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TWG Valentine’s Day Menu and Treats

TWG Valentine’s Day – Take Time For Tea

Got plans for Valentine’s Day yet? On Friday we checked out Chef Cliff Hohl’s latest menu at TWG Tea and left very impressed with just how gorgeous and delicious the TWG Valentine’s Day menu was. I love doing afternoon tea here (TWG was previously the Urban Tea Merchant) as it gives me the chance to chat with a friend over a selection of fine tea, and what is always delightful treats; this meal was the perfect excuse to cozy up and catch up on a rainy afternoon.

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The menu begins with a Bain de Roses Tea-infused sparkling wine cocktail and followed by the Mon Amour Tea, a black tea blended with yellow blossoms and sweet notes of quince, known as the sacred fruit of the Goddess of Love. How perfectly romantic! You could also go for an iced tea made with a blossom-infused green tea if you would like something cold, and we tried both as well as a sorbet-infused tea.

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The main course is a plate almost too pretty to consume, a perfectly-seared pan-seared scallops complemented by a dashi broth infused with a white tea and served wtih steamed garden vegetables and garlic Korean brown rice; so very precious!

TWG Tea

Dessert is just as stunning, a Bain de Roses Tea infused mousse and raspberry confit, served with scoop of Vanilla Bourbon Tea infused ice cream and fresh berries. As I am on a diet of sorts, preparing to fit into my wedding dress, I just had a bite, and that was very difficult.

One thing I managed to confuse was pouring the remainder of the broth into my tea, which made for an interesting cup of tea broth, I don’t recommend this, but do highly recommend the meal!

On until February 14 for $65 per person. TWG

Open Daily 10:00am to 8:00pm

 

 

 

Temper Chocolate & Pastry Delights For Valentine’s Day 

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We’ve suggested a few gifts that weren’t edible in our last post, but know you’d really never think of celebrating Valentine’s Day without chocolate. We headed to West Vancouver for dine out last month and had an excellent meal at Feast. As we wandered up the street we peered into Temper Chocolate and although it was closed, spotted some divine chocolates and were reminded of what a great little lunch and sweets spot Temper is. Be sure not to miss the cookies and chocolate milk!

Temper Chocolate

Temper’s owner, Chef Hodge, hails from West Vancouver and after university he attended pastry school at Le Cordon Blue school in California. He uses only the highest quality of ingredients, to craft rich chocolates, flaky pastries and melt-in-your-mouth desserts, and Temper also offers  a selection of gourmet sandwiches, quiches, and roasted Stumptown coffee.

Temper Chocolate

Chef Hodge works personally with his team to create the most detailed, intricate designs. Creating edible art from stunning airbrush work to hand drawn details all made in house with decadent chocolate ganache. 

Temper Chocolate

For Valentine’s Day the chocolate hearts he has created are divine and it’s worth the trip to West Vancouver to shop for these delights. Stay for lunch, and those cookies and chocolate milk and you won’t be disappointed.

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We partnered with Temper to bring you this post, but, as always would never post without testing and enjoying.

Valentine’s Day and No Reservation? A Few Resos Left!

So you forgot to reserve that table for the big day and now you’re in big trouble. Fear not, Vancouverites, there’s still a few to be, but act quickly! This list is current as of 1:30 pm Feb. 13, 2015 and we’ll add a few more once and if we hear of them.

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Granville Island – Dockside 6:15 and 6:30 Book here

North Vancouver – El Matador 7:00 pm Book here

West End – Morroco West 7:00 pm Book here

Gastown – Blacktail 8:00 pm Book here – NOW BOOKED

Check Opentable as many have opened more up!

 

 

CONTEST CLOSED Whole Foods Market West Vancouver #Giveaway

Everything is always sweet at Whole Foods Market West Vancouver, but this time of year they’ve got even more sweet treats just in time for Valentine’s Day. To celebrate they’ve put together a ‘Just the Two of Us’ Valentine’s Day gift basket valued at $50 plus a $20 gift card for one of Good Life Vancouver’s Followers!

Please note that this basket must be picked up in Kitsilano.

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Thanks to Whole Foods Market West Vancouver, a #GLVPartner for this basket.

Dock Lunch Presents Valentine Dinner Southern-Romantic

The South is calling this Valentine’s Day as Dock Lunch goes Southern Romantic on Saturday, February 14th with two seatings, one at 6pm and one 8pm.

Start with Low Country Shrimp ‘n Grits with lardons, pea shoots and parsley oil or a Bitter Salad with beets, radish and candied walnuts, cheese dusting and orange mustard vinaigrette.

Follow with a skillet seared chicken dressed with lemon, garlic and thyme, pan gravy, succotash and roast potatoes or seasoned, slow cooked Pork Belly finished with apricot brandy jus, with black eyed pea & hominy braise and glazed carrots.

Finish with Whisky Chocolate Cake with bitter chocolate frosting, pecans and bourbon salted caramel sauce or Cardamom, black pepper and vanilla ice-cream with caramelized peaches

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45$/per for 3 course meal
cocktail specials
excellently priced champagne, wines, beer and bourbon
call 604 376-2211 to book

About Dock Lunch

Dock Lunch is a singularly charming, Southern-inspired Take-Out Window and Cafe specializing in a rotating menu of house-made sandwiches and baking.

152 East 11th Vancouver, BC

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Shopping For Valentines Day? Shop Etsy and Keep it Canadian!

Plan the perfect Valentine’s Day surprise for your sweetheart by turning to Etsy for all of your gifting needs.

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Profess your undying love through the written word with kardzkouture luxurious textured fine art paper cards, hand-crafted in Vancouver. The way to his heart could be through his stomach – surprise your significant other by making delicious cupcakes topped with mini heart-shaped cupcake toppers from LovelyLittleThingsB (Calgary), make a bold statement, and brighten a room with joy using wall decals, hand-made by Urbanwalls (Vancouver). Diamonds truly are a girl’s best friend, so take her breath away this Valentine’s day with raw pink sapphire cluster earrings, by ASecondTime (Calgary).

Prove you two are better together, and find the perfect one-of-a-kind gift for your one and only at Etsy.com.

CONTEST CLOSED #Giveaway #Chocolate Green & Black’s Bars

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If you didn’t get chocolate for Valentine’s Day and had no luck in any way, here’s your chance for some chocolate love!

Good Life Vancouver and Green and Black’s have seven bars to send your way!

To win comment on this post with your favourite flavour and who you would share a bar with!

***Please note we monitor comments before they are approved just in case anyone is being too cheeky. It may take  a few hours before you see your comment.

 

 

Quince Valentine’s Day Food Lovers Class

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Single or coupled you still need to eat on Valentine’s Day. Why not take the opportunity to learn some new dishes and avoid the restaurant crowds? GLV

The Culinary Seduction; hands on cooking class at Quince.

Friday February 14th

Dine with wine, candles and romantic music.

Start with…

Fresh Local Oysters, Shallot Mignonette

Move into the kitchen to make …

Appetizer

Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio dressed with Fleur del Sel, Parmesan, Truffled Sherry Vinaigrette, Grissini

Main

Sautéed Atlantic Lobster, Lemon, Asparagus and Lemon Risotto, Saffron Chive Butter Sauce

Dessert

Profiteroles, Kirsch ice Cream, Warm Chocolate Sauce

Aphrodisia: Wines for Valentines – Tasting Event with Firefly

valentines wineMany many things to do this Valentine’s Day, this is a great pre-day event that will help you find the exact wines you need for the day.  GLV  Feb. 13

Come join Firefly manager and Red Seal Chef Kevin Loewen along with WSET level 3 and French wine scholar candidate Leanne Quirk for a delicious evening of wine and food to set the mood for Valentine’s Day. Five wines and a liqueur are paired with an exciting variety of foods and dessert. If you are looking for a fun night out or ideas to impress with on the Valentine’s day then you have found them both!!

Cremant de Bourgogne Rose – Oysters/Mignonette.

Joie Rose, 2012 – Asparagus Rolls with Prosciutto and Basil Ricotta Cheese.

Domaine Drouhin Chardonnay, 2012 – Crab and Avocado and Butter Lettuce Salad.

Tantalus Riesling, 2012 – Cold Asian Noodles with Spicy Citrus Sauce.

Orofino Moscato Frizzante – Milk and White Chocolate Dipped Strawberries.

Elisir Gambrinus – Silky Dark Raspberry Ganache and Chocolate.

Tickets are available in-store at Firefly on Cambie @ 12th for just $40 + tax per person. You may also purchase directly from EventBrite. Prepare for a delicious evening!

the event is on Feb 13th: 7- 9pm.

A lesson in Valentine’s Day Dinner from Trevor Bird, Chef and Owner of Fable Restaurant

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Here we catch up with Fable’s Chef Trevor Bird as he dishes out Valentine’s Day dinner advice and a recipe and wine pairing. GLV

From Chef Bird:

Valentine’s Day is a time to spend with your loved one. If you are looking for a nice romantic evening at home the best advice I can share is to be conscious of spending too much time in the kitchen. Make sure to pick a dish that doesn’t require too much focus during the cooking process. This will ensure you have plenty of time to interact with your guest while still impressing them with a delicious home cooked meal.

One pot dishes are perfect for evenings like Valentine’s Day and one of my favourites is beef bourguignon. It’s a classic dish with lots of flavour that is very simple to prepare. The key is investing in a couple key ingredients that are the base for the overall dish; the beef and the wine.

When it comes to the beef I recommend speaking with your local butcher about your dish. He will be able to get you the freshest beef shoulder and cube it for you if you prefer.

You will also want to pick up a quality red wine for this dish. Remember that when cooking with a wine the alcohol burns off and all that remains is the flavour so you want to ensure it is a good one! This does not always mean buying the most expensive bottle, but one of good value. I often like to match what wine I will be drinking with what I cook with so my palate isn’t skewed.

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George Wyndham Founder’s Reserve Shiraz, is a perfect wine for this dish and selling for $18.99 as it is a great value at the price point. It is a full bodied, luscious wine with a rich mid-palate that is supported by fine velvety tannins, integrated oak nuances, ripe plum and blackberry fruit flavours perfect for a hearty beef dish like this. Investing in these key ingredients will ensure the right flavour profiles and textures.

Now on to the cooking!

Beef Bourguignon

Ingredients will you need:

Beef shoulder cubed – 5lbs

Onions diced – 2 ea

Carrots – 2 ea

Celery – 2 ea

George Wyndham Founder’s Reserve Shiraz – 500ml (1 bottle)

Veal stock – 2L

Thyme – 1 bunch

Garlic – 4 cloves

Red wine vinegar – 1 tbs

Mushrooms – 5 lbs

Salt & pepper – to taste

Grape seed oil – 100ml

Flour – 2 tbs

Procedure:                                        

Season beef with salt and pepper.

Turn a large pot on high heat, add in oil, when oil begins to smoke add in meat.

Color meat till golden brown on all edges and sides remove and turn down the heat to medium.

Add in carrots onion celery mushrooms and garlic, season with a small pinch of salt and tbs of water.

Put a lid on a sweat the vegetables for 10 minutes, remove lid and color vegetables till brown.

Add in flour and cook for 1 minute.

Add in George Wyndham Founder’s Reserve Shiraz and reduce until almost dry (should be very thick). Add in veal stock, thyme and beef.

Cook over low heat 2-3 hours, till the beef is very tender.

Put into a bowl, pour yourself a big glass of Wyndham shiraz and enjoy with your special someone. No one says Valentine’s Day has to be complicated!