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

black forest (1)

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

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Fairmont Lobby Lounge – Indulgent People Watching

Indulgent and Grand Fairmont Pacific Rim – Lobby Lounge

Fairmont Pacific Rim

Lobby Lounge

Sigh… this is simply indulgent. We started our “feel pretty day” with  Japanese fusion high tea at the lobby lounge. I ordered the Jasmine and my friend the Green Pear Tea…. delicious.

The assortment of goodies were decadent and so pretty, from California rolls wrapped in cucumber to Matcha mouse cake and chocolate macaroons. Don’t expect traditional English high tea there would be no cucumber sandwiches and fruit tarts… the closest thing was they served  were scones, everything else was fusion

appies-lobbylounge

high tea

Service was impeccable and seating was comfortable.

fireplace-lobby-lounge

Now….the main reason why this lobby is so busy on a random Thursday afternoon, the expensively well dressed, nicely groomed hot people. It’s is the place to be for people watching. People who were in “business meetings” don’t even look at each other, they purposely move their seats

Food Persuasion Level : [rating=4]

Value: [rating=3]
Service : [rating=3]
Ambiance: [rating=4]
Price: $$$
Cuisine: Lounge
Location: Coal Harbour Vancouver, BC

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Herons Restaurant Promotion – Fairmont Waterfront

Herons Restaurant & Lounge located in Fairmont Waterfront
Similar to their previous lunch promotion last year, $17.50 lunch buffet per person. Sweet deal! For a sample of dishes presented at their buffet and a review check out
Fairmont Waterfront Herons – 2 for 1 Lunch Buffet