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The 4th Annual Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival has been running for the past few weeks now. I don’t tend to participate in this very much because the hot chocolates are usually on the pricey side and most of the stores are not conveniently located for me.

That being said, there are a few that are close to my office. It has been quite chilly recently so I thought it was a perfect excuse for a team outing at one of the locations – Leonidas at the Convention Centre. Last time I visited I was only there for the macarons so I was quite excited about trying their hot chocolate.

Leonidas located right by the water

Leonidas located right by the water

And they actually serve 6 different types of hot chocolate (2 dark, 2 milk and 2 white), which I really appreciate, offering some kind of hot chocolate for everyone. Each hot chocolate comes with your choice of Liege Belgian Waffle, cheesecake trio, one macaron, two pieces of chocolate, or ice cream.

Food

I ordered the Boho Secret with the Liege Waffle. It’s a 72% dark Belgian chocolate flavoured with peppermint, turmeric, honey and pepper. Their hot chocolates are made with real chocolate chips and not syrup or powder, which makes each cup rich and decadent. (more…)

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Going for happy hour with the team, we ended up at the door of Mahony & Sons after our first choice restaurant was closed for a private party. No cheap drinks or half-price appies, but we still got great company and the Canucks live on TV.

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I actually wasn’t in the mood for pub food, but with the change of location, we had to adapt. Given an earlier discussion about American pizzas vs. Neapolitan pizzas, I ordered myself a pizza – Italian Meat Lovers. Surprise, surprise!

Italian Meat Lovers Pizza

Italian Meat Lovers Pizza – Spicy arrabiatta sauce, fresh Italian sausage, gammon bacon, Genoa salami, fontina cheese

It had a great variety of meat toppings but the combination of meat (I think it’s the Genoa salami) made the pizza too salty for my liking. (more…)

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To celebrate Macaron Day and to support local pastry shops’ effort to raise money for charities, I dropped by Leonidas for some macarons. On that day, macarons were at 25% off, i.e. $1.50 each instead of its regular price at $2. Too good of an offer to pass up.

Leonidas is located on the outside of the West Wing of the Vancouver Convention Centre, with a view of the water and Canada Place. I can just imagine grabbing some chocolates and a coffee and sit outside on a nice, warm summer day, while enjoying the gorgeous waterfront view.

Leonidas located right by the water

Leonidas located right by the water

Before I start, let me just throw it out there that I’m not a macaron expert. In fact, I didn’t know much about macarons until they became the new cupcakes – thanks to the ever-changing food trend. So this is simply written based on my personal preference. Well I guess this principle applies to just any post on this site, but more so on this topic since admittedly I don’t have much experience eating macarons.

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When I got there, what caught my eyes was definitely the macaron showcase. Macarons are way more colourful than chocolate bonbons.

Macaron Display at Leonidas

Macaron Display at Leonidas

Then, after finding out every flavour that was available, I ordered myself 6 different flavours of macarons. All nicely, carefully packed in a little plastic bag. Macarons are very delicate, so really, you have to handle them with care. (more…)

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It’s been brought to my attention about a fundraiser to support Canadian Chef Ryan Stone for his participation in Bocuse d’Or 2011. Chef Stone is currently Executive Chef at the West Coast Fishing Club on Haida Gwaii. He will be representing Canada on world stage, showing the culinary talent our country has to offer.

Event Details

What: Hot Chefs Cool Jazz VI

When: Thursday May 13 at 6pm

Where: Vancouver Convention Centre, West Wing (1055 Canada Place, Vancouver)

How much: $110 (Early Bird $95 before April 13)

I have been told that there will be 30 Food Stations + 10+ Beverage Stations + Silent Auction + Live Music. Sounds like a fun evening to me.

To buy tickets or for more information about this event, visit www.hotchefscooljazz.eventbrite.com

About Bocuse d’Or

The Bocuse d’Or World Cuisine contest is the most rigorous international culinary competition held every two years in Lyon, France. Twenty-four countries are selected to compete and each country’s team is comprised of one chef and one commis assistant. Each team is provided five and a half hours to create two elaborate platter presentations, one centred around seafood and one on meat, each accompanied by three original garnishes. The platters are presented before 24 judges, each of whom is among the most esteemed chef in his/her own country.

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