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West Oak recently celebrated its 5th anniversary in the Yaletown neighbourhood. As a follow-up, Areta, Alice (Double A!) and I were invited to a hosted dinner at the restaurant. I’ve been here a couple of times beforehand, one of which was an evening out with a few of my girlfriends a few years ago.

Disclosure: This meal was provided to me complimentary of the restaurant. However, the views and opinions are my own.

Food

We got a sneak peek of some of their new cocktails (from left):

New Cocktails at West Oak

The Aperol Spritzer Mimosa is their new take on the classic brunch cocktail. This is available only during brunch, but the restaurant made one for us to try. Aperol, prosecco, fresh juice (orange, grapefruit, etc.) — it was juicy, citrusy, fizzy, refreshing. Great for a patio brunch. There’s no reason a mimosa fan wouldn’t enjoy this.

Tiffany Blue could become a local IG sensation. The Ciroc Apple came through and gave it some tartness, almost face puckering. You can really taste the apple here. The addition of edible silver makes it sparkle like a precious piece of jewelry.

Tiffany Blue

The last cocktail, at the time this was written, hasn’t been named. It just had a nickname “Green Thumb“. It had gin, elderflower liquer, basil, cucumber. It reminded me a bit of mojito – it’s light and crisp, and herbaceous.

Then, we dove into dinner, with a couple of appies to share. (more…)

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For the last few years, my office has organized a Christmas baking exchange, where we trade our baked goods with each other so we all end up with a variety of treats for the holiday. Last year, I made these sesame cookies; they were delicious and I love the Asian touch to it! We heard of the recipe on the radio and made some changes after we did a couple runs. Are you still doing some more holiday baking? Here is our recipe for you:

Sesame Cookies

Sesame Cookies Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sesame Oil
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Cup Toasted Sesame Seeds

Ingredients for Sesame Cookies (more…)

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We are only a few days away from Halloween, so we made some monster fingers to celebrate the occasion. We adapted from a recipe on beanpanda.com and made some changes. This is super easy to make and there are ways to involve your kids (or the kids in you)!

Monster Finger Recipe

Ingredients

  • 50g Butter (Room Temperature)
  • 2 tablespoons Granulated Sugar
  • 10g Whisked Egg (or Liquid Eggs)
  • 90g Low Gluten Flour (Cake Flour)
  • 20g Almond Powder
  • 16 Raw Almond (Approximate)

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I didn’t grow up with a lot of baked goods. It wasn’t really a part of my culture. Not surprisingly, it wasn’t long until I started to take a liking to them. After all, who can say no to a soft, moist, and buttery cookie?

Well I certainly couldn’t.

This is the only Nestle Toll House store in BC, and in Canada for that matter (strange choice, because you would assume most chains would open their flagship store in Vancouver or Toronto). Like a bakery, all the sweets are displayed at the front of the shop. There are various types of desserts, with the majority being cookies. They also have smoothies and Nescafe products.

Nestle Toll House Cafe

Nestle Toll House Cafe

What went in

I went straight for the epic: the Double Trouble. 2 large cookies stuck together with a thick layer of icing.

Double Trouble

Double Trouble

Is it too rich? Yes. Is it too sweet? Yes. But is it awesome? Oh yeah.

You can’t think of this cookie as a snack. It’s a lot more than that, literally. Everything about it is overwhelming. (more…)

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Here is the sugar cookie recipe that we used to bake our new header in celebration of our second anniversary. It’s a very simple recipe, but we have a few twists at the end of this post that will turn this into a great Christmas baking addition.

Cookies made for VanFoodies' 2nd anniversary

Cookies made for VanFoodies' 2nd anniversary

Sugar Cookie Recipe

Ingredients for the sugar cookies

Ingredients for the sugar cookies

Ingredients

  • 5 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/4 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2-1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt

Pretty straightforward, right? It requires the basic baking ingredients that you probably all have in your pantry.

Preparation

  1. Mix flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl
  2. In another large bowl, beat butter with sugar for around 2 minutes until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, then beat in vanilla extract.

    Beat sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla extract together

    Beat sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla extract together

  3. With a wooden spoon, gradually stir in the flour mixture until evenly blended.

    Stir in flour mixture with a wooden spoon

    Stir in flour mixture with a wooden spoon

  4. If the dough is too sticky to form into a ball, stir in extra flour. Add 2 tablespoons at a time until dough is no longer sticky and you can roll it into a ball. It should take at most another 1/2 cup flour.

    Stop when the dough is not sticky and you can form it into a ball easily

    Stop when the dough is not sticky and you can form it into a ball easily

  5. Divide the dough into 4 and press them into a disc shape. (more…)

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Time sure flies – I can’t believe today marks VanFoodies’ 2nd anniversary!

VanFoodies is 2!!

VanFoodies is 2!!

From the addition of Lisa as a contributor, to being recognized by the PR companies and restaurants as one of the known food blogs to include on their mail lists and event invites, to trying to keep up with a schedule of two posts a week (rather than sporadic posts here and there), to achieving our highest month yet in Oct 2011 and the busiest day to-date on Nov 8, 2011 – it’s been a great year that’s worth celebrating!

As part of our birthday tradition, this year we’ve baked some sugar cookies with jam and dulce de leche filling. It’s a pretty easy recipe to follow and it will make a great addition to your Christmas baking list. Check back on Thursday for the recipe!

Thank you once again for your kind support and I hope you’ve enjoyed what we offer here on VanFoodies.com.

Cheers,
Joyce

It's VanFoodies' 2nd Anniversary

It’s VanFoodies’ 2nd Anniversary

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