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Apple Cinnamon Buttermilk Cake Recipe | Fresh Local BC Apples

Apple Cinnamon Buttermilk Cake Recipe | Fresh Local BC Apples

  Autumn is one of my favorite seasons because there is an abundance of fresh local BC apples. I also love to bake during this time because the weather always rains in Vancouver. It is therapeutic baking while the warm aromas fill the room. Apple Cinnamon […]

Sweet Bake Shop Vancouver Yaletown | Cupcakes Macarons Cake

Sweet Bake Shop Vancouver Yaletown | Cupcakes Macarons Cake

  Sweet Bake Shop Vancouver Yaletown is a boutique bakery by local female entrepreneur Tessa Sam. Sweet Bake Shop started from her home kitchen in 2010. Girlie and whimsical sugar cookies soon captured the hearts of many Instagram followers; mine included. I’m so thrilled that this pink […]

The Appetizer: Dessert First | Cake is Always a Grand Idea!

The Appetizer: Dessert First | Cake is Always a Grand Idea!

L'Opera Patisserie Dessert Afternoon Tea Richmond

Some of the sexiest places in Paris is their Pastisserie. While the Eiffel Tower is dreamy, and day dreaming an escape to the winding cobblestone street at church hill crest of Basilica of Sacre-Coeur is romantic; or being lost next to a Foreign Sexy Accent at Musee du Louvre is charming – musing over Pierre Herme’s modern confections, techniques and flavors is still slightly more satisfying!

The gorgeous cafes of gold foiled wallpaper, fireplace, chandeliers and patios is picturesque. I love the concept of dessert first. Cake, really is the perfect appetizer (especially when taken leisurely).

I will also never understand why people always consume dessert at the end of their meals. Instead of starting your meal with the same-same Normcore salad, entree, and then dessert; Why not start your dining experience with some decadent and sinful cake first?

One of my favorite cake is the Raspberry Charlotte. Fresh raspberry topped with a heavy cream filling infused with rose. The taste is subtle but it is very fragrant. The Ladyfingers are soft with a light crunch. The tartness of the berries is perfect to balance some of the sweetness and the richness of cream itself.

My challenge is not to over-stuff that hyper-extended stomach over a three-course meal, just so I can make room for a classic strawberry cheese cake served on a graham wafer crust, but to simply eat to just fill that one stomach. The second stomach is a unicorn. It does not exist. My second challenge is to order the rest of my meal in small portions, just so my next steaming-cult-like-session at Bikram is less guilty. Thay way, I can be at peace with my hallucinations of a window full of glorious gateaux transitioning to the next Trikanasana pose.

Common’ as if you need a reason to eat cake! Having cake is always a grand idea!

 

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L’Opera Patisserie Richmond, Raspberry Charlotte, Cheesecake and Afternoon Tea

L’Opera Patisserie Richmond, Raspberry Charlotte, Cheesecake and Afternoon Tea

Some of the sexiest places in Paris is their Pastisserie. While the Eiffel Tower is dreamy, and day dreaming an escape to the winding cobblestone street in one of the city’s oldest big white church hill crest at Basilica of Sacre-Coeur is romantic; or the […]

My Little Cupcake – Princess Cake Pops

My Little Cupcake – Princess Cake Pops

What does Martha Stewart got that you can’t? Maybe aside from a few pretty pennies and jail time. But hey! you can also make pretty darling cake pops. Besides charming your kids with My Little Pony (sorry did I just date myself?) there is My […]

Janice Cake Shop 凱悅餅廊, Richmond

Janice Cake Shop 凱悅餅廊, Richmond

Richmond is one of the epic centers for Chinese bakeries and cake shops… You are bound to find one every couple of blocks or a few within the same complex. Even so, not all cake shops are the same or uses quality ingredients. Some targets to quantity (ex. 3 buns for $1.50); some for convenience (ex. your local supermarket); and others for quality, taste, and texture… Janice Cake Shop – located between Capstan Way and No. 3 Rd in Richmond, nestled inside Union Square Shopping Centre, makes some of Lower Mainland’s best bread, birthday cakes and moon cakes!!

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Cuisine: Asian Bakery, Cakeshop
Price/Entrée: $1.50-3.00
 
Out of 5… (1: Don’t bother —> 5: Excellent)
Food: 4.5
Service: 3.5
Ambiance: 3.5
Overall: 4.5
 

Ever wonder why there is that awful sour after-taste to post buns consumption? As if biting into a “center-less” red-bean bun wasn’t enough (btw most supermarket bought breads I find have this problem… I’m constantly looking for the “filling” that somehow got misplaced during the process…). It turns out that the blame is either on using too much baking powder or yeast (purpose is for the batter to rise rapidly); another source of bitterness could be that your flour has gone rancid.

Many Chinese bakeries uses the ‘tang zhong” 湯種 method … meaning ‘flour paste’. This works amazingly to produce the fluffy bread. The gluten in the flour / water mixture would absorb moisture and become leavened at 65°C.

Janice`s bakery is delish, none of that disgusting bitter sour nonsense!

Imitation crab, corn, and ham bun
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riveting – soft and creamy in every bite.

Mini Chicken Pot Pie
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warm out of the oven, hearty chicken bites with black pepper center. The crust is not flaky but is soft and flavorful.

They have a rainbow full of flavors for their cakes and Swiss rolls that all range from good to excellent. By far the best is fresh mango mousse, tiramisu and grapefruit/coconut cakes. Their black sesame is actually not bad either.

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Swiss Rolls are light, fluffy and creamy…

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Now that Mid-Autumn Festival (held on the 15th day of the eighth month) is just around the corner, Janice offers not only traditional Moon Cakes月餅), but also Mini Iced Moon Cake versions with flavours ranging from, mango, black sesame, matcha green tea, durian, chocolate, etc… Best part is they allow you to mix and match!

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Mango has a tantalizing freshness…

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Black sesame is fragrant, creamy with a bold center.

Some people complaint about their service (or lack thereof) but I personally never had any problems… Trade-off is pay slightly more than other Asian bakeries but for the quality and flavor selection i`m willing to sacrifice a pretty penny or two… Its definitely worth it!!

Tip: buy over $20 at once to received a 10% off VIP card (usually only given away twice a year – June and Christmas) … bon appetite!
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