James Coleridge is the mastermind behind the ever famous, award winning gelateria store on the corner of Burrard and Cordova Street – Financial and Waterfront district of Vancouver. This classy ice cream parlor is one of the best gelato in Vancouver. This gelateria […]
It used to be that I get super excited to go to Yavis Club Cheesecake Cafe Richmond for namely, cheesecake. It used to be that their portions were generous and the flavours were more unique. It also used to be where we fancied a herbal/floral […]
Do you know who Doris Freedman is? She is the lunch lady in the cafeteria of Springfield Elementary where Bart and Lisa Simpson attend school. If you are still puzzled, you’ve been deprived as a child. She has engraved what a cafeteria is for my childhood. You get a tray, and move down the line until Doris scoops you a pile of mysterious food. Not so at Meat and Bread. The food is good!
I guess times have changed or cartoons are not true reflections of reality. I am in Gastown for a late lunch at Meat and Bread. There is a huge lineup outside and I just can’t call myself a foodie any longer if I haven’t tried it. I peak inside and to my right is a magnetic board of the menu. There are a few choices in sides and even fewer for mains. I was concerned that I had to make a choice for lunch but was even more afraid of making the wrong decision. They have eliminated that problem since you don’t really get to choose.
Slowly but surely we’ve moved inside. Loud music with base is playing and the crowd was exciting. There was a bunch of guys behind the counter. Some of them have inked sleeves, most of them had a certain swag about them. They were cutting this huge piece of meat, and it would’ve been a sin no to order whatever they were making. In fact, I ordered the sandwich by pointing to the meat. Let’s take a stab into what we ordered.
Porchetta with Salsa Verde: Huge piece of pork slowly roasted, with a herb sauce stuffed into it. The juicy and fatty meat was so good. I had a hard time keeping the juice from drooling from the side of my mouth. I almost forgot to mention, there was bread too. If they ever ran out of bread, just serve me the meat.
Duck: Orange Cranberry Glaze, Cracked Pepper, Balsamic Onion Puree, Mixed Leaves. Very subtle taste of the orange cranberry glaze and balsamic puree, the star of the sandwich was the duck. Very generous serving of stripped duck meet aided by the sauce and mixed vegetables.
Beet Salad: I hate beet because of a certain raw vegetable taste much like raw celery. M&B did a fantastic job of reducing that taste, so I can enjoy it. The cilantro gave this salad a lot of depth as well.
For Beverage, we had Thirsty Beaver Amber Ale, and Fentimans Victorian lemonade. The Amber Ale is local to Kelowna, and frankly nothing special. It tastes like Granville Island Brewery’s with different package. I will admit right now that I am not a beer expert, I just drink it. The lemonade was also nothing special. I do appreciate the fact that it’s made the old fashion way. The last thing I want is radiation green sugar water. I will rely on absinthe for that next time I visit Amsterdam.
Meat and Bread Bacon Ice Cream Sandwich: Everyone is freaking out about this one. OMG! BACON IN ICE CREAM! That’s the coolest thing EVER! Calm down everyone, it’s nothing special. I had a hard time telling the difference between regular ice cream and bacon ice cream. I guess the difference is that this sandwich lacked bacon. It was like I am a pirate and the bacon was the treasure. Except I am not Johnny Depp and all I found was a shoe in the treasure chest.
To sum up Meat & Bread, it’s a mix of a retail store, successful marketing experiment, and cafeteria. Who wouldn’t want fat and juicy pork after lining up outside for the last 30 minutes? Boxing gloves hung on a punching bag? They’ve made Rocky proud. They have better installations than Livestock, the premier street wear retailer just down the street. I applaud Meat and Bread for their marketing ideas, and simple restaurant concepts. I know successful restaurants have fewer choices on the menu but 2 features and a couple of other choices? Brilliant! I love that take it or leave it attitude. If you feel inpatient about lining up, move over so I can get my grub on faster.
370 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2N3
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I like pretty things… If anyone tells you the ambiance or the decor of the place doesn’t matter at all is lying. Fact of the matter is it enhances the whole dining experience. Don’t get me wrong. I love finding those hidden gems […]
Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt is a place for delightful soft served frozen yogurt treats headquarted in LA, California. Similar to Qoola and Red Mango; yet completely different than Yogen Fruz. I first had Pinkberry many years back when I went on vacation in Los Angeles in Little Tokyo. […]
Ovaltine 阿華田 has been a household condiment, treat and traditions older than you and I. Originally named Ovomaltine, it was developed in Berne, Switzerland and later exported to Britain in 1909.
This brand of milk flavoring product made with malt extract (except the blue packaging in the US), sugar (except in Switzerland), cocoa, and whey. Ovaltine is a subsidiary of Twinings (the famous tea importers since 1706 which first introduced tea drinking to the English. Your popular office Earl Grey Tea should be from Twining… those the little yellow packets ring a bell?)
As famous and as Horlicks in Hong Kong, Ovaltine is commonly known as a café drink – hot or cold! I love to mix some Ovaltine in my milk to make things a little tastier and less boring. Today I discovered a delicious little treat at your local T&T supermarket. Ovaltine Malt Ice Cream.
Individually cup sized. These little guys taste just like the drink itself. It is not too sweet; it is creamy and very nostalgic! Somehow it reminds me of the Wendy’s malt but while sitting in a Hong Kong café someone in Central, Hong Kong… perhaps with a French toast on the side… I miss HK.
- Ice Cream
- Malt Treats
- Cafe Drink
Since our usual to-go stop in Aberdeen closed, we went over to Rainbow cafe Richmond inside Parker Place food court. At any given hour you will find the old Chinese grandma chatting with other grandpas instead of serving customers or making a fresh batch… […]
Campagnolo Roma on East Hastings is the newest venture between Campagnolo and Refuel Group recently opened this past summer 2011. Tom Doughty and Chef Rob Belcham mirrored original concepts from Campagnolo on Main with a focus to Roma Italian dishes ex. amatricianas and carbonaras. […]
Chill Winston is a sexy restaurant and lounge located in Gastown on 3 Alexander St, Vancouver. I great location for after work happy hours and late night drinks with friends. Party district, hipster central and a see-and-to-be-seen places, you can always come to enjoy a full wine list and great cocktails with unique desserts.
Vintage, brick room and comfy chairs lined with bar tables and a few lounge chairs to relax in. On hot summer days, enjoy a few drinks on their patio, the abundances of seats on the corner in front of Guilt & Co. becomes iconic and very agreeable with beautiful summer days in Vancouver.
Normally I come here for drinks and to chill after long day of work. A beer or a class of wine really helps wash a tiring day away. What I haven’t tried much of is their food (which is actually quite well portioned and delicious).
Duck Tacos $16
Part of the appetizer menu, this dish is meant for sharing! It is extremely well portioned and enough as an entree. Soft tender duck marinated in hoisin sauce with cabbage and soft tacos to wrap.
Double Jack Poutine $9
Meat and Cheese Platter
Breakfast of Champions $5
Roasted banana bavarois, nutella ganache, malted whipped cream, and rustic croutons tossed in brown butter with a hint of smoked salt
Toasted Almond & Vanilla Bean Nougat $5
A soft white creamy consistency of nougat. Grapefruit to balance the sweetness. Avocado puree was interesting – tart and salty. Personally I rather not mix it into my nougat.
Red: Torres Gran Coronas Cabernet (Penedes, Spain)
A delicious and balanced red with full bodied notes of black fruit, vanilla, smoke, dark spices and mocha. I could’ve had the whole bottle all to myself!
- Late night
- Happy hour
- Wine list
- Trendy hotspot
3 alexander street
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Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie Café located on Aberni Street in Downtown Vancouver is founded by internationally acclaimed maître pâtissier Thierry Busset (formally at two 3 star Michelin restaurants Le Gavroche and Marco Pierre White. This contemporary brings France to the West Coast with abundance of the […]
Cosca Restaurant is a recently opened Italian resto located within steps of English Bay, Vancouver on Denman Street. This resto brings a rustic charm to this area with its cozy atmosphere, romantic setting and dark wood décor by Nicole Eve Quinn. The idea is to bring […]
Café de Waraku is an often overlooked dessert place in Richmond sandwiched between Aberdeen Centre and Parker Place Mall – crossroads at Browngate Road / Hazelbridge Way. This quaint little café offers some of the smoothest and most delicious cheesecakes around. I used to go to Yavis Club Cheesecake then I moved onto the cheesecake at The Market (Jean-Georges) – but alas it is no longer offered… Then one day I discovered Waraku and there was no turning back.
This little café offers an array of selections, from original cheesecake to mousse cheesecake, to coffee, milk tea, matcha latte, soon to come cookies, and Japanese / Italian fusion pasta. Today’s post will specifically focus on the dessert!
Most delicious cake of the night. Baked in original New York cheesecake method, this cake is rich, creamy but also light at the same time. Rose flavour was intense and aromatic! Sister to the Lavender Cheesecake that also runs out quickly. Also a must try if you are lucky.
Original New York
OMG! How I heart this cake! As mentioned before this baby is not always available and sells out fast. Lavender floral flavour is intense and deliciously fragrant not only to your taste buds but also with every breath.
Bailey’s Cheesecake **New**
I had high hopes for this one since I really love Bailey’s but unfortunately there was lack of flavour. I hope this cheesecake was just having one of those days that it doesn’t feel like “drinking” and that next time the flavour would be more intense. Aside of this, the cheesecake is more of a mousse cake than a cheesecake – light sponge like and creamy.
I have mixed sentiments about this cake – it was good but it lacked the “tiramisu” flavour. It tasted more like a coffee cake than any. Perhaps it was missing some mascarpone cheese or the chef went heavy on coffee instead of rum.
Iced Matcha Latte
Rich and creamy and full of Matcha. delish!
Like a big bowl of soup this hot coco is chocolatey but not overly sweet.
Cafe de Waraku also serves Japanese and Italian fusion pasta dishes… Be sure to come back for a different experience! or cater to your party!
Cafe de Waraku 和樂屋日式義大利麵甜品屋
Cuisine: Japanese, Desserts, Italian Fusion, Cheesecakes
Hours: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sometimes after consuming too many cakes and cookies I feel that my taste buds requires me to touch base with my Eastern heritage with some Chinese desserts. Sadly there is not an abundance of dessert places in Vancouver (even Richmond) that features traditional dessert soups, […]
A classy dining setting in the heart of downtown Vancouver on Alberni Street off Robson, The Market by Jean-Georges is attractive and sexy! Romantic and sophisticated one would call it. Bright lights, white linen, polished décor… There is four distinct experiences with their 1. Heated […]