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Valentine’s Day Sweets Round Up

Valentine’s Day Treats Around Vancouver

There’s a few sweets about town that I can’t help but wish I could indulge in, but I’m going to save my calories for dinner, as we’ve got a chef coming in to cook for us and the men looks superb! These items are definitely calling me though.

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Grounds For Coffee – Heart Shaped Cinnamon Buns


Beta 5 Chocolate – Cream Puffs

Temper Chocolate

Temper Chocolate – Chocolate Hearts

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Thomas Haas – Cookie and Chocolate Box


Ganache Patisserie – Cakes

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TWG Tea – Mon Amore Tea and Macarons

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Notte’s Bon Ton Bakery – Chocolate Hearts


AND here’s a healthy choice for those who are watching what they eat this Valentine’s Day Zazubean -Nudie – Extra Dark Chocolate with Coconut Sugar instead of cane sugar.

Thomas Haas Pumpkin Creations

pumpkin haasHaas may be known for his chocolate, but this season the patisserie has brought fall flavours to the forefront with pumpkin, cinnamon and ginger at Thomas Haas Chocolates & Pâtisserie.

The Pumpkin Pie with cinnamon Chantilly cream and caramelized apples screams fall and there’s hot drinks like Pumpkin Hot Chocolate with house-made roasted pumpkin milk and a spiced marshmallow, as well as delectable Pumpkin Macarons, Truffles and Lollipops.

Classic Pumpkin Pie
cinnamon Chantilly cream, butter crust
$5.90/individual serving
$32/serves eight

Pumpkin Pie with Caramelized Apples
cinnamon Chantilly cream, butter crust
$5.90/individual serving
$32/serves eight

Pumpkin Cheesecake
classic cream cheese, roasted pumpkin, hints of ginger and nutmeg
$5.90/individual serving
$32/serves 6-7
$42/serves 10-12

Pumpkin Crème Brûlée
smooth, silky and rich, hints of nutmeg and cinnamon, caramelized to order
$5.90/individual serving

Pumpkin Spice Latte
pumpkin-infused latte, scented with nutmeg and cinnamon
$4.20/individual serving

Pumpkin Hot Chocolate
house-made roasted pumpkin milk, classic hot chocolate, spiced marshmallow
$5.50/individual serving

Fall Chocolate Creation 
featuring an assortment of truffles
$39 each

Chocolate Pumpkin Filled with Truffles
$19 each

Individual Pumpkin Truffles
$1.40 each

Individual Pumpkin Macarons
$1.80 each

Individual Pumpkin Lollipops
$2.90 each

Fall menu offerings are exclusively available at Thomas Haas’ two cafes in North Vancouver and Kitsilano now through November 15. A selection of year-round favourites are also available for purchase and shipping across North America in the online shop.

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.


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


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



Vancouver’s Easter Treats

It’s good Friday in Vancouver and another long weekend when those with real jobs take time off and us freelancers catch up on our never ending to do lists or organize our taxes (and some of us a few years of taxes).  I am working all weekend and not really even a huge fan of sweets, so I’ll be admiring the photos of chocolate and distracting myself from the real work by adding to this list of Easter treats, perhaps sussing out some brunches and looking out for generally anything  bunny-related.

Bella Gellateria Hot Cross Gelato with Cinnamon & Rum Soaked Raisins (this is how I imagine it looking as I have yet to get down to lick some)

Thierry Chocolates – Handcrafted Easter-themed Chocolates by Maître Chocolatier Thierry Busset and his expert team. Prices range from $9 to $200 and many chocolates are crafted in true Parisian style, such as chocolate fish and roosters, and of course Easter eggs.

Beta5 Easter Eggs – Layers of white and dark chocolate filled with pebbles such as sun-dried cherries, Macrona almonds and house-made pretzel bits.

Urban Tea Merchant – TEA Chocolates and Petit Fours from Divine Delights

Pink Spatula Marshmellows – The spring collection includes Toasted Coconut, Cherry Blosson, Lemon Meringue and Cocoa Mallow

Benton Brothers – Grown-up Easter Baskets with a selection of amazing cheese & charcuterie (my kind of Easter basket).

Thomas Haas Chocolates – The ultimate in Easter treats, Haas bakes up Easter stollen, crafts chocolate bunnies, lollipops, eggs and flowerpots.

Cupcakes – Cake Pops, Cupcakes and Cookies from Cupcakes

Soirette Macarons – Easter egg macarons

Mink chocolate – Easter Egg Unplugged Dark Chocolate Bar with Mango Puree filling

Terra Breads – Hot Cross Buns and French Macarons in lemon, espresso, and earl grey with black currant buttercream.

CocoaNymph – Peanut Butter Chocolate Eggs


An Evening To Benefit The Canadian Red Cross

Take a group of compassionate chefs and talented bartenders, add a splash or two of Canada’s top entertainers and it’s a special evening of fundraising on behalf of those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan’s northern regions.

Join Tojo-san as he brings together a culinary cast of John Bishop (Bishop’s), Pino Posteraro (Cioppino’s), Thomas Haas (Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie), Quang Dang (Diva at the Met), Wayne Martin (Crave Restaurant), Ned Bell (The Rosewood Hotel Georgia) and Eleanor Chow (Chambar/The Dirty Apron Cooking School) with bartenders, David Wolowydnik (West) and Danielle Tatarin (The Keefer Bar) for an exquisite evening of food and wine topped off with performances by Jann Arden and the Canadian Tenors. Emceed by the affable Vicki Gabereau, the fundraising reception for the Canadian Red Cross on June 12th will feature specialties from each of Vancouver’s leading restaurants, intimate performances by Canadian icons and a silent auction of outstanding culinary experiences.

Tojo and Friends

Sunday, June 12, 2011


1133 West Broadway

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm

“I’m so grateful to everyone for their support and generosity to come together and do our part for the relief efforts in Japan,” says Tojo. “It is an honour to host this fundraising event with these special friends for the people of Japan.”

Tickets are $1000 per person and are available by calling Tojo’s at 778.877.2390 or emailing tojosforjapan@gmail.com. A limited number of advance tickets are available to the Tojo and Friends event (www.tojos.com). A portion of the ticket price will be tax receipted through the Canadian Red Cross. Make this the event to support the Canadian Red Cross in their efforts to assist the Japanese in need.

Thomas Haas Easter Chocolate

For those on the hunt for all things chocolate, hop on over to Thomas Haas Fine Chocolates & Patisserie for a chance to win four spectacular one-of-a-kind delectable creations. Thomas and his brigade of artisan chocolatiers have once again designed oversized Easter themed works of art to fundraise on behalf of Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. Just make a $5 donation to support Canuck Place and you could win an elaborate Easter creation with over 40 hours of intricate work and weighing in at almost 35 lbs of chocolate. Draw date is Good Friday, April 2nd at 2 pm! Both the Northshore and Kitsilano locations will draw two winners each.

Check out the 2010 collection of bunnies, bars and bonbons for all your Easter gifting. It’s a wrap!

Limited Easter products are also available at Whole Foods and Urban Fare, Shangri-La.

Race Car Roadster
Zip in for this adorable chocolate roadster. Powered by Chocolate, this creation wins hands down for race car of the year. $38

Happy-go-lucky handcrafted bunnies in all shapes and sizes are decoratively packaged with the seal of Thomas Haas. $36

Created entirely from individual chocolate eggs in dark and milk chocolate, these acrobatic-styled bunnies balancing a brightly designed Easter egg are all unique. Choose your favourite egg designs from pop art to polka dots and Buster will charm and delight. $21

Easter Chocolate Boxes
Beautiful artisan chocolate boxes filled with Easter truffles are just too tempting and tasty to keep. Savour the flavours of Easter. $35

Chocolate Flower Pots
These whimsical flower pots topped with Easter ducks will enchant and engage the young and the old. Perfect for wee ones and Grannies and Grampies too! $38

Easter Nest Baskets
Baskets of Easter eggs and bunnies are the sweetest treats to give and receive. $25 (12-14 pcs)

Surprise Easter Eggs
An assortment of handcrafted Easter eggs, airbrushed in pastel-toned cocoa butter and filled with little chocolate surprises, adds to the quintessential magic of Thomas Haas. $17 (small), $25 (medium) and $33 (large)

Carton of Easter Eggs
Nestled in Easter grass and presented in a miniature, clear carton, these dozen truffle eggs are a treasure. Flavours include Gianduja with roasted cocoa bean pieces, milk chocolate paired with blackberry honey, dark chocolate with lavender lychee and white chocolate with passionfruit. $14

Crispy Gianduja Eggs
Delicious hazelnut crème and rice crispies makes these Easter eggs an all-time favourite. $6.50

Chocolate Lollipops
Choose from a selection of colourful Easter designs in milk, dark or white chocolate. $2.75 or 5 for $11

Preview the entire line at the Northshore and Kitsilano locations. Full details regarding Easter products and on-line purchases can also be found at www.thomashaas.com

Thomas Haas Fine Chocolates & Patisserie
So hop on over and top your Thomas Haas visit with a steaming cappuccino and breakfast pastry or two. An extensive array of viennoiserie are baked on premise daily and presented with trademark Thomas Haas flair. For lunch, the daily housemade soups and toasted paninis tempt the palate on the savoury side with fresh flavours and inspired tastes.

Hours of Operation
Tuesday to Saturday: 8:00 am to 5:30 pm

Open Good Friday, April 2nd!

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Thomas Haas Opens in Kits

Chocolatier Opens Kitsilano Location

Vancouver, BC – For those with a nose for chocolate and freshly baked croissants, an unmistakable trail now leads to Thomas Haas’ new second location on Vancouver’s westside.

The 1400 square foot West Broadway location in Kitsilano is the latest endeavour from one of North America’s Top Ten Chocolatiers (Dessert Professional magazine, December 2009). The new storefront location is a mixed space of retail, patisserie and cafe. All Thomas Haas creations are baked fresh daily on premises from his signature double baked almond croissants, tarts and cakes to a selection of savoury paninis.

“Over the past five years, we’ve realized that our biggest and most loyal following for products comes from our retail customers,” says Thomas. “We hope that our West Broadway location will make it much easier for Westsiders to visit us and enjoy what we do.”

Store Highlights:Step inside to a beautifully honed terrazzo floor and look beyond a Rosso Levanto marble front counter filled with exquisite Thomas Haas creations. His new patisserie is a modern take on old world cafes and chocolate shops with a twist. From the intricate patterned ceiling based upon the chocolate molecule to the custom walnut cabinetry, the new space is warm and inviting when only Thomas Haas will do.
Thomas’ signature desserts, viennoiserie, gift boxes, including his chocolate bar, hot chocolate and confections lines are now available at both locations. Full details and pricing regarding all Thomas Haas products can be found at www.thomashaas.com.

Hours of Operation:

Tuesday – Saturday
8:00 am – 5:30 pm

Marc Bricault, Bricault Design

Thomas’ collaboration with Bricault Design once again culminates in a mixed retail space that is design forward and deliciously detailed. Incorporating Thomas’ pastry kitchen’s operational needs into the design, Marc creates a space that is both functional and playful with chocolate box charm. www.bricault.ca“Marc’s dedication and remarkable attention to detail takes our ideas and brings them to life,” says Thomas. “Together with project manager, David Shewell, the inspired space is everything we envisioned for our new store.”

Business Contact:
Thomas Haas
Thomas Haas Fine Chocolates & Patisserie
T:  604.924.1847
E:  info@thomashaas.com

Thomas Haas Fine Chocolates & Patisserie, owned by fourth generation pastry chef Thomas Haas and his wife Lisa, produces handmade artisan chocolates, pastries and desserts using the finest ingredients sourced locally and from around the world. Uncompromising quality and creativity distinguish his unique style and have resulted in affiliations with leading North American hotels, restaurants and specialty food shops. Thomas Haas’ exquisite product creations also include corporate gift options, wedding cakes and favours.

Thomas Haas Fine Chocolates & Patisserie
#128 – 998 Harbourside Drive | N. Vancouver | BC | V7P 3T2 | 604.924.1847
2539 West Broadway | Vancouver | BC | V6K 2E9 | 604.736.1848