Wendy and I were looking for a quick snack around Broadway and Cambie, and Solly’s Bagelry looked like it fit the bill.
Once inside things got a bit more interesting, as we could see that Solly’s wasn’t just a bagel place, but a full Jewish bakery. As the sign says, they carry babka but we didn’t check to see if they have the debatably “lesser” cinnamon variety from the Seinfeld episode. I love that show!
Side note – I had the pleasure of being served (and denied, of course) soup from Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi a few years back at Greens and Beans. He makes regular charity fundraising trips to Vancouver so keep an eye out for local appearances if you’re interested. Or you could try our homegrown hero The Sandwich Nazi, who we’ve blogged about before.
They also carry lavash, but the version we saw on sale at Solly’s Bagelry was a crisp version which looks much different from the fresh Turkish lavash we tried at Anatolia’s Gate.
Knish is something I had heard of before (probably on Seinfeld again) but never tried. My Potato and Onion Knish ($1.75) had a samosa-like filling surrounded by light, flaky crust. It reminded me of Sweet Cherubim‘s baked samosas; both in the crust and the mild, pleasant filling.
A coworker asked me to post more recipes; I think it’s cuz she’s getting married soon and needs some simple home cooking recipes to feed her soon-to-be-hubby =) So here’s a simple lamb recipe for her to hopefully make one day to wow him!
Hitman and I collaborated on our Valentine’s Day dinner. We decided to stay in and prepare dinner together the day of ♥.
This is hands-down the fanciest dinner I’ve ever prepared in my life. It’s also probably one of the easiest. We made Roasted Rack of Lamb with sides of Hitman’s Roasted Potatoes (recipe handed down by his mom), and French beans with golden beets in a balsamic vinaigrette. The sides took more work than the meat itself actually. For this dinner I made the rack of lamb, and the French beans and golden beets side dish.
The beets were a bit of a happy accident since I didn’t realize that boiling takes away much of the sweetness of the beets. After boiling then tasting one plain I decided to whip up a quick vinaigrette to add some of the sweetness back into it. Hitman was initially unimpressed with the boiled beets but after adding the vinaigrette he ended up loving them! They also made a great cold salad as leftovers. If you want to try the traditional option which is also delicious I’m including a simple roasted golden beets recipe as well.
Ever find yourself daydreaming of your next vacation while you’re at work? Wish you could magically transport yourself out of that cramped cubicle and escape to some exotic destination for some much-needed R & R? What if I said you could indulge your fantasy on your next lunch break? If you work downtown, Mangal Kiss Mid East BBQ could be your ticket…
Mangal Kiss is an Iranian food truck posted up at the Vancouver Art Gallery at Georgia & Hornby streets. When the name popped up on my Street Food Vancouver app it reminded me of a guy I used to work with named Mangal. I read their info and saw that they serve shishliks. Then I thought of eating Mangal’s shishlik. While the thought of kissing Mangal (let alone eating his shishlik) really grossed me out, I was hungry and it was close.
They had a deal where you could get any shawarma (regular $7 vegetarian, $8 meat) and small soup (regular $4) for a combo price of $10. The friendly, laid back operators gave a good first impression while I made my decisions. I was especially intrigued by their featured soup so I went for the deal.
The small featured soup was a puree of yam and charred ancho peppers, topped with mashed avocado mixed with onion and cilantro. The soup was sweet, smokey, and spicy, and was heated to eating temperature. I’m always happy to get soup served ready to eat; no waiting due to scalding heat, just dig right in! I know Wendy would have lapped this one up, hopefully we can go together next time.
The Chicken Kebab Shishlik was pretty big for only $8. I’d say it was a good 9 inches long and stuffed just to the point where it wouldn’t have been wrap-able if further filled. It came on a white taftoon, which is a traditional Iranian flat bread. I’m usually pretty good about asking if there’s a whole wheat option, but today I forgot. The taftoon was satisfyingly chewy and quite delicious regardless.
ORU at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel was the last stop for Dine Out Vancouver 2014. It coincided with Pretty Sis’ visit so it worked out perfectly as a venue for some much-needed and long overdue sister-talk.
I’d never been to ORU before and I was very, very pleasantly surprised and impressed by the decor. It was very modern and looked very expensive. So it’s no surprise that their dine out menu was of the $38 variety.
Complimentary bread consisted of olive bread and sour dough bread. Both were soft and fluffy but the olive bread was clearly the star…it was mighty tasty!