For the love of food

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens*Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens*Brown paper packages tied up with strings*These are a few of my favorite things*Cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels*Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles*Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings*These are a few of my favorite things*Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes*Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes*Silver white winters that melt into springs*These are a few of my favorite things

Thomas Haas, Vancouver March 11, 2009

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It was a very pleasant discovery – a proper bakery in North Vancouver, making European pastries on a professional level, the only unpleasant part was that I discovered it only recently and now I moved back to WA so the next visit will not be any time soon.

Thomas Haas is famous for his chocolates and you can purchase them in high-end grocery stores like Whole Foods, Meinhardt’s and Capers…to be honest I have tasted the chocolates but wasn’t impressed, neither was my husband but the pastries do compensate for it big time! The space is tiny with two counters inside and a couple of outside tables. We have visited a couple of times and it was packed! The sandwiches are delicious and grilled if you want them to be, coffee is good and the pastries and delicious – both the cakes of sorts as well as the croissants and tarts – worth a detour even if you do not live in the neighborhood :)

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WWW: http://www.thomashaas.com

Address:  998 Harbourside Drive, North Vancouver   Tel: 604-924-1847 

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Saltspring Island July 2, 2008

Filed under: Food,Hidden Gems - BC,Saltspring Island,Travel,Uncategorized — lovemyfood @ 7:00 pm

We spent the long weekend on Saltspring Island that hosts two really good cheese makers, one good winery (and one bad) and a great bakery.

Moonstruck Cheese – Organic, delicious, cow’s milk cheese. It is a working farm so the store is not attended, samples and descriptions are displayed on the table and a well cheese stocked fridge is right by their side. You sample, you pick your favorites (and believe me its difficult), put the money in a box and record your purchase in the book. It is possible to pay by a credit card but for that you have to go get on of the employees working in the cheese room right next door; they will also provide ice-packs if you need those. I picked the Beddis Blue and Savoury Moon which incorporates summer Savoury in the rind.

Saltspring Island Cheese Corp. owned by the famous David Wood – the cheese is made of Goat’s milk and the place itself is very nice with outside tables where you can eat what you have just purchased, a little garden you can walk in as well as a 5 minutes self guided tour through the cheese making process. Here, less varieties of cheese are produced but they have a different way of making a difference. The soft Goat cheese is packed with some sort of an infuser which gives it a unique taste and aroma – Lemon, colorful peppercorns, white truffles, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes and a few others making for a beautiful presentation when the cheese is turned out onto a board. Other types include Feta (regular and Chili infused), Juliette (regular and bleu) which is a soft, white mould surface ripened goat cheese as well as a Manchego style cheese. All cheeses are available for tasting and purchase, along with crackers, marmalade and olives.

                                                                            Gary Oaks Winery – is located on the Ganges Fulfurd rd. (right by the Saltspring Island winery); tastings are at $2 per person but the fee is waived with a purchase and it is really not that difficult to make one. We sampled four wines Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Zeta – Zweigelt grapes (Austrian) and Fetish – a blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, the only grapes not grown on the island and are imported from the Okanagan valley. It was a hot summer day and I favoured the two lighter wines, which I have purchased, but it speaks nothing of the other two which I enjoyed as well.

 

Saltspring Island Winery – The wines are offered with some local cheese (from the two cheese makers described above) which seems like a nice gesture at first but the lady doing the tastings is watching for you not to make any attempts to take more than one tiny piece of cheese by removing the plate from the “bar” as soon as possible; the other problem with this is that when you taste the cheese with the wine you are thinking “what a great cheese” nothing about the wine crosses your mind…and when you take the second sip and the cheese is gone you are even less impressed. The grounds are nice and the outside tables are inviting but the wine sold at about $10 per glass when you can buy the whole bottle for $25 also give you the feeling you are being tricked and ripped off.

Embe Bakery – in Ganges, at the outskirts of town at 174 Fulford-Ganges rd. there is a small bakery witbread and great pastries. I especially recommend the Nanaimo Bar that is fresh and delicious.

 

Rim Rock Cafe, Whistler June 22, 2008

Filed under: Canada,Food,Hidden Gems - BC,Travel,Vancouver Restaurants,Whistler — lovemyfood @ 9:21 pm

To be more precise the Rim Rock Cafe is in Creekside, about five minutes drive south of Whistler village.

You have probably seen it from the road but unless you know how good this place is you have probably never stopped. It is called a cafe but it is a restaurant. It is in an unassuming old building right off the highway but it has been there for the past twenty years. The menu is guaranteed to meet all tastes and desires but it never changes except for seasonal salads and daily specials to accommodate the regulars and keep their favorite dishes available at all times.

I have been there numerous times and I think this restaurant is the essence of Whistler; it is warm and cozy in the winter with a burning fireplace and airy and fresh in the summer when the patio is open. The food is excellent and I have never had a bad wine there either. The staff is very very nice, very professional and knowledgeable.

My recommendations:

Start with the antipasto for two which includes ceviche and tuna poke, smoked salmon and fried soft shell crab, shrimp cocktail and a cone roll with crab and mango.

Second course is tough but if you are out there for the classics like lobster or steak and lobster they are done to perfection; if you want game meat there is absolutely nothing that can top the northern caribou with mushroom sauce; there are combination plates of three meats or three types of fish and seafood and they are delicious as well…and don’t forget the duck with foie gras on top with some caramelized peaches!

For dessert – and you better have room for dessert – try the sticky toffee pudding, you haven’t had one like it before. The creme brulee is also delicious.

WWW: http://www.rimrockwhistler.com/