le marché st. george {i’m in love}

January 17th, 2012 Posted in restaurants, vancouver, winter | No Comments »
Le Marché St. George

Le Marché St. George via coffeefoodies.com

As I mentioned, the highlight of my weekend was meeting the girls for tea. This wasn’t any ordinary tea date, it was one that was set in a place I can only describe as a hidden gem of Vancouver. Vancouver is full of chain coffee shops-there are about 5 Starbucks within a 1 mile radius of my house! It’s really exciting to discover somewhere like this. In my opinion, Le Marché St. George is perfection. It is a breath of fresh air.

The cafe is located on St George St/28th Street in East Vancouver. This area is totally residential which makes Le Marché St. George even more unique as there is nothing else like it nearby. The wooden facade is weather beaten, but this only adds to it’s charm! Inside is a rustic cafe/market shop that stocks items such as Eiffel Tower shaped pasta, squid ink pasta, teas etc.


Inside (via Amers)

There are only really 3 tables inside, but it wasn’t very busy so we were able to occupy ours for a couple of hours-eating, drinking tea & chatting. I ordered two macaroons-raspberry/lemon & pistachio. The woman who makes them was delivering them just as we arrived, so we hit the jackpot! Any earlier and we would have missed them. I had Earl Grey to start with-one of my favourite teas. As with most cafes of this style, the cups & saucers were mismatched and antique. I love this idea, and I have a collection of these types of cups at home. There is something a bit special & elegant about drinking tea from a china teacup & saucer!


Teacups (via Amers)

We sat and chatted, and ordered more tea (my 2nd round was Jasmine pearl tea). It was very fragrant & floral which I don’t usually like, but I enjoyed this. (not as much as the Early Grey though). They also serve savory food-quiche & flat breads etc. which I will definitely try next time. Eventually the sun had set, it was freezing outside and we all realized we would have to leave our Parisienne hideout and return to Sunday night reality! I am so happy to have discovered this place. It is really exciting to know that there are places like this, waiting to be discovered in Vancouver. Sometimes I feel like there are hardly any quaint places, or a cool, grimy underbelly here but this just reaffirms my belief that there is, you just need to go that extra bit further to seek it out.

Darkness falls

via Amers

I will definitely be returning to Le Marché St. George for tea & macaroons very soon-sounds delightful!




the rosé & the prawn

October 25th, 2011 Posted in portland, restaurants, sushi | No Comments »

My last trip to Portland was about a month ago and it was filled with all the usual things I love about it-great company, delicious food & some (ok, maybe a little more than some) drinks. We went for sushi-no, let me rephrase that-we went for the BEST sushi I’ve ever eaten at http://zillasakehouse.com/. Unfortunately, I don’t really like saké, I don’t know enough about it and I’ve tried some that are just too strong for me. Zilla has a really impressive saké menu though! I instead opted for a teeny bopper, flavoured drink that was kind of like a Japanese Smirnoff Ice (I had asked for flavoured saké which I’ve seen on TV) but the waitress kind of fobbed me off with this. Anyway, the hamachi nigiri melted in my mouth like butter-sooo good.  The roll had really thinly sliced pieces of lemon in them-including the rind. This gave a powerful lemon flavor that was really fresh without being overpoweringly zesty!

Zilla Saké

During the trip we also ate a Bar Lola http://www.barlolo.com/ which is a really nice tapas restaurant. They have a really simple salad of really thinly sliced romaine lettuce, Parmesan cheese, croutons & a really tangy, lemony vinagerette. It’s so simple, but so delicious. I tried to recreate it when I got home but it wasn’t the same. They also have prawns (I don’t usually like prawns) but these prawns are drenched in garlicky, spicy oil & butter so I can’t resist have one. The star of the show for me this time was the wine I was drinking. I ordered a glass of rosé and when the waitress brought the glass to the table, I thought she’d gotten my order wrong. The rosé was a deep ruby colour! It was very pretty! After dinner we went to a bar nearby which was definitely my type of bar. It was a kind of dive bar,  that was playing music I was really into. The bar tender was really friendly and the drinks were cheap. They also had a photo booth! Definitely took advantage of that and have some funny snaps from later in the night.

I love eating out (if the food is good). It’s not something I’d like to do every night, but it’s definitely one of my favourite things to do. There are a few restaurants in Vancouver I really want to check out. Needless to say, I will fill you all in once I’ve been and eaten.