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Traditionally, Valentine’s Day is celebrated with the gifting of cards, flowers and chocolates. This year’s Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Are you still looking for gift ideas? You don’t have to break the bank to impress your valentine – check out the following chocolatiers and patisseries. They offer some beautifully crafted, delicious treats that I would be excited to receive this Valentine’s Day:

Bon Macaron Patisserie

Their 2016 Valentine’s Collection consists of 5 specialty flavours with unique designs. They are available in a beautiful gift box that fits not only all five specialty macarons, but also two extra macarons in your choice of flavours.

Bon Macaron Valentines Day 2016 Collection

Bon Macaron Valentines Day 2016 Collection

The five specialty macarons are:

  • Cinnamon Heart – A white macaron decorated with tiny candy hearts.
  • Kir Royal – A deep pink macaron flecked with gold.
  • Mon Cheri (Chocolate and Cherry) – An adorable macaron based on the “heart eyes” emoji.
  • Rose – A bright red macaron sculpted to look like a rose.
  • Passion Fruit – Mini-macarons in the shape of hearts, X’s and O’s

On a regular basis, Bon Macaron produces some really interesting flavours, including Curry Mango Chutney, Goat Cheese & Fig, and White Truffle & Sea Salt. I’ve tried these flavours and thought they were quite spot on. Depending on your taste buds, you may taste the sweet first, or if you’re like me, I tasted the savoury flavours first. Either way, they were interesting, intriguing, and inspiring.

Bon Macaron Patisserie (3 locations)
2823 West Broadway, Vancouver
545-1689 Johnston Street, Vancouver (Granville Island)
1012 Broad Street, Victoria
www.bonmacaronpatisserie.com

Cartems Donuterie

You remember how much I enjoyed Cartems’ Christmas donut flavours. For Valentine’s Day, they have 4 special offerings:
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I was quite excited about the upcoming release of the CHEF movie. I remember seeing Jon Favreau appear on Top Chef New Orleans while he was working on the movie. And even with that appearance I was already intrigued. Through the PR agency of VVS Films I was able to get two screening passes and I was just ecstatic!

Chef Movie Screening

Chef Movie Screening

Looking at the cast, Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, and then you have brief appearance from Robert Downey Jr., Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, Russell Peters – I have to say this is a pretty appealing line up of talents. What stood out for me was actually the young Emjay Anthony who plays Favreau’s son Percy.

The story is about a chef in LA refusing to compromise his creative ability, then finding himself jobless and having to figure out his next steps. (more…)

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Last week I came across an article titled If your blog were a beer…. The article names a few categories for which a blog can be classified as. What a timely article alongside the Vancouver Craft Beer Week activities!

So, what would VanFoodies be if it were a beer?

What type of beer is VanFoodies?

What type of beer is VanFoodies?

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And we’re continuing from Part 1 of this recap

Stuff that piqued my interest and tasted great

SEVA Maple Water

I’ve never heard of maple water prior to this. It’s basically treated maple sap, which is what maple syrup is made from. You can think of it as diluted syrup, to the point where you barely taste the sweetness.

SEVA Maple Water

SEVA Maple Water

It’s being marketed as an alternative to sports drinks and coconut water, and I can see the appeal. It tasted quite light and refreshing, but still made a little dance on my taste buds.

Cheese from the Village Cheese Company

What used to be the site of the Armstrong Cheese Company, Village Cheese Company now produces small batched “artisan cheese”. The difference in taste and texture was significantly better than most of the commercially available stuff I’ve tried. (more…)

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A few weeks ago, Joyce and I were invited to attend the Grocery Showcase West show. It’s a trade show that features new grocery products and equipment to retailers. You can think of it as the EAT! Vancouver for businesses.

So I’d like to take a moment, just sit right here, and tell you about what I liked (and didn’t like) at the Grocery Showcase West.

Stuff that piqued my interest and tasted great

Trugs Gourmet Vodka Tomato Ketchup

The good folks at Schneiders served everyone hot dogs. Condiment makers from the show saw this as a great opportunity to feature their products, and so they did. Among them was the Vodka Tomato Ketchup from Trugs. And holy crap it’s good.

Trugs Gourmet Vodka Tomato Ketchup

Trugs Gourmet Vodka Tomato Ketchup

Even though Vodka is tasteless, cooking the tomatoes with it apparently releases more of the tomato flavours. I don’t know too much about the science behind it, but I do know it was one of the most fresh/flavourful ketchup I’ve ever had. I walked around the entire show just to find their booth.

Spinach and Roasted Garlic Wheat Thins

All I can say is, bye bye Veggie Thins, these babies are better in every way. (more…)

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someecards.com - Let's do our part for the environment by eating a non-endangered species

Take the time to think about how our eating habit impacts the environment. What are some ways that we can eat more responsibly?

 

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Do you remember the hotel called Cascadia that’s near the corner of Hornby/Davie? It’s Cascadia no more because its parent company, Silver Birch, has transformed it into an all-suite hotel. What does it mean? It means every room in this hotel is now equipped with a fully-equipped kitchen.

Fresh oysters!

Fresh oysters!

I had the privilege to check out the Residence Inn by Marriott last week, at its grand opening event. We were treated to food prepared by Cavino (Coffee by Day – Wine by Night), the hotel restaurant, and the Fish House, the sister property also owned by Silver Birch.

Sampling food by Cavino and the Fish House

Sampling food by Cavino and the Fish House

Of course, we had the opportunity to check out the rooms. (more…)

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