A few months till 2012 comes to an end. I’ve decided to round-up my favourite desserts I have had the finger-licking pleasure to try. If you have a sweet tooth this is guaranteed to get your mouth-watering. Enjoy!
Just came back from Bel Cafe, part of the Georgia Hotel and Hawksworth Restaurant, I just had the best Maple Bacon Macaron.
I love almost everything bacon, Voeges Chocolate bacon bar, Bella Gellateria’s maple bacon ice cream, Pirate Radio’s maple bacon latte. When I spotted the maple bacon macaron at Bel Cafe I just had to try it.
It was so soft and not at all too sweet. I love it!
Following the macaron, I delved into a White Chocolate and Coconut Cake.
By now I was sugar high. It was good though.
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.
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.
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.
They also sell a tiny selection of cakes, I didn’t get to try them though.
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.
DONUTS. This word is enough to induce Homer Simpson into a trance-like drool. Lately this word is on the tip of most foodies’ tongues.
How so? One donut company that has been on my radar is Cartems Donuterie. This donuterie is known to use fresh, locally sourced, and organic ingredients. Their claim to fame is their handmade donuts are offered in a variety of creative flavors and are one of the shops that offer vegan and gluten-free donuts.
Caroline (Food Persuasion) and I set out on this tasty adventure and found out that we should have waited at the shop when we first arrived. When we came back a few minutes before opening time, she was shocked to see a line up form in front of the shop.
Since the shop is located on Hastings and Carrall (edge of Gastown), you’re bound to find some very interesting characters there. Some of the interesting passer-bys thought that we were crazy lining up for a $3 donut. Damn, these donuts should be tasty!
Another interesting character to note was the man on a bike near the door. He was a hoot! He blurted out that he doesn’t believe in lining up but rather go in and grab what he needs and leave. “This is how I got this muffin!”, he boasts. Then HE went on to say how good the donuts are at Cartems. One guy in the lineup pointed out to the man that he had a muffin (mind you, it was a Superstore sized jumbo muffin). The man scoffs, “This thing? Meh!” and pretends to throw it over his shoulder. Everyone in the lineup had a good laugh before proceeding to buy the yummy donuts.
Initially, my intention was to get the Maple Bacon Bourbon. After hearing that the first 2 people in the line bought all of them, my heart was broken.
Caroline and I decided to get different donuts to try, instead. I got The Campfire and the Earl Grey and Caroline got the Breakfast donut and the Triple Chocolate threat.
After purchasing the donuts, we went to International Village to sample our goodies.
The first donut we tried was the Triple Chocolate Threat. This is a chocolate donut dipped in chocolate ganache and sprinkled with crisp Callebaut chocolate pearls. This chocolate donut was slightly dense and dry. It wasn’t as rich as I expected. However, I loved how the chocolate pearls gave texture to this donut.
The next donut we tried was the Breakfast donut. This was a baked whole wheat donut with organic figs, flax seeds and honey. Densely packed with healthy ingredients, this donut tasted like a healthy pancake. It also had pockets of honey which was a pleasant surprise.
The third donut we had was The Campfire. It was a chocolate donut dipped in chocolate ganache, sprinkled with graham crumbs, and topped with a handmade vanilla marshmallow that’s drizzled with chocolate. This was the ultimate s’mores donut! This donut was light and chocolately and not sugary sweet. It was my favorite chocolate donut! The handmade marshmallow was definitely a nice touch.
Last but not least, was the Earl Grey donut. This was an earl grey cake donut with an earl grey glaze, sprinkled with mallow flowers (flowers used in earl grey tea). This donut was slightly dense and the subtle flavour of the tea comes through after one bite. This was my favorite donut of the ones I’ve tried!
Overall, Cartems Donuts are definitely worth it! It’s made with locally sourced organic ingredients and are handmade. They come in many creative flavors and are simply delicious! I also recommend visiting the shop as the owners, Rags, was fantastic, as you can see him and his team being passionate in what they do. (Not to mention the interesting characters you’ll see when you are waiting in line for the donuts.)
One day, I hope to try all the flavors.
One day, the Maple Bourbon Bacon donut will be mine! 😛
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.
There was a lineup before the doors were opened, we were 5th in line.
This was what was left when we arrived at the counter.
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.
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
Yule log was my favorite. Nice light hazelnut mouse with chocolate and wafers to add a crunchy texture.
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
Celebrated Chocolatier-Pâtissier Thierry Busset, opens a she-she foo-foo pastry shop on Alberni St Downtown. I’ve been complaining there is just not enough bakeries in Downtown. Walking in, I was giddy with sweet goodness. Every product was so deliciously presented.
I expected the prices were going to be steep, especially situated on Alberni and Georgia. The prices were even more expensive than my favorite pastry cafe, Thomas Haas which compares to $5.95 vs here $6.95.
I didn’t get a chance to try out the chocolates but, it is a promise that I will.
My friend, Gary has tried every Tiramisu in town and rated this a 8.5/10! The high marks is almost unheard of from him.
Forgot what these cakes were called but they were rum based. Not my favorite, although it may just be my preference. They sure looked pretty, that and the rum was what sold it.
Chocolate Succé Cake
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