Treats from Europe

Missing some treats from Europe? Here are some that you can find in Vancouver!

At Holt Renfrew:

Charbonnel et Walker

Charbonnel et Walker

Fortnum & Mason

Fortnum & Mason

Fortnum & Mason Gift Set - $90

Fortnum & Mason Gift Set – $90

Fortnum & Mason tea trio (Royal Blend, Earl Grey Classic, Afternoon Blend) - $26

Fortnum & Mason tea trio (Royal Blend, Earl Grey Classic, Afternoon Blend) – $26

At London Drugs:

Various brands of:

At Winners:

Various brands of Italian and English treats. I was lucky to find Charbonnel et Walker too for about half the price sold at Holt Renfrew. The fine chocolates were $14.99 (compared to $30) and the truffles were $12.99 (compared to $20).

Charbonnel et Walker Fine Chocolates and Dark Marc de Champagne Truffles

Charbonnel et Walker Fine Chocolates and Dark Marc de Champagne Truffles

At Vancouver Christmas Market:

Mostly German treats. It has more selections of Niederegger Lübeck marzipan chocolates. This year, I spotted Lebkuchenherzen!

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Where to buy German beer

If you can’t afford to attend any Oktoberfest events – or have been too busy to keep up with the festivities – you don’t have to miss out on German beer! Here are a few places where you can find some well-known-and-loved beers!

Introducing: Bestie

Last month, Bestie officially opened its doors in Chinatown on Pender & Columbia. Ever since I learned that Bestie would be selling my favourite snack, Currywurst, I couldn’t wait for them to be in business. (Please note that it is possible to have Currywurst at the Vancouver Christmas Market.)

I arrived a day after Bestie opened and immediately ordered Currywurst ($8). I was offered water in a Bierkrug (beer mug/jug) and served Currywurst with fries in a porcelain dish shaped like the paper trays usually used for serving these snacks. Even the mini fork was reusable and made of metal!

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Love it!

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You can choose the kind of sausage you’d like: Thüringer, Southern BBQ Turkey, Smokey Bison, Veggie Wurst

The menu is quite affordable so if you haven’t had the chance to visit Bestie yet, why not go today on their 1 month anniversary? 😉

Thomas Haas Patisserie Tour

Back in May 2013, I had the opportunity to tour the Thomas Haas Patisserie in North Vancouver with the Universität Heidelberg Vancouver alumni branch.

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Inside the kitchen, we were offered the popular almond croissants and a complimentary drink of our choice. I went with their Aztec Hot Chocolate which I highly recommend!

Mr Haas then told us how he became a chocolatier and how he ended up in Vancouver from Germany.

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Mr Haas shows us a plaque of his family’s long history in chocolaterie.

We were then introduced to the delicious contents on the table.

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cocoa beans

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Cocoa butter, cocoa nibs, sugar

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6 different flavoured chocolates

I was already going into sugar coma at this point. However, I couldn’t refuse sampling these pretty and unique chocolates:
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Take a look at the layers in this sesame chocolate

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As if we hadn’t already been spoiled enough, we even got to take home some chocolates!

Vielen Dank Herr Haas für die köstliche Tour! 🙂

June: Italian Heritage Month

June is Italian Heritage Month and Il Centro has prepared plenty of events all month!

  • Sun 16  Jun @ 12-4PM – outdoors: Festa Italianachildren & adult entertainment, Italian food, music, dancing
  • Mon 17 Jun @ 7PM – Ballroom:  Italian Love Songs for Singing and Dancing – Popular tunes performed by the Italian Choir of BC & dancing. FREE.
  • Tue 18 Jun: Lecture by Prof. Stefano Zamagni (University of Bologna) on the impact of the financial crisis and the unique role of cooperative enterprises in building a more resilient economy.
  • Wed 19 Jun @ 7PM – Ballroom: Trevigiano-Veneto Choir & Italian Men’s Choir in Concert – These choirs will be joined by the Austrian Melody Choir and will be performing to traditional Italian songs, children songs, solos and more. FREE.
  • Thurs  20 Jun @ 7PM – Ballroom: Voice of the Night – Cheer on a group of young performers in this song contest. FREE.
  • Tues 25 Jun: A Musical Journey – The Vancouver Italian Folk Chorus will perform Italian folk songs from all regions of Italy, as well as some Canadian songs! FREE.
  • Wed 26 Jun @ 7PM – Trattoria: Luigi Pirandello NightUBC Prof. Mario Inglese will introduce Pirandello’s work, complemented by a special screening (in Italian with English subtitles) of a short episode from the film “Kaos” by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, which was based on Pirandello’s short story La giara (The Jar). FREE.
  • Fri 28 Jun @ 6:30PM: Italian Heritage Month Closing Banquet Festa delle Regioni Buffet – Buffet inspired by traditional Italian food from different regions. Tickets are $40.00 (incl. 3 bottles of wine / table of 12) and must be purchased in advance (call 604-430-3337). A cash bar is available for other drinks. Doors open @ 6:00pm, dinner @ 6:30pm, music for dancing @ 7:00pm.

Taste of Tuscany Buffet Dinner

Taste of Tuscany Buffet Dinner

Date: Saturday, 1 June 2013
Time: 6:30PM (doors open at 6PM)
Location:
Tickets: $5.00 <6 y.o. | $15.00 6-12 y.o. | $30.00 adults (Advanced tickets required. Please call 604-430-3337 or buy adult tix online.)

A new series of buffet banquets featuring traditional Italian regional and rustic food at affordable prices: the first appointment is with the culinary tradition of Tuscany.  Alcoholic beverages are not included in the price, but available for purchase. Music by Patrizia Coletta at 7:00pm. Take a look at the delicious menu HERE.

Check out other events during Italian Heritage Month in June hosted by the Italian Cultural Centre!