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In case you haven’t heard, and I would seriously question where you’ve been in the last two months, there is a cat cafe in Vancouver! Catfe is located at the International Village/Tinseltown on the edge of Chinatown.

Last year during our trip out east, we visited Cafe Chat L’Heureux, one of the cat cafes in Montreal. So when there was an invitation through the YVR Bloggers group to visit Catfe, I jumped onto the opportunity. I was curious to see how they compare.

Catfe

The Experience

Catfe isn’t the same as Cafe Chat L’Heureux, as it’s not a sit-down restaurant. In fact, Catfe has two components, a cafe where you can make your food & beverage purchase or even to sit down to enjoy your drink, and the cat lounge, where you can hang out with the cats.

Inside the cafe, the menu items are reasonably priced. (more…)

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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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It has been a couple of year since Mama Lam and I went to Fairmont Hotel Vancouver for its signature Afternoon Tea. Back then, it was still at the 900 West Lounge on the ground floor. This year, as they are giving the ground floor space a face lift, they temporarily turned the 15th floor ball room into The Roof, continuing its service of breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. I thought, why not taking afternoon tea to a new height?! I decided to take Mama Lam there for a Mother’s Day celebration.

The Roof at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Food

We went on the Saturday instead of Sunday. Believe it or not, a day difference equals $10 difference in price. The Afternoon Tea is priced at $49 per person where on Mother’s Day it’s $59.

As usual, we were given an extensive tea menu with a variety of black, green, white and herbal tea. This time I chose the Lovers Leap, a floral black tea. Not super fragrant on the nose, but as you drink it, it had a lot of floral note on the palette.

Lovers Leap in a Tea Pot

Interestingly, the afternoon tea was more than just the typical tiered tower of scones, finger sandwiches and pastries. We first received a Honey Yogurt Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries. You can see the vanilla bean seeds in the panna cotta; the panna cotta was creamy with the right texture and the fresh berries made a good pairing.

Honey Yogurt Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries

And then there’s more! We also got an Asparagus Tart and Apple & Chicken Roll. (more…)

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Have you heard? Yew Restaurant + Bar has set up a pop-up shop at Holt Renfrew for a month. Running til April 12, Yew at Holts carries sandwiches, salads and desserts for you to pick up on-the-go. The other day, my coworker TC and I stopped by and picked up a few things to bring back to the office.

Yew at Holts

Yew at Holts

Food

The menu is pretty straightforward, 3 sandwiches, 3 salads and 5 desserts. Sandwiches and salads are $10 each, desserts are $4 each, taxes are already included.

Food Display

Food Display

After perusing the menu board and food display, we decided to share one sandwich, a salad and a dessert. (more…)

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Last month we were invited to the 2nd Annual Tasting Plates Downtown Vancouver edition. This is a series of events put on by Richard Wolak of Vancouver Foodster. At this event, participants, with the help of an event map, self-guided around downtown Vancouver to try out nine restaurants in one evening.

Map that guides you through downtown

Map that guides you through downtown

Knowing that we couldn’t hit up all places, my friend JN and I had to strategize and plan our route. Of course, we started out at the kick-off spot, Vancouver Fan Club, with musician guest Gio Levy.

Live entertainment at Vancouver Fan Club

Live entertainment at Vancouver Fan Club

Our tasting plate included Barbeque Chicken Wings, Mac & Cheese, Pulled Pork, Barbeque Brisket & Chicken. (more…)

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When my girlfriends and I were planning the Vegas trip, all I requested was “can we visit that dessert place at Aria?” Sure enough, my wish was granted. I made sure it was in the itinerary that we check out one of the Jean Philippe Patisseries – Aria or Bellagio. One of my girlfriends and I went to the one at Aria. [Warning: Mouth-watering pictures in effect]

Jean Philippe Patisserie at Aria

Jean Philippe Patisserie at Aria

The Store

Oh my god. It was like heaven when we got to the store.

Vibrant displays

Vibrant displays

There is a retail section for packaged candies, and a cafe section where you could sit down and eat. I just couldn’t take my eyes off everything.

A huge space with retail section

A huge space with retail section

At least we knew we were there for cakes/desserts, so that eliminated the entire baked goods/deli section – which, looked very attractive as well.

They also sell baked goods

They also sell baked goods

Overall, I’m very impressed by the presentation of the food. It just makes you drool as you stare at them. Check out that smoked salmon salad sphere in the picture below. Isn’t that beautiful?

And other deli items

And other deli items

As for the cake/dessert display, gee there were a good 25 or so options to choose from. It was a tough decision because they all looked so yummy.

Mouth-watering cakes and desserts

Mouth-watering cakes and desserts

At the end, between the two of us, we ordered three things to share. And yes, we skipped lunch for this.

Mouth-watering cakes and desserts 2

Mouth-watering cakes and desserts 2

Food

To start, we ordered a Sweet Trio to whet our appetite, which were three cute, petite-size desserts that were “plated” on a solid piece of milk chocolate. (more…)

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Here is a round-up of upcoming tasty food events happening this month. We’ll continue to update this post as we hear about new events, or after an event has taken place.

If you would like your event featured in this post, feel free to send us the details at vanfoodies [at] gmail.com.

Last updated: March 27, 2012

March 29: Dining Out For Life (Various Locations in Vancouver/Whistler)

Dining Out For Life is BC’s largest restaurant fundraiser, benefiting A Loving Spoonful and Friends For Life.

Over 250 restaurants from Whistler to White Rock and across the Fraser Valley will contribute 25% of their sales on March 29 to people living with HIV/AIDS.

Click here to see a list of participating restaurants

For the past 16 years, restaurants have raised more than $3 million through this initiative. For more information, visit www.diningoutforlife.com/vancouver

March 29: Gourmet Warehouse Chocolate Challenge Grand Finale

The Chocolate Challenge is looking for the most creative, original and downright delectable chocolate recipe! Taste the Chocolate Challenge 2012’s top 6 entries and cast your vote as judges Rob Feenie, Thomas Haas and Greg Hook declare the Grand Prize Winner of the best chocolate recipe of 2012.

Tickets are priced $50.00 and can be purchased by calling the Gourmet Warehouse at 604-253-3022. All profits from the Chocolate Challenge 2012 will be donated to the Strathcona Back-Pack Program committed to providing nutritious snacks and meals for children in need in the Strathcona neighborhood.

Gourmet Warehouse
March 29, 7-9pm
1340 Hastings Street, Vancouver (more…)

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