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
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
I heard about PappaRoti last year and wondered, “What makes these buns different from typical Chinese bakery buns like pineapple buns and mexico buns?” So naturally, I found out. Continue reading Let’s Talk About Asian Buns (Not Mine): PappaRoti on Robson St.
We were so happy with brunch at Ask for Luigi that we went back for dinner. Followed by ice cream at Earnest Ice Cream! It was a salty and sweet affair… Continue reading Salty & Sweet: Ask for Luigi and Earnest Ice Cream
Can a restaurant be considered good even if not everything they do is good? Can the strong dishes make up for the crappy ones? I really wanted to have a good time at Zipang Provisions, but things didn’t quite gel. Continue reading Bit of a rocky dinner at Zipang Provisions
Wandered into The Portside Pub while waiting for Alibi Room to open on a Thursday afternoon and saw that they changed their menu to a more Nova Scotia-focused one. Before they had fun snacky stuff like dim sum, hot dogs (“red hots”) and popcorn. Now, sadly, that’s all gone. Continue reading Taste of Nova Scotia at Portside Pub (With Bonus Round at Alibi Room)
I’ve been to Marutama Ramen a few times since they first opened in May 2013. It’s a nice change from all the pork-based tonkotsu ramen in town. Continue reading Still Nuts About Nut Ramen: Marutama Ramen
I’ve been meaning to try Pourhouse in Gastown for ages. I really want to try their burger, but alas not this time. Just some beers and a snack! Continue reading Beers & A Snack at Pourhouse
We finally tried Ask for Luigi, newish Italian place in Railtown. Good word-of-mouth, online response varies though 😛 Continue reading Tasty Brunch at Ask for Luigi