To wrap up, a quick round-up of desserts that happily made their way into our bellies and probably settled into our behinds. I’ve covered these places previously, so if you’re interested, head on over to the Food Reviews page under “Vancouver” for the detailed posts.
Its ultra convenient location across from Zakkushi Charcoal Grill means that we hit up this exclusively-dessert joint instinctively. This time around, we took it easy and ordered one giant slice of cake to share, instead of each getting a piece. We’ve tried a few of their classic varieties already, so we went with the Lemon Heaven (lemon sponge cake, tangy lemon mousse, finished with Belgian white chocolate). True to its namesake, it was definitely heavenly, with a pronounced lemon flavour that packed a nice, tangy punch, and the lemon mousse wasn’t overly sweet. If it’s one thing I don’t like about most cake frostings/creams, it’s that they’re usually cloyingly sweet, but this one didn’t fall into that trap at all.
Mark topped off the night with a boozy hot chocolate, a definite upgrade from his usual steamed milk with almond, while I just went with a standard drip coffee. Another great round of dessert from True Confections!
866 Denman Street
Vancouver, BC V6G 2L9
Phone: (604) 682-6158
Of course we had to hit up Soirette for my fix of their delicious macarons. This is my sad attempt at trying to remember the macarons we got, from top to bottom: creme brulee, earl grey, spiced chai, xocolatl (Mexican chocolate), mint chocolate, and ….I want to say pistachio, but I swear it’s not. Well, I tried. My favourite was the spiced chai.
We also happened to be there during Vancouver’s annual Hot Chocolate Festival, and Soirette’s special hot chocolate of the day was the Hot Toddy Float (buttered rum hot chocolate with a dollop of wild mountain honey ice cream). Yum! The honey ice cream was a nice touch to this boozy hot chocolate that was creamy and just the right amount of sweet.
And now for a quick story. The table next to us, a couple of young women, also got the special hot chocolates and proceeded to take numerous photos to post on Twitter with the hot chocolate festival hashtag (I’m usually really lazy when it comes to Twitter so I took my photos and dug in). As a person who takes photos of their food, it delights me that others do the same. But one of the women had an unfortunate accident and ended up spilling her hot chocolate on her shirt in an attempt to take a selfie with the mug angled quite precariously. It took a lot of willpower not to laugh, but I felt guilty for finding it funny. Why? I’m sure at times I look ridiculous taking photos from various angles, moving my plates around, while Mark gets increasingly exasperated that he can’t just eat his damn food already (I’m kidding, he’s very patient with me), so often I feel self-conscious about it, especially in crowded restaurants. I’m sure there are at least a couple of people who see me, roll their eyes, and mutter sarcastic quips under their breath.
But then I think, this is what I do, and I don’t care what anybody else thinks about it (unless they are paying for my food, in which case, fine, I will care a little). At the same time, I try not to be obnoxious about it (like using a flash in a dimly lit restaurant), because there are social norms to adhere to as a decent human being. So, the moral of the story is, all you people out there who love taking photos of your food, ALL THE POWER TO YOU, but try not to spill things on yourself, lest it gives people who hate restaurant photo-takers another reason to grumble about us. Ok? Ok, cool.
Soirette Macarons & Tea
1433 W Pender Street
Vancouver, BC V6G 2S3
Phone: (604) 558-3308
Forever known as the place we can’t pronounce that has the most amazing cannoli, except after our latest trip it’s the place we can’t pronounce that didn’t have the most amazing cannoli because they want to deliberately break my heart :( Out of all the desserty things in Vancouver, the cannoli was the one thing I was most looking forward to. We planned to hit Sciue after our long, epic walk around the Seawall, but when we arrived to Sciue, we discovered that they didn’t have any cannoli. FOR WHY?! This is a crime against humanity, I tell ya.
So I had to settle for a chai latte (which was deliciously spiced, smooth, and creamy) and a Sfogliatelle (layered shell pastry infused with a sweet & creamy, ricotta based filling). I loved the creamy ricotta filling, but the pastry layers were really hard and tough (maybe they had been sitting out for too long?). I imagined that the layers would shatter delicately as I took my first bite, but alas, the pastry fought back hard.
Mark went with a classic latte and a Dark Chocolate Waffle (liege style waffles inspired by Eastern Belgium made with pearl sugar imported from Belgium). A nice, hearty waffle with a wonderful crust of dark chocolate.
But neither of them could replace my beloved cannoli. I’m still grieving…
Sciue Italian Cafe
126 Davie St
Phone: (604) 689-7263