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Easter Around Vancouver

What’s Up for Easter Around Vancouver??

We’re staying in town this weekend and I think the theme will be more spring cleaning than bunny hopping, but we’ll likely at least get a brunch in and Tess, Michael and I will be boozing it up on Saturday night at BC Distilled. I mean tasting and evaluation some local spirits. We’ll also be checking out the newest Greek Restaurant in the city – Nammos Estiatorio, I’m thinking there will be some octopus, dolmades and tarama on my plate soon.  However, we will fit in at least a few Easter festivities and think you should too. Here’s what’s up for Easter Around Vancouver.

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Dockside Easter Brunch

Enjoy over 60 menu items cooked from scratch in Dockside’s award-winning Granville Island waterfront setting. Dockside Restaurant’s Marketplace Easter Brunch BuffetReservations are 604-685-7070. Click HERE To view the complete menu. 

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Brunch at Boulevard

Sunday, March 27 special Easter Buffet Brunch! Signature Easter cocktails will be offered throughout the day and all kids will go home with a special housemade chocolate bunny. Reservations.

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Easter Bouquets at Bird on a Wire

Easter Bouquet Pick-up Saturday, March, 26th on Main Street. Bouquets by Mary Order one-of-a-kind arrangements featuring spring flowers specifically chosen for Easter celebrations, displayed in a beautiful, lacy green or yellow metal vase. Pre-order today and pick up this Sat. Mar. 26 at Bird on a Wire Creations between noon-4pm!beta

Beta 5 Eclairs

Until Sunday, march 27 these delicate choux pastries are the perfect dessert to bring to Easter dinner strawberry vanilla and malted chocolate. limited run of eclairs for walk-in customers and reservations (place yours now).

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Easter Dinner at Flying Pig

On Sunday, March 27 and Monday, March 28 all of The Flying Pig locations will feature an Easter Dinner special:  Maple and mustard glazed ham leg, Scalloped potatoes,  Roasted organic carrots with buttered spring peas. $24.95 per person. Margaret’s Maple Sugar Pie is an additional $7 per person  (Margaret is owner John Crook’s Mom)

Easter Dinner starts at 5pm and will be available while quantities last, on a first-come, first served basis.

Locations:
The Flying Pig Yaletown, 1168 Hamilton Street, 604.568.1344
The Flying Pig Gastown, 102 Water Street, 604.559.7968
The Flying Pig Olympic Village, 127 West 2nd Avenue, 604.569.1111

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Provence Marinaside 4-day Easter Brunch

Brunch menu over the 4–day Easter long weekend (25–28 March) from 9am to 3pm.  Eggs cracking and champagne popping. Choose from our range of egg dishes such as the Smoked Salmon Benedict on corn pancakes or select Two Eggs Any Style Click for details.

 

Easter Treats at Faubourg

From the adorable Bunny Macaron that is sure to delights the little ones, to the sophisticated Easter pastry that makes for the perfect gift for Easter brunch or dinner hosts, Ricardo Rosas, the head pastry chef at Faubourg crafted the most delicious Easter treats.

Easter specials will be available from all Easter long weekend at all three Faubourg locations in Kerrisdale (2156 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver), Downtown (769 Hornby Street, Vancouver) and West Vancouver (792 Main Street, Park Royal South, West Vancouver). See opening hours at www.faubourg.com

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Chocolatas Abbotsford Egg Decorating

On Saturday March 19th Easter Egg Decorating Day at Chocolatas Abbotsford location!  For $25/person (ages 10 and up), you will receive 2 ChocolaTas chocolate eggs (one small and one large) to decorate! sales@chocolatas.com  or by phone 604-504-5957 to book your 45 minute time slot!

Enjoy Easter Around Vancouver!

Be Mine

Are you prepared for Valentine’s Day, or do you still need some sweet treats for the loved ones in your life? We’ve got a list of a few decadent creations you can pick up to ensure the foodies in your life love you even more!

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Whether you need a four piece treat ($8.50) or a larger box or lace heart ($49.50), Chocolatas in Granville Island has a selection of gorgeous locally made chocolates just waiting for you.

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West Vancouver’s Temper Pastry features 4 heart shaped chocolates; 70% dark chocolate ganache, mango martini, raspberry & lemon and strawberry caramel and a beautiful selection of chocolate heart shaped boxes filled with truffles and chocolates and our signature Valentine’s Temper Bear. You can also order one of their individual heart shaped caramel and chocolate mousse cakes.

Beta 5 cream puff

Over at Beta 5, they’ve painted their cream puffs red! Available now thru February 14th! A four-pack is ($16).vietnamese coffee: coffee + blonde chocolate cremeux  |  coffee + condensed milk chantilly raspberry earl grey: raspberry mousse  |  earl grey custard  |  vanilla chantilly dark chocolate caramel: whipped dark chocolate ganache  |  dark chocolate and caramel cremeux  |  salted caramel  |  dark chocolate salted caramel: caramel chantilly  |  salted caramel  |  flaked sea salt. Pick up at 413 Industrial Avenue.

Faubourg

It’s all about the pastries at West Van and Kerrisdale’s Faubourg .Wow them this Valentine’s Day with a Pink Macaron Heart, Passion Delight, Valentine’s Éclair, Milk and Dark Lipstick or Mini Marshmallows!

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Chocolate Arts has the gorgeous Eternity, a stacked pair of hollowed out chocolate hearts filled with 21 assorted chocolates and truffles, Paramours who prefer their sweets tempered with a dash of salt will delight in the Soul Mates duo of tiered heart shaped chocolate shells, filled with salted toffee wafers. For something a touch more whimsical, the Mi Amore hides 14 assorted chocolates and truffles within its crisp chocolate shell and is decorated with more edible red hearts.

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Ganache Pâtisserie is announced two new creations for this upcoming Valentine’s Day, two versions of the traditional gâteau Concorde.  A harmony of fruit and floral accents, Saint Valentin Concorde Framboise et Rose 2015 ($28.95) layers a raspberry mousseline, lychee mousseline and rose water-raspberry gelée with layers of rose scented meringue while its top is finished with vanilla chantilly cream, crispy raspberry meringue sticks, fresh raspberries, white chocolate hearts and candied rose petals.  For the chocolate lovers, Saint Valentin Concorde Café Chocolat 2015 ($28.95) is composed of malted cocoa meringue layers, a dark chocolate coffee ganache, a malted chocolate mousse and coffee parfait while vanilla chantilly cream, crispy cocoa meringue sticks, milk chocolate hearts and malted chocolate marshmallows decorate its top.  Available in a 4″ size made for 2, both Saint Valentine Concorde Framboise et Rose 2015 and  Saint Valentin Concorde Café Chocolat 2015 will be available starting February 7th and pre-orders are strongly recommended for pickups on Valentine’s Day, Saturday February 14th. Visit Ganache at 1262 Homer Street in Yaletown.

Tracycakes Cupcakes

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Out in Langley and Abbotsford Cookie Bouquets and Cupcakes are all the rage at Tracycakes Cafe. Order easily online for pickup!

Urban Tea Merchant

The Urban Tea Merchant might be the spot to visit should your love, love tea? The Love Me Keepsake Tin Tea is fine green tea and fragrant floral blossoms. 150g of loose Love Me Tea retails at $60.

They’re also doing a special Valentines Day Tea Feb 13-15. 

A Very Vancouver Valentine’s Day – Chocolates

valentines-day-wallpaper-05This Valentine’s if you have a true chocolate lover in your life so those drug store chocolates are just not going to cut it. Thankfully Vancouver is full of chocolate experts who have fortunately crafted amazing creations that will help you win your way into anyone’s heart. and we’ve rounded them up here. Wow that sounds corny. Ah Valentine’s Day; always a bit corny.

First up our our pals at East Van Roasters. Not only are they crafting bean to bar chocolate while supporting and training to the women residents of the Rainier Hotel and other downtown Eastside housing initiatives, but there chocolate and coffee is truly delicious. Our Valentine’s Chocolates offerings:
~ Buddhas in a box with Mayan Spiced Ganache centres
~ Truffle Boxes with Morello Cherry Heart Truffles & Mayan Spiced Truffles
~ Valentine Chocolate Bars (Hot Toffee) & (Pistachio Rose)
~ Heart Box with a selection of 6 different truffles and mendiants

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Next we have Chocolate Arts where I just made some chocolates of my own – that’s mine in production first below. Great courses there if you ever want to try your hand at chocolate making. Pictured below are the amazing chocolates they have created for Valentine’s Day. Don’t you just love those bears?

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This week West Van’s Temper Pastry in Dundarave held a grand opening with excellent chocolates as well as to die for croissants, sandwiches and  pastries. Here’s two of their crafty Valentine’s Day offerings.

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No Valentine’s Day chocolate report would be complete without mention of Thomas Haas. Master of all things chocolate this man is!

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Beta 5 is hosting 2 evenings filled with chocolate on February 14 or 15, with a special chocolate making workshop. You’ll learn how to make a creamy ganache, hand roll truffles, and decorate your own hand crafted chocolate box. Tickets ($125 / person) are available both in-store and online.

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The Vancouver shop is also fully stocked with their Valentine’s day collection, and featured Valentine’s pastry items.  Shop online at beta5chocolates.com, and receive FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $75. But be sure to place your order by midnight February 10th to guarantee delivery in time for Valentine’s Day.  STRAWBERRIES_large

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I haven’t yet visited Chez Christophe on Hastings in Burnaby but came across Richard Wolak at Vancouver Foodster’s photo above and couldn’t resist adding. He also has some other ideas of his own here.

DesireCocoaNymph has these cinnamon hearts with a dark chocolate shell, gold dusted, and layer of dense cinnamon and honey elixir with a whipped cinnamon ganache. “If you’re lonely, it might just unbreak your heart”, chocolatiere Rachael Sawaztky states.

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This nine piece Art Series box of burnt caramel and fleur de sel (with a hint of rosemary) bonbons will drive home the message that you’re meant for each other! These are Mink Chocolates Valentine’s Day offerings.

Whatever you choose we wish you a tasty chocolate and loved filled Valentine’s Day hopefully spent with those you love whether they be just friends family or lovers. We’ll be checking out Burlesque Duo’s at the Rio for a slinky and talent-filled Valentine’s Day celebration with our fav burlesque stars.

If we’ve missed any let us know.  cassandra at goodlifevancouver.com or tweet @goodlifevan or @chefgoodlifevan

KISSES!

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