The Beaver & Mullet Canadian Bistro
1184 Denman Street
1168 Denman Street
I have started to wonder… Have I blogged literally all the restaurants in Denman Street? Nah, wishful thinking! A lot of times restaurants come and go and we always play a catch up game. Of course, there are also restaurants that I haven’t visited for other reasons. For example, in that area, I haven’t been yet to Westender Korean Cafe, Vina Vietnamese, Central Bistro & Lounge, et al. Why? In some cases, because the restaurant does not entice me; in other cases, the food type does not entice me. Of course, I might be overlooking something and, if so, I will always appreciate if readers point those places out! But back to this post. On a Friday, PO and I were looking for a good eats place in Denman and we walked all the way from Robson towards English Bay and then we remembered The Beaver and Mullet Canadian Bistro (Beaver and Mullet).
2001 4th Ave
As I have mentioned in the past, Vancouver, being so closed to the US, at times, it can be trivial for us to go there – border crossing aside, that is. So, with that in mind, I recently did a day trip just to get out of the holidays madness in town. Nothing wrong with it; except that, well, I felt I needed to be out of here. (Or, go from one madness to other madness!).
Originally, I was considering on taking a detour to Din Tan Fung for some XLB; however, when I was told there would be hour long wait, I reconsidered: Do I want to drive to another country just to line up? I would have done it had there been other people with me; no, if I was by myself. Anyway, back to Seattle, I decided to go to that one major point of interest: Pike’s Place Market. But, given I was parked a couple of blocks away and was hungry, rather than walk to the Market and search for (possible) good eats, instead, I went to a backup option which I had a small previous encounter with: Dahlia Bakery. Nope, I haven’t been there previously; rather, I was earlier this year in Lola, another restaurant under the umbrella of Tom Douglas, which Bahlia Bakery belongs to.
Paul Croteau Confections
650 W 41st Ave (location to be closed on 20100912)
1020 Main Street (location to be opened by end of September 2010)
I originally had this post schedule for some time later but, due to a particular circumstance, I rescheduled it for today… That circumstance, as seen in the address information above, their currently open location will close today (i.e., September 12, 2010) so I thought I should make it available today.
As mentioned last week, I seldom attend events organized by the PR group of the restaurant. Supposedly, I was sent an invite for Paul Croteau Confections by the end of August. If I was, that email most likely ended up in /dev/null so I am not sure about the details. Regardless if I got that one or not, one thing was quite obvious: I wasn’t going to go. This is specially keeping in mind they extended the invite to those who couldn’t attend and have their goodies to be picked up later. So, does that mean this post is based on these samples? Nope. Instead, one day, I was in Richmond and took the Skytrain to go back to Downtown Vancouver. On my way I thought “Hey, isn’t there a place in Oakridge that is making a bit too much noise, right now?”. Well, since I was in no hurry, I might as well give it a try!
Saint Honoré Boulangerie
2335 NW Thurman Street (location visited)
315 1st Street Lake Oswego
To those who haven’t realized yet, whenever I drive down to I-5, on my way back, I always bring in goodies for close friends and fellow food bloggers. So far, from the two places I have brought goodies from (check here and here), it seems it was quite well received. So, for today’s post, the challengue was the same: bring some goodies from Portland. The question is “from where?”. Since I was staying near the Uptown area, Saint Honoré Boulangerie ended up being the best option…
22 SW 3rd Ave
Voodoo Doughnut Too (Location visited)
1501 NE Davis Street
There are times that restaurants will do almost anything to get an edge over its competitors. Adding something extra can entice customers to come back and, who knows, make it a local attraction. In Vancouver, Cactus Club has celebrity chef as “food architect” but, still not all dishes work for me, not to mention the environment in general. However, such “innovations” can be more basis. As basic as making it visually appealing while maintaining the regular/default recipe. Such is the case of Voodoo Doughnut, a successful doughnut shop in Portland. The premise is these pieces of fried dough serves as a blank palette for some wacky decoration and motif. The question for me would be: how does the doughnut actually taste in the end???
Voodoo Doughnuts Too, the location where I ended up purchasing the good.
Crème de la Crumb
466 Granville Street
Whenever there are high notes and/or excitement when a new place opens, I approach it with certain skepticism. More often than not, it is hype; others, the “free” food factor. However, as I mentioned in my Bella Gelateria post, there are people I trust, like Mijune and Sherman. When Mijune wrote about Crème de la Crumb in her Granville Foodie Tour post, I knew I had to visit it, despite sweets are not my first option and a lot of what is sold here are pastries…
Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts – Bakery 101
1505 West 2nd Avenue
OK, despite its odd name, no, I wasn’t in a class. Rather, this is a bakery located in the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, a local culinary school near Granville Island. So, how come I went considering I am not crazy about sweets, not to mention this one in particular, considering all the bakeries found in Vancouver? Well… Blame Yen of OMNOMics on this one, as she recently wrote a blog post about it!