Afternoon snack 8/28/2014: Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie, 2539 West Broadway Avenue, Vancouver, BC
Shared: Pistachio sour cherry tart, double-baked almond croissant, mocha, and crispy chocolate raspberry.
Easily some of the best pastries we’ve ever had. The double-baked almond croissant was mind-blowingly good. Chef Haas himself gave us the croissant straight from the oven and it was unlike any other almost croissant. Soft, crisp, buttery, flaky, just the right amount of almonds.
Pistachio and sour cherry made an amazing combination, and the crispy chocolate raspberry was just the perfect amount of indulgence.
Chef Haas is one of Vancouver’s most beloved pastry chefs, and we interviewed him for our other site, Eats Abroad. You can check it out here!
Brunch 8/23/2014: Dynasty Seafood Restaurant, 777 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC
Shared: Steamed scallop and pea tip dumplings, baked BBQ pork pies with lemon, steamed sticky rice in lotus leaf, steamed black truffle dumplings, baked egg tarts, pan-fried turnip cake, steamed shrimp dumplings, and steamed crab meat and minced pork dumplings.
Amazing dim sum, particularly their specialty dumplings (scallop and pea tip, crab meat and minced pork). The BBQ pork pies were a huge hit; they had a strong lemon flavor that we never really experienced with these BBQ pork before. Pricier than most dim sum places, but well worth it.
Dinner 8/6/2014: La Teranga, 4903 Rainier Avenue S, Seattle
Me: Prawns with coconut curry rice, bissap juice.
The fiance: Lamb mafe, bouye juice.
Shared: Fish fataya.
Our first time trying Senegalese food and it was oh-so-delicious. The deep-fried fish fataya were very crisp, and we even got an additional sauce (not pictured) that was impressively spicy. Both our entrees felt like comfort food: hearty, flavorful, and left us with very happy bellies.
Dinner 8/3/2014: IKEA, 601 SW 41st Street, Renton, WA
So IKEA was having a promotion where we would get the cost of our entire meal deducted from our shopping bill. We could literally get as much food as we wanted … so between me, my fiance, and our friend, we did.
(At least we weren’t as bad as some couples we saw filling five trays for just 2 people.)
Brunch 8/3/2014: Sitka & Spruce, 1531 Melrose Avenue, Seattle
Shared: Braised bacon with dandelions, potato, creme fraiche, and pickled onion; bread with soft butter and Jacobsen flake salt; house-made charcuterie (coppa, liver pate, hock terrine, baked ham, and salami with toasts and mustard seeds); and Kurtwood Farm’s “Dinah’s” cheese with wild flower honey.
Bacon, bread, butter, charcuterie, and cheese … a beautiful combination of our favorite things.
So one of the reasons why I’ve been so slow with updating Fat & Fatter over the past few months is because I’ve been working on another project. For years, I was frustrated with how difficult it was to research great restaurants when I was planning vacations abroad. Random Google searches and visiting multiple websites to read a bunch of different articles and lists was just too tedious.
I wanted to come up with something that combined my passion for food and dining out, with my first love, journalism. I decided to go directly to top chefs and ask them what their favorite restaurants and dishes were. The recommendations I received were extremely informative, passionate, and more than what I could have ever hoped for.
Vancouver, BC is the first featured city in this project, and I’ll be updating the website with more interviews in the coming weeks. I wanted to give my followers here a first look! You can find the site here, and please feel free to “like” Eats Abroad’s Facebook page and follow on Twitter. Thanks!
toiletpeanutbutter asked: Hey guys! I love your blog. It's helping me find new places and fills my head with delicious ideas. :) Why did you guys choose to take your engagement pictures in Chicago? I moved to Seattle from a town an hour out of Chicago a little over a year ago. PS. I see you loved katsu burger too. Did you hear that they closed? :( can you recommend any good places to get unique burgers?
Thanks! Our wedding is actually in Chicago, too. It’s where I was born and went to college, so it’s particularly special to me. :)
Yes, we were so sad to hear about Katsu Burger closing. We only went once. Hm, for “unique” burgers, I have to say we haven’t really had a chance to try anything that was really different, other than Katsu. Uneeda was solid and they have a lot of interesting-sounding burgers on their menu: http://www.uneedaburger.com/menu.html. When we went, we stuck with the more traditional ones, so can’t speak to how their unique ones taste.
8oz. Burger and Zippy’s are on our list, so hopefully we’ll get to try those soon!