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Are you looking for gift ideas for your dearest? Or dining options on this special day? Here are some ideas:

Dining

  • Atlas Steak + Fish – $75 or $95 per person for a 4-course dinner
  • Au Comptoir – $80 per person for a 4-course dinner
  • Bacchus Restaurant – $130 per person for a 5-course dinner
  • Boathouse Restaurant – $49 or $59 per person for a 3-course dinner
  • Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar – $110 per person a 5-course dinner
  • Cardero’sA la carte menu
  • Chop Restaurant – $49 per person for a 3-course dinner, Feb 9-14
  • CIBO Trattoria – $68 per person for a 4-course dinner, including Albacore Tuna or Smoked & Slow-Roasted Pork Belly, Heart-Shaped Ravioli for Two, Butter-Poached Black Cod, Pan-Roasted Beef Tenderloin, Tiramisu and Blackberry White Chocolate Semifreddo
  • Federico’s – $100 per person for a 4-course dinner, with live music and dancing

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Happy Pi Day, everyone! Today some Asian countries also celebrate White Valentine’s Day, so I want to take this opportunity to share the recipe of the pie pops I made for Mr. this Valentine’s Day. The filling is fig preserves with Nutella. I really like the combination of fig and hazelnut and chocolate, and the flavours turned out very well. Just have to watch the ratio of fig preserves to Nutella – fig flavour is a bit on the subtle side so Nutella could be overpowering if there’s too much of it.

Nutella & Fig Jam Pie Pops

Pie Crust Recipe

  • Make one portion of my simple pie crust recipe
  • You can make the dough ahead of time and store it in the fridge for 30 minutes or more. Just make sure to let it rest in room temperature for a bit so it’s soft enough to roll. Otherwise, the pie dough would be too cold to roll and the dough will crack.

Fig & Nutella Pie Pop Recipe

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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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As part of our Valentine’s Day dinner, I made Panna Cotta with a Pomegranate Glaze. (Looks like it becomes a tradition that I would make some sort of dessert on Vday. This is the 3rd year in a row!) This dessert is very easy to make and is perfect for amateur cooks. It doesn’t need a glaze but it looks and tastes better with a sauce. I chose pomegranate as the base of my glaze because of its colour – the red/purple-ish colour was appropriate for the occasion – but you can substitute it with other glaze such as passion fruit and mango.  I also used an ice cream glass instead of ramekin, but for your reference, each serving is approximately 200 ml.

Panna Cotta

Ingredients

Ingredients for Panna Cotta

Ingredients for Panna Cotta

  • 1/3 cup skim milk
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin powder
  • 2 1/2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preparation

  1. Pour skim milk into a small bowl, and stir in the gelatin powder. Set aside. (more…)

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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Whether or not you’re spending this special day with the love of your life, I hope your day is filled with sweets and lovely treats =)

In light of this special occasion, I found a list of foodie pick-up lines by Anna Brones at Ecosalon. The original article has a list of 50, but I thought I’d share my 10 favourite ones. Some cheesy, some funny. You never know, perhaps you can use one or some of these to score yourself a foodie valentine for next year!

  • You looking at me is making me turn as red as that roasted beet salad.
  • You’re my missing ingredient.
  • I’d turn vegan for you. (I would like to version this out with “I’d turn carnivore for you“.)
  • Your eyes are as effervescent as this sparkling water.
  • You’re so cute I could bottle you up in a mason jar. (more…)

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[start sappy post] When we don’t feel like eating out (yes, this actually happens a lot), Mr. usually is the one in charge of cooking. I realize I never gave him credit for the yummy food he cooks, so I’m taking this opportunity to review one of his most impressive meals to-date.

Chef Mr. at work

Chef Mr. at work

This Valentine’s Day, Mr. and I decided to stay in, instead of going out for an over-priced, regular dinner. Following his instructions, I showed up just moments before dinner was served. It was a meal filled with tasty comfort food: Mac and Cheese, Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy and Stir-fry Vegetables. Doesn’t it look delicious?

Plated meal

Plated meal

Food

The Roast Beef was layered with slices of bacon, to provide some moisture/fat to a leaner cut of meat. The meat was so tender and full of flavour. (more…)

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Happy Valentine’s Day! This day last year I made Mr. molten lava cake. This year, I made a Tiramisu and I would like to share the recipe of this easy-to-make dessert with you. This recipe can fill a cake pan sized 8 in x 8 in x 2 in deep.

Traditional recipe calls for mascarpone cheese, but it’s not available at all grocery stores. I replace it with cream cheese because it’s more common. The flavour of cream cheese was masked by other ingredients so it’s not over-powering. I also added some Kahlua to spice it up!

Tiramisu

Ingredients

Ingredients for Tiramisu

Ingredients for Tiramisu

  • 250 g cream cheese
  • 200 g lady fingers
  • 250 ml whipping cream
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 cup coffee (room temperature)
  • 4 tablespoons icing sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoons gelatine
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 4 teaspoons Kahlua (coffee flavoured liqueur)
  • A few drops vanilla extract

Preparation

  1. Beat the egg yolks, icing sugar and vanilla extract at high speed until creamy

    Egg yolks, icing sugar, vanilla extract

    Egg yolks, icing sugar, vanilla extract

  2. Dissolve the gelatine powder in a small amount of water; add in the solution to the egg mixture and beat for 1-2 minutes
    Egg mixture

    Egg mixture

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