Monthly Archives: June 2012

Meat & Bread- New Pender Location

Small Girl BIG Plate Scale:

1.Don’t waste your money  2.Mediocre  3. Good  4.Very good  5.Nobel Prize Worthy

Items up for review:

1. Porchetta Sandwich $8
5/5 (Worthy of Nobel Prize)

-Most popular and recommended sandwich at Meat & Bread.

-The Ciabatta bun was nice and crispy on ouside and soft on inside. Sadly though the bread is not made in house ( delivered from Swiss Bakery).

-Porchetta (fatty pork meat) was extremely rich in flavor.

-What made this sandwich worthy of a Nobel Prize were the “cracklings”; the pork rind/skin on the actual pork roast that got caramelized to become perfectly salty and crunchy. The cracklings also provided the sandwich with an amazing textural component.

-This is an absolute must have if you stop by Meat & bread

2. Meat & Bread Daily Special: Pemberton Meadows Beef Chuck & Blue Cheese Aioli Sandwich. $8
2.5/5 (mediocre-good)

-Also Inside the sandwich: Caramelized Onion & Sauteed Mushroom, Blue Cheese Aioli, Arugula, Red Wine Jus.

-Despite the red wine jus and blue cheese aioli, this was actually a very “safe sandwich”. Think beef dip taken up a few notches.

-I liked it but didn’t love it. The flavors were good and it was evident that there was thought put in this sandwich, but it just wasn’t excellent.

 

Conclusion and Meat & Bread Must-Knows:

-This new Pender location is in the heart of downtown Vancouver, so expect long line ups during lunch hour.

-Seating consists of only one long banquet style table. More of a grab-and-go joint.

-There is a new daily special everyday, however, the Porchetta Sandwich is a menu staple.

-Extremely reasonably priced for the quality and amount of meat given.

-One thing extremely odd about this place is that they WILL NOT cut your sandwich in half. They also don’t have knifes. The reason being that “the sandwich fixings will fall out”, as one member of staff had stated to me. The sandwiches are meant to be ate as one piece, and one piece only. I have respect for this though– although, it does make sharing extremely difficult.

R x

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Cafe Medina- must try breakfast spot

Small Girl BIG Plate Scale:

1.Don’t waste your money  2.Mediocre  3.Good  4.Very good  5. Nobel Prize Worthy

 Items up for review:

1. Lavender Latte   $3.60 (8 oz)
4/5- very good

–          Very unique Latte flavor, especially for Vancouver where anything past a chai latte is difficult to find.

–          Lavender flavor was present without being overwhelming

–          Creamy & smooth mouth-feel.

–          Absolute must-have if you stop by Cafe Medina.

 

2. Belgian Waffles $3.15 Per 1 Waffle + 1 Dip
5/5 – worthy of a Nobel Prize

-Perfectly crispy on the outside & delicate on the inside

-Beautiful nutty flavor

-These waffles are one of the best you will ever find in Vancouver

-Each waffle comes with a dipping sauce. We ordered the Salted Caramel and the Lavender Milk chocolate. I highly recommend both.

-NOT cheap at $3 a piece, but so, so worth it. I could probably eat 20 of these and still smile after.

 3. Paella  $13
2/5 (Mediocre)

-Decription: 1 baked egg, curried orzo, Hungarian chorizo, zucchini, red pepper, roasted corn, grano padarno, watercress, avocado and tomato salad.

-It was very oily (most likely from the chorizo).It wasn’t good but it wasn’t bad either

-Flavors were great, but there was just something about it that we couldn’t quite put our finger on.

-However I loved the avocados in the paella. Pretty genius addition that also provided the dish with a great textural component.

-For $13 I don’t recommend this. For $8, maybe.


Conclusion & Cafe Medina Must-Knows:

-Hands down one of the best breakfast/brunch spots in Vancouver

-Great service

-Tidy washrooms

-Not a secret gem! Will get jam packed on weekends.

-Very cute ambiance, although, some of the tables are uncomfortably close together.

-Items you must try: Belgian Waffles, Lavender Latte

Overall, Cafe Medina is an absolute must-try in Vancouver. The waffles alone are worth the 45 minute weekend wait .

Love,
r x

 

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KRAFT & The Moradi Madness

I like love Peanut Butter. I love the texture, the taste, and most importantly the childhood memories it brings back to me.  I grew up having a PB & J sandwich in my lunch box almost every day; 1 part peanut butter and 2 parts jelly to be exact.  It was my favorite.  Even now, with getting to try some of the best food in Vancouver—I’m still over content with a good ol’ PB & J sandwich.

So with all that said, I’m sure you could only imagine my excitement when KRAFT Peanut Butter Company contacted me, to ask “what my dream PB creation would be”. Ah, all the possibilities!

Once I came up with my dream creation– the chefs in the Kraft test kitchen worked patiently to come up with the “Moradi Madness”; a rich, decadent, chocolate brownie topped with a light PB Mousse and drizzled with chocolate ganache. It was everything I imagined and more.

If you wan’t to re-create the Moradi Madness in your own kitchen, just grab your KRAFT PB and get a little taste of this madness for yourself!

The Moradi Madness:

By the makers of KRAFT & re-invented by yours truly

1 recipe for Chocolate Brownie or Cake

1 recipe for Peanut Butter Mousse (recipe as follows):

3/4 cup KRAFT Smooth Peanut Butter
4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla
3 tbsp milk
1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
2/3 cup heavy whipping cream, cold.

1 recipe for Chocolate ganache.

Directions for KRAFT Peanut Butter Mousse:

1. In a large bowl beat KRAFT peanut butter, cream cheese, vanilla, and milk together until smooth and fluffy. Add in powdered sugar and beat again until smooth. Set aside.

2. In a separate bowl beat the whipped cream until stiff peaks are formed. Next, working in batches, gently fold the whipped cream into the peanut butter mixture to form an airy mousse. This took me 5 batches. Please be careful not to over-beat! Think light and fluffy my fellow bakers. Place PB mousse in the fridge for minimum 1 hour.

3. Once chilled, pipe or spread the PB Mousse on top of the chocolate brownie. Drizzle with Chocolate ganache.

Viola you have yourself the “Moradi Madness”!

I hope you will all love it!

P.S KRAFT PB has now launched a food truck that will be coming to Vancouver July 1st at Canada Place! They will be waiting to feed all you PB fanatics with their latest  creations. I already got to try them all–but don’t worry, I  haven’t forgotten to share! I launched an article on the KRAFT food truck this morning on VcB. Don’t forget to check it out!

R x

Minami Restaurant in Yaletown– Grand Opening

There’s a new kid on the Yaletown block and they’re awesome.

Foodies I present to you Minami Restaurant. A remarkable Japanese restaurant which I had the pleasure of getting to know at their grand opening party tonight.

The grand opening party was very extravagant. Everything from the food to the ambiance was top-notch.

Aburi Prime Rib, cubed & skewered, finished with soy glazed black truffle wild mushroom duxelle sauceAburi Salmon Oshi Sushi: local salmon pressed and dressed with Chef’s own sauce, topped with jalapéno. 

The amount of love and thought put into this restaurant was refreshing. As I stated in my morning column for Vancity Buzz– this restaurant had soul; A quality which I would say many restaurants lack today.

Saikyo Miso Baked Sablefish, served on a wonton spoon with wasabi dashi broth and yuzu miso foam

I had the honor of meeting Seigo Nakamura, the owner and mastermind behind both Minami and its sister restaurant Miku tonight. He was a wonderful person who shared not only his resturant vision but purpose with me. He stated that he wants to “build a community” that both Minami and Miku are more to him than just “businesses”.

I can confidently state that Minami will soon house the best Japanese food in Vancovuer. The food I ate tonight was truly memorable. It was art.

If you want authentic Japanese food this is the new go-to joint.

-R x

Caprese Pops!

These fun bite-sized morsels of heaven are the only thing missing at your summer BBQ extravaganza!

I shared the recipe with my readers this morning on Vancity Buzz ! If you didn’t get a chance to read my morning columm then feel free to click HERE for the recipe & directions to my Caprese Pops.

If you would just like to stare at the pictures and drool–that’s OK too! 

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Love,
r x