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Being Chinese, we celebrate Mid Autumn Festival 中秋節 every year. It is always on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese lunar calendar, promising the roundest, fullest full moon of the year. Part of the tradition is to eat mooncakes月餅, a baked pastry with fillings. The most popular versions we used to get in HK are with lotus seed paste or mixed nuts filling, plus salted egg yolk(s). Over the years, mooncakes have evolved. Bakeries have introduced other flavours of fillings such as red bean and lava custard; and some places sell a version called “snow skin” where the exterior is not baked and is made with glutinous rice flour.

Origin of Mooncakes

Do you know the origin of mooncakes? The one version that is forever stuck in my head is that it was created by rebellions in the Yuan Dynasty, who hid secret messages inside baked pastries, and distributed them to plan a revolt to overthrow the ruling Mongols, leading to the fall of Yuan and the rise of Ming Dynasty.

Buying Mooncakes in Vancouver

This year, Mid Autumn Festival lands on September 21, 2021. If you are interested in making your own mooncakes, check out Mama Lam’s recipe for Baked Chinese Mooncake with Salted Egg Yolk Custard Filling that I shared last year. Otherwise, if you are looking to support local businesses and buy some at a store, here are some ideas for you.


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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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Lately my coworker JN and I have been talking about macarons a lot, especially since my visit to Leonidas last week. The other day, when I came to work I saw this little package on my desk. Immediately I recognized the logo and knew that they were macarons from Soirette. Turns out JN bought me a couple when she stopped by the shop the night before. How sweet of her!

A little package of macarons from Soirette

A little package of macarons from Soirette


According to JN and based on its website and Twitter/Facebook, Soirette has a very interesting collection of macaron flavours. And they continue to introduce new flavours so customers will keep coming back for more. Examples include Pink Peppercorn, Rose, Malibu, White Truffle and Pink Himalayan Salt. The store also specializes in tea, so there have been a few flavours that are infused with tea leaves. Knowing that I enjoy fruity flavours and am willing to try new things, JN picked out two vibrant-coloured macarons (which also happen to be the colours of our company logo haha!), and they were two very interesting flavour combinations. (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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