Hello everyone, I hope that your sweethearts spoiled you this Valentine’s Day! Did you stay home and make dinner or go out somewhere romantic? I stayed in and shared homemade pizzas and Okanagan wine with my Valentine. We stopped at retro themed doughnut shop Krispy Kreme in Delta a couple of days before V-Day and I was so excited (it’s the small things) to be there when they were actually making the doughnuts. Plus I also liked all their cute Valentine’s Day themed decorations. Did you know that you can get a 50% off a box of a dozen doughnuts after 9pm? Now that is a deal! Doughnut party anyone? Haha! Check out my pics below.
Check out that icing waterfall!
The little doughnut factory .
I also wanted to share with you my latest article that has been published in the Asia Pacific Post as well as the Filipino Pacific Post newspapers. It’s an article about Vietnamese noodle soup a.k.a. pho. Check it out here at www.asianpacificpost.com and let me know if you have any other delicious ethnic food ideas or restaurants for me to try!
I have a penchant for a little fishing village near Vancouver, BC. I’ve written about it before and I’m sure I will write about it again. It’s the charming seaside village of Steveston. It is one of my favourite places to spend an afternoon. You can walk along the wharf and buy fresh seafood direct from the fishermen, puruse the antique& decor shops & explore their plentiful dining scene. Last weekend my boyfriend and I spent the afternoon at the Steveston Farmers Market. It is a massive market held outside during the summer and inside the old cannery during the colder months. Plenty of fresh vegetables, food products, jewelry, and more. While walking down the quaint streets on Steveston we spotted Gudrun, which is a little tasting room/restaurant that I had heard a lot about so we decided to give it a whirl. It’s similar to Salt Tasting Room in Vancouver as it is mainly a wine and cheese pairing type place. We were there for their brunch service which is the biggest meal Gudrun serves. We both ordered different variations of their eggs benedict. Mine with tomato and avocado and his with italian sausage and mushrooms. It came on a large plate full of unexpected goodies. Their flavourful eggs benedict came toasted on the most perfectly toasted croissant I’ve ever had. It also came with a side of fresh fruit, romaine salad with housemade dressing and potato salad. The cook works in the front of the restaurant behind a bar so you can watch him enthusiastically throw in a dash of this and a dash of that to prepare your plate. You can tell that the people who run Gudrun are passionate about food and care about the quality of the ingedients they use, including free range eggs for our bendicts. There’s also a delighful ‘ecomosa’ which uses organic Spanish cava (sparkling wine) and freshly squeezed OJ. The atmosphere is minimalist comfortable, with the menu written out on a giant chalkboard wall. We were surrounded by families, beatniks, foodies and grandparents, Don’t let the uber trendy look of the place intimidate you as it is very a comfortable atmosphere. They even offered us a bowl of Halloween treats at the door as we left! I will definitely be bringing visiting guests here for another lovely brunch on my next visit to Steveston.
A closer look at our brunch at Gudrun.
In honour of tonights big hockey play off game for the Stanley Cup I wanted to share a photo. My cousin; with the help of her two little boys made these cute Canuck cupcakes. What are you snacking on during tonights game?
The buzz surrounded Nicli Pizza Antica has been growing in Vancouver ever since the Gastown area building was purchased last winter. The restaurant, finally opened a few months ago is serving up traditional Naples style pizza and has people lining up out the door nearly every night. The passionate owner Bill McCaig has spent much time perfecting this pizza, even taking the time to get Nicli established with a ‘Vera Pizza Napoletana’ certification. This isn’t your typical pepperoni pizza, it’s serious stuff.
The cardinal rules of making a traditional Naples style pizza are that first and foremost the dough must be formed by hand and according to Italian law ‘the texture must be soft, elastic, easily foldable”. Cooked at no more than 905 degrees F in a wood fired oven for 90 seconds this pizza is a real piece of art. There are also requirements the toppings must meet as well there are certain types of italian tomatoes, meats and cheeses that are deemed appropriate.
This may sound like one pretentious pizza but the experience and flavours that come from one such masterpiece of a pizza is one you will never forget. Nicli Pizza Antica has done an excellent job of meeting these serious pizza standards and offers a variety of pizzas to choose from. The ”Capricciosa’ is topped with artichokes, prosciutto, mushrooms, black olives, fresh basil and italian cheese is so delicious, I swear you’ll never reach for a box of McCain’s Rising Crust ever again.
The drinks at Nicli are just as fresh as the pizza itself. The beer menu is deliciously unique, you can watch the bartenders grate fresh pears and slice strawberries for their killer cocktail list. The only downside to waiting at the bar and watching your drinks exquisitely prepared is the fact that there are no bar stools. So prepare yourself for a long, loooooooong wait to actually sit down and actually be able to to eat the pizza since they do not take reservations and they don’t offer a waiting area. Lunch hour might be a better time to go once the buzz surrounding this place dies down a bit. Hopefully this place sticks around longer then the ill-fated Corner Suite Bisto Deluxe that died a painful death after the Olympics.
This E. Cordova Pizzeria has taken pizza to a “whole ‘notha level” in Vancouver and is absolutely worth the wait. Viva Italia!