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Planning a double date with WK and MS and man, was it difficult to decide where to go! We all love to eat and there are just too many options. We finally decided on Italian and chose Pronto Cafe on Cambie.

Food

As a meat lover, I ordered the Porchetta Plate. I had this once at Pronto before and I really enjoyed the crispy skin and tender meat. This time around, the skin wasn’t crispy. In fact, it was a bit tough and chewy and not very pleasant to eat. Felt like it wasn’t rendered well so the skin couldn’t crisp up. That being said, the meat was still tender and flavoured nicely with herbs. Perhaps a tiny bit too dry for my liking, but the roasted pepper sauce helped. Part of the highlight on this plate was the roasted potatoes & yam – they were seasoned well with just simple rosemary, salt and pepper, and the natural sweetness in the yam really came through.

Porchetta Plate

Mr. always has a thing for gnocchi (and you should ask him how he used to pronounce “gnocchi”. It’s cute.), so when he saw Gnocchi with Pesto and Pancetta on the menu, he couldn’t keep his eyes away from it.
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Menchie’s is not a new addition to the frozen yogurt scene. It’s been in Vancouver for more than 1.5 years now but it’s only recently that I visited one of its locations for the first time. I can’t believe the cute little Menchie’s icon didn’t get me to its door sooner!

Mr. and I went to the flagship location on Cambie near the Canada Line station. It was a hot Saturday afternoon, so it was no surprise that the store was packed.

Food

The idea of Menchie’s is similar to Qoola. First you select your own flavour(s) of yogurt at the yogurt bar. Because they charge you by weight, you can choose just one flavour or a bit of everything. They actually place little paper cups for you to sample the 12 yogurt flavours before committing to any flavours.  To be honest, it was tempting to just try as much yogurt as we can then sneak out of the place (and I bet some people do do that). But nah, we want the full experience!

Yogurt Bar

Yogurt Bar

After trying almost all flavours, we selected two flavours each (more…)

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Last week we were invited to the blogger “Meet & Eat”/grand opening party of The Baker and The Chef cafe. What a cute name! It’s so simple yet it describes exactly what you get out of it — baked goods from the baker, and other tasty food from the chef.

The Baker & The Chef Sandwich Cafe

The Baker & The Chef Sandwich Cafe

By the time I got to the party after work, most familiar faces – Alvin, Kevin, Dee, and the long-time-no-see Jenny & Ricky – were already there and almost finished eating. It seemed like they were quite enjoying the food.

And the food was great. The cafe prides themselves on baking fresh bread daily and it definitely shows. I tried two of their Panini Sandwiches and the foccacia bread was wonderful. It was thin and light, and was grilled to crispy on the outside with gooey cheese inside.

The Whistler & The Capilano

The Whistler (left) – Foccacia bread, Roast beef, Red onion, Asiago Cheese, Mozzarella, Horseradish Mayo
The Capilano – Foccacia bread, Grilled Chicken breast, Brie, Mixed Greens, Pesto

By the way, they have some really cute names on the menu as well. (more…)

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We were invited to the media event for Max’s Burgers, which is opening next Monday, January 23. The restaurant is at Cambie and 8th, the location that was formerly the Max’s Deli. Owners Bruce and David transformed it into this burger concept and invited Chef Connor Butler to come onboard.

At this event we were served several items from its regular menu, as well as beverages, only in smaller size (e.g. slider vs burger). Since the portion is smaller, this may not necessarily reflect the true quality of the food, but I think it serves as a good indication of what you could expect at Max’s.

Staff hard at work preparing food

Staff hard at work preparing food

Food

I admit that I’m not a burger person, especially when it comes to beef burgers (I know, I’m weird in many ways), but I know when food tastes good. Overall, I was very happy with the food. I’m a sucker for brioche, so the fact that the burgers are on house-baked brioche buns is already a +1 for me. Here are the 4 sliders I tried, in the order of my most favourite to my least favourite. Keep in mind, there were no bad burgers on that day, in my book anyway. I just preferred some over the others. I’ll explain it below.

Rooster on a Tailgate (Chicken)

I’m probably biased, because I think this burger is created for me, but this was by far my favourite burger of the evening. Why? It uses chicken thigh meat instead of chicken breast! I am not a white-meat person and I often find chicken (breast) burgers dry if not cooked properly. This one was more moist and fattier compared to chicken breast, more flavourful, and the crispy onion ring was a great addition. I enjoyed the sweetness from the red onion ring and the BBQ sauce, as well as the little kick from the chipotle mayo.

Rooster on a Tailgate Slider (Chicken)

Rooster on a Tailgate Slider (Chicken)

The British Columbia (Beef)

You’re probably surprised that the beef one would rank higher than the next one, but on that evening, I did like the beef one more. (more…)

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