ManCakes Bakery: Cupcakes for Vancouver Men?

Buffalo Wing ManCake. Photo credit: ManCakes Bakery

You may have thought that the cupcake’s glory days were over. What more could bakers do? Cupcakes have been primped, pumped full of fillings, bacon-topped etc., only to finally give way to the next Vancouver dessert trend: the macaron.

But no. Out of nowhere, ManCakes introduced cupcakes for men. This new and provocative Port Moody bakery by Geoff Hamilton and Jeremy Wong creates 10 flavours of manly cupcakes, including their signature Buffalo Wing (with spicy cake base, baked blue cheese mousse, hot sauce buttercream and crispy chicken skin “sprinkles”) and Breakfast (a vanilla cake base with egg and bacon custard, topped with maple buttercream and a granola tuille).

The idea behind ManCakes? The old cupcake model is more about fussy frills than bold flavour.  Hamilton and Wong wanted to create something strong and adventurous that Vancouver men could enjoy.

I’m female and these flavours appeal to me. Unsurprisingly, according to this great article about ManCakes in The Vancouver Sun, 80% of ManCakes customers are women and this will increase with Father’s Day just around the corner.

Is the ManCake genius? Poorly-named? Genius but poorly-named? Continue reading:
ManCakes Bakery: Cupcakes for Vancouver Men?

Communal Dining Thrives in Vancouver

Araxi Longtable at North Arm Farm. Photo Credit: Toshi Kawano Photography

Dining out trends have been evolving constantly since the invention of the restaurant, which made an appearance in France around 1770. Today, the questions of what we eat and why have taken on great weight.

Is the food on offer local? Is it organic? Is it wild? Is it seasonal? Is it healthy? Is it authentic? Is it reinterpreted technologically – i.e. molecular gastronomy? Choosing a restaurant is sometimes akin to displaying your moral values.

In Vancouver, a culinary hotbed of sorts, the question has moved beyond what/why we eat certain things. Diners are paying increasing attention to how they eat. The answer is more and more frequently communal dining. And there are so many different ways to group dine.

Remy covered the popular Social Feed group dinners. What other group dinners await your scintillating conversational skills?  From secret supper clubs, to Araxi’s Longtable Series and pop-up restaurants, here’s an updated look at the communal dining scene. Continue reading:
Communal Dining Thrives in Vancouver