Food & Drink

Ganache Pâtisserie – summer 2009 menu

Ganache Pâtisserie (1262 Homer Street) just announced its newest creations for its summer 2009 menu. Sitting on an almond biscotti base, Bleuet Amande is a smooth and creamy Amaretto cheesecake simply finished with a B.C. blueberry compote and housemade amaretti cookies. A natural combination, Chocolat Malté layers rich dark chocolate malted mousse and chocolate malted ganache on a dense and chewy white chocolate blondie foundation. Coco et Figue is a coconut sensation of light coconut rum parfait between layers of coconut dacquoise and buttery olive oil cake spread with a vanilla fig compote.
At the reasonable price of $5.75 per cake, dessert at Ganache is great for sharing between two people when you just want a little taste to satisfy a sweet craving.

Events & LifestyleSales & Discounts

Yaletown Summer Shopathon (Friday July 17)

Now that I’m working in Yaletown, I am more than eager to write about the upcoming events happening in this trendy district! On Friday July 17th, the Yaletown Summer Shopathon is happening from 3pm until 9pm. Grab a few friends and come down to Yaletown for drinks, cocktails, prizes, sales and discounts. RSVP early and receive a coveted I Love Yaletown Swag Bag loaded with product samples and coupons. Click here to RSVP and print off the coupon. Check in at the Yaletown Summer Shopathon booth in front of EQ3 (1039 Hamilton Street) for your detailed discount list, to redeem your free I Love Yaletown Swag Bag and to enter the prize draws.
40+ stores will be participating in this event, including Fine Finds, EQ3, Boudoir, Marimekko, Mavi Jeans, Global Atomic, The Cross, BeautyMark, Blo, Gateau Lingerie, Skoah, Atomic Model, SKU Clothing and Lola Home & Apparel.

Fashion & RetailFeatured

Boudoir One-Year Anniversary & Fashion Show

Many of the dresses were cinched mid-body by a sash or through “smocking” a ruffled, elastic pattern.

Events & Lifestyle

Ganache – Spring 2009 menu additions & open house (Saturday May 23rd)

For those of you who were at Modern Mix Vancouver’s One-Year Anniversary & Reader Appreciation Party, you probably had a taste of delicious chocolates and pâtisseries which were generously sponsored by Ganache Pâtisserie (1262 Homer Street) in Yaletown. Prices are about $5 to $6 per serving, but are rich enough to share between two people and there are a limited number of seats at Ganche for you to eat your dessert there! If you are craving some sweet desserts, now would be a good time to drop by Ganache as they just recently announced their newest creations for their spring 2009 menu:

  • Fresh and light, Framboise et Pêche ($5.75) encases a creamy peach crème brûlée and fresh raspberries with an airy raspberry parfait mousse and wild flower honey graham cracker base.
  • With inspiration from a past favorite, Rose et Pamplemousse, arises Yuzu Pistache ($5.75) which layers a nutty pistachio dacquoise and pistachio sponge with a light vanilla yuzu parfait and middle layers of aloe-kiwi gelée and rose water panna cotta.
  • With a decorative almond biscuit on top, Abricot et Earl Grey ($5.75) spreads a fragrant Earl Grey mousseline studded with brandy soaked apricots over a salted caramel ganache and almond dacquoise base.
  • For hazelnut lovers, Mille Feuille Praliné ($5.50) takes the classic dessert with its flaky puff pastry layers and inserts a rich coffee praliné mousseline folded with crunchy hazelnut nougatine, and a layer of praline crunch.
  • A modern view of a classic gâteau, Forêt Noir ($5.50) combines Kirsch syrup soaked moist chocolate cake and griottine cherries with alternate layers of vanilla and chocolate chantilly cream.

Also, on Saturday May 23rd, 2009, everyone is invited to Ganche in Yaletown location for their official launch of the Spring 2009 menu. Throughout the day, there will be samples of their new spring desserts, draws for doorprizes and more.

Fashion & Retail

MONTECRISTO Monday – Skoah Skincare Training

Blogger-cum-MONTECRISTO magazine assistant editor, Craig David Long, has become somewhat of a local expert on the way Vancouverites identify themselves through fashion and style. In a world that places high value on surface appearances, he believes that, like our clothing, our skin, albeit reluctantly, also often stands in to say something about who we are and how we feel. For the upcoming spring issue of MONTECRISTO, Long sits down with Chris and Andrea Scott of Skoah to see how they address their clients’ innermost, or shall we say outermost, inhibitions.

In the lounge of their Yaletown spa, Andrea chimes in, “What prompted us to start Skoah, was how uncomfortable we both felt at spas that didn’t ask us questions about our skin, or explain what products they were using, and why, before they lathered us up.”

MONTECRISTO magazine is a regional lifestyle quarterly created for the discerning, cultured Vancouverite, and is designed with the highest standard of quality in mind. The spring issue of MONTECRISTO is available today at Chapters/Indigo stores across Greater Vancouver.

Food & DrinkHeadline

R.TL – Regional Tasting Lounge

Modern Mix Vancouver was invited to Yaletown’s (1130 Mainland Street) last week for a sampling of its new regional features. In case you missed the first article,’s menu is split into three sections, with each section featuring five to six small plates inspired from a distinct region of the world. The featured regions rotate on a three month basis, with the exception of BC, which is a constant on the menu.

A quick peek at the menu reveals that executive chef Erik Smith has chosen Portugal and France to join BC as its regional features for the next three months. The 50-seat establishment is chic and trendy, with dark wood furniture contrasted by contemporary white chairs.