Before I went to Waterloo, I had some fun foodie adventures with family and friends. Sorry for the late photos and post – these have been hiding in my Drafts box for over half a year!
One Sunday morning we went to Earls for brunch. Click here to see our first meal at Earls! We were served complimentary cranberry muffins that were topped with powdered sugar. I had a bite of this muffin, which was tasty!
Seline ordered the margherita pizza, which she thought was delicious as usual. This was her third or fourth time ordering this pizza at Earls!
Dad had their special cheeseburger with truffle fries. We still prefer the truffle fries from the Sandbar, though.
Mom decided on the Mediterranean linguine with grape tomatoes, olives, feta cheese, and parsley.
The Kung Pao noodle bowl for Grandpa! These noodles were tossed with tofu, carrots, peppers, cucumber, cilantro, and topped with sesame seeds.
I had the eggs florentine with two poached eggs, mushrooms, spinach, creamy parmesan sauce, and polenta. The polenta was my favourite part! This was served with a slice of sourdough bread for dipping, but I didn’t find it necessary.
One afternoon, Seline and I enjoyed desserts at Breka Bakery in downtown Vancouver. I chose two and rated them…
1: Not good 2: Okay/Decent 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent 6: Incredible! Must-try and would order again
Chocolate Almond Croissant: 1.5/6
- Thick and chewy, reminiscent of a Costco or Superstore croissant
- Not at all flaky or shatter-y
- Quite dense, no prominent butter flavour
- Outside: large amount of sliced almonds, thin drizzle of semisweet chocolate, and a generous sprinkle of powdered sugar
- There was no almond paste inside
- Layer of chocolate flat “balls” inside, like M&Ms without the shell: not entirely melted
- Scant amount of chocolate inside
- Mostly I disliked the texture of the croissant, because I think they should shatter and be very flaky/buttery. I was also disappointed with the filling, which was only chocolate. The only almonds here were the almond slices on top.
This was the white chocolate cheesecake, which I enjoyed quite a lot!
White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake with Pecan Crust: 4.5/6
- Great white chocolate flavour
- Cheesecake part was not too sweet nor too tangy
- White chocolate tasted great with the slightly sour raspberries and nutty crust
- Thin layer of raspberry at the bottom
- Two raspberries on top – I liked how there was no sugary glaze on top
- Whipped cream was flavourless and bland, probably store-bought
- Whipped cream made in-house with some vanilla would be better
- Crust was nutty and buttery, great texture and not too crumbly
Nuba is famous for healthy and delicious Lebanese food. The restaurant was busy, but not crowded.
I ordered chicken kebabs with hummus. They were good, but not super memorable. I’m not big on chicken, so I wouldn’t recommend these. 😦
This was another thing I ordered: halloumi cheese with tomatoes, basil, honey, and walnuts. The cheese was chewier and more rubbery than I’d expected. It was like a cross between mozzarella in terms of texture, and feta for flavour. A little salty for my taste, but the chopped herbs and sweet nuts balanced it out pretty nicely.
Rachel’s tabbouleh was loaded with parsley!
After a long day at the aquarium, I stopped by Soirette in Coal Harbour where I met Mom and Seline.
I ordered one chocolate ganache macaron and one pistachio macaron.
Essentially I wanted to come to Soirette to try Vancouver’s best macarons before leaving for Paris. Now that I’m back, though, I can say that although I’ve tried some of the best macarons in Paris and Van, these still aren’t my thing. 😦
The chocolate one was good but could’ve had a more pronounced chocolate flavour with a hint of nuttiness. This was a little plain for me. The pistachio was excellent and had notes of white chocolate. I liked the pistachio macaron much more! To be honest, I liked Soirette’s pistachio macaron more than the famous pistachio macaron from Laduree in Paris.
That is it for now, everyone! Have a delicious week 🙂