February 19th, 2013.  The Coquitlam Grill

the coquitlam grill

the coquitlam grill

 

 

 

Been really loving on The Coquitlam Grill for the last little while.  Great neighborhood spot with a huge menu (lots of options!), fantastic breakfasts, decent lunch specials and just that great down-home feel.

Solid food and reasonable service all add up to many repeat visits ;D

(Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream piled high!)

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January 25th, 2013. Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival! 

vancouver hot chocolate festival

vancouver hot chocolate festival

It came to my attention that Vancouver has this newer fesitval going on each year… The Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival!  Participating patisseries, chocolatiers, and cafes in and around Vancouver offer a special hot chocolate and treat.  Kind of a mini-dine out with chocolates!  This is definitely my kind of festival!

vancouver hot chocolate festival

vancouver hot chocolate festival

 

 

I searched for any participating places in the tri-city area and I found that Rubens Chocolates in Port Moody was the only one nearby!  So I made it out there for the De Dutchie!  A Spice Cookie Hot Chocolate inspired by the Netherlands accompanied by a Dutch Spice Cookie!

vancouver hot chocolate festival

vancouver hot chocolate festival

 

I love when they use spices with chocolate and this was no exception.  Adding a depth to the flavor and just some extra sparkle this was so so yummy and wonderfully warming for this wet and dark winter night!  They also included a chocolate on my plate as well 😀

October 29th, 2012. Ruben’s Chocolates   

ruben's chocolates - port moody

ruben’s chocolates – port moody

 

Ruben’s Chocolates on Brew Street in the Sutterbrook complex of Port Moody has always been on my radar, but blame that being close often puts things off I’d never actually even been inside the place!  I guess the other reason for that is that they always seem to be closed when I get the urge 😛

ruben's chocolates - port moody

ruben’s chocolates – port moody

 

 

 

 

 

It’s a warm little establishment with gelato and an assortment of artistic chocolates, cupcakes and a few other sweets.

ruben's chocolates - port moody

ruben’s chocolates – port moody

 

 

 

 

I was surprised to see that they actually had a real chocolate “wheel” behind the counter!  I knew then and there that I must try a hot chocolate!

ruben's chocolates - port moody

ruben’s chocolates – port moody

 

 

 

 

 

 

A mixture of the melted chocolate and steamed milk, I have to say…I was slightly disappointed as I would have liked to taste more richness and chocolatey-ness from my beverage..but it did have that great authentic feel to it and at least it wasn’t the watery kind of hot chocolate you get at most places.

ruben's chocolates - port moody

ruben’s chocolates – port moody

 

 

 

 

 

 

All in all it’s a nice little chocolate shop and I would definitely come for another visit and hopefully try some goodies 😀

March 9th, 2012. Mink Chocolates

mink chocolates

mink chocolates

 

Wow, my Trinity Western ladies all back together in Vancouver…what a dream! Alina Unni and Tina just moved back to Vancouver after many years in Korea. Haemi Unni from Yaletown, Christine from Mission, Tracy Unni from White Rock, Alina Unni from Langley and Tina and I from Port Moody all got together in South Surrey for a reunion!

mink chocolates

mink chocolates

 

 

 

 

After dinner at Kami Sushi in the new Morgan Crossing neighborhood Tracy suggested we go to her favorite spot Mink Chocolates for coffee. I’ve always wanted to try it since I’d heard such good reviews…so I was very easily persuaded 😉

mink chocolates

mink chocolates

 

 

 

 

The place has these beautiful hand crafted artists chocolates as well as regular squares of chocolate.  They offer some baked goods as well as a variety of waffles and even a fondue option.

mink chocolates

mink chocolates

 

 

 

We ordered a variety of drinks.  While they are on the expensive side I heard enthusiastic comments about how the Americano is the best they’ve ever had.  I had the Hot Chocolate (Milk) and thought it was quite nice.  I would have liked the chocolate flavor to come through a bit more and be a little richer, but hey, at least they use real chocolate instead of powder!

January 22nd, 2012. Edible Canada at The Market (Dine Out)

 

edible canada at the market

edible canada at the market

 

 



There’s little that can beat a delicious meal at a nice location with amazing friends for a great price. Dine Out Vancouver? Many people all over the Greater Vancouver Area appreciate that you make love happen

 

edible canada at the market

edible canada at the market

 


Tonight’s love-feast was at Edible Canada on Granville Island attached to the Granville Market. I never knew what a cozy little place this was, but I absolutely love it! Modern-cozy-rustic with very down-to-earth friendly service. We felt nice and at home and ready to dig in!

edible canada at the market

edible canada at the market








Of course we strategically ordered our meals so that everything on the menu made it to the table. Cuz, you know, we all wanted to try a bit of everything. Nothing’s more boring than a group of people who all order the same thing..!

 

edible canada at the market

edible canada at the market




So, yeah, we were there for the $28 Dine Out set menu, but coincidentally our undercover foodie, Richard, knew someone in the kitchen, so we got a little treat to start off with!  Pan Fried Pork Loin & Belly on Crispy Tortilla with Edible Flower & Cilantro.  Mmmm~  What a great way to start the meal! 

 

edible canada at the market

edible canada at the market






A few people ordered this Hazelmere Farm Potato & Leek Soup topped with Agassiz Hazelnut & Horseradish Foam and Purple Potato Chips. Warm, comforting, and simple. Earthy with flavorful accents!

edible canada at the market

edible canada at the market






Ace decided to be daring with the Fraser Canyon Rabbit Terrine served with Quince Mustard, Pickled Pemberton Veggies & Warm Potato Bread. Gamey terrine paired with the deliciousness of local condiments and earhty potato bread toasted to a light crisp. Rustic goodness!

edible canada at the market

edible canada at the market






I had the Warm Frisee Salad with Oyama Applewood Bacon Lardon, Okanagan Sherry Vinaigrette & Duck Fat Croutons! You can guess why I ordered it~~ The croutons were so yummy…but not enough on the plate for my liking 😉

edible canada at the market

edible canada at the market










Main course choice for some of us was the Wild Mushroom Crusted Wild Albacore Tuna Salad with Warm Fingerling Potatos, Kale & Autum Squash, and Wild Mushrooms.  Perfect sear on that tuna, and paired with such hearty & warm components…it was a definite twist for Albacore everywhere!

 

edible canada at the market

edible canada at the market






The other main (the one I chose) was the Ginger Honey Glazed Fraser Valley Cornish Hen with Sweet Potato Gratin and Sage Jus.  The hen?  Juicy and soooooooo delish!  Anyone who can make chicken skin this good HAS to be a cool person 😉  The gratin was a bit lacking…I would have liked the sweet potatoes to be more cooked and for there to be more prominent flavors…but that doesn’t mean I didn’t eat the whole thing!

 

edible canada at the market

edible canada at the market

 

Thomas Haas Dark Hot Chocolate
? Uhhhhmmmm…Yes Please!!  Julia and I just couldn’t resist ordering this to go along with the dessert to come 😉  Super creamy a darkly sweet without the bitterness tht comes with dark chocolate.  So good!

edible canada at the market

edible canada at the market






Dessert was the Chef’s Selection of Petit Fours: Okanagan Pear Gelee, Vanilla Salted Thomas Haas Chocolate Brownie, Maple Bourbon Toffee.  One thought?  Not enough sauce!  Other than the gelee the brownie and toffee needed some moisture (good thing I had the hot chocolate!).  But overall, still a decent dessert 🙂

edible canada at the market

edible canada at the market








You know you are at the right place when they treat you each to a little
container of Bacon Sea Salt with the bill.  Edible Canada?  You have my heart

edible canada at the market

edible canada at the market










Mmmmmhhhhhmmmmm~ Yes, another successful group dinner!  Bliss, Joy and Harmony….in my heart, my head and my heart!

March 3rd, 2011. Dinner at Colicchio & Sons

colicchio & sons

colicchio & sons

If you know me and my TV viewing habits you’ll know that I love Top Chef on the Food Network. Not having cable is killing me because I can’t watch my favorite shows.  Anyways, ever since my summer trip to NYC last year and eating at Morimoto I’d been dying to experience Tom Colicchio’s restaurant.  This is the day I finally got to live out my food fantasy!

colicchio & sons

colicchio & sons

 

 

I’ll start by saying that the experience starts as soon as you walk in.  The atmosphere is very business chic with suits at every table but with extremely unpretentious service.  Basically it’s the friendliness and attentiveness of a local bar but in a very spacious and chic space with a bunch of business-people.

colicchio & sons

colicchio & sons

 

 

 

 

Oh, my God..the warm bread with a sprinkling of coarse salt that came in a little cast iron pan….and that fresh tasting butter…!!!

colicchio & sons

colicchio & sons

 

 

 

 

 

I got an Amuse Bouche..an Amuse Bouche!!  Jerusalem Artichoke Soup with White Crouton and Black Truffle Oil.  The crouton and a light lemony-minty-thyme-y-ness to it..it was a shot of comfort soup!!  I wanted to savor it so i sipped on it to my heart’s desire  😉

colicchio & sons

colicchio & sons

 

 

Entree: Roasted Duck, Gingerbread Polenta, Pomegranate and Black Garlic.  First off I’ll say that the duck was difficult to cut and accordingly required a wee bit more chewing power….apart from that the duck had great flavor and was tasty.  Oh, and guess what?  The dish came with..Pork Belly!!!  Yuuum!  Pork belly seems to be the new trend..every chef sneaks it into a menu.  Anyways, AGAIN the skin was hard to cut..and it seemed like the skin and the actual meat were like 2 seperate entities.  Not dazzled there.  What DID blow my mind was the Gingerbread Polenta.  It was delectably Christmasy & festive and was a wonderful sweet counterpart to the savoriness of the meats.  The pomegranate reduction was just the right amount of tart to keep evrything in balance.   I licked my plate clean 😉

colicchio & sons

colicchio & sons

Now even though I was as stuffed as a Thanksgiving turkey I fully intended to do more damage by ordering dessert.  I mean, they make their own sorbets and ice cream..how can I possibly pass this up??!!!  And with such amazing flavors as these, there was no way I was just gonna leave them!  I got a trio of sorbets: the Blood Orange, Perssimon & Sweet Milk.  Oh yes…come to mama…!  These sorbets were SOOOO DELISH! beautifully light, not too sweet, great natural flavors and so delicate to the palatte…I loved them!

colicchio & sons

colicchio & sons

Okay, THIS is the part that sets Colicchio & Sons above my bar of excellence: EXTRAS!!!!  GIFTS!!!!  BUNDLES OF JOY!!!  As my sorbets came out they also brought out this small plate of goodies, saying that these were being made special that night as complimentary gifts to each guest.  A drop of pound cake dropped in dark chocolate and then rolled around in coconut shreds and a creamsicle macaron!  *swoon*!  Of course I ate them up!

colicchio & sons

colicchio & sons

Now, I had been seriously hemming and hawing over whether I should order this extra special drink…the House Hot Chocolate with Creme Fraiche Whipped Cream & Jasmine Marshmallows..!  Just the name makes me all giddy inside…!  Anyways, after a very bloody inward debate I decided against it.  I was already so full….but…my lovely waiter brought it out to me anyways..ON THE HOUSE! Ah…really….this is pure love….they have bought my eternal loyalty…. *sigh*…..the velvety creaminess of the chocolate with the slightly tart creme fraiche and the lightly flavored airy marshmallows….it was all the menu promised and more ♥ ♥ ♥ Needless to say….I thought I’d died and gone to heaven ♥

colicchio & sons

colicchio & sons

 

 

 

 

As if they didn’t already have my vote, when I received my bill they also gave me this made-in-house coffee cake saying “this is for breakfast tomorrow morning *big warm smile*”.  Dear Lord………….can I just LIVE HERE??!  And let me tell you…the next day this cake came in so handy..and even then it was still moist, delicious and oh so wonderful with my morning Starbucks..!  LOVE!! ♥

 

 

 

 

colicchio & sons

colicchio & sons

Colicchio & Sons was a definite home run.  I only had minor complaints with the main course, but everything else made up for it.  Service is above and beyond and I wouldn’t think twice about coming back.  At the front the maitre’d helped me into my coat, asked me whether I was from the neighborhood and urged me to come back soon.  Oh, don’t worry: I’ll be back for sure!  From the time you first step in to the very last moment when you leave it’s just a pleasant, comfortable experience and the food is also excellent.  Love!!