By Avneet Takhar
Spring has sprung and not only does that mean cherry blossoms blooming, mild weather and clear skies but it also equals copious amounts of chocolate eggs, hearty dinners with friends and family, and the long weekend to recover from a food coma.
Haha, we jest but seriously, it’s a resurrection of all things edible and indulgent so we’re excited to share with you the Easter and Passover menus that you’ll surely not want to pass up!
Ready to take your order is The Bench Bakehouse, with their Easter shop open online and various yummy things to take home and enjoy. I did exactly that with their bomb Quiche Lorraine, a buttery yet crunchy pastry packed with spinach, caramelized onions and asiago which I customized to add spice!
And I nabbed their 4 pack of classic hot cross buns, filled with raisins, apricots and housemade candied lemon and orange pieces. I popped them in the toaster with a slather of margarine and a hot cuppa; holy it was good.
Available to order now
1641 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Transit: Get off at Commercial-Broadway station and walk northwards for 10 minutes, until you reach East 1st Ave. Located inside Il Mercato mall
You’ve got views overlooking the sea and a decadent setting that’s family-friendly at Pinnacle Hotel. Easter brunch is a major affair here, with pork and leek sausages, slow-roasted Angus prime rib, poached tiger prawns, Belgium liege waffles and freshly baked scones, topped off with a chocolate fondue.
Open for service from Sunday 17 April 11 AM – 2:30 PM, you can grab your ticket here.
138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
Transit: A 3-minute walk from Lonsdale Quay Seabus terminal
Located at the Executive Plaza Hotel (fancy, huh), The Wild Fig has reservations available for their buffet on Sunday 17 April with a posh spread consisting of smoked salmon, eggs benny, pancakes, sausages, live roast beef and an omelette station!
Reserve your spot here.
405 North Road, Coquitlam
Transit: An 8 minute walk from Lougheed Town Centre SkyTrain station.
Made from scratch, Tracy and her team are pulling out all the stops for their Easter recipes and we dare you to not salivate! There’s the Easter Treat Box, filled with cookies, shortbreads, delicately decorated cupcakes and assorted cake slices, an Easter Cookie Kit for D.I.Y and the ultimate Easter Mini-Egg Cake; a rainbow delight!
Order online with at least 48 hours notice, shop here.
21594 48 Ave, Langley
Transit: Grab the skytrain to Surrey Central Station and hop on the 503 bus. Get off at Fraser Hwy @ 216 St, then it’s a 10 minute walk by keeping on Johnston Townline Rd. Look out for the roundabout to turn into.
Oooh, Chez Christophe is giving us edible art with their specialties! The Easter Showpiece Collection has some real show stoppers amongst them, from the Smash- Able “Chicko”, a white and dark chocolate shell revealing raspberry chocolate clusters in the centre, to the “Dragon” a rather sophisticated half milk / half dark chocolate praline egg. And not forgetting the adorable bunnies, with flavours such as caramelized white chocolate, tropical and ruby chocolate – a deep maroon tone. These will keep the parents and kiddos happy.
We second their statement: ‘Quantities are limited. We strongly urge you to reserve your order.’
4717 Hastings Street, Burnaby / 1558 Johnston Road, White Rock
Burnaby Transit: Grab the SkyTrain to Gilmore station, then take the 129 bus getting off at Hastings St @ Beta Ave.
White Rock Transit: Hop on the SkyTrain to VCC-Clark station and grab the 84 bus. Jump off at W 6th Ave @ Alder Crossing and walk down 10 minutes east.