Where to Enjoy Holiday Desserts in Vancouver (with recipe)

Thierry’s fromage blanc Bûche de Noël; Photo Credit: Leila Kwok

The best part of the holiday season is that calories don’t count (at least that’s what I tell myself)! After all, it’s the time of year for cookies exchanges, annual fruit cake, and decadent seasonal desserts in restaurants and pâtisseries around town. It’s enough to make anyone lose the Grinch spirit!

Here are five places in town that are decking their ovens with sheer deliciousness:

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Where to Enjoy Holiday Desserts in Vancouver (with recipe)

Where to Feast in Vancouver for Mardi Gras

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Festivities have already begun in the lead-up to Mardi Gras Day (February 28, 2017)! As I’ve witnessed first hand, celebrations in a city like New Orleans can be raucous fun, with plenty of good eating and drinking.

For those wanting to enjoy the lively spirit and food of Mardi Gras here in Vancouver, there are a number of establishments that specialize in Cajun and Creole cuisine. The food is high octane in flavour and meant to be shared, so grab a loved one or a group of friends and family and prepare to eat Mardi Gras-style!

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Where to Feast in Vancouver for Mardi Gras

The Edible Bucket List: 5 Things You Have to Taste in Vancouver

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No less an authority than The New York Times declared that “the number of truly outstanding restaurants in Vancouver is astounding.” But with so many incredible eateries and mouthwatering dishes, where do you start? Here’s a cheat sheet: Taste these and you’re well on your way to discovering the culinary soul of the city.
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The Edible Bucket List: 5 Things You Have to Taste in Vancouver

Chocolate Week Coming to Vancouver, Oct 22-28

Photo credit: John Sherlock for Thierry

Chocoholics, get ready to indulge.

The Vancouver pastry shop that sparked the city’s macaron craze is set to launch Vancouver’s inaugural Chocolate Week.  From Oct. 22-28, Thierry – the high-end patisserie on Alberni Street – is hosting a series of events on the art, science and passion of chocolate.

Activities range from exotic chocolate samplings to champagne-paired chocolate tasting flights and new product launchings.  The common denominator, of course, is premium, handcrafted chocolate, much of it prepared on site in Thierry’s climate-controlled chocolaterie kitchen.

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Chocolate Week Coming to Vancouver, Oct 22-28

Parties & Discounts at Fashion’s Night Out Vancouver, Sept. 6

Champagne cocktail. Photo credit: Flickr user SimplyLuxTravel

Vancouver’s shops and restaurants transform into party spaces on Thursday, September 6, for an evening of fashion and fun. It’s the first time Vancouver has participated in Fashion’s Night Out: a style celebration that started in NYC in 2009 and has spread to other fashion capitals including Milan, Paris and London.

FNO began as a way to bring the glitz and glamour of fall fashion week to shoppers. And many shoppers enjoy hanging out with designers, models and editors while getting discounts and sipping cocktails. The event hasn’t stopped expanding.

Fashion’s Night Out launches with a free, public fashion show at CBC Studio 40. Local celeb designers Jason Matlo and Jacqueline Conoir, as well as Van retailers, have put together a collection of catwalk looks. Doors open at 5:30 and the first 500 people there  get seats.

Meanwhile, from 6-10pm, retailers throughout the city, from Robson Street to Gastown and Yaletown, have in store events that include DJs, gifts with purchase, discounts, complimentary (sometimes boozy) drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and more. You can also expect FNO restaurant  specials from Thierry, CinCin, Blue Water and The Urban Tea Merchant. Details after the jump. Continue reading:
Parties & Discounts at Fashion’s Night Out Vancouver, Sept. 6

Sweet Delight: Going Crazy for Macarons in Vancouver

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Dessert lovers rejoice! 2012 is shaping up to be the year of the macaron in Vancouver.  If you’re not exactly sure what a macaron is, don’t worry.  Try one once and you’ll never forget.

The exact origins of the macaron are a bit hazy.  Sometime in the early 1800s, Parisian pastry chefs got the bright idea of sandwiching delicate ganaches, jams and buttercreams between two of the lightest, puffiest cookies you could imagine, usually made of almond meringue.  Color is also extremely important.  Macarons tend to be tinted all different pastel shades: from lemony yellow to sky blue and even more vivid reds and greens.

The result is the perfect, bite-sized snack: a masterpiece to look at and even better to taste, light and crunchy on the outside, with a cakey and creamy centre.

Lucky for us, patisseries across the city have begun offering their own takes on the traditional macaron of late.  Here are a few options to satisfy your cravings (many thanks to a great article in the Vancouver Sun for highlighting these gems): Continue reading:
Sweet Delight: Going Crazy for Macarons in Vancouver