Nero Belgian Waffle Bar

Nero has for a long time now been one of the most talked about waffle joints in downtown Vancouver, and it’s also one of the busiest. Many new waffle restaurants are popping up all over the city, but Nero is still managing to win despite its size disadvantage. It just shows that nothing beats a good quality waffle! Continue reading

Patisserie Lebeau

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Patisserie Lebeau is an authentic Belgium waffle shop and café that sits unassumingly on west 2nd and Burrard, tucked right in between some of Vancouver’s most exotic car dealerships. I in fact learned of this little shop whilst working at Weissach Motors in 2008. I had a short summer job there as a lot boy and we went there many days of the week for their savoury Brussels waffles.  Continue reading

The Oakwood Canadian Bistro – Bringing A New Twist To Vancouver Brunch

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Brunch has become such a competitive aspect of dining out in Vancouver in the last couple of years. There are far too many places trying to open up earlier to bring in that early morning crowd while staying fresh and creative with their menus. It used to be so much easier to choose where to go, simply because the ‘meal’ itself would almost always follow the same basic brunch guidelines. But now there is so much choice and every restaurant in town wants to do something different, while not losing the ‘brunch’ feel. The Oakwood stands out the most amongst all of the restaurants I have had the pleasure to experience in the past year of dining.
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Double Date Night pt 2 – White Chocolate Tiramisu

For the dessert portion of our meal with Sungwoo and Diana, we tried a Jamie Oliver recipe for Tiramisu. This was a really different recipe from what I normally do for tiramisu. We used a homemade sponge layer instead of using ladyfinger cookies. We also added white chocolate to the mascarpone cheese to add another level of sweetness. Continue reading

Café Medina

On the 4th of December, we went to Café Medina on my day off and Jenny started work around 3pm. We wanted to have a nice quick brunch before going to visit the Vancouver Christmas Market in downtown. This was my first time visiting this restaurant after hearing all the great reviews and eating a number of times at their sister restaurant, Chambar. It is owned by executive chef Nico Schuermans and his wife Karri, as well it is co-owned by former Chambar staff Robbie Kane.  Nico trained in Belgium at one of their most prestigious culinary schools. He has cooked in one of Belgium’s finest establishments, Comme Chez Soi, with three Michelin Stars. Him and his wife Karri opened Chambar in 2004 and it has been known as one of the city’s top restaurants to this day. Back when Chambar first opened, Robbie started as a server there and made an instant connection with owners Nico and Karri, over the years expressing his dream to one day open his own restaurant. Three years later, when the space down the street from Chambar opened up, he set off to take what he learned at Chambar and create his own vision as a cafe that provides a unique and memorable brunch and lunch experience. Continue reading

Elements – Urban Tapas Parlour Whistler

We were recommended to go to this spot for brunch. They have a very gourmet menu that serves breakfast until 2pm.

Hostess set an expectation that it would be about a 5 min wait and then a 30 min wait for food. We were very hungry and didn’t want to wait, but we were recommended here so we decided to wait anyways. We ended up waiting about 10 min for the table. We were served our drinks right away. We took about 5 minutes to decide what we wanted. I ordered the sautéed spinach and goat cheese benedict, with sun dried tomato hollandaise sauce. The server seemed very cold uninterested in taking our order. She didn’t seem like she cared about serving us. We ended up waiting almost 1 hour to receive our meals. Continue reading

Faubourg Paris – Desserts!

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This is the second time we’ve come to Faubourg, a popular French cafe that really offers a truly Parisian experience! They have savoury gourmet items, sophisticated desserts, coffees and teas.

We went to pick up Hershey, Jenny’s Pappion from Pawsh Dog Spa in Yaletown. He was a little overdue and this place really has incredible service for a very good price! We walked up with our newly groomed dog towards the Vancouver Art Gallery. Nestled on the corner of Hornby & Robson, this cafe sits right beside Cafe Artigiano, another popular downtown coffee spot. Continue reading

Lemon & Poppy Seed Madeleines – Gordon Ramsay’s recipe with a twist!

Lazy Tuesday on my holiday, Jenny and I decided to have a second go at making these delicious French treats. The first time we went at it, I took them out a minute too early and they were a little underdone. We really enjoy this recipe by Gordon. It was quite an adventure we had just trying to find one of these trays! We did much better this time with a little experience! Continue reading