My Favourite Kind of Day

Pancakes, the farmer’s market, Greek food for lunch, and then gourmet ice cream?

That’s my kind of day! Let me show you what I did on Sunday πŸ™‚ PS: This was the lovely Sunday before Victoria Day Monday, when I met the sweet Rachel of Moments with Rae at Matchstick Coffee!

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Started off with a glorious batch of banana pancakes topped with blackberries, hemp hearts, and maple syrup. Β These look a bit thinner than usual because they were whipped up in the blender. I loved the flavour but texture-wise, I prefer the chunks you’d get from mashing. This was a great breakfast, and luckily not too filling!

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Then I laced up my sister’s runners and headed outside…

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Snapped a couple of photos in the backyard,

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And walked to the farmer’s market! The Poirier Street Farmer’s Market is open from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM every Sunday morning. It’s in the parking lot at the Dogwood Pavilion, by Centennial Secondary and the Senior Recreation Centre.

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There are three rows of lovely vendors and friendly customers.

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Have you tried rhubarb before? I’ve never, but I really want to try! Apparently it’s great with coconut and strawberries. Yum! Since it’s still spring, there weren’t many fruits available this week. In the summer, though, when everything is at the peak of ripeness, the market is TEEMING with stone fruits (cherries, nectarines, peaches), apples, and the freshest berries you could imagine.

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There were, however, lots of bread, cheese, baked goods, and plants! Lots of pretty flowers to admire. OH! And there are veggie pakoras that make the entire market smell incredible!

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Gesundheit Bakery is one of the most popular destinations here. My mom and I always stop by to pick up some raisin bread for Grandma.

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They have every type of rye bread, as well as multigrain buns, cheesy pretzels, and sweets like danishes and cinnamon buns. This time, we picked up a big, glazed cinnamon bun for Seline.

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There were lots of tents to stop by and admire. When you go to farmer’s markets, are you looking for specific things or do you simply like to browse the aisles and look at all the products? I think I’m a bit of both. πŸ˜›

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A Bread Affair has tons of delicious-looking gourmet breads and plenty of samples. Next time, I want to go early so I can pick up a scone or croissant. They look incredible and were definitely baked with utmost skill.

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Some stands sell yummy soup mix powders, others clothes and books and honey and handmade cutting boards. Everything is local – it has to be made in lower mainland BC to be sold here!

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One place that we absolutely love is Ace Curries to Go. You can check out their website here:Β http://www.acecurriestogo.com. Β Ace Curries has so many flavourful mixes, spices, dips, and sauces. We’ve tried their coconut curry, curry stir-fry powder, and this time, we purchased the mango coconut curry. Can’t wait to cook it this weekend with some chickpeas… will let you know how tasty that is, soon!

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BobAli is my new favourite vendor. They sell all kinds of dips and spreads, and specialize in hummus. Check out the creative flavours below!

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I sampled a little scoop of every single hummus and finally decided on the 3 for $18.00 combo. I ended up choosing the Thai Green Coconut Curry Hummus, the Roasted Garlic and Truffle Hummus, and my absolute favourite, the Yam and Chipotle Hummus. You’ll see in a bit!

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Here is the pretty braided raisin bun and the huge cinnamon roll that we bought from the bakery. The raisin loaf, according to Gesundheit Bakery’s kind owners, is one of the most popular. We gave this loaf to Grandma. Seline enjoyed the cinnamon bun, too, but I think Mom liked it more. πŸ˜‰

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Here is the mango curry we bought from Ace Curries, and their ingredient list if you were curious. Check out my extra pancakes cooling in the background! Pancakes make great leftovers, by the way – just heat them up in the microwave the next day.

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Here are my hummuses! Is ‘hummuses’ even a word? What’s the plural for hummus? Hmmm… πŸ˜› Anyways, all three of them are really tasty. Here’s my review:

Thai Green Coconut Curry: VERY strong green curry flavour, and the coconut flavour is prominent too. It tastes authentically Thai and has a strong flavour with lots of spices. It is also a bit spicy, which I didn’t quite like. I prefer sweeter Thai curries. Of the three, this was my least favourite.

Roasted Garlic and Truffle: This is awesome spread in a sandwich, instead of mayonnaise or an aioli. It is very flavourful and has big chunks of roasted garlic. I can’t taste truffle at all in here. This was great, but more of a classic garlic hummus – there was nothing truly special about it.

Yam and Chipotle: This. Was. Incredible. I devoured half the container in a couple of days. On crackers, on toast, with eggs, with veggies, this hummus is the new almond butter! It is naturally sweet from the yams, and subtly smoky from the chipotle. I really, really love this hummus and would definitely buy it again. LOVED nibbling on it with crackers before lunch. πŸ˜‰

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Golden Ears Cheesecrafters sold me a nice round of brie! I tried some on a sandwich with roasted garlic hummus (above), spinach, and shredded chicken one day. It melts like a dream and tastes awesome in omelettes. Like a grown-up, fancy version of mozzarella, in my opinion.

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Plus a container of strawberries! To be used in oatmeal. πŸ™‚ After a bit of relaxing, we headed downtown to Taki’s Taverna!

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I’ve been to Taki’s once before with my good friend Yuki. We also had desserts from the Transylvanian dessert store across the street.

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We had calamari with tzatziki and pita bread to start.

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The mussels were a huge hit, and Seline was a major fan of the calamari. She ate most of it! πŸ™‚

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Charles ordered the lamb souvlaki, and Seline had the chicken souvlaki. Man, it was HARD to take photos here! It was really dark and the lighting was horrendous. Most of the photos turned out blurry, which is why I didn’t capture some meals…

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I had the salmon souvlaki. Can you believe this was a small? I was pretty hungry initially, but this meal was super filling. I couldn’t finish it all! The salmon was excellent and cooked perfectly. The carrots were pretty good, but I didn’t like the green beans. Potatoes were pretty average, but my dad claimed they were way too sour (I thought the amount of lemony-ness was just right). The rice was a little bit oily, which is expected for a Greek restaurant, but the dill flavour was great. The cheese on the Greek salad was typical frozen feta cheese, and I didn’t think the tomatoes were particularly fresh.

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Mom had the lamb shank, and Grandma the rack of lamb. We all had the same sides, as you can see πŸ™‚

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Dessert was ice cream from Rain or Shine in Vancouver. After much debate – peanut butter or brown butter snickerdoodle – I ordered the brown butter snickerdoodle. Oh, this was SO yummy. My favourite bites of the day! Seline had the chocolate, in a cone instead of a cup. She ended up putting it in a cup because it tipped over. My brown butter snickerdoodle ice cream was so, so good!

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Have an awesome day, guys!

20 thoughts on “My Favourite Kind of Day

    1. Personally, my favourite Greek restaurant is Astera’s Greek Taverna in Nanaimo, Sunshine Coast! That being said, I haven’t been to many Greek restaurants. I think I prefer Taki’s, but I’m biased because I ordered salmon there and lamb at Stepho’s – I like salmon 10x better than lamb. πŸ˜› My family is all for Stepho’s, though, because they like the bigger portions!

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      1. That’s so funny! The first time I went to Stepho’s was because it was recommended by my friend on the Sunshine Coast. They’d actually go all the way specifically to Stepho’s so I figured it must be the best. I’d like the try Taki’s next then πŸ™‚

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      2. Really?! That’s so funny! Maybe we all like food that is a little “hard to get” because it’s farther away? Stepho’s is pretty great, and by the size of the lineups, very very popular! I don’t think you can go wrong with any kind of Greek food, though.

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      3. That actually reminds me that there used to be this Greek place on the Sunshine Coast called Poseidon (It closed down some years ago, probably because our population was too small back then to keep it running haha). But, they had the best pizza I’ve ever had. When I think of Greek food, I don’t think of pizza, but every time I order it it’s pretty fantastic (if you like fresh olives and stacks and stacks of veggies on your pizza…which I do πŸ™‚ )

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      4. Hahahaha the small population caused it to close, probably? πŸ˜› That’s so funny!
        Oooh sounds incredible! I bet any pizza topped with veggies and olives would be heavenly. Now you are making me crave pizza! I think I would add some feta cheese to mine.

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      5. Yeah absolutely! I used to get feta on my Greek pizzas, too. But now, some restaurants can be accommodating and I’ll ask them to sub the feta for hummus. Hummus on pizza, or even pesto pizza…really heavenly πŸ™‚

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  1. Man girl, you had a wonderful and delicious day! I need to get me some yam and chipotle curry now πŸ˜›
    I also died after seeing Gesundheit Bakery. Such a funny but adorable name!! The bakery’s site is so cute and I want them to come to LA!

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    1. Hummus is the best πŸ™‚ Sometimes I just eat it by the spoonful!
      Isn’t it?! I love farmers markets! I wish they could go to LA just for you πŸ™‚ Do you have big farmers markets where you live?

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      1. I do that with roasted red pepper hummus! Same with peanut butter, but we all do that XD
        Yes I want their bread noooooow 😦 lol all the bread brands I like are so expensive! Farmers markets are literally life! I have one every Saturday that’s 5 minutes away from where I live! It’s not too big but I love it! I think the biggest ones I know are around 30-45 min away from my house so.. πŸ˜›

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  2. Wow this is my kinda day too. (; I really have to pay a visit to the farmer’s market soon and those “hummuses”.. omg yum! Im totally craving Greek food now seeing your last two posts on them oh and Rain or Shine.. its been on my wishlist for so long! I want to try their blueberry balsamic flavour. :3

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    1. Is there a farmers market in Burnaby? πŸ˜€ If there is I NEED to go too! I’ve yet to find a mindblowingly delicious Greek restaurant. Let me know if you visit a great one!
      You should definitely go there. I’m not overly picky about ice cream, but their products are really high-quality. My aunt had the blueberry balsamic! She enjoyed it, but my dad claimed it doesn’t taste like ice cream at all. πŸ™‚ He’s a Superstore vanilla kind of guy LOL

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