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It’s always been on my list to try La Foret but for whatever reason I never did. When I took Mama Lam out shopping at Metrotown one weekend, I decided to take her there first.

The entrance could be deceiving because it seems like a small space, but it’s narrow and long with lots of seating available. You will find numerous 2-tops that can be turned into 4-tops, but also a few long communal tables for big groups.

La Foret

Food

For Mama Lam, she ordered Chicken + Waffle, with buttermilk fried chicken and squid ink waffle. I’ve never squid ink waffles before. The texture of the waffle was quite interesting; it’s denser than typical Belgian waffle yet it’s spongy and lighter than expected. There’s a hint of fishiness from the squid ink. Chicken was boneless thigh meat; batter was thin, crispy, and meat was juicy. It’s a good portion size, quite filling for brunch.

Chicken + Waffle at La Foret

The Sausage Platter was marked as a new item on the menu. (more…)

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Tucked away in a hidden corner of a strip mall in Burquitlam (i.e. the North Road area between Burnaby and Coquitlam), there is a restaurant specialized in an ingredient favoured by many Asians — rice cakes. With a recommendation from friends, we went and checked it out.

Food

And yes, their menu is indeed full of various interpretations of rice cakes. Korean rice cakes. You can have it savoury, spicy, or even sweet. First, we were quite excited when we saw the Rice Cake Pasta with Tomato Meat Sauce. It was still bubbling when it got to our table. At first glance, I thought of those baked pasta dishes that you can get at HK cafes. Then we dug in, it’s a spicy tomato meat sauce! It tasted different from Gochujang — the Korean chili paste — and it wasn’t overly spicy; but the level of heat was just enough to whet our appetite. The rice cakes were of great texture — chewy, good elasticity, but didn’t require you to chew a hundred times to break it down. This is like spaghetti bolognese with a Korean twist. A hearty dish.

Rice Cake Pasta with Tomato Meat Sauce

If you can’t eat spicy food, you can order the Royal Court Rice Pasta with Soy Sauce. It’s a simple stir fry of sliced beef, onion, bell peppers and mushrooms, and of course rice cakes, in a soy sauce. There’s a slight sweetness in the sauce, and the dish reminded me of a Chinese stir fry.

Royal Court Rice Pasta with Soy Sauce

Lastly, the highlight of this meal. (more…)

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For Mother’s Day, I took Mama Lam to Got Craft to get some inspirations for her hobby craft work. Of course, there were a number of local food producers exhibiting as well. In particular, the La Chocolaterie booth caught my eyes with its colourful collection of chocolates. I picked up a few cups to take home for a tasting. Each cup has roughly 9 pieces and costs $5 each. At the craft fair 3 cups were sold for $14.50.

La Chocolaterie Coconama Chocolates

Food

What was particularly interesting was the Coconama Salad. It is white chocolate mixed with real vegetable and fruit, including kale, basil, tomato, beets and yam. Basically, your salad substitute right there. To my surprise, they did taste like the vegetables – in fact, I was chewing pieces of kale! (more…)

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The first time I walked by the Trees Organic on Granville, the awning that reads “Best Cheesecake in Vancouver” immediately caught my attention. After some research, it was the Province newspaper that crowned them one of the five great places for cheesecake in Vancouver. Having to meet up with a friend over coffee, I decided to kill two birds with one stone and set Trees Organic as our meet-up spot.

Food

Trees Organic promotes that they use organic, fairtrade beans. While I was there, I had a cup of Latte (sorry, no picture). Specialty drinks are tricky to make and the flavours vary from cafe to cafe. I quite enjoyed this latte. The foam was frothy and the coffee itself wasn’t bitter like some other ones. Only wish it’s slightly hotter.

Because I still had dinner plan, I couldn’t enjoy the cheesecake in-store. Instead, I ordered two slices to go: Mango Cheesecake and Mocha Cheesecake. The downside of to-go is that they don’t come with whipped cream. And when I had to travel for an hour before I got home, my cheesecakes melted a little and flopped, and the fridge just couldn’t revive them.

Mango and Mocha cheesecakes to-go

Mango and Mocha cheesecakes to-go

Nonetheless, I still enjoyed them. (more…)

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