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Caramel Coated Popcorn

30 Aug

Lynden Chocolate makes the best caramel popcorn I’ve ever had. Not as sweet as everything else I’ve tried, and what I love most is how it completely crunches away – no residual squished kernel for you to suck out from between your teeth. Can you see how generous they are with the nuts? Again, not overly sweet – they are fresh and meaty, unlike some where I can’t even taste the nuts anymore. Sigh, Lynden is so far from I5 though.


German Cheesecake

22 Jan

Light and fluffy meringue sits on a bed of cheesecake, lovingly handmade by Michele of Hearth & Larder. It’s much lighter than a New York cheesecake – kind of like cheesecake meets mousse – all the taste, but half the density. A hint of lemon balances the sweet, which is not cloying like some store bought versions. The crust was the perfect base, strongly supportive so each wedge makes it to the plate in one piece (pun intended), yet fork-tender enough for breaking into bite size chunks.

Egg White Sponge Cake

17 Jan
Lily Bakery, 4500 Kingsway, #1326, Burnaby, BC | Tel: (604) 435-6689
A friend brought this cake over last year but I didn’t blog about it until now. After reading the comments on, this light and fluffy, not overly sweet cake might be gone.

Chicco Japanese Dessert Café

17 Jan

Pronounced “cheek-o”, this take out box of desserts is a decadent finish to any meal – both visually and pallete-ly. Starting from the top and going clockwise: Strawberry Shortcake, Mont Blanc (chestnut), Japanese Soft Cheese Cake (it’s like cheese flavored cake, not baked style), and Greentea Moscarpone with red bean.

Here’s their site:

Bella Gelateria

18 Sep

1001 West Cordova Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 0B7
Tel: 604-569-1010

My better half heard about this place on the news a few weeks back. We went to check it out the next day. OMG! This is the BEST gelato place EVER!

They use only the freshest ingredients. James, the owner, is one of the top gelato maker masters in the world. We are very lucky to have him in Vancouver.

Our favorite is Sicilian Pistachio. He roasted the nuts at home, none of that fake paste some gelato shops have reduce into using. This is even better then Mum’s gelato of the 90’s! Heck! It’s even better then the one I had when I was in Florence!

Follow them on Facebook or Twitter to get their latest flavor.

YOU MUST GO! Who cares it’s raining outside. When did that ever stop people from enjoying a good ice cream cone in Vancouver?!


5 Jan

Hong Kong tea in a Victorian setting, complete with ornate iron gazebo sitting areas and fine china inducing the pinkie pointing while sipping tea and infusion coffee. Intended to go for waffles because they are somehow different from infamous fluffy Takeuchi recipe, but they are served at 2 pm.

#1161-8328 Capstan Way
Richmond, B.C.  V6X 4B4

Tel: (604) 214-4691
Fax: (604) 214-4692

Duck linguini was not overly creamy. Focacia sandwich and wraps were thumbs up as well. Swiss chocolate coffee was very smooth. Apparently an special pot boils the water from below and filters upwards, then filters again on the way back down while cooling, yeilding a smoother cup of coffee (at $8 I savored it slowly). Iced coffee with ice cream was a tad sweet, but maybe in contrast to my Swiss coffee. Darling salt and pepper shakers were nice ratio next to their honey pot.

Overall a wonderful place to sit and chat quietly with lots of room – certainly a treat.

Chocolate Caramel Crack(ers)

20 Apr


My friend made these and posted in her Facebook. They look so incredibly delicious, I’m scared to make them for fear I will eat them all…


Chocolate Caramel Crack(ers)
Adapted from David Lebovitz, who adapted it from Marcy Goldman who is the genius that first applied this to matzo.

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