Sunday, July 14, 2024

Maple Bacon Cheddar Croissant and Maple Bacon Bagel BELT from Tim Hortons

Tim Hortons brings back the beloved maple bacon and this year, it graces not just one but two breakfast options: the Maple Bacon Cheddar Croissant and the Maple Bacon Bagel BELT.

Maple Bacon Cheddar Croissant

The maple bacon is the star of the show, boasting a sweetness that lingers on the palate. This sweet element meets its match in the buttery layers of the croissant, creating a textural symphony. The melty cheddar cheese adds a touch of saltiness, rounding out the flavour profile.

Maple Bacon Cheddar Croissant from Tim Hortons

Maple Bacon Bagel BELT

The Maple Bacon Bagel BELT starts with a classic – the everything bagel. Toasted to perfection, the bagel offers a delightful chew on the outside and a soft, doughy center. The fresh lettuce and juicy tomato add pops of colour and freshness, providing a welcome contrast to the sweet maple bacon.

Maple Bacon Bagel BELT from Tim Hortons

The Maple Bacon Cheddar Croissant and the Maple Bacon Bagel BELT are delicious. The croissant provides a luxurious eating experience, while the bagel BELT offers classic breakfast flavours with a sweet twist. Ultimately, the winner depends on your preference.

Craving a decadent and textural adventure? Go for the croissant. Looking for a familiar favourite with a sweet surprise? The bagel BELT awaits. No matter your choice, Tim Hortons' maple bacon breakfast is sure to satisfy your sweet and savoury cravings.

Thursday, July 11, 2024

List of Food Trucks in Greater Vancouver Area | Checklist

Below is a list of food trucks in Vancouver, BC Canada. This is not a comprehensive list and if you want to add your food truck here, please send me a message in Instragram.

List of Food Trucks in Vancouver
Food Truck Enjoyment Date Event
🔲 Acai Dude
🔲 Aloha Poke
🔲 Aperitivo Truck
☑️ Ay Mamacita! August 14, 2022 Thank Granville Its Food trucks
☑️ B&B Concessions: Gourmet Burgers and Fries July 1, 2023 Canada Together at Canada Place
🔲 B&B Concessions: Crepes
☑️ Bali Bites July 11, 2024 Team Lunch
🔲 Baba's House
☑️ Bao Buns April 28, 2023 Richmond Night Market
🔲 Bara Bara Trini Street Food
☑️ Bao Buns August 5, 2023 Vancouver Night Market
☑️ Baja's Food July 17, 2021 Thank Granville Its Food Trucks 2021
☑️ Beavertails July 10, 2021 Thank Granville Its Food Trucks 2021
🔲 Betty's Greek Honey Ballz
🔲 Big Chip Truck
🔲 Big Red's Poutine
🔲 Bistro Van
☑️ Boca'O June 11, 2022 Thank Granville Its Food Trucks 2022
☑️ Boteco Brasil October 1, 2023 BC Culture Days: Flavours of Fall
🔲 Bread and Cheese
☑️ Brownie Bakers July 16, 2021 Thank Granville Its Food Trucks 2021
☑️ Burger Holic June 11, 2023 RBC Run for the Kids 2023
☑️ Camion Cafe September 16, 2023 Car Free Day: Main Street
🔲 Cannoli King
🔲 Cazba
🔲 Chickpea
🔲 Chou Chou Crepes
🔲 Come Arepa
☑️ Corn Dog King August 28, 2022 PNE Fair
☑️ Crack On July 31, 2021 Thank Granville Its Food Trucks 2021
☑️ Cravings Kettle Corn July 1, 2022 Canada Day at Canada Place
☑️ Crema Ice Cream & Desserts July 29, 2021 Thank Granville Its Food Trucks 2021
🔲 Cuba Street Food
🔲 Cultivate Food Truck
🔲 Disco Cheetah Korean Grill
☑️ Dim Sum Express July 9, 2022 The Khatsahlano Street Party
☑️ Dos Amigos Tex-Mex July 2, 2021 Thank Granville Its Food Trucks 2021
🔲 Double Decker Diner
🔲 Egg Blanket
🔲 English Bay Mini Donuts
☑️ Food Daddy Persian Cuisine August 21, 2021 Thank Granville Its Food Trucks 2021
🔲 Fijian Fusion
🔲 Footlong Freakk Fries
☑️ The Frying Pan September 24, 2023 Car Free Day Denman Street (at their restaurant)
🔲 Fusion Icy
🔲 G's Donair
🔲 Henry’s Hip Eats
🔲 Holi Masala
☑️ Holy Smokes July 14, 2023 corner of West Broadway and Granville Street
☑️ Hugs Mini Donuts July 9, 2022 Thank Granville Its Food Trucks 2022
🔲 Hunky Bills Perogies
🔲 Hurricane Potato
☑️ Indish June 12, 2022 RBC Run for the Kids 2022
🔲 Innocent Ice Cream
🔲 International Perogies
🔲 Its All About Grill
☑️ Jamaican Mi Juicy August 19, 2023 PNE Fair
☑️ Japadog December 24, 2021 at Lansdowne Parking Lot
☑️ The Jerk Shack July 2, 2022 Thank Granville Its Food Trucks 2022
🔲 JJ's Hot Cobs
🔲 JJ's Trucketeria
🔲 Juicy Green Express Inc.
🔲 Just in Time
🔲 Kampong - Taste of Malaysia
☑️ Kona Ice July 9, 2022 The Khatsahlano Street Party
☑️ KYU Grill July 2, 2021 Thank Granville Its Food Trucks 2021
☑️ La Callejera Mexican Street Food June 25, 2022 Thank Granville Its Food Trucks 2022
☑️ La Taqueria June 1, 2021 near Vancouver Art Gallery
🔲 Lee's Donuts
🔲 Lemon Heaven
🔲 Lilac Pastry
☑️ Little Devils Wood Fire Pizza July 30, 2023 Honda Celebration of Lights
🔲 Little Ooties Mini Donuts
🔲 Los Tacos Hermanos
🔲 Lucente's Osteria
☑️ Lucha Libre Truck May 5, 2024 BMO Vancouver Marathon
🔲 The Mad Greek
☑️ Mama's Fish and Chips July 31, 2021 Thank Granville Its Food Trucks 2021
☑️ Mahshiko July 3, 2022 Thank Granville Its Food Trucks 2022
🔲 Marhaba Lebanese Food
🔲 Master Chef's Kabob House
☑️ Max's Restaurant food truck December 11, 2021 "Maligayang Pasko, Vancouver!"
🔲 Meet2Eat
🔲 Melt City Grilled Cheese
🔲 The Mini Donut Factory
☑️ Miss Siam August 27, 2020 corner of West Broadway and Birch Street
☑️ MJ's Caribbean Cuisine June 11, 2022 Riley Park Summer Farmers Market
🔲 Mo Bacon Truck
☑️ Mom's Grilled Cheese Truck June 12, 2021 Thank Granville Its Food Trucks 2021
☑️ Mr. Arancino July 3, 2021 Thank Granville Its Food Trucks 2021
🔲 Mr. Donair
🔲 Mr. Frosty Ice Cream
☑️ Mr. Pretzels July 29, 2023 Celebration of Lights
☑️ Mr. Shawarma August 6, 2022 Robson Square
🔲 Mr. Taco
☑️ Mr. Tube Steak June 3, 2023 corner of West Georgia and Granville Street
☑️ Munchu Picchu June 5, 2022 Thank Granville Its Food Trucks 2022
🔲 Namaste Food Lovers
🔲 NaMi Vietnamese
🔲 Noona's Cucina
🔲 Old Country Pierogy
☑️ Overland Sandwich June 4, 2022 Thank Granville Its Food Trucks 2022
☑️ Praguery Ice Cream and Chimney Cakes December 14, 2022 PNE Winter Fair
☑️ Planted May 7, 2023 BMO Vancouver Marathon Street Festival
☑️ Potato Corner December 16, 2023 "Maligayang Pasko, Vancouver!"
🔲 Pretty Good Sandwiches
☑️ Rain or Shine Ice Cream Truck July 8, 2023 Khatsahlano Street Party
🔲 Ragazzi Pizza Co
☑️ REEL Mac and Cheese June 26, 2021 Thank Granville Its Food Trucks 2021
☑️ Rice Bowls Paradise August 28, 2022 PNE Fair
🔲 Rocky Point Ice Cream
🔲 Rolled West Coast
☑️ Roasted Revolution August 28, 2022 PNE Fair
☑️ Rosie's BBQ and Smokehouse July 17, 2021 Thank Granville Its Food Trucks 2021
🔲 Rosie's Curry & Spice Kitchen
☑️ SAJetarian June 25, 2021 Thank Granville Its Food Trucks 2021
🔲 Saltspring Noodle Bar
☑️ Salty's Lobster Shack July 9, 2021 Thank Granville Its Food Trucks 2021
☑️ Say Hello Sweets July 3, 2021 Thank Granville Its Food Trucks 2021
☑️ Shameless Buns July 16, 2021 Thank Granville Its Food Trucks 2021
☑️ Shawarma Time September 16, 2023 Car Free Day: Main Street
🔲 Sirius Craving
🔲 Slavic Rolls
🔲 Smoking Hot Donair
🔲 Steamworks Food Truck
🔲 Steve-O's Deep-Fried Sweets & Treats
🔲 Steve-O's Fried Chicken
🔲 Streetdogs
☑️ Super Thai June 11, 2021 Thank Granville Its Food Trucks 2021
🔲 Sweet Avenue Bakery
☑️ Taco'N Todo September 23, 2023 Culture Days at Pacific Arts Market
☑️ Taco Nori Sushi Tacos September 2, 2022 Richmond Night Market
☑️ Taco Tigre May 10, 2024 The Shipyards Night Market
🔲 Tacosaurus Vancouver
☑️ Takenaka July 3, 2022 Thank Granville Its Food Trucks 2022
☑️ TAPS and TACOS September 4, 2023 Car Free Day: Denman Street
🔲 Teapressu
🔲 Teriyaki Boys
🔲 Teriyaki Express
🔲 ThaiBox on Truck
🔲 Tin Lizzy Concessions: Best Grilled Cheese & Poutine
☑️ Tin Lizzy Concessions: Fishn' Chips & Chicken Tenders July 1, 2022 Canada Day at Canada Place
🔲 Tin Lizzy Concessions: Mini Donuts
🔲 Tochi
☑️ Tokyo Katsu Sand June 19, 2022 Thank Granville Its Food Trucks 2022
☑️ Tornado Potato July 17, 2021 Thank Granville Its Food Trucks 2021
🔲 Truckin’ BBQ
🔲 Twisted Potato
🔲 Urban Wood Fired Pizza
🔲 Via Tevere Il Saltimbocca
🔲 Wak Wak Burger
🔲 Wings Outdoor Grill
🔲 Yardie Grill Jamaican Cuisine
☑️ Yo-Bones BBQ July 10, 2021 Thank Granville Its Food Trucks 2021

Rendang Sapi and Es Cendol from Bali Bites food truck

This week's company lunch transported us to the vibrant flavours of Indonesia! It all started last week with a team photo during our WA-BAGEL lunch. Little did we know, a Bali Bites food truck served as our backdrop, sparking curiosity among our Australian colleagues with its intriguing name and the image of a Komodo dragon. Inspired by this serendipitous encounter, a colleague chose Indonesian cuisine for our lunch today.

Our lunch adventure took us near the Park Place building, where the Bali Bites truck awaited. Having spent the past few nights wrestling with the question of "one Indonesian meal to rule them all," I had consulted Gemini. It provided a shortlist of four iconic dishes, each with a brief description - rendang is top of the list!

With this information, I chose Rendang Sapi, a dry curry beef brisket, from the Bali Bites menu. This dish served medium-spiced, featured melt-in-your-mouth beef nestled alongside tender potatoes. The star of the show, however, was the rich and flavorful curry sauce, which had me wanting just a touch more. But that's a minor quibble in the face of such a delightful meal.

Rendang Sapi (Dry Curry Beef Brisket) from Bali Bites food truck
Medium spiced tender beef brisket and potato, served with white rice and topped with fried onions

To complement the warmth of the rendang, I opted for my all-time favourite Indonesian drink: Cendol. This refreshing beverage, a rare find these days, brought back fond memories of Singapore over a decade ago. The perfect marriage of shaved ice, coconut milk, palm sugar, and green jelly noodles, Cendol was a delightful way to cool down on a hot summer day.

Es Cendol from Bali Bites food truck

Overall, this Indonesian lunch was a delightful exploration of flavours and textures. The rendang's tender meat, rich curry, and cool and refreshing Cendol created a truly satisfying and memorable dining experience.

Sunday, July 7, 2024

Sick Day Survival: Orange Juice and Turmeric Shot from Trish Juice

This week has been a rough one. That persistent cough just wouldn't quit, and let's be honest, crawling out of bed for anything but tissues and cough syrup wasn't exactly appealing. But sometimes, a little self-care is the strongest medicine. Enter Trish Juice, my new favourite Vancouver destination, for a delicious (hopefully effective) pick-me-up.

Knowing I needed a vitamin boost, I started with their fresh-squeezed orange juice. Bonus points for the buy-one-get-one-free deal – a small victory in a week of feeling under the weather. The sunshine in a glass was exactly what I needed to perk up my taste buds.

Trish Juice Wellness Package

Now, for the not-so-delicious but hopefully powerful part of my order: the Turmeric Shot. This concoction of turmeric, lemon, ginger, honey, and coconut water sounds exotic, but let's be honest – it's a mouthful, literally and figuratively. I held my breath, tossed it back, and braced for the worst... It wasn't great, but hey, if it knocks out this cough, I'll take it!

To end on a high note, I indulged in a sweet treat (or two). The chocolate chip banana pudding was creamy and decadent, the perfect antidote to a week of feeling blah. For a lighter option, I also grabbed the island's dream parfait — a tropical paradise in a cup bursting with yogurt, pineapple, mango, and granola.

Turmeric Shot, Orange Juice, Island Dream Parfait, and Chocolate Chip Banana Pudding from Trish Juice

Trish Juice definitely hit the spot. Their commitment to fresh, healthy ingredients is evident in every sip and bite. While the Turmeric Shot might be a challenge to swallow, the rest of the menu is a delicious path to wellness. So next time you feel run down, skip the greasy takeout and head to Trish Juice for a taste of sunshine and a kickstart to feeling your best.

Pesto Prawn Benny and Hearty Hash Bowl from Tap & Barrel Bridges

Happy (though still coughing) Sunday! Hubby and I celebrated one of our anniversaries yesterday, but unfortunately, this summer's heat gave me a nasty cough. I've been feeling under the weather all week, even taking a sick day from work last Friday and staying home all Saturday to rest up.

Every July anniversary, we have a tradition of going to The Bridges restaurant (2023, 2022, and 2020), which is now part of Tap and Barrel. Despite the sweltering morning, we grabbed a table on their patio, enjoying the stunning view of False Creek and the Burrard Bridge. We opted for the weekend brunch menu, perfect for a relaxed Sunday celebration.

To kick things off, we shared their Fresh Guac & Chips. Let's just say I'm having a serious guacamole moment – it's that good! We've always gotten their amazing nachos in the past, but we wanted to try something new. The guacamole was fresh and vibrant, with a perfect chunky texture. The chips were perfectly crispy, ideal for scooping up every last bit of that delicious green goodness.

Fresh Guac & Chips from Tap & Barrel Bridges
Guacamole, roasted pumpkin seeds, cilantro, pico de Gallo, feta, cumin-dusted tortilla chips

For his main course, Hubby went for the hearty hash bowl, which featured their famous southern fried chicken. Apparently, the chicken was absolutely crispy on the outside and juicy inside!

Hearty Hash Bowl from Tap & Barrel Bridges
Crispy potatoes, red onion, tomato, red peppers, sauteed spinach, poached eggs, hollandaise, parsley, and southern fried chicken

Meanwhile, I couldn't resist the Pesto Prawn Benny (last year, I got the Pesto Prawn Pizza, while the year before last, it was the Pesto Linguine). The prawns were cooked to absolute perfection – plump, juicy, and bursting with freshness. The toasted English muffin provided a sturdy base, while the soft poached eggs added a luxurious touch. 

Pesto Prawn Benny from Tap & Barrel Bridges
Sauteed prawns, almond basil pesto, garlic mayo, English muffin, poached eggs, hollandaise, old bay seasoning, micro radish and crispy potatoes

But the real star of the show was the almond basil pesto. The rich, creamy hollandaise sauce is a classic Benedict staple, but the pesto added a new dimension. The almond and basil combined for a beautiful herbaceous earthiness, perfectly balancing the creamy richness of the hollandaise.

Their crispy potatoes were the perfect accompaniment, with just the right amount of golden brown crispness and fluffy interior.

Despite the beautiful view and delicious food, the heat and my lingering cough had me a little worried. I didn't want to spoil the celebration by getting faint or overheated, so I made sure to stay hydrated, and we took our time enjoying our conversation on a slow walk home.

Thursday, July 4, 2024

Montreal Bagel Sandwich from WA-BAGEL

Today marks my first anniversary at work, and what is the theme for our company-paid team lunch? You guessed it — bagels! In fact, it's become a running joke that bagels are the clear favourite, having been chosen a whopping seven times for our weekly lunches in the last 54 weeks.

This week, we ventured to WA-BAGEL to taste their unique Japanese-style bagels. I couldn't resist their signature Montreal Bagel Sandwich. The first bite was a revelation – the Montreal smoked meat's savoury smokiness was perfectly balanced by the sweetness of the miso-caramelized onions. They added a depth of flavour that regular caramelized onions just can't achieve. The creamy Japanese mustard aioli tied everything together, adding a touch of tang that cut through the richness of the meat and onions.

Montreal Bagel Sandwich from WA-BAGEL
Montreal smoked meat, miso caramelized onions, Japanese mustard aioli on a plain bagel.

For a sweet treat, I also grabbed their Mochi Matcha bagel. This beauty was a matcha lover's dream – a vibrant green bagel filled with chewy, bouncy mochi bits. The sweet red bean paste was like a burst of sweet, earthy goodness in every bite. The chopped walnuts added a delightful crunch, satisfyingly contrasting the soft mochi and smooth bean paste. It was the perfect way to end a savoury and delicious lunch.

Mochi Matcha from WA-BAGEL
Matcha bagel filled with mochi, red bean paste, and chopped walnuts

We found a charming plaza with tables and chairs along Burrard Street, the perfect spot to enjoy our feast. The summer sun was warm, and the atmosphere was just perfect. It truly embodied the beauty of a Vancouver summer!

Monday, July 1, 2024

Blueberry Sour Cream and Sugar Twist retro donuts from Tim Hortons

To celebrate Canada Day, we capped off a fantastic dinner at Salmon n' Bannock with a visit to a true Canadian icon - Tim Hortons! In honour of their 60th anniversary, they're bringing back some retro donuts for a limited time.

Blueberry Sour Cream and Sugar Twist donuts from Tim Hortons

This time around, I tried the sugar twist and the blueberry sour cream donut. Now, full disclosure, I don't have any childhood memories attached to these flavours. But based purely on today's experience? I can't believe they ever took them off the menu!

Sugar Twist donut from Tim Hortons

I'm a self-proclaimed fried dough enthusiast (baked works are welcome, too!), so the sugar twist was an instant win. The classic combo of crispy, fluffy dough and a generous sugar coating is my kind of dessert - simple and delicious.

Sugar Twist from Tim Hortons

Now, the blueberry sour cream donut was a surprise hit. I was expecting a flavour overload, but it turned out to be a delightful balance. Just like their blueberry muffin, it wasn't overly sweet or tart - just perfect.

Blueberry Sour Cream retro donuts from Tim Hortons

Blueberry Sour Cream retro donuts from Tim Hortons

Here's a rundown of all the retro donuts they've brought back so far: 

If you're looking for a nostalgic trip or simply want to have donuts, be sure to head to Tim Hortons before these beauties disappear again!

Salmon n' Bannock Menu

We're fortunate to live less than a kilometre away from the only Indigenous restaurant in Vancouver, Salmon n' Bannock. We have been there quite a few times, so I am creating this post as a checklist for future me on which items we have tried.

Signature Bannock with Butter

Available between 3:00 to 9:00 PM
☑️ Signature Bannock with butter and jam Oath of Citizenship Ceremony dinner
🔲 Gluten Free Bannock with butter and jam
🔲 Salmon Mousse with bannock crackers
🔲 Candied Salmon
🔲 Pemmican Mousse with bannock crackers
🔲 Mushrooms on Toasted Bannock with sage-blueberries, brie and bison gravy
🔲 Game Sausage (Rotating Flavour)
🔲 Salmon Sampler (served 3 ways with bannock crackers)
☑️ Game Sampler (3 kinds of game chacuterie with preserves and bannock crackers) Canada Day 2024
🔲 Bison Bone Marrow (served with sage rub and bannock crostini)
☑️ "Fiss n' Rice" Oath of Citizenship Ceremony dinner
☑️ Bison Pot Roast Oath of Citizenship Ceremony dinner
☑️ Rotating Vegetarian (Mushroom) Risotto made with Anishinaabe wild rice Canada Day 2023
☑️ Smoked Sablefish on Haudenosaunee corn polenta Canada Day 2024
☑️ Game Sausage Dinner (Rotating Flavour) Oath of Citizenship Ceremony dinner
☑️ Elk Steak (Seasonal) Canada Day 2023
Casual Bites
☑️ Urban Sage Smoked Salmon Burger with Coleslaw Canada Day Celebration
☑️ Vegetarian Bannock Taco Oath of Citizenship Ceremony dinner
🔲 "Feel the Beet" Power Salad
☑️ Pow Wow Power Salad Canada Day 2021
🔲 Boozy Sundae
🔲 Ice Cream topped with fresh berries
☑️ Rotating Dessert: Lemon Meringue Citrus Cheesecake Oath of Citizenship Ceremony dinner
☑️ Rotating Dessert: Sweetgrass Cherries and Cream Trifle Canada Day 2023
Soup for the Day
☑️ Bison Soup Canada Day 2023
☑️ House Chili (Vegetarian) Canada Day 2021
☑️ West Coast Salmon Chowder Oath of Citizenship Ceremony dinner
☑️ Salmon Salad October 2023 at YVR
☑️ Salmon Gravlox October 2023 at YVR
🔲 Land and Sea
🔲 Hickory Smoked Maple Bacon BLT
🔲 Roaste Red Pepper (Vegan)
🔲 Candied Salmon

Smoked Sablefish from Salmon n' Bannock | Canada Day 2024

I am big on annual traditions, and for the past four years, we have had dinner at Salmon n' Bannock close to Canada Day weekend. This year was no different!

This afternoon, we walked to Canada Place to see the Canada Together event. It was a beautiful celebration of our country, and it definitely built up our appetites! Then, we walked back across Burrard Bridge and headed straight to Salmon n' Bannock for dinner.

My husband ordered the Smoked Sablefish and he gave me half. It is a rich, slightly sweet smoke flavour that paired perfectly with the creamy, balanced sauce. The Haudenosaunee Corn Polenta was a delightful surprise - soft and cheesy, with pops of sweet corn kernels throughout. The fish itself had a firm texture, similar to cod or haddock, but with a subtle oiliness and flakiness that reminded me of salmon.

Smoked Sablefish on Haudenosaunee corn polenta from Salmon n' Bannock

I originally wanted the Feel the Beet Power Salad, which sounded like a vibrant and healthy option. Unfortunately, it had already been sold out when we ordered it. In a slight panic, I went for the Game Sampler. It turned out to be a fantastic choice! Three kinds of game meats, each with its distinct flavour, were beautifully presented with candied jams, tangy blueberry preserves, and crisp bannock crackers. It was like a gourmet charcuterie board, complete with additional cheese slices for variety.

Game Sampler (2 kinds of game charcuterie with preserves and bannock crackers)

Before our main course arrived, we were served warm bannock with butter. It is the most satisfying thing —warm, slightly sweet bread that melts in your mouth. Simple but delicious, it was the perfect way to start the meal. 

Signature Bacnnock with butter from Salmom N' Bannock

Thank God for Canada and the people we share this land and country with!

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