Black And Blue Steakhouse

I’ve been excited to check out the newest restaurant added to the Glowbal Group; Black And Blue. The restaurant is located at 1032 Alberni St. I went during Dine Out Vancouver. I choose the Bacon N Eggs, Angus Tenderloin, and the Classic Creme Caramel.

Bacon N Eggs

Bacon N Eggs

The double smoked bacon was a bit on the fatty side, but had lots of flavor. The duck egg was extremely moist.  I really liked the spicy maple syrup, it was a nice touch, and also helped bring the dish together.

Angus Tenderloin

Angus Tenderloin

The steak was absolutely outstanding. I asked for it rare, and that is exactly how it was served. I find that most places always over cook it. The vegetables were really fresh and on the sweet side, I especially liked the pearl onions. The snow crab béarnaise sauce complimented nicely with the steak.

Classic Creme Caramel

Classic Creme Caramel

I was really fond of the caramel sauce, it was rich and creamy. However, the Creme Caramel itself was too eggy for me.

I am astonished by how great this meal was. After being left disappointed by a few other resturants that I have checked out recently, this one certainly turned things around. I am in a hurry to head back here soon.

Cork And Fin

I have no idea what it is about raw seafood that gets me, but it does, every time. So when I was looking up more restaurants to check out for Dine Out Vancouver I was pretty ecstatic to find out that Cork And Fin was serving raw oysters on their dine out menu. Cork And Fin is located in Gastown at 221 Carrall St. I ordered Sawmill Bay Oysters, Manilla Clams, and Slow Braised Beef Short Ribs.

Sawmill Bay Oysters

I am surprised at how much I liked the Champagne Mignonette sauce that came with the oysters, because usually I am not a fan of it at other restaurants. These oysters were smooth, slightly sweet and not fishy at all.

Manilla Clams

Manilla Clams

I wasn’t all that impressed with these clams. They were actually kind of boring and the broth smelled a bit off. I did however, really enjoy the toasted baguette placed on top. It was so buttery.

Short Ribs

Short Ribs

The short ribs were amazingly tender and moist. They could have used a touch more flavor but nonetheless these were quite enjoyable.

Our hostess provided exceptional customer service. We had to wait about 15 minutes before being seated even though we had made reservations. In order to compensate for our wait we were given a glass of champagne and chocolate mousse dessert.

Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse

The Chocolate Mousse was smooth and creamy, but it was way too filling. I am not a fan of chocolate, so this dessert had too much cocoa for my preferences.

I would definitely head back to check out the rest of the menu. The service we received was outstanding and the food was delightful.

The Shore Club

The girls and I went to The Shore club to celebrate Jess’s birthday and to also experience Dine Out Vancouver. The Shore Club is located at 688 Dunsmuir St. I ordered Dungeness Crab Cakes, Wild Sockeye Salmon, and Key Lime Pie.

Sorry I forgot to take a picture of my appetizer, and here is why. The first thing I noticed about my plate, was that the horseradish dill sauce dish was dirty. Not the best start to a meal. Luckily, I really enjoyed the Dungeness Crab Cakes, they were nice and moist. However, the horseradish dill sauce was a bit over powering. It almost masked the flavors of the crab cake.

Wild Sockeye Salmon

Wild Sockeye Salmon

Wild Sockeye Salmon

I found that the Wild Sockeye Salmon was a bit dry on the outside, but the center was nicely cooked. The green beans served on the side were slightly crisp, just the way I like them. I was extremely disappointed with the risotto. One of the reasons why I decided to order the salmon was because I knew it was served with a side of risotto. Their risotto had absolutely no flavor.

Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie

The Key lime pie was really delicious. It kind of melted on my tongue. And it wasn’t overly tart.

I must say I left The Shore Club pretty disappointed that night. Maybe I over hyped the idea of going out that night, a little too much. But everything except the dessert had a negative factor to it. I don’t think I will be returning back to The Shore Club.

Lemon Coconut Bars

I am a huge fan of lemon flavored desserts. So when I came across a Lemon Coconut Bar recipe, I knew it was a must try. I decided to use the following recipe for the crust and made lemon curd instead for the filling.

Crust

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut, toasted, cooled
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

Filling

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon (packed) finely grated lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar

Unbaked Crust

Unbaked Crust

The recipe said to use an 8x8x2 inch pan, but once I placed all of my mix into the pan I could tell that the crust was going to be too thick. So instead I used a regular cookie tray to bake-off the crust. I made the mistake of not spreading enough of my mix to the edges. They browned quite quickly.

Baked Crust

Baked Crust

Lemon Coconut Bars

Lemon Coconut Bars

I ate some of the bars as soon as they were cooled and felt pretty disappointed in my products. I really liked the lemon curd filling, but something wasn’t quite right with the crust. However, the next day I ate some more and the lemon coconut bars actually tasted a whole lot better than the previous day. Initially I had decided that I wouldn’t use this recipe again, but now I’ve changed my mind. Next time I would use more lemon curd, to make sure it completely masks the crust.

Lasagna

I finally bought my ingredients to make lasagna the other week. I decided to use spinach, broccoli, carrot, mushrooms, ricotta, pasta sauce and cheddar cheese.

I boiled my pasta and my carrots (separately), since I was worried that they wouldn’t fully cook in the oven properly.
Next I began layering my ingredients making sure to not over lap the pasta.
I baked the lasagna for about 40 mins uncovered.
Let the lasagna sit for about 10-15 mins.

Lasagna

Lasagna

I found that my lasagna didn’t quite stay together when I platted it. I have to admit it did get a bit messy. Although I liked how everything tasted, next time I would use less pasta sauce and add an extra layer of pasta (I only used 3).

Coffee Cake

What better way to express to someone how much you care about them, than to bake a cake? I found a recipe from the food network for coffee cake. Coffee cake tastes so good. Most people think because of the name, the recipe must contain coffee in it. However, this is not the case. A coffee cake is simply a cake that you enjoy while having coffee.

Cake

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Topping

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup walnut pieces
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

Coffee Cake

Coffee Cake

I found the batter to be too sticky and thick. I wasn’t even able to pour out the mix. So I had to use my plastic scraper to spread out the batter. I was really worried about over working the gluten, since it took me quite some time to make everything even. Although I found this cake to be very moist and tasteful, I wouldn’t use this recipe again. I didn’t like the consistency of the batter and found that the cake was pretty dense.

Hamilton St. Grill

To celebrate my dad’s birthday, we choose to go to Hamilton St. Grill; located at 1009 Hamilton Street in Yaletown. My family choose this restaurant because it seemed like they had a good variety for steak options. I wasn’t particularly hungry that night so I ordered two appetizers; Black And Blue Ahi Tuna, and Ravioli.

Ahi Tuna

Ahi Tuna

The Ahi Tuna came with a wasabi and ponzu sauce and pickled vegetables. This dish wasn’t bad. However, I would like it a bit more rare. I really liked the sauce mixed with the pickled ginger, it was a nice touch.

Ravioli

Ravioli

The Ravioli was amazing. The sauce was really good, and was slightly sweet. I was pleasantly surprised by the size of this dish. It was actually pretty big for an appetizer.

I found that the service, food, and price were more than reasonable. I enjoyed my dining experience here and so did my family. The restaurant provided a nice intimate atmosphere.