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Sunday
Jun052005

Maria's Pastry Shop

This isn't exactly a whole meal, but I thought I should post about it anyway. After our meal at Antico Forno, we did walk around the North End a bit. Anyone who's visited knows about the popular Italian bakeries in the area. Mike's Pastry is easily the most famous and quite a tourist destination. A lesser-known gem is Maria's Pastry Shop, which is a few blocks away and not quite as near the main North End action.

cannoli with ricotta filling - $1-2? (forgot to take note of it) I must say that Maria's indeed puts out a better cannoli than Mike's. The shell was like a delicious cookie, and filled to order with the ricotta. The filling is superb - rich, creamy, and at the same time even a bit refreshing. Everyone always heads straight to Mike's for cannolis. I urge you all to give Maria's a try next time...
Monday
Jan102005

Mondo Gelato

Gelato is another craze that has seemed to hit Vancouver in recent years. The result is that Vancouver is now full of many great gelato places, which make gelato freshly every day. The best place that I've tried is Mondo Gelato. They have a few locations around Vancouver, one in Beijing and one in Rome. Naia in Berkeley (which I visited recently and will post about soon) used to be a part of the Mondo franchise. Mondo has a ton of flavors - everything from chocolate and vanilla to green tea, Indian mango, Ferrero Rocher, Bacio, pistachio, and almost anything you can think of.

ferrero rocher (left), green tea & cranberry muesli (right) - C$3 each A "single" is actually misleading, as the $3 cup allows you to choose 2 different flavors. As you get bigger sizes, they let you up the number of different flavors you want. You can't really see the cranberry because it's buried under the green tea, but it's there. I opted for the Ferrero Rocher (you know, those ball-shaped chocolate hazelnut things with a golden wrapper), which I believe is the pinnacle of all ice cream flavors. I believe this enough to get 2 scoops of it and not bother with the 2 flavor option. It's chocolatey, nutty, and.. chocolatey. I mean what more could you ask for in ice cream? This stuff is really delicious, and you must try it. Sometimes they don't have Ferrero Rocher, in which case Bacio is a pretty good substitute (but I'd get a scoop of something else too). The green tea has a deep, rich tea flavor, and green tea ice cream lovers will enjoy it immensely. The cranberry muesli has a yogurty flavor with chunks of cranberries in there. I'm not a big fan of the yogurty taste, but Geoff and Tiff both love it. Their Indian mango, which I've tried in the past, is excellent.
Friday
Nov282003

Finale

Finally hit Finale earlier this week. Here are the goods:


molten chocolate cake with coffee ice cream, chocolate covered almonds, and chocolate sauce molten chocolate cake with coffee ice cream, chocolate covered almonds, and chocolate sauce


coffee connection - chocolate hazelnut mousse, fudge walnut cake, vanilla custard dome, white chocolate and lemon curd napoleon, amaretto gelato, and coffee sauce coffee connection - chocolate hazelnut mousse, fudge walnut cake, vanilla custard dome, white chocolate and lemon curd napoleon, amaretto gelato, and coffee sauce


caramel carnivale - caramel mousse, puff pastry, fresh fruit, rasberry puree, and chocolate caramel sauce caramel carnivale - caramel mousse, puff pastry, fresh fruit, rasberry puree, and chocolate caramel sauce No 2 hour wait this time. The stuff is pretty good, but the price is a bit steep. Kinda wish my chocolate cake was bigger...