Since summer has arrived I have noticed that my home-cooking has become almost non-existent and has, instead, been replaced with a lot of meals out. I don’t know where my motivation has gone but it disappeared when the sun arrived. Thankfully, for me, there are so many good options around town that I’m kept very happy in this cooking down-time.
On Saturday morning, before our ritual of Revolver coffee, I made my first, and highly anticipated, trip to the Aussie Pie Guy. I, and almost every other child in Australia, grew up eating pies so this was always going to be a winner for me. I ordered the Aussie Pie, which is full of chunks of beef, onion, and gravy for $8 (I would have preferred a slightly richer gravy, but that is just personal taste). FYI, they have a card machine too so you don’t need to worry about cash-only. I will definitely return for a taste of some of the other pies but I am a traditionalist, so I’ll likely always return to the Aussie Pie.
Saturday afternoon was a warm one and so B and I stopped at Earl’s patio on West Broadway for a Caesar pick-me-up (their Caesars are really quite delicious) before making our way to the new Salt restaurant in Kitsilano for dinner. For those who haven’t heard, Sean Heather has opened a sister restaurant to the Gastown Salt, on West Broadway and Trafalgar. We popped in for the soft launch on Saturday night and are absolutely thrilled to have this place in our neighbourhood. Although it was quite loud, the patio was a great spot on a warm Saturday night to enjoy some carefully selected cheeses, meats, and wines. We’ll be back for sure.
On Sunday morning we did something that we haven’t done in a long time; we cooked a weekend breakfast at home! It was just a bacon and egg sandwich but it was nice to have it sitting on our patio and not have to make the decision on where to go for brunch. We followed breakfast up with a sit-in at Matchstick for coffee with a friend (it is so great to see that place doing so well).
On Sunday afternoon, I met up with my sister at Bella Gelateria for a walk and gelato. Talk about another place doing well for itself – the line up was out the door and they are opening a second location in Yaletown very soon! The dulche de leche was incredible but it was hard deciding as every flavour there is so delicious!
After our relaxing walk through Coal Harbour and Stanley Park, we stopped in at the Milestones in English Bay for a bottle of bubbles on the warm and sunny patio. It is just so hard to say “no” to patio drinks in the summer.
And because we were in the area, it was very easy to convince ourselves (and B) to have dinner at our favourite place, Nook on Denman street. Nook is the perfect place to wrap up a sunny, summer weekend.
Crushed peas and burrata crostini
Whipped ricotta, honey, and hazelnut crostini
Pizza Daily Special: Pancetta, green onions, and cabbage pizza
Daily Pasta Special: Spaghetti and meatballs
After a weekend filled with good food and drinks, I always feel so blessed to live in this city. We are truly spoiled when it comes to diverse, tasty food.
Where did you try this weekend? Did you try somewhere new? What places are currently on your wish list?