Vancouver — August 5, 2014 (Gastown & Robson St/West End)

This will be the last post I do for my trip to Vancouver in August! There were a couple more places that we went to, but I thought that this will be a good post to end it off.



Meat & Bread
Gastown
370 Cambie Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 1H7
Urbanspoon (89%)

Meat & Bread has actually been featured on TV before as one of the places to check out. My friend who lives there for half the year for school also recommended it to me. The location that we went to actually borders between Gastown and East Hastings. For those that aren’t familiar with Vancouver, East Hastings is the really rough area of Vancouver. Literally once you cross the street over, you’re right where the bad part of town is. As my uncle had said to me, trust your guts when you feel like you might’ve accidentally walked over to that area. I wouldn’t recommend anyone walking there at night!

However, that doesn’t detract anyone from walking over to Meat & Bread for some food! The line was constantly long! The interior design encourages everyone to sit down together so there’s a long table in the middle of Meat & Bread. We didn’t actually stay inside. We got it as take out to eat as lunch at Stanley Park :P

We ordered the Porchetta. It’s made with roast pork, looks like the Chinese kind actually, at least the skin part. They crush the crunchy skin to sprinkle on top of the meat which gives it a nice texture. Really good! Should try if you’re in Vancouver.



Nero Belgian Waffle Bar
Robson Street/West End
1703 Robson St
Vancouver, BC V6G 1C8
Urbanspoon (91%)

I love eating waffles so Nero was a place I really wanted to check out. It even has a 91% rating on urbanspoon! It’s located on Robson Street so it’s a nice place to stop by for some sweets any time during your shopping adventures. They have seats outside too, so if it’s a nice day out, it’d be a nice location to people watch. I was dying from the heat though so I made Josh sit inside with me LOL..

Josh ordered the Fruity with Brussel Waffles while I got the Bresilienne on Liege Waffles. It has vanilla ice cream, fresh whipped cream, hazelnut crumble, caramel sauce, and I added strawberries! It was really good, but definitely a sweet snack. I love ice cream with waffles though! Another place to definitely check out.


La Casa Gelato
Strathcona
1033 Venables St
Vancouver, BC V6A 3R9
Urbanspoon (85%)

As always, I have to stop by La Casa Gelato while in Vancouver. Known for having over 200+ flavours of gelato. The newest weird flavour I tried was kimchi gelato and garlic gelato. Had to get a sample of wasabi to get rid of the garlic. The garlic one was nasty LOL. Tasted like I put a spoonful of garlic butter into my mouth. Also had mango wasabi, curry, and vegemite among other weird flavours. Picked Lavender in the end :P

Breakfast Pigs in a Blanket

Breakfast Pigs in a Blanket
Ingredients

8 breakfast sausage links
1 can (8 oz) crescent rolls
2 tablespoons maple syrup, plus more for serving
1 egg
1 teaspoon poppy seeds

Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Cook the sausages according to the package direction; set aside.
  3. Open the crescent rolls and separate into triangles. Brush the maple syrup over the surface of the crescent rolls. Place one sausage on the wide end of each crescent triangle, roll up and place on an ungreased baking sheet.
  4. In a small bowl, lightly beat the egg with a splash of water. Brush the tops of the crescents with the egg wash. (You don’t need to use it all, just enough to cover the tops of the dough.) Sprinkle with the poppy seeds.
  5. Bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Serve with more maple syrup, for dipping.

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I must’ve mentioned before that I love breakfast food. If I haven’t, well, now you all know! To be honest, I get really lazy to make a big breakfast in the morning. Hell, I barely even eat breakfast because I refuse to get up any earlier than I need to in the morning to get ready for school or work haha! So any recipes that are meant for morning or brunch needs to be simple for me. What can be more simple than cooking up sausages and using Pillsbury to help with the rest? Unless someone just made this for me, but that doesn’t count ; )

I made this twice. The first time I was at my boyfriend’s house and we skipped out on basically everything LOL! We literally just made the sausage and then wrapped them up to make crescent rolls. The second time around, I made it myself at home. I actually used everything in the recipe. What did I learn? There wasn’t much of a difference in taste, in all honesty LOL!

To be fair, I used maple breakfast sausages so the maple syrup that was spread onto the roll while wrapping, wasn’t coming through to me. Also, because of the egg brushed on top, it made my rolls really brown despite it not being burnt LOL. I’m crediting that, to the fact that eggs cook a lot quicker than dough. I also didn’t dip it into maple syrup because I think that it would be too sweet for me.

Good to have alone as something light or as a side to something. Maybe a small mixed salad to accompany the rolls in the morning?

Vancouver — August 3, 2014 (Gastown & Downtown)


Deer Garden Signatures
Sunset/Punjabi Market
6270 Fraser St
Vancouver, BC V5W3A1
Urbanspoon (61%)

My uncle frequently talks about how Vancouverites enjoy having choices. And with so much competition especially in the food industry, it’s not surprising. Deer Garden is one of those places where customers get to customize their noodle dish. They’re known for their fish-based soup, which is healthier than the usual pork- or beef-based soups.

Basically you get to pick your soup base, your noodles, and two toppings. The meal also comes with a hot drink and it’s all for around $10. You can add $1 for a cold drink or substitute for a specialty drink for $2. It’s also extra money for extra toppings. You can also pick some sides for $1.95 with the purchase of the noodles.

We chose Desert Wings with Ginger, Pan Fried Boneless Chicken in Teriyaki Sauce, and Pan Fried Pork Chop in Maggi Sauce. For my noodles I chose Chaochou Style Dried Fish and Minced Pork Fish Soup with Korean Style Sweet Potato Crystal Noodles. I topped it with Sliced Beef Briskets and Beef Tendon.

I’m just going to say, they are very generous with the amount they gave. Tons of tendons and they weren’t tiny pieces either. I don’t think I made a good combination though because the noodles felt like they were never ending. I barely made a dent when I was eating it. The sides are really good. I think I enjoyed the sides more than my noodles LOL!

Service wasn’t horrible, I don’t really see the reason for the low rating. Most of the people who gave it a bad rating seemed to have given it because of bad service. There wasn’t much the waiters had to do aside from taking our sheet and giving us our food LOL!

BY THE WAY, best lemon tea there. Best that we’ve ever had. I don’t know what was so good about it, but it was delicious. And they put cold drinks in sealed plastic cups so you can take it with you if you don’t finish it with your meal : )




Guu Otokomae
Gastown
375 Water St
Vancouver, BC V6B 1E1
Urbanspoon (89%)

Guu was definitely a place I had wanted to visit. It’s an izakaya which is basically a place for you to drink and have some food to go along with it. That’s right up my alley! The Guu in Gastown had one of the higher ratings so we decided to go there for dinner.

It’s actually really easy to miss since they don’t have a giant sign outside to draw customers in. Watch for a clear door with a small sign inside that says Guu. When you walk up, you can start to see the dark lighting and hear the bustling inside. All the staff seem to be in high spirits and you will hear them yelling greetings and orders across the izakaya. It really brought my spirits up too haha!

We went when there was a special on their sake mojito. I’ve never been a huge fan of mojitos, but that one was delicious!! I’d recommend that to everyone, unless you don’t like the taste of mint. Guu uses sake instead of run and Ramune (the marble soda) as opposed to the usual club soda. I just wanted a whole pitcher to myself, no joke. Even Josh was impressed and got himself one after drinking some of mine.

We ordered chicken yakisoba, chicken karaage, takoyaki, and the okonomiyaki. I really like how they make their okonomiyaki! They cut it into slices and then fried them so it was all individually fried from all sides @_@. It was so good that way LOL! Definitely go check out Guu : )


Trees Organic Coffee
Downtown
450 Granville St
Vancouver, BC
Urbanspoon (84%)

When we were making our way to Gastown, we walked down Granville Street and noticed this cafe. All the seats for their outdoor tables were taken. Josh mentioned that we should come back to try the place out. After dinner at Guu we had wanted something sweet and we walked by Trees again. A quick search on Urbanspoon gave us a high rating for Trees, so we thought, why not try it out?

They had cheesecakes on display so we ordered a slice of Maple Walnut Cheesecake and I got a Raspberry Lime Italian Soda. I know it’s always better to pair sweets with things like coffee so it tones it down, but it was so hot outside. The week we were there, it was 30+°C every single day. Coincidentally, when we were paying, I saw a sign behind the barista saying they had the best cheesecakes in Vancouver. What were the odds we’d stumble upon the place with the best? LOL.

The cheesecake was not bad, but to be honest, I think I’ve had better ones before LOL! Sorry Trees : (. Funnily enough, even Josh’s friends acknowledge that Trees is known for their cheesecake. Still, this location has is a great place to hit up for people watching while having a snack and drink.