Baguette Time

by KimHo on July 22, 2009 · 11 comments under: British Columbia,Food,Restaurant



Baguette Time
1231 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC
Baguette Time on Urbanspoon

After a couple of weeks of odd low temperatures (summer-wise), we have been hit with somewhat hot days, easily reaching the 30C (high 80F, low 90F to those used to it). Given the temperature, I was hoping for something to cool myself down. After reading several posts about screamers (courtesy from fellow bloggers Danny of Five Loaves, Jessica of Yum-O-Rama, Kevin of 604Foodtography and Sherman of Sherman’s Food Adventures), one place in Downtown Vancouver mentioned. Hey, I might as well jump into that bandwagon! :D That place in Downtown was Baguette Time.

Now, their claim to fame does not seem to be the screamers, rather, sandwiches. I mean, when your business have a name that involves bread, you ought to sell something associated with that, right? In this case, Baguette Time has 15 different sandwiches. Hmmmmmmm… Decisions, decisions…


I apologize for the blurry picture, I was trying to be inconspicuous when I took this one…

Before I continue, I will take a small detour. After snapped the picture, the owner/manager/cashier (whichever is valid/appropriate) noticed I was taking pictures. He then inquired as to why I was doing that. As per my personal “policy”, I fibbed about that. After that, I must say he was giving me a bit of a hard time (at that point, I had already stopped taking pictures of the board and sat on one of the stools facing outside). Now, whether that is the “attitude” part mentioned in the menu, I can’t say for certain… But I am digressing here… I ended up ordering Little Italy which has salami, mortadella, roasted peppers, provolone and lettuce. I did notice that they have an oven in the back and every time somebody orders a sandwich, they bring out one piece of bread at a time. Talk about fresh!

When I got my sandwich, the first thing that came to my mind was “I am not impressed”. I am not sure if I am setting my own standards a bit too high but I was expecting something on the lines of La Grotta del Formaggio. Heck, even Cardero Bottega! (if we need to make a comparison based on Downtown). I will admit that, while the bread was good (soft in the inside, with a crunch on the crust) as well as the roasted pepper, the rest was a bit disappointing. The meats were a bit too salty for my liking (I know, I know, salami ought to be slightly salty) yet it did not balanced well with the rest. It is as if there was something missing. In my head, had gone to a nearby Safeway and bought some cold cuts, I am sure I would have been able to make a similar sandwich (bread aside, that is). After I finished the sandwich (again, not really satisfied), I decided to do what I came here for…

The screamer! I will admit I am a newbie with this drink. Sure, I have had soft serve on its own and slurpee on its own (though the later not in a really long time) but not both of them combined. So, when I ordered mine, I got stumped with the simple question of what flavour. In the end, I went with the last one he mentioned: cream soda (oddly, I associate cream soda with a yellow drink, not a pink drink). Now, I am not sure if had something to do with the time of the day but the soft serve was quite stiff (really good for a soft serve but a bit difficult for me to mix it with the slurpee). And, when I took my first “sip”…. Let’s just say my expression was not pretty. No, I did not have a brain freeze; rather, I was almost on the verge of a coma. That mix was way too sweet for my liking! Now, the “texture” was quite interesting, i.e., creamy yet smooth but I can’t get away from that sugar overload. In the end, I had a bit more of the soft serve and threw the rest (I had a small for $3 and barely had 1/8 of the glass). Now, don’t get me wrong, it is not that it wasn’t bad, if I have had this when I was in my teenage years, I might have enjoyed it a bit more. Nowadays, I prefer flavours other than an overload of sweet.

Overall, despite they make honour to their name, the end result was a bit disappointing. Could it be I infuriated a sandwich-nazi? Well, I don’t think I will be able to answer that question. However, I am not sure if I have the interest on finding that out anyway. As for the screamer, again, I am sure others will enjoy it, just not me. -_-;;;

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