La Boheme Crepes @ Kitsilano Farmer’s Market

 

La Forestiere

La Forestiere

This is what I came for! Well, mostly, anyway, and the produce too. More about this later…

Summer weekends means farmer’s markets. I went to the one in Kits the past weekend. It was pretty small, compared to both Steveston and Ladner, but it had more produce in terms of quantity and variety… It could be just the particular vendors present, or the time of the season (even 2 weeks could mean the end of a certain produce). 

Kitsilano Farmer's Market

Kitsilano Farmer's Market

 
There were a lot of different types of fresh vegetables and a lot of apricots and many different kinds of cherries. Lineups were long for most of the veggie places, especially this one tomato stand. The only bread place for this bread fanatic was A Bread Apart, who, for 3 markets in a row, had out that fruity cranberry loaf. I found squash blossoms again, and I got some but they were a bit more expensive (50 cents each) than the farm that sold them at the Steveston market (6 for 50 cents). The ones with the zucchini attached were for a buck each. Yikes.
 

Apricots

Apricots

 

Greens

Greens


 

Of course, the best, BEST thing about this Kits Farmer’s Market is La Boheme Creperie:
 

La Boheme

La Boheme

They make these awesome buckwheat crepes in their little purple van, in many many savoury and sweet varieties. The one I tried and pictured above was the Forestiere – a cheese, mushroom and spinach crepe. It was sooooo good, and the lineups get a little long here too. Basically everybody I saw at the market was having their giant crepes. I think they also visit the Trout Lake farmer’s market, anyway, definitely check them out, they are awesome.

49th Parallel Coffee Roasters

 

49th Parallel Latte

49th Parallel Latte

 

Ah, it is Friday, and since my plans to do a giant experiment today at work went down the drain due to …. [my laziness], I will write about…. coffee!

Today was a decent coffee day: I went to the Starbucks at work and was happy to find pretty much all my favorite baristas to be present. So, as per usual, I put down my mug without saying a word and I got my Americano made perfectly to my specifications – without my mug being all dripping with coffee on the outside and that little piece of white sticky note with my order scrawled on it still stuck to my mug, and room still remaining. (That, of course, would constitute a bad coffee day, and that happens when that one Least-Favorite Barista Boy – LFBB – is present. I swear he does it on purpose because he dislikes me for some reason.)

Anyway, yesterday though, was a good coffee day: I didn’t have my Starbucks.

I went instead to 49th Parallel Roasters – this is a coffee house not to be missed – their espresso is excellent, their lattes pretty, their couches chocolate brown, and their cups sky blue. This is, indeed, a chic little cafe sitting on Vancouver’s 4th Ave. 49th Parallel Roasters are founded by the same guys who created Caffe Artigiano,  so naturally, their coffee scores high points with me. It’s too bad I don’t live or work in that neighbourhood. I really like their Americano.

If you can’t get down to their cafe, their locally roasted coffee can be found at markets like Meinhardt, Whole Foods and Capers, as well as some other coffee places. I have a bag of their organic Ethiopia Yergacheffe Konga. 

 

49th Parallel Roasters

2152 W 4th Avenue, between Arbutus and Yew

604-420-4901

Lunch @ the Cannery Seafood House

The Cannery Seafood House is really one of my favorite restaurants in the city. As you know, they made headlines a little while back because they will be moving from their current (hard to access) site at the Port of Vancouver in 2010. I really hope they will stay in town and end up somewhere … deserving. 

I’ve been backlogged for posts in May (busy busy times), but I really need to make this one before May is over. I took my Mom here for a belated Mother’s Day lunch 2 weeks ago, since she ended up sick on the actual day when I booked for the Cannery’s annual Mom’s Day brunch. It was the perfect day: blue skies, warm, just beautiful. Even sexy Dodge convertibles came out:cannery

I don’t know where the Cannery Queen can bask outside like this elsewhere in the city after they move:

cannery queen

And little things like their own herb garden at the back- I just hope they find a nice, new, happy home after 2010:

And the view of the North Shore from inside…:

 

Mom wondered whether they could move the entire lodge when they relocate. Would be a shame to have to tear down this cozy little house:

Enough about views, because it’s making me sad that they will have to move. Let’s get to the food! Oooh, the famous lobster oil (and bread that just SOAKS it up like heaven!). This is truly great oil – so fragrant, with this sweet sea aroma…. I have never really had other oil quite like it:

 

Hmmm, bread … thick slices of bread…. thick slices of BREAD AND LOBSTER OIL!

Menu of the day:

Mom ordered the seafood salad, which has A LOT of seafood. More seafood than salad, speaks for itself:

I had the snapper, simply poached. It was really fresh, and sweet:

 

Of course, we didn’t leave empty handed. 20 bucks goes to a bottle of lobster oil (maybe I should have ordered a box?):

 

The Cannery Seafood House

2205 Commissioner Street
Vancouver, BC 

Tel : (604) 254-9606 

Mix the Bakery: Hummingbird and a poor student’s request.

Mushroom soup

Went to Mix for lunch again last week. They had the mushroom soup (which was going so fast that by the time I went back for my coffee it was all gone). I love their soups- so home made and thick. This time I tried the Hummingbird and poppy seed bread to go with it – Both were really delicious. I love nutty, chewy, dense breads, and the Hummingbird tasted a lot like my favorite Alpine Grain bread from Healthyway.

I had too much bread at home and just bought fresh bread that day, so I was hesitant about buying more there. But I was still salivating over the sourdough and the baguette and pretty much everything else there. So I asked whether they had some sliced stuff left over that I could buy – the girl there was really nice and went to the back to see if there was anything she could get me. She came back saying there were “only” these two bags of sliced Hummingbird or the Cranberry. There were around 6 slices in the bags – about a third of a large round loaf. I said that was absolutely perfect and bought the Hummingbird. (I tried their Cranberry before, not bad, though not my favorite.)

Hummingbird

What can I say, I love Mix. Delicious artisan bread, lunch for a great price, friendly atmosphere, eager to please and satisfy the customer. Great bakeries treat and feed you like one of their own, no matter how big (or small, in this case) your requests may be. Mix definitely made my day.

 

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Mix the Bakery
4430 W. 10th avenue, Vancouver (Right next to Burgoo. Near UBC.)
604.221.4145

“Egg Shatters” 蛋散 – Dimsum @ Kirin

Daan Saan

散 – which roughly translates into “egg shatters” – is a Cantonese dim sum dessert. It is made from a dough of eggs, flour, sugar, and lard (hmm!). The dough is rolled out flat, cut into strips, then twisted and deep fried. Malt syrup (or sometimes honey) is drizzled over the cooled finished product, which is sometimes also sprinkled with coconut flakes. Freshly made 蛋散 smells wonderful. When made well, it is light, slightly crunchy yet soft, sweet but with a very distinct and wonderful taste of the eggs which balances out the sweetness. But making good 蛋散 is an art – most places don’t make it well and it turns out soggy and heavy, or the dough is too thick, or it is often too sweet, either because too much syrup was drizzled on it, or the dough itself contain too much sugar, both of which I find overpowers the nice egginess of 蛋.

 

We had these for dessert when we came to Kirin Seafood Restaurant (@ City Square) for C’s farewell lunch earlier this week. This is one of my absolute favorite places for dim sum, although I must admit that I find the Richmond Kirin to be slightly better. Maybe I am just biased, but then I also think it is not easy to satisfy the picky palates of Richmonders.

dim sum

 As usual, much quality dim sum was ordered and enjoyed,  though (unfortunately) we didn’t order any internal organs, tripe, or feet (lest we scare H, who had never had dim sum before). Plus there was even enough dishes to keep all the vegetarians happy and stuffed! And – because for some reason it’s the typical rule for sharing food – there is always one of each thing left on the plate.

always one left

Mix the Bakery

Mix

Ever since it opened in 2003, Mix the Bakery has been continuously voted one of the best Vancouver bakeries. It’s a modest, modern little bakery right next to Burgoo on West 1oth: I have passed by several times, I have even gone inside all googly-eyed, but haven’t tried anything from there. So, being in the neighbourhood a few days ago, I went in, bought a Parisienne baguette (their “Parisienne” is made with whole wheat, their “Rustic” is white), and left.

Ah, thankfully (?), posts at the Lab of Edibles are never this simple. The story is just beginning. As I headed out the door with the 2 feet long baguette, I briefly surveyed all the food people were eating – pretty darn delicious looking salads, hot soups, and grilled sandwiches. I was expecting more of a full-on bakery where they just sell a lot of bread and cakes, and not much of a hot-sandwiches and soups kind of cafe-style fare. So, after walking back to my car (which was, of course, not a moment before my hungrily tearing off a giant piece of the baguette and munching on it on the street like some starved grad student), putting my baguette in the trunk (lest some salivating passersby might break in to steal this wondrous creation), I decided to go back for lunch (despite having made plans to eat elsewhere).

Inside Mix

I am so glad I did. Like a lot of bakery/cafe’s, Mix is pretty small. There’s all the breads and goods displayed on one side of the shop and seats lining the other. There are about 5 tables and a bar by the window, so it fits about 20. It was lunch time, and the place was packed. I managed to get the little round table right next to the door. I ordered a small Tuscany Tomato Soup, which came with two slices of bread (I was told they were the house Campesino and sourdough, but I don’t think either was a sourdough). I asked for the bread to be toasted, and they told me it would take a little while because they had quite the lineup of sandwhiches waiting to be grilled, but the food actually arrived pretty quickly. It came on a little metal plate:

Tuscan Tomato soup

Both slices of bread were delicious. The one on the bottom that you can’t see here had these beautiful large, irregular airy holes. The one on the top tasted a bit like potatos. The tomato soup was awesome too – hearty, creamy, and with strong but well balanced spices. This cost about $3.50. I was looking around and their sandwiches were pretty big; their chicken salad also looked nice and fresh.

They also have these great looking cakes, cookies and sweets:

Mix Cakes

And of course, who can forget that Parisienne baguette sitting in the trunk? I ate about two-thirds of it that night. It’s definitely one of the best baguettes I’ve had in this city – the crust was crisp and fine, the crumb was soft but not overly so, and overall both combine to give a very nice chewiness. And the bread kind of dissolves in your mouth slowly but surely. I don’t really know how else to describe it. It was just really really good bread.

Mix Baguette

The staff here are friendly and helpful, and pretty happy to explain the food and breads to you. I am definitely going back soon to try out their other breads, soups and sandwiches.

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Mix the Bakery
4430 W. 10th avenue, Vancouver (Right next to Burgoo. Near UBC.)
604.221.4145

9th Avenue Grill on Broadway

Hungry and standing on the corner of Granville and Broadway. Still, decided to bypass “bigger” places like Cactus, Earl’s, O-Thai, and Bogart’s to walked further down to 9th Avenue Grill for lunch. It’s a little grill/cafe place (seats about 35 people) just west of Burrard. They have all day breakfast and quite a big, diverse menu (omelets, benny’s, sandwiches, wraps, burgers, panini’s, salads, soup).

9th Avenue

Mango Chicken Panini: This was pretty good panini, with chicken chunks, bacon, and bits of mango inside. The mango salsa and cheese was juiiicy, but it didn’t make the bread soggy, which was good. The focaccia was really nice- thick and with a crispy crust.

Mango Chicken Panini

Spinach salad with chicken: This was a pretty decent salad. There was a lot of mushrooms, but not that much chicken. The kiwi-mandarin dressing was only slightly sweet – actually a bit sour for my taste.

Spinach Salad

The service here is great and very friendly. The food is fresh, there are many options on the menu (even for those low-carbers). The portion sizes are quite big, and you don’t have to wait too long. They seem to be able to accomodate your special requests pretty well too. The only thing is that they don’t have free refills for the pop. Also, the place is quite small, and can get a bit crampy when busy, so probably not the best place for a romantic date… 😉  I’d definitely revisit to try other things on the menu.

9th Avenue Grill
1822 W. Broadway (Just west of Burrard)
All day breakfast, open 7 days a week 6:30am-3pm