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Best chocolate cake in Vancouver?

It's my birthday next weekend and I want a chocolate cake as well. I've requested the Chocolate Raspberry cake from Butter Bakery:

http://www.butterbakedgoods.com/the-g...

The cake is almost black and has a rich, deep chocolate flavour. The butter icing is pink and has a light raspberry flavour. You could choose a different icing if pink is not your thing. The bakery keeps all their cakes in the fridge so just make sure to let it sit on the counter for a few hours before serving. I bought the same cake for my husband's birthday in August. The 7-inch cake served 12 of us (well, 10 actual people. 2 gluttons went back for seconds for breakfast).

Nov 04, 2013
jamesalexandra in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Best breads in the Lower Mainland, 2013 version

Yes, Bigsby has great bread, if you like that style (we do) - crusty exterior with a chewy interior. They bake throughout the day so you can pick up a nice warm loaf in the afternoon. But I must say, the proprietors (former Red Onion owners) are a bit strange. Would it kill them to crack a smile at their customers? Then again, I'm only ever there in the afternoons and they've been up for over 12 hrs by then....

Jun 18, 2013
jamesalexandra in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Dining in Victoria and the Gulf Islands

Hunter's has been replaced by Yates Street Taphouse. It was opened by two local guys who spent decades between them working for the big chains. Not quite a romantic place but a great place for a relaxing drink and above-average food at excellent prices. Brasserie L'Ecole if you don't mind waiting (no reservations). Tried Ca Va the last time I was in town and it was very good. Less than half a block away is the bustling Stages if you want a more upbeat atmosphere. We've never had a bad meal at Ulla.

Jun 18, 2013
jamesalexandra in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

BC strawberries 2013

Bought some from the stand last week. They were very good. $4/small container or 3 for $10. The large size is $8. They said the small containers are approx. 1.5 lbs while the big one is 3lbs.

Jun 18, 2013
jamesalexandra in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

beef carpaccio - any recommendations?

Q4 serves a very nice plate of carpaccio.

May 07, 2013
jamesalexandra in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Great deals at Costco [Canada]

Here is the article from CBC news:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2...

It's not limited to Costco or Canada. Costco Canada was singled out in the media so they appear to be mitigating the bad publicity by proactively labelling tenderized-meat accordingly.

And I saw the cookie butter at the Richmond Costco last week.

Jan 30, 2013
jamesalexandra in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Sushi Sen in Squamish-Scrumptious!!

Taka was the wonderful place on 4th (sob).

Nov 19, 2012
jamesalexandra in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR 28 -need a private room with large table

28 people at one table may not be more conducive to increased interaction. You'll likely just chat to the people sitting on either side of you. Seasons in the Park has private rooms to accommodate different group sizes. We had a team Christmas party there a few years back for approx. 30 people in our own private room spread over 3 tables. The room was large so everyone moved about freely before, during and after the meal. And the food was really good (set-menu).

Nov 07, 2012
jamesalexandra in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

No.5 Umami Paste

I bought mine at the Grandview Hwy Superstore. It was located near their "deli" (where they have vacuum-sealed, pre-sliced cheeses, dips, etc.). It was on a stand where they were highlighting "easy, gourmet entertaining ideas!". Good luck.

Oct 29, 2012
jamesalexandra in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

bringng back booze into to BC

From the Cdn Border Services Agency website:

If you have been outside Canada for at least 48 hours and are of legal age, you can bring in these amounts of alcohol and tobacco products free of duty and tax as part of your personal exemption:

Alcoholic beverages:

•1.14 L (40 oz.) of liquor; or
•1.5 L of wine; or
•24 X 355 ml (12 oz.) containers of beer.

Oct 17, 2012
jamesalexandra in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

What are your BCLS wine staples?

We like heavy red wines (think Amarone if we had unlimited $$) so we buy:
$30 Coyam (Chile) http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/845321 and
$25 Juan Gil (Span) http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product...

Sep 07, 2012
jamesalexandra in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

What are your BCLS wine staples?

Agree on Meiomi. That one is awesome.

Sep 07, 2012
jamesalexandra in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Seeking individual size birthday cakes

Sweet Obsession on 16th has a great selection of 6" cakes ($30-ish price range) but I think they're meant to serve 3-4. Or Cadeaux Bakery in Gastown. She used to be the pastry chef for Rob Feenie. Her website says her 6-inch cakes serve 8-10 (?) and cost $38. Thomas Haas does 3-serving cakes for $15.

Jun 20, 2012
jamesalexandra in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Non-restaurant eats in Victoria (to take back to Vancouver)?

Okay, was going to suggest the meat pies fom the Dutch Bakery but seeing you only eat fish maybe the Flyer Saucer cookies if you like almonds. So nostalgic that place!

Apr 30, 2012
jamesalexandra in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Good food/chocolate/treats/snacks to bring on a plane for friend in another province?

I would second Chocolate Arts as a good choice. Just transported a large box down to Seattle as a hostess gift. I really, really wanted to love Cocoa Nymph but for the price point, Chocolate Arts is much better in my opinion and just as creative. Another idea is Venturi Schulze Balsamic vinegar from Edible Canada. Pricey but may be well appreciated by the right receiver. Took some to my foodie sister-in-law in Ontario last summer and she loved it. Hmmm, she also asked me to bring Butter Baked Goods for her. Peanut butter sandwich cookies + coconut marshmallows in the hand luggage.

Apr 30, 2012
jamesalexandra in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Frozen croissants in Surrey

Willingdon Costco sells frozen croissants, approx. $45 for 144. I wouldn't say they are top quality though - more bready than flaky but definitely cheap. Not all Costco locations carry them (Richmond and Downtown locales do not). The ones at Whole Foods are good but pricey. I recall them being $12-ish for 6. Some stores (Stong's, Urban Fare) carry a brand called Delifrance. I think they have recently been re-branded as Cool & Simple. Comes in plain or chocolate. 5 croissants for approx. $6. No need to proof, just bake from the freezer.

Apr 13, 2012
jamesalexandra in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Vancouver's best wedding caterers for July 2012 wedding?

"The Butler Did It" catered our wedding in 2006. We had tons of appys and then a full sit down dinner for 85 people. The food was delicious and service was impeccable.

Mar 28, 2012
jamesalexandra in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)