Purebread bakery has opened up in Gastown around the corner from Meat & Bread! Once you walk in the spread of goodies on the counter is unbelievably enticing. It took me ages to decide on something. It’s a feast for the eyes and the stomach. See pictures below! I had such a hard time deciding that I had to ask the server for recommendations. I believe she said that the salted caramel was her favourite and the Nutella brioche was also good. EVERYTHING LOOKED GOOD. Unless you don’t like sweets. Then you should really stop reading this now.
Everything was about $3.50 and it looked sooo gooooood!!! There are so many things I need to try I need to bring 10 friends next time. Or just have a party there.
So I knew that brownies are pretty rich and heavy but I still really wanted one and they had like 3 or 4 different kinds. I went with the Raspberry Cheesecake Brownie and it was rich and decadent as expected. Also very big! It had a nice blend of light tartness and smooth fudginess and the cheesecake mixed in really well. It was not possible to finish this in one go!
We also had the Lemon Sugar Bun as well. I really wanted something lemony and I was debating between the lemon crumble bar and the lemon bar which are different (one has no crumble). I don’t think I’ve had a sugar bun before but it kind of tasted like a light fluffy buttery moist croissant with sugar on the outside. The lemon filling was on point! Probably slightly more on the tart side but I have a high tolerance for sour stuff. But hey it’s lemon, what did you expect? If you love lemon baked goods you really need this!
They also had a Nutella Sugar Bun which I’m sure is equally delicious! I’m pretty sure I’d be here everyday if I could… their selection is extensive!
I see a trip to Purebread in my near future. 8) Very near.
Ok I should stop raving about it since I may be giving people unrealistically high expectations …
I’ve read a lot about Yew and I’m really into brunch right now so that was where we were headed. I also love that it’s conveniently next to Pacific Centre and the Canada Line! You can get there without walking thru the rain too. They have a 3 course brunch option for an additional $10 added to any entree so we did that for one of our entrees so that we could share the appetizer and dessert. I’m glad they don’t make the whole table order the brunch option.
To start, we were served Complimentary Mini Donuts! This was served warm with a mango and cherry and… passion fruit sauce? I didn’t really like the flavour from the cherry that much though and the donuts were delicious on their own anyway.
For our appetizer, we chose the Albacore Tuna Tataki served with a spicy ginger vinaigrette, celery hearts, grapes and walnuts. I was surprised to see a dish served with grapes! Which is nice since I love grapes and I don’t usually see them used in dishes. The tuna was super soft and melted in my mouth and the walnuts provided some crunch but the celery hearts didn’t do much.
The other tempting appetizers I wanted to get were the Smoked Cod Chowder or the Yew French Toast.
This was the Sockeye Salmon with wild mushrooms, smoked maple glazed pork belly, almond granola and a sunny side up egg. The fish was nicely cooked and not dry! It also had a nice carmelized layer on top which was a bit crunchy. The pork belly had a sweet maple flavour from the glaze and the mushrooms tasted rich and buttery. Everything component of the dish was done nicely.
Our other entree was the Lobster Benny served ham and some potatoes. There really wasn’t that much lobster which I expected but there really wasn’t much… The hollandaise sauce was really good though! It was thick and herby? The english muffin was lightly toasted and had some sort of tomato pesto spread on it so it was less plain. The potatoes were seasoned well but I wish they had more of a hash instead but it was still good.
The server asked if I liked my eggs soft, medium or hard and I went with soft and they were indeed very soft and runny! Maybe I should’ve asked for their definition of soft first but I didn’t really mind. I think value wise the salmon seems to be a better deal.
For dessert we had the Butterscotch Pudding with carmelized figs, peanuts and cookie crumble. I personally don’t like figs so I won’t comment on them. The pudding was really smooth and not too sweet. The cookie crumble and peanuts made the pudding less one dimensional although I think I would’ve preferred no peanuts in this too. Okay this wasn’t my dessert choice anyway haha
Overall, the service was attentive and the restaurant just looks very spacious and welcoming. I would not mind coming back for dinner! The 3 course brunch is also a great deal! Appies are already $11 and desserts are $9 so you’re getting them for 50% off!
I had read some reviews for Mr. Red Cafe and seen lots of great pictures so I convinced my co workers to go with me. We love trying new restaurants! Mr. Red Cafe specializes in Northern Vietnamese cuisine and I wanted to see what that was like but I don’t have much to compare it to.
We had the Special Sticky Rice with mung bean, pate, pickled carrots, dried squid and shredded chicken. The rice was nice and chewy and had a bit of flavour from the banana leaf? The mix of ingredients was interesting too but I think I would’ve liked it better if it was mixed in like fried rice. The dish was smaller than I imagined though. I like how the food is served on the woven straw mat instead of a plate.
Next we also shared the Fried Crab Meat rolls served with vermicelli, lettuce, parsley and bean sprouts. It was a bit difficult to eat this since we mixed the noodles with the other ingredients but it was difficult since the other stuff was uncooked so the mixing did not go well. The crab meat rolls were really good though! I couldn’t tell there was crab meat but the texture was very loose inside. It just seemed very similar to a pork or beef spring roll. The rolls were also hot and crispy on the outside. There is also a jar of their home made garlic and chili sauce which also went well with this. The sauce has a subtle sweet vinegary taste followed by the garlic flavour.
Finally, we also had a Traditional Banh Mi which I did not try but heard it was good! There seemed to be a good amount of filling inside.
Next time we must try their pho! Apparently they don’t use MSG. They also only had 1 server for the whole restaurant so we had some trouble getting the bill but otherwise it was fairly efficient.
I had previously visited Waffle Gone Wild last year and it seems like their menu has expanded since then. They were also a lot busier so our waffles took half an hour to come… good thing I wasn’t in a hurry or hangry! It was still way too long though because I think they filled this to-go order before ours…
They now offer some liege waffles with pie inspired flavours (lemon perfection, homestyle apple and cinnamon etc.) as well as “Be Wild” flavours which are the green tea waffle, the mint chocolate waffle and the Japanese mochi waffle. I wasn’t too hungry so I decided to just get a waffle instead of one of their waffle creations.
This was the Mint Chocolate Waffle served with a side of whipped cream and a dusting of powdered sugar. I had imagined a green mint flavoured waffle filled with chocolate chips but what I got instead was a liege waffle with some very green mint chocolate chips instead. The waffle was crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. I did find the flavour of the mint chocolate chips to be a bit too artificially mint flavoured though. I should’ve stuck with the green tea one!
This was the Japanese Okonomiyaki Waffle ($7.99) with imitation crab meat, seaweed, bonito flakes and an added poached egg ($1.50) and black forest ham ($1.50). There were also some slices of apple, cucumber and potato salad on the side. The poached egg was perfectly poached and this was a great choice for a savoury waffle due to the okonomiyaki sauce used and the combination of ingredients. However, I think that $1.50 to add a piece of ham was a bit overpriced. Since I’ve had it with the add-ons now, I think it would be a bit plain without the poached egg …
The waffles are pretty good here and I would recommend it if you like waffles. Pricing is also not bad since some of the waffle creations start at $5.99 and they seem to have gotten more creative since my last visit. Presentation is also thoughtful.
Tea Sparrow is the world’s first monthly tea box and tea critiquing company and they will be having their first annual tea-off on Oct. 26th at the Heritage Hall (3102 Main Street, at the corner of 15th) from 11am-7pm.
You will be provided with your own tea cup and you can go on a sampling tour of 20 teas that have already been approved by Tea Sparrow members. After sampling all the teas, you can rate them on your own score card and all the teas will be available for purchase. At the end of the tour you can get more information about each tea and Tea Sparrow is also offering a 40% off membership discount! You will also have the chance to build your first tea box with any 4 of the teas at the event. In addition, there will also be speakers such as tea blenders, sommeliers and tea gurus who can discuss teas with you.
Discount tickets for this tea tasting event are available on Groupon, 2 for $5 or 4 for $10.
Read my review of their monthly tea box here.
Tropika used to be at Aberdeen mall but now they have moved to Lansdowne mall. The new location is where the California Cafe used to be. We actually tried to go to Yah Yah Ya Ramen first but they were closed on Mondays, then we tried to go to G-Men but they were also closed…hence we ended up at Tropika since I had read a post about it by Vancity Noms.
Surprisingly, the interior was super fancy and classy looking. It did not feel like you were eating at a Malaysian restaurant at all. We totally over ordered and the old lady beside us stared at us and she was like “wow you guys are big eaters eh?”… SO awkward… =S
My friend really wanted Hot and Sour soup so we got the only size which was a medium. We did not expect it to be this big. This was enough for like 4-5 individual bowls. The soup was not too thick and more on the sour side but wasn’t that good.
Sushi Mura opened in my neighbourhood and I’ve been there a few times already so that’s a pretty good sign. It seems like they’re open by the same people as Sushi Garden and the inside looks very similar too. Pricing is also really cheap! They always have long lines so be prepared to wait.