We recently spent a week in beautiful Vancouver, Canada. It is an amazing city and a mighty fine town for eating.
While I've already noted Japadog, here is the dessert menu--simple, down-home sweetness to try when you are North of the Border.
from anywhere, but we got ours from Be 'wiched Cafe in Surrey
Pronounced nuh-NYE-moe, this is a regional dessert/snack named after the city where it was invented. It's a crispy coconutty, graham cracker crust, a smooth custard in the middle, and topped with a thick layer bittersweet chocolate/fudge. It looks like it should be a ridiculously dense ride, but somehow it's rich, full flavor without being too heavy. Except that you can't eat too much of it at once, and Lord knows I wanted to. Need a recipe!
BeaverTails at Lonsdale Quay Markets.
I'm quite sure this is a very touristy thing, but hey, we were tourists. A BeaverTail resembles a flattened churro or oblong funnel cake. Then, like a pizza, pick your toppings--Nutella, maple creme, caramel, chocolate, Reese's pieces, strawberry sauce. Since the bread is already a little sweet, I recommend going moderately on the toppings.
Maple creme with chocolate drizzles was eye-rolling good. Nutella with bananas *and* Reese's Pieces was overkill.
We also loved that food labels in Canada are in both English and French. Let's face it, having a BeaverTail sounds just plain weird, but Patisserie Queues de Castor, who wouldn't want to eat that?
Mr. Christie's Maple Leaf Cookies from Safeway
The first thing you smell when you open the bag is a lovely, almost caramel maple scent. We stopped in a Safeway on the drive back to the US and picked these up on a lark. These were so good that we conscripted a Canadian friend to bring 2 more boxes home for us.
Eat Well. Be Well.