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Collin and I had his birthday dinner at a restaurant in downtown Vancouver, and we were too full to have dessert. We walked around to have our stomach settle down and went to this store before heading home.

Urban Fare is a grocery store. They are in a few locations, and we went to the one close to Thurlow Street. You can access either Georgia Street or Alberni Street. Since we didn’t have dessert, we got some from them. You can find bakery and pastries beside the cheese section.

Urban Fare in Vancouver

Brownie Cake

Brownie Cake at Urban Fare in Vancouver

Chocolate Cheese Cake

Chocolate Cheese Cake at Urban Fare in Vancouver

Long time ago, the cake I bought from the store tasted good. Unfortunately, these were not my taste. They were just too sweet. I had a couple bites and gave to him. He seemed fine to eat both! :O

(Pictures taken by iPhone)

Urban Fare on Alberni

Address: 1133 Alberni Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Between Thurlow and Bute street)
TEL: 604-648-2053
Twitter: @urbanfare
Urbanspoon: page

7:00 – 22:00 daily
*7:00 – 18:00 on holidays

Price Note
– Brownie Cake $4.69
– Chocolate Cheese Cake $4.69

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My friend and I had dinner at Gastown and didn’t feel like having dessert at that place. Thinking about tea or dessert place, there weren’t any places near Gastown, coming up to my mind, except cheesecake place. So, we decided to walk a bit further, and I remembered this place cafe.

It was Giovane Cafe + Winebar, located in the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel. You can find a big yellow “g” sign at the entrance. There are a cafe counter and a deli counter. At the cafe counter, you can order coffee, tea, or pastries, and you can seat and enjoy them.

We ordered from their dessert menu.


Tea at Giovane Cafe + Winebar in Vancouver

Her choice, Sacher Torte

Sacher Torte at Giovane Cafe + Winebar in Vancouver

According to Wiki, Sacher Torte is a Viennese specialty. It looked so dense. Raspberry gummy (?) was on top, and the gummy or dense jam was inside the cake, too.

My choice, Classic Tiramisu

Classic Tiramisu at Giovane Cafe + Winebar in Vancouver

I don’t know what “classic” Tiramisu means, but I liked this one. It was so soft and light, so you could eat it in sec! :p

And, I took out this for Collin. This is his favorite. 🙂

Sugar Bun
(Sugared sweet bun filled with vanilla pastry cream)

Sugar Bun at Giovane Cafe + Winebar in Vancouver

It is nice to know a quiet cafe that opens until late.

(Pictures taken by iPhone)

Want to see more pictures for this restaurant? click here.

Giovane Cafe + Wine Bar

Address: 1038 Canada Place, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Between Burrard and Thurlow streets; Accessible from Cordova)
TEL: 604-695-5501
Facebook: page (for Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel)
Twitter: @giovanecafe
Urbanspoon: page
Opentable: reservation?

[Mon – Sat] 6:00 – 22:00
[Sun] 6:00 – 17:00


Dessert Menu at Giovane Cafe + Winebar in Vancouver

Price Note
– Classic Tiramisu $7.00
– Sacher Torte Unknown
– Sugar Bun $4.00

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As I mentioned in the previous post, I went to Friday Night Market in North Vancouver on the second week of Friday in October. That day was probably the last day for that event.

I got some food at the other food truck, but of course, it wasn’t enough for dinner. The second food truck I chose was Vij’s Railway Express. The restaurant of his is well-known in Vancouver, but I have never been, so it was a great opportunity to try out their food. They serve Indian and/or Pakistani food.

I asked each of size and ordered two things.

Butter Chicken Schnitzel
(Panko Crusted Free Range Chicken, topped with a rich Tomato and Fenugreek cream Curry, served with cumin-infused Basmati and Nann)

Butter Chicken Schnitzel at Vij's Railway Express at Friday Night Market in North Vancouver

As I worried, the curry was really spicy for me, but it tasted so good! Schnitzel was tender, and when I ate altogether, I felt the curry’s spiciness was getting mild. 🙂

Lamb Kebab
(Lucknow Lamb Kebab, wrapped in Nann with Basmati Onions, Pea Shoots, and Mint-Mango Chutney, served with Side Rice Puff and Chickpea Salad)

Lamb Kebab at Vij's Railway Express at Friday Night Market in North Vancouver

I liked this one, too. Sometimes, lamb smells strongly, yet I didn’t mind this kebab’s smell at all. I have to tell you, this chickpea salad was phenomenal! I love this. I even asked Collin if he can make at home.

Vij's Railway Express at Friday Night Market in North Vancouver

You can check where they are or when they open for special events at the app.

Currently, Dine Out Vancouver is held. As part of this, so is Street Food City. They also seem to attend to this event. If you haven’t tried their food, you have an opportunity here.

(All pictures taken by iPhone)

Vij’s Railway Express

Address: 1075 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
TEL: 604-639-3334
Facebook: page
Twitter: @vijsrailway
Urbanspoon: page

Event schedule: check on the app


Menu at Vij's Railway Express at Friday Night Market in North Vancouver

Price Note
– Butter Chicken Schnitzel $12.50
– Lamb Kebab $12.50

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