Jean Philippe Patisserie – Chocolate Porn At It’s Best

Vegas to me, is about partying, sleepless nights and food, great food.

Jean Philippe Patisserie located inside Aria Hotel in Las Vegas, is all about bright colors. It’s food porn at it’s best. We began salivating just looking at the desserts. Everything was visually stunning.

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The chocolate dragon and cherry blossoms display is a masterpiece.  I wanted to go inside the display and frolic.

dragon chocolate sculpture

You ready for some food porn?

I’ll start with the savory, the sandwiches although I did not get to try it, was very popular amongst the tourists.

sandwiches

Ok, that’s enough savory….

Ice cream galore and baked goods…

icecream

Colorful Rice Krispies Balls…it’s Christmas all over again.

colorful rice krispies balls

Now here’s the star…..

Chocolates, Chocolates and MORE CHOCOLATES

I’d say it beats Thomas Haas chocolates and you can forget about Thierry. One bite, and I was giddy from a choco-gasim. I had about 5, I was sooo happy.  The flavor was intense. I don’t remember which ones I ate but, I clearly remember how I felt. It might have been because I was semi-awake and running on adrenaline, or because I was so dehydrated but, these were the best chocolates I’ve ever had. My euphoria lasted for about an hour.

fruit chocolates

chocolates

Chocolate shoe sculpture .. you get me, you really get me!

chocolate shoe sculpture

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Eat! Vancouver’s Roundup – New Foods To Try

Eat! Vancouver’s Roundup. New foods to watch out for in the next few months in your local groceries and specialty food stores.

It was busy as usual this weekend. This year’s Eat Vancouver didn’t leave any hungry attendee unfed. From cheese, soups, noodles, maple candy salmon, spices, to chocolates.

I was lucky enough to participate in a culinary popup class by Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts. For around $20 you get a hands-on cooking class that was entertaining, educational and filling. We made marsala spice from scratch and for brunch, stuffed brioche and, hollandaise sauce.

Hello Macarons! Gluten free macarons by Kitchening Co. Carly Wintschel, owner was on hand to answer any questions and pose for pictures.

kitchening co carly

Everything is made from scratch including the caramel in the salted caramel macarons. You can pick them up at your local Urban Fare.

macarons

L.B. EMPORIUM, specializes in creative infused salts. The aromas were just amazing. My favorite was the Hibiscus, a purple tart flower salt infusion. You will be able to buy them online next month.

LB emporium donna

blackberry pepper

Cheese from Switzerland Tête de Moine, Bellelay cheese is a semi-hard, cheese with a silky body which easily melts in your mouth. It was almost too pretty to eat, alas my stomach won.

Tête de Moine cheese

It was definitely one of my favorites at Eat Vancouver. You can buy it at A. Bosa & Co. and Les amis du Fromage.

cheese flower

Giant, ooeey-goooey marshmallows from Magpie’s Marshmallows were sweet.  Magpie’s Marshmallows is based in Agassiz, BC and they are working on getting their products in local groceries in Vancouver.

Magpie marshmallow owners

mango marshmellow galore

Boring Porridge, a natural, Gluten Free instantly-ready porridge.  The coconut breeze was my favorite. Jesse was a whiz.

boring porridge

Finally we finished up with David Rocco, celebrity Italian chef.

david rocco

Photographs are courtesy of Moneesh Reddy, a passionate foodie and hobby photographer. Who idolizes Barney from ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and thinks he’s “Legend….wait for it…Dary”.

Soirette – Macrons & Tea

Soirette is a new Macrons & Tea café in Coal Harbour. Stepping into the cafe, everything looks so pretty, almost too pretty to eat. Alas, my stomach won out.

Soirette Macrons and Tea
Soirette Macrons and Tea

One very positive selling feature is their creative variations of macrons. Ranging from Lavender, never was a big fan of eating lavender, it always reminded me of detergent. Matcha, malibu, lemon, raspberry, pistachio, caramel fleur de sel, passion fruit and etc.

Rose Macrons
Rose Macrons

We decided on half a dozen:
Matcha , rose, malibu, white truffle,  casis, pistachio. My favourite was the savory white truffle macroons. Geesh.. I wanted to stretch that piece of goodness, so I ate with tiny nibbles and rolled my eyes at every bite. The truffle intensity was so powerful without becoming overwhelming. My second choice would have to be the rose macarons, light sweet flora.

Colors of the rainbow  - macrons
Colors of the rainbow – macrons

They also sell a tiny selection of cakes, I didn’t get to try them though.

Saffron Cheesecake and Tiramisu
Saffron Cheesecake and Tiramisu

Before Soirette we hit up Thierry for their macrons and lemon tart (my favourite pastry at Thierry, just the right amount of lemon, amazing!). Thierry was reputed to have the best macrons in Vancouver. While Thierry’s selection is very limited, the quality of the macrons was a tad bit better than Soirette. The texture of Thierry’s macrons was perfect.
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Cartems Donuterie – Sneak Preview

Exciting sneek preview of Cartems Donuterie next week. Anita of Petite Foodie and I had a delicious #donuttweetup last weekend. Cartems Donuterie, a popup shop in Gastown has become the hottest place with a cult following. They have creative donut varieties, what?! What’s Tim Hortons? Rex, owner of Cartems, hailed as Vancouver’s Artisan Donut Maker.

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There was a lineup before the doors were opened, we were 5th in line.

5th in line

This was what was left when we arrived at the counter.

what was left

25 minutes later, it was soldout for the rest of the day. Rex, amazed at his success has noted, that they would go through more than 400 donuts a day and sellout everyday by afternoon.

Can’t wait for Petite Foodie’s guest post next week.

Zimt Chocolate – Closest Vegan Option for Chocolate

Quality ingredients for vegans who still crave chocolate. There are no preservatives and unnatural sugars.

Vegan Chocolate

What I love about chocolate is the creamy, melt it in my mouth texture. When I take a bite my pleasure senses are kick started. I don’t think any other candy could compare to the sexyness that chocolate induces. Using your tongue and swirling the rich sweetness and letting it melt in your mouth is orgasmic.

Zimt Orange chocolate bar although very decent in taste and comparable to the real orange chocolate, it lacks the texture. It was crunchy, from the nibs and grainy.

Zimt Vegan Chocolate

They are a good option for Vegans not yet ready to give up chocolate or people with food allergies. Not yet available everywhere, I saw this at Loving Hut Express  down on Pacific a vegan food cart.

Ganache Patisserie – Yulelog Fest

My last Vancouver Food bloggers meetup of the year was a holiday sugar fest at Ganache Patisserie. Getting our sugar high on with food bloggers Eat with JennyFoodie On the 49th and, Chris from Cooq .

ganache

We all shared the Chocolat Amande Croquant, dark chocolate amaretto mouse, griottine cherry gelee, milk chocolate macadamian nut cremeux, caramel crunch , and cute little chocolate financiers.  It was shaped as a cute chocolate train.  6” buche $30

chocolate amande

I just finished a huge cavity inducing but, too good to pass, French toast from Glowbal Restaurant & Lounge. So I was pretty high and just tipping over my sugar intake limit for the day. That being said, my review is a little biased. I thought the cake was too sweet and much too dense.  However, even though I could only finish a ¼ of my cake everyone else polished up their plates. As compared to the Yule log at Giovane, which was lighter and had more texture, this cake lacked the crunch.

chocolate yulelog

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Giovane Cafe – I’m Only Here for the Sweets

Food enthusiasts and bloggers from Vancouver’s food bloggers meetup, gathered at Fairmont Pacific Rim, Giovanne Café to sample some of their delicious delights.  Before I launch into my review, I recommend anyone partaking in a few events if you consider yourself a food enthusiast. Trying out food and meeting new friends…it’s the perfect marriage!

Now the sweets….

Signature Sugar Bun with Vanilla Cream filling. This was not heavy or overly sweet. The texture was creamy and light but, the flavor was just not there. Yes, it is a simple pastry but, as a signature item, I found that it lacked oomph. 2.5/5

sugar bun

Yule log was my favorite.  Nice light hazelnut mouse with chocolate and wafers to add a crunchy texture.

yule log

Indulgent, check.

Overload on chocolate, check.

Intense explosion to the senses, check. 4/5

Lastly we sampled the black forest cake, a nice take on a traditional pastry. Still trying to decipher what was in the cream, I believe it was Kirsch. Lighter than the black forest cakes I previous had but, if they kicked it up a notch and infused a stronger cherry flavor it would have been perfect. 3/5

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Local bloggers Simon Life in the Lower Mainland, Jenny EatwithJenny, Vicki foodieonthe49th will be posting their experiences of Giovanne Café.

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