I Miss Vancouver! {Earls // Breka // Nuba // Soirette}

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!

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Seline ordered the margherita pizza, which she thought was delicious as usual. This was her third or fourth time ordering this pizza at Earls!

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Dad had their special cheeseburger with truffle fries. We still prefer the truffle fries from the Sandbar, though.

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Mom decided on the Mediterranean linguine with grape tomatoes, olives, feta cheese, and parsley.

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The Kung Pao noodle bowl for Grandpa! These noodles were tossed with tofu, carrots, peppers, cucumber, cilantro, and topped with sesame seeds.

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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.

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One afternoon, Seline and I enjoyed desserts at Breka Bakery in downtown Vancouver. I chose two and rated them…

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1Not good 2Okay/Decent 3Good 4Very good 5Excellent 6Incredible! 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.

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This was the white chocolate cheesecake, which I enjoyed quite a lot!

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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

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Another day, I had dinner with Rachel from Moments with Rae. We went to Nuba downtown after I finished a day of volunteering at the aquarium.

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Nuba is famous for healthy and delicious Lebanese food. The restaurant was busy, but not crowded.

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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. 😦

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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.

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Rachel’s tabbouleh was loaded with parsley!

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After a long day at the aquarium, I stopped by Soirette in Coal Harbour where I met Mom and Seline.

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I ordered one chocolate ganache macaron and one pistachio macaron.

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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. 😦

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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.

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That is it for now, everyone! Have a delicious week 🙂

24 thoughts on “I Miss Vancouver! {Earls // Breka // Nuba // Soirette}

      1. YES! I just had a mini eggs florentine hash and it was so good! OMG I cannot poach eggs to save my life–I feel as if my poached eggs on avocado rye crisps was literally a fluke and ever since I have ruined eggs by trying to poach them 😦 most of the time, I boil them or fry them sunny side-up, which is still tasty! 😀

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      2. AHAHA seriously? I was so jealous when I saw those pics because I thought you were insanely talented for making them! I guess there’s quite a bit of luck involved here, too, eh? Sunny side up eggs are delish!

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    1. Foodie dreams sound awesome. I rarely dream about food but I wish I did! Do you?
      This was the only time I’ve had halloumi and I was a little disappointed. Have you had success cooking with it?
      Okay! I’ll come visit you wherever you are and we’ll try all the sweets in sight 🙂

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      1. Yup! I actually have a full time job at the University’s Center for Extended Learning now! I work on developing online courses. 🙂

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      2. Food wise, my favourite place to eat is Thrive – they’re a vegan/vegetarian place with the besst sandwiches, salads, and smoothies. But I really love Red House, or Belmont Cafe for breakfast! Famoso has some great Italian pizza. All of the places I just named are around Uptown Waterloo. If you browse around in my Instagram, you can find photos from all of them except Famoso! https://www.instagram.com/retainerbox/ 🙂

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      3. Awesome! I’ve heard of all of those places and they are on my bucket list. Since I’m pretty close to campus in Waterloo, going to Kitchener definitely takes a bit more thought and preparation. I’ve been thinking about going to Red House for the longest time! And Thrive as well – their sandwiches look excellent.

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