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 🙂 PS: This was the lovely Sunday before Victoria Day Monday, when I met the sweet Rachel of Moments with Rae at Matchstick Coffee!
Started off with a glorious batch of banana pancakes topped with blackberries, hemp hearts, and maple syrup. 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!
Then I laced up my sister’s runners and headed outside…
Snapped a couple of photos in the backyard,
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.
There are three rows of lovely vendors and friendly customers.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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. 😛
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.
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!
One place that we absolutely love is Ace Curries to Go. You can check out their website here: http://www.acecurriestogo.com. 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!
BobAli is my new favourite vendor. They sell all kinds of dips and spreads, and specialize in hummus. Check out the creative flavours below!
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!
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. 😉
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.
Here are my hummuses! Is ‘hummuses’ even a word? What’s the plural for hummus? Hmmm… 😛 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. 😉
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.
Plus a container of strawberries! To be used in oatmeal. 🙂 After a bit of relaxing, we headed downtown to Taki’s Taverna!
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.
We had calamari with tzatziki and pita bread to start.
The mussels were a huge hit, and Seline was a major fan of the calamari. She ate most of it! 🙂
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…
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.
Mom had the lamb shank, and Grandma the rack of lamb. We all had the same sides, as you can see 🙂
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!
Have an awesome day, guys!