Do you like macarons? Paul Croteau Confections has been selling macarons, a French almond meringue sandwich cookie with flavoured ganache fillings of seasonal flavours, and other sweets, at a kiosk in Oakridge Shopping Centre since the beginning of August 2010. But at the end of this month, Paul Croteau will be relocating to 1020 Main Street, near Terminal Avenue. The new store will be located directly above Campagnolo Restaurant, where Paul Croteau oversees the bread and dessert program as Pastry Chef. The final day of sales at Oakridge will be Sunday, September 12, 2010.
When it comes to “concept dining”, my favourite way of eating food is definitely tapas style. Located in Blood Alley in Gastown, adjacent to Salt Tasting Room, Judas Goat Taberna is a 28-seat tapas bar which serves small plates influenced by Spain, Italy and France. Despite the foreign food pairings, the environment of Judas Goat reminds of me a family grocery store. A viewable food preparation station and high countertops close enough to make small talk with the patrons sitting beside you. Square yellow stools huddle around small tables.
Similar to its sister restaurant, The Salt Tasting Room, Judas Goat combines a variety of flavours and textures and teases the pallet with its small portions. I love the option of nibbling on a variety of food and sharing dishes. Between the two of us, we ordered 7 items, which included two “hot” dishes, two “pressed, potted, or cured” dishes and a salad. Agreeing with everyone I have spoken with, what you pay for the portions is not really worth the price; but then again, “concept dining” is about the experience of “trying something new”, right??
Hapa Izakaya Yaletown’s (1193 Hamilton) patio is now open and the restaurant is serving lunch, Monday through Friday, from 12 pm straight through until dinner at 4pm. Plus Hapa Yaletown will open for dinner on Saturdays and Sundays at 4:00 pm all summer long. Hapa Izakaya Yaletown is the newest of the three Hapa Izakaya restaurants. For reservations, please contact Hapa Yaletown at 604.681.4272.
Those beloved Tic Tac candies have launched a campaign called the “Tic Tac Small Fun Revolution” and a contest is being hosted to encourage Canadian Tic Tac fans to be creative and make creations with Tic Taccandies and/or empty Tic Tac boxes. Winner gets $5000 to spend on “small fun”. In addition, as an incentive to get your act together, Tic Tac is offering two ways to win a Small Fun Revolution t-shirt prize:
- Download the FREE iPhone games HERE and being one of the first 1000 to beat all the levels
Super-cute and surprisingly addictive. Be warned that these little Tic Tac characters are vicious at air hockey.
- Submitting a photo/video contest entry at tictacsmallfun.ca
Create a video or photo of something made out of Tic Tacs or Tic Tac boxes and submit it at tictacsmallfun.ca for a chance to win our grand prize: 24 hours of small fun with $5000. Creations will be judged on originality, creativity, and of course, overall fun-ness. Also, the first 1000 entries get a free t-shirt from Tic Tac.
For more information check out TicTacSmallFun.ca.
Dine Out Vancouver is back! Typically in February, this year, Dine Out Vancouver has been postponed to April 26 to May 6. The list of participating restaurants will be released on Monday April 19. Restaurants will begin accepting reservations at that time. Stay tuned!