Tasting from Les Amis du Fromage

One surefire way to reinvigorate your tired culinary life is to let someone else make the decisions for you! As much as I love eating the same stinky Epoisse and intensely nutty Extra Aged Mimolette, I was stuck in a bit of a cheese rut. So when I saw these “brown bags” on Les Amis du Fromage’s Facebook page, it got me excited to try something new. Continue reading Food Crush: Alice’s Brown Bag Tasting from Les Amis du Fromage

You’re Such A Tease!! Dinner at Burdock & Co.

We’ve been meaning to get back to Burdock & Co. for dinner after having a great brunch a while back. One thing that kicked our asses into gear was reading that Burdock won the Silver Award for Vancouver Magazine’s Best New Restaurant, so we thought that we’d better get in there before it’s slammed! (Farmer’s Apprentice won Gold, so uhhh, good luck getting in!) Continue reading You’re Such A Tease!! Dinner at Burdock & Co.

A Tale of Two Mac ‘n Cheeses: Milestones vs Kessel&March

Whatever your feelings about Vancouver Foodster, he was running a Mac ‘n Cheese Challenge and mac ‘n cheese is a GREAT THING. I didn’t get to try at least three kinds (minimum required to be able to vote in the contest) but I did manage to try two…Milestones and Kessel&March. First up, Milestones on Robson.

*Contest is over and winners have been announced here. Kessel&March won in the Media Judge category! 🙂 Continue reading A Tale of Two Mac ‘n Cheeses: Milestones vs Kessel&March

What Does an $8 Sourdough Loaf Taste Like? Nelson the Seagull in Gastown

I was stuck in a bread rut, always going back to Swiss Bakery’s par-baked baguettes. Great baguettes with an almost-thin but robust crust and (on a good day) a crumb with great varied crumb structure and deep, complex, satisfying flavour with a hint of natural sourdough tang. I said “on a good day” because some batches seem to be deeper and richer than others. I’m not sure what magical yeasty voodoo happens in the back room at Swiss Bakery, but sometimes when I buy their par-baked baguettes (either from Swiss Bakery themselves or at Les Amis du Fromage), they taste a bit flat and one-note, but other times they’re a gorgeous, sweet, rich, multi-sensory experience.

Well, anyways, I’m now on the lookout for another bread experience that really hits my bread button. So after buying chocolate from East Van Roasters, I came across Nelson the Seagull, which is a cafe in Gastown that also bakes their own bread. Continue reading What Does an $8 Sourdough Loaf Taste Like? Nelson the Seagull in Gastown

Cacao! Bean-to-Bar Comes to Vancouver: East Van Roasters

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Is it worth it to be so fussy about chocolate?

Single-origin chocolate? Wooo, hoo, la-di-fuckin’-da, you hipster!

I’m not a huge fan of sweets or dessert, but I do love some plain dark chocolate once in a while. Maybe a dark chocolate with chili added 😉 I love the single-origin, bean-to-bar concept. You get to taste chocolate in one of its purest forms, without distraction. Doing side-by-side tastings is super fun and you’ll be amazed at the different flavours and sensations going on with chocolate from different regions. One of my few previous experiences with true single-origin, bean-to-bar chocolate was Dandelion Chocolate in San Francisco (as described in this SF post). Amazing chocolate. So when I learned that Vancouver has its own bean-to-bar chocolate place, East Van Roasters, I had to check it out! Continue reading Cacao! Bean-to-Bar Comes to Vancouver: East Van Roasters