Recently in Vancouver

Monday, November 27, 2017 0 No tags Permalink 0

I was recently in Vancouver for a month. I try not to have regrets, but really wish I tried every cream puff at BETA5. This is a mango bubble tea cream puff. There’s milk tea mousse (!) inside the puff and mango curd on top…

…it’s out of the way but everything I had here was excellent from the puffs to the sun-dried cherry pebbles and melty salted butter caramels. Sometimes I worry my sweet tooth is dying down, but then I find a place like this and realize everything is ok.

Check out this ice cream sundae from Earnest Ice Cream. Perfectly sized, not too decadent, just enough. London Fog ice cream. Hot fudge and almonds. Whipped cream and a Luxardo cherry.

I went back the next day for a vegan (!) version of the same sundae. Gotta compare, you know. I might even like the coconut milk whipped cream even more than regular whipped cream.

So many more flavors we must try.

It’s not easy dim sum-ing for one, but I got it down at Kirin. My one favorite giant crab-scallop-egg white dumping in consommé…

…a bowl of niu rou mian…

…and lo mai gai (like how it’s three small pieces instead of two bigger ones).

Birds & the Beets…

…for black tea-peach kombucha.

I had many lunches at the bar of Chambar and Medina Cafe. Can’t decide which place I prefer more (I finish with warm Belgian waffles at both!), but this seared tuna with papadums, miso and sesame always made me happy.

That Belgian waffle is often paired with a London Fog…

…and sometimes I also have a London Fog in the morning. This one is from Cartems…

…and of course you have to have a doughnut. This one is carrot-ginger. They also make a London Fog doughnut but I’m always there too early or too late to get it. Next time.

Nemesis Coffee was my go-to spot for breakfast and all the in-between times. This is the cauliflower salad – charred cauliflower, raw cauliflower, and cauliflower hummus. There’s also black garlic, lemon vinaigrette, cashew crunchy bits.

Love their sea salt-chocolate-cashew cookies…

…the lavender and lemon meringue tart…

…and almond fingers.

Breakfast staple: two slices of toast, poached egg, bacon and black pepper jam, whipped butter, and ricotta.

And of course, the Yunnan black kombucha.

O5 Tea in Kitsilano…

…for Sejak kombucha with honey…

…and tasting several sheng pu’erhs.

Lucky’s Doughnuts (inside Parallel 49) for the sourdough yeast doughnuts (amazing!!) and hot casacara (I’ve only had casacara as iced fizzes in the past).

The intensely garlicky garlic ramen at Jinya…

…and a wonderful chocolate-avocado shake at Honey Salt. (It had 70% chocolate, dates, coconut nectar, avocado, and milk.)

I’m not normally a health/juice person, but visited Glory Juice multiple times each week. Their acai bowls are great…especially with granola! I ended up buying individual bags of their “Glory Granola” for snacking (it has rolled oats, almond pulp, coconut oil, brown rice syrup, pumpkin seeds, coconut flakes, coconut sugar, Glory Nut Butter, hemp seeds, mountain salt, and vanilla).

I was under the weather for a week and tried every concoction/shots/elixir/warm, steaming brew I could find. The drink above had almonds, dates, turmeric juice, raw honey, mountain salt, cinnamon, black pepper, and cayenne. Coupled with pots of Chinese herbs I steeped all day, I think it did the trick.

Revolver Coffee…

…for a cortado. Been awhile since I had coffee!

Ask for Luigi’s was another go-to spot for lunch…

…warm and reliable, and always satisfying.

Anchovies and eggs…

…last of the tomato and mozzarella panzanella. Nothing nicer than a little window table on a Tuesday.

Trottole, artichoke, and chicken liver ragu…

…and the ricotta gnocchi alla norma.

Panna cotta for dessert.

Till next time, sweet Vancouver ^-^

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