Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Chez Mémé Baguette Bistro

Chez Meme Baguette Bistro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato My budget-conscious friend decided to try Chez Mémé Baguette Bistro despite usually ending up at Red Robin for one of their two-for-one burger specials. Chez Mémé has an extraordinary near-perfect score on Zomato, which usually scores tougher than Yelp.

Overall items were not very salty, so if you're used to that you might even think they are not salty enough. Baguettes / come with your choice of fries, salad, or daily soup. Daily soup can come warm or piping hot and no matter the weather I suggest you get it hot because as you work through your meal it's going to get cold.

If you've read some reviews from several years ago, be aware that the prices have gone up. Their lamb sandwich used to be $10 around 2010, but is now $13.25. (Menu at the bottom of this post).

Jarret ($13.25) lamb shanks, roasted garlic jam, grainy dijon; comes with choice of salad, fries, or daily soup
  • As previously mentioned, this might come across a bit bland if you're expecting what looks like meat from a stew to be on the salty savory side.
  • Very gamey! Make sure you like your lamb that way.
  • Big chunks of meat. Watch out for small pieces of bone -- My friend was maybe unlucky because she got three pieces about the size of a 25-cent coin each.
  • Overall I personally would have liked it a bit saltier.
  • Considering price for portion, it's hard to go wrong here at $13.25. You get what basically amounts to two burger's worth and the filling is basically meat meat meat. Plus baguettes are slightly heavier and more filling than the typical soft, light buns used in burgers nowadays.
  • In the pictures below, remember that you get TWO sandwiches per plate plus soup if you chose that option.
2017-Nov-22 Chez Mémé Baguette Bistro - Jarret

2017-Nov-22 Chez Mémé Baguette Bistro - Jarret

Ratatouille ($12.75) roasted peppers, eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, goat cheese, caramelized onions and pistou; comes with choice of salad, fries, or daily soup
  • Pretty bland, plus strangely there wasn't a lot of contribution from the goat cheese, which is typically quite strong and might have rescued this sandwich. Somehow needs more flavour contribution from the veggies. Maybe if they used an actual vegetable stew ratatouille it might have worked better.
  • Possibly because of the skin being still on the veggies, there was a tendency for a bite to end up pulling out one of the vegetable strips.
  • I'd give this a pass and get something meaty or something else if you're going vegetarian.
2017-Nov-22 Chez Mémé Baguette Bistro - Ratatouille

2017-Nov-22 Chez Mémé Baguette Bistro - Ratatouille

We came for lunch shortly after Noon and the breakfast menu was still available. The small place was almost at capacity but quiets down suddenly after the Noon-ish lunch rush. If you're going to go, pay special attention to their hours! -- They close at 3pm and are not open weekends!
Service was very good! Calm, friendly, attentive, and not pushy at all.

2017-Nov-22 Chez Mémé Baguette Bistro - menu

2017-Nov-22 Chez Mémé Baguette Bistro - menu

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Romer's Burger Bar Drunken Donuts and Kitsilano "Vault"

Romer's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato I got the chance to go to Yelp's Holiday Market Party, a fundraiser for the Lion's Gate Hospital Foundation as well as an opportunity for various up-and-coming food and drink vendors to show their wares. One of them was Romer's, showcasing their "drunken donuts" foremost but also with some brochures for "holiday gatherings" at their "Vault" location in Kitsilano.

These donuts are soaked on the inside and not your typical spongy doughy interior so watch out for their richness and order to share. Sauce is served on the side in the restaurant.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Coast Cricket Protein

I got the chance to go to Yelp's Holiday Market Party, a fundraiser for the Lion's Gate Hospital Foundation as well as an opportunity for various up-and-coming food and drink vendors to show their wares. One of the most interesting vendors flying under radar was Coast Cricket Protein.

Their wares looked like chocolate bars and tasted like it, but they were actually about eating crickets for protein!

As for the wares, the chocolate bar and peanut butter bars tasted like... chocolate and peanut butter! Nothing weird or off-putting, which I think was the point.

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