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Gem of a Find: Devil May Wear

20 Jun

I love shopping along Main Street – love the boutiques, the originality and the one-of-a kind finds. Favourite haunts are Front and Co. (I can always find something to buy there) and the Barefoot Contessa (great dresses)… not just for clothes, but for interesting and affordable jewelery by local or Canadian designers (Simply Sublime and Toodlebunny come to mind). Now I have one more boutique to add to the list – Devil May Wear. Stephanie, the Owner, was in the shop and we chatted a bit about her jewelery pieces – all one-of-a kind, handmade (by her) and affordable. I was immediately drawn to the origami crane on a gold chain and snapped it up immediately. She was folding a stack of really cute frilly panties, which she sews herself, are made from sustainable fabric and spandex free. More about Devil May Wear in this Georgia Straight article and her store can be found on etsy.com. Visit the store on Car Free Day today!

Devil May Wear
3957 Main Street, Vancouver BC
604.216.2515

Loves at Market by Jean Georges at the Shangri La

24 Feb

LOVE for Dinner:

  • Jasmine Lemonade
  • Rice Cracker Crusted Tuna w/Citrus-Sriracha Emulsion
  • Roasted Beets and Okanagan Goat Cheese w/Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Foie Gras Brule w/Dried Sour Cherries and White Port Gelee
  • Sablefish w/Nut and Seed Crust in Sweet and Sour Broth

Or go for the Market Menu for tasters of all the above (except the lemonade, which is to die for!). Lunch specials at the Market as well, or the 50 minutes $20 power lunch downstairs in the Lobby Lounge, which has more hearty food. Business casual.

Market by Jean Georges
Level 3
(1 604) 695 1115

Thinking about: Liege Waffles and Fig-Orange Compote

22 May

Went to Cafe Medina on the weekend with Grouchy. Loved the Liege waffles and fig-orange compote. Grouchy purred over the blueberry compote. Sadly, their chef makes it and it’s not for sale. =(

Heard that compote goes well with gorgonzola cheese. Or on a baguette. Must try it.

Another good place for Liege waffles is Patisserie LeBeau (1708 West 2nd Avenue in between Fir & Pine). They are good enough to come out with their line of frozen waffles available at Capers. Delicious!

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Organizing

22 May

The Container Store in Bellevue, Washington.

Want specifically laundry stuff:

Hot dogs

22 May

Everyone in Vancouver raves about the Japadog. But then, I’d have to travel to the downtown core to get it. That shouldn’t stop me because I go to Seattle for soup, bread, coffee and cheese.

Will try the Japadog. Years ago tried to go a gourmet ‘dog place and ended up at a place on Denman. Had a salmon dog. Ugh. Salmon burgers are delicious though… best patties are from Costco.. the Pacific Wild Salmon ones. Maybe ‘dogs are better dressed down.

Best dogs:

  • UBC Sub – hotdog place across from the arcade. I heard there have been developments so I don’t know if it’s still there. The Cheese Dog – it’s simple, really.. hot dog topped with shredded cheddar (or a mix?) and then steamed. Paired with a coke.I loved it so much that I still made trips there after grad to eat. At night though and on the weekends to avoid crowds. I feel so old.
  • Outside Future Shop on West Broadway (at Burrard) – there is a cart there. Jumbo cheese dog topped with grilled onions. Vendor recommended chipotle mayo on top. Lots of gourmet condiments aside from the traditional ketchup/mustard/relish. I’ve learned to always ask for recommendations from the vendor.

The Reuben/Ruben Sandwich

22 May

I had a craving for the ruben/reuben yesterday. Had it on the way back from Seattle, thought about it while writing the blog, was still thinking about it when I had a lack of lunch yesterday. Google searched and found that delis are lacking in Vancouver. What happened to that sandwich store that was so abundant about 10 years ago? It was green with children from the Sound of Music. Anyway…

Found it.
Pricey, but near my house.
From a Jewish deli?
Sure. Why not?

http://www.kaplans.ca/restaurant_menu.php

Next search… hot dogs….

UPDATE: June 9th, 2009. The BEST Reuben (and less greasy than Metropolitan Market in Seattle) with a side of dill potato salad can be found at:

Tomato Cafe
2486 Bayswater Street (at West Broadway)
604-874-6020

http://www.tomatofreshfoodcafe.com/

Cigar obsession

18 May

When to Robustos in Steveston today. Looking for a recommendation as that nasty Cohiba was still stuck in my throat when I woke up this morning. Introed to: Carlos Torano Cigars Reserva Decadencia. A bit hard to fine online, but worth it. Touted as a dessert cigar, Toraño Cigars and Wilson Creek Winery have combined their expertise to create a product that pairs one of each of their award-winning products. The cigar is blended with just a hint of the port wine, which in turn receives ‘just a pinch’ of natural chocolate, to enhance the wine’s innate chocolate undertones.

Great as a beginner cigar, extremely smooth, creamy and sweet. Definitely worth the buy.

$36 (?) for a Churchill, $34 for a Robusto – 30 minutes difference in burn time. $150 for box of 20 Churchills online.

Robusto – Premium Cigars & Coffee #160-13020 No. 2 Road, Richmond. 604-448-5485 www.nuestrafamilia.ca

Lothantique

18 May

On Granville is having 20%-70% off all merchandise and closing its doors at the end of June. June 15th welcomes its online store http://www.shoplothantique.com.

Faves are the Esteban fragrances (home and body), and Lothantique brand Grapefruit shea hand lotion. Also worthy is Amelie et Melanie Matin Precieux Eau de Toilette.

Online store with feature the much anticipated Esteban’s Andalouse – grapefruit and star anise.

Vancouver’s own sake brewer!

10 Feb

Artisan Sakemaker, 1339 Railspur Alley, Granville Island, 604-685-7253

Genshu sake ($32) that tastes like lychees and Asian pear. YUM!

http://www.artisansakemaker.com/index.htm