My nth time at Earnest Ice Cream, it still never ceases to surprise me with their new creative flavours and consistently smooth, creamy ice cream. I love that their vegan options are just as tasty as the other flavours, and that they use local milk, cream and eggs. They also offer sundaes now, which change with the different flavours they offer and the different seasons!
My favourite flavours are London Fog, Pumpkin Pie, Cardamom, Salted Caramel, and Lavender.
In the heart of Yaletown, The Parlour is a great place for brunch, or any other meal, with creative pizza flavours and options. Their regular (non breakfast) pizzas have the option of ordering two flavours (half and half) and all of their pizzas have gluten free pizza crust options. Their ingredient combinations are out of the box but all sound very tasty, and although I haven’t tried their other food options, I will be back one day to try them out!
My second visit here, I discovered that Los Cuervos expanded and doubled the size of their restaurant! This meant no wait, unlike last time when I went with a party of 8 and the wait was over an hour. I’m still new to blogging, (as opposed to not just instagram-ing) so unfortunately I don’t have a great picture of my favourite taco- the featured taco of the night. I simply forgot to take an individual picture of it, but it’s the taco closest to the camera in the last picture. Both times I’ve been here, my favourite taco turned out to be the taco special of the day, so I would recommend ordering whatever the special is! I would describe Los Cuervos’ tacos as a middle ground between La Taqueria and Tacofino. La Taqueria has more authentic Mexican flavours and are served with smaller tortillas, Tacofino is definitely fusion-westernized larger sized tacos, and Los Cuervos is a bit of both!
I finally got to try this place after hearing so many good things about it! I was pleased to find out about their two-for-one priced pasta deal! The pasta is good and flavourful, the portion size isn’t huge, but at the two-for-one price, it’s pretty good value. My favourite was the baked pasta.
Right in the corner of Steveston, this busy, Japanese restaurant offers a full menu of a typical Sushi restaurant, alongside lots of specialty rolls and creative dishes. My favourite was the Godzilla Bites- the deep fried rice was crunchy on the outside but soft and chewy inside! We did have to wait a while for our table because it was was so busy, so plan ahead!
This being the first Meat & Bread restaurant to open, my first visit was actually a few years ago, just after it had opened. Since then, Meat & Bread opened two more locations- one on Pender Street, and one in Victoria. Although I haven’t been to the other locations, I imagine they are just as great as this one.
My favourite sandwich is still their Meatball sandwich (I’m a huge meatball fan, whether they’re in pasta or in a sandwich!). The Porchetta is a close second, and the reason that I’m not as wow-ed by it as other people may be due to the fact that I grew up eating the very similar Chinese roasted pork with crunchy skin.
I’ve seen pictures of apple tarts made in this style a long time ago, and immediately I knew that I wanted to try making it one day. I had the day off for Thanksgiving, so I decided to give it a try!
The crust was a basic ground almond crust, which actually turned out amazingly- it was sweet and turned out crisp when baked.
I tweaked the apple compote filling by adding some cinnamon in it- I absolutely love cinnamon and apples together. This recipe called for use of a vanilla bean rather than vanilla extract and I found that it made a huge difference in the flavour. I will definitely use vanilla bean opposed to extract whenever possible from now on!
The topping- although it may look daunting, it was actually quite simple to do. It’s simple, but tedious. I would definitely recommend using a mandolin to slice the apples- I didn’t, and got quite frustrated by having to slice all of the apples. The most difficult part was the very centre- I found slicing the apples more thinly and using smaller pieces made it possible to do. I also sprinkled cinnamon and sugar on top right before I put the tart in the oven!
This overall was fairly easy to make…it makes a beautiful dessert and will impress anyone!
Although my personal opinion about high tea is that it’s a bit overpriced and not really my preferred “style” of dining (I don’t dress up too often, and prefer dining at casual restaurants), I do enjoy going for special occasions. I’ve been to high tea at this location twice, and both times I used a Social Shopper (or was it Living Social?) coupon. Everything was good, and I would have to say that my tier remains the same at every high tea I’ve gone to: the scone tier with Devonshire/clotted cream!
1020 Main St, Vancouver, BC
Brunch Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays 10:30am-2:00pm
Food Rating: 9/10
Having been to Campagnolo for dinner, and loving it, I knew I would like Campagnolo Upstairs for brunch. They offer quite a number of things on their menu- entrees as well as pastries and side dishes.
I ordered the fried chicken with biscuits and can honestly say it was one of the best fried chickens I’ve ever had. I love a crunchy, crispy skin and moist meat. I also loved that it came topped with a fried egg!
I had brunch with the YVRFoodClub (a food club consisting of myself and some fellow Vancouver Instagram foodie accounts) and had a great time (as always) laughing, trying each other’s food, and of course, shamelessly taking pictures from every possible angle!