After long days my remedy for destressing is baking and as much as I try to curb my carb cravings I always seem to day dream of baking something devilish! So when I got home today after a busy day at work I knew exactly was I was going to make, Martha Stewarts Pineapple Coconut muffins! She makes a loaf but I love lil muffins so i can give them away and this way it lessen the chances of me having an entire loaf of this scrumptious treat! Here is the original recipe but I made a couple alterations to make it a little less sinful.
Alright the chocolate craving has hit me again! I go for months with no urge and then like a lightning bullet it hits me and I need a bite of a 70% dark of goodness! I've gotten to know myself pretty well by this point and so I know to stock up incase this happens... but this time my mind slipped and nowhere in the house was choclate not even a chip to be found! (we used them for poker night last week). So 30mins later I found myself down aisle 3 in Wholefoods glazed over in from of a wall of Chocolate. Somehow the one chocolate bar I came in for turned into 4 marvellous crafted bars of bliss! I'm a sucker for really good quality chocolate it's one of the things I splurge on. And with Valentines day approaching I'm sending out a little hint that anyone can win me over with Valrhona!
Last night I went to one of my favourite restaurants in the city called Chambar. And as always the service and meal was superb. At the moment Vancouver is in the midst of dine-out and so I was a bit nervous about getting a table but lucky for us they opened Cafe Medina next door to accommodate (this is my second fav spot for brunch). I went with my foodie friend from new york who I knew would love it. Something about the atmosphere in the space with the lights and candles always makes the Chambar dining experience just that much better then other spots in Vancouver. But back to the food. For starters I love beets so I ordered the beet and fennel with pomegranate and sheeps feta salad and Korey had the roasted celeriac and morel soup which was presented in a beautiful fashion with the server pouring the soup at the table over a bowl of apples, watercress and lingonberries. Next up... Mussels (the main reason I am so in love with Chambar) with tomato and coconut YUM! And if I am correct the other dish was Arctic Char. For desert I went right for the ice-cream and Chocolate Salted chocolate caramel bar and when it was presented the icecream was quickly melting so I did what any sain person would do and quickly ate it up! The other desert was Lemon curd, toasted meringue, and thyme scented shortbread. A perfect meal yet again at Chambar! Muah!
Check out Bake Sale catering and delivery in Austin! Yum those treats sure do look to good to be true. How cute are the mini oreas and caramel popcorn macaroons! Mercy! Andrea has made a successful business out of the simple guilty pleasures that people like me live for! Look at the special evens menu here
Reuniting with a friend calls for French Toast.... don't cha say! My dear friend has come back to Vancouver finally since being away in Paris for studies (way to long). The morning we were going to meet I woke to a layer of thick snow. I love the snow for the fact that it made this journey for breakfast just that much more amazing! If you are hungry and feel like an amazing breakfast do it and smother it in Maple Syrup! Deacons Corners!
Nobu sign that read 'soon to open' and were bummed! My sister has raved about it and says its amazing! .... well i finally had my chance to experience the place in Hawaii and boy did it live up to the hype! We order a couple appetizers and some fancy sangria cocktails! I am so in love with Nobu... I might even go as far as say its reason enough to travel somewhere as Nobu is a destination worth visiting... just be careful you could leave with a hefty bill at the end as the couple sitting next to us rang in at $600! Eek!
When I was in Hawaii this past week I went to the local farmers market and was surprised in the lack of fresh veggies and fruits, however, I came across these Hawaiian donuts called Malasada! These two amazing chicks (check out the gal with the purple hair) make malasada every wednesday for the market in Waikiki and they were amazing. They had all the flavours like pineapple, guava, strawberry, chocolate, peach... how could i resist!
Today I took my date snowshoeing! We were lucky with out time and made it up and down cypress just as it began to rain. It felt good to go up and experience nature and become reminded again of the beauty vancouver holds. And on that note after our outbound adventure we were hungry and so to Save On Meats we went. Now as a vegetarian this doesn't seem like the best spot however you are mistaken! I ordered the veggie chilli with a home made biscuit that was amazing! The gal sitting next me me ordered a giant rootbeer float that looked just perfect with the icecream scoops melting down the glass. This place I once thought to be totally odd and would never dream of stepping foot inside but today it was well worth the wait! check out Save On Meats!