Monday, April 7, 2014

Yves Veggie Cuisine - Jumbo Veggie Dogs

Yves Veggie Cuisine - Jumbo Veggie Dogs

Compared with regular skinless hot dogsYves Veggie Cuisine Jumbo Veggie Dogs have a very well-duplicated good look and feel to them, probably because they don't have to try hard to look like unprocessed meat. The taste is rather bland in comparison, but also less salty if you are watching your sodium.

If you are going to use them just like hot dogs -- that is, put them in a long bun and smother the taste with condiments -- then this Yves vegan hot dog will give you the look and feel without significantly missing the taste.
However, if you really like the distinctive slightly sweet taste of hot dogs, then you will definitely miss that here. Whatever you want to say about the preparation of hot dogs, it does produce a reasonably tasty product, especially when lightly pan fried. If you focus on the flavour of the dog itself, then Jumbo Veggie Dogs won't be a good substitute.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Waffle and Berries

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Waffle and Berries specializes in large waffles that are basically $4 ($3.95), plus simple toppings (around $2). If you are even thinking of going to pricey-store-rent downtown Vancouver for a waffle, then you're probably not balking at the price, which is on par with Cafe Medina and less than Jules Bistro. You get a freshly made waffle, fresh fruit, lots of whipped cream, and pleasant ambiance (picture by qasic).
This latter is up to you to decide of course, but it's clean, bright, and feels spacious: For a small store, they have rather large tables and comfortable chairs. They aren't sandwiching you in with the seating arrangement, and your table is big enough to not be crowded by your plates and drinks. This may sound like a trivial point, but seriously, just notice how tight things feel next time you're at different diners and restaurants.

They use liege waffles. Despite the picture on their sidewalk advertisement, the waffle is slightly long rather than simply roundish, so you're getting slightly more waffle. It is otherwise like a waffle: Almost crispy on the outside, "meaty" and soft on the inside. Of the available toppings, speculoos is probably the most unusual thing on the menu. It is basically a spread that looks like peanut butter but tastes like speculoos cookies (which in turn kinda just taste like they were slightly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg). Jars of them are available for $8.50 each at the store if you are inclined. I found the flavour to be on the subtle side, and it definitely tastes like a biscuit. This tasty goop is apparently very popular in Belgium.

A large hot chocolate is $4.45. No decaf coffee, apparently.
Orders are taken at the counter. I picked up my drink when they called it out, but our waffle orders were brought to our table (huh?) so pay attention! If you order waffles, throw in a tip when you pay, or just leave a little something at the table (unless you're taking advantage of pay-at-the-counter to shave off that extra ~15% tip that comes with dining out).

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Boursin Spiced Fresh Soft Cheese - cranberry and pepper

Boursin Spiced Fresh Soft Cheese - Cranberry and Pepper

Previously I mentioned having $1-off coupons from All You Need is Cheese, and I purchased two Boursin cheeses on sale at Superstore. The cranberry and pepper flavoured "spiced fresh soft cheese" is very much the same in consistency as the Boursin shallot and chive, except the flavour is more disappointing:
  • If there were any pepper flavour, it was very subtle.
  • To get any cranberry flavour, you really need to have at least a chunk of cranberry. Otherwise, the cheese tastes like cheese only. It's not so much flavoured cheese as it is dried cranberry bits mixed into the cheese.
If you do get this, I recommend being generous with the portion to ensure that you have a good amount of cranberry included in whatever you have spread the cheese on. The cheese does have a richness which lends well to thicker spreads but won't give you that sick feeling from too much fat.