Many people assume I eat out a lot. But with school, work, and medical appointments going on, eating out doesn’t excite me as much as it used to when I just had work occupying my mind. Anyway, continuing on with the Hot Chocolate Festival craze, I decided to check out Swiss Bakery due to their unique pairings this year. Just to give you guys a bit of background, Swiss Bakery is European bakery in East Vancouver best known for their popular “frissants” (a cross between croissant and donut) and other delectable hand crafted goods. My boyfriend has never tried anything like it before, so it was the perfect opportunity to kill two birds with one stone.
Shining Star ($4.95) A 65% bittersweet dark chocolate from France blended with coconut milk and illuminated with turmeric spice. Paired with a starry chocolate cookie. I wasn’t a huge fan of this one.. boyfriend kept getting tripped out by the colour of his drink. The flavour of the chocolate was very weak. The addition of the turmeric spice really overpowered the chocolate and had a weird aftertaste. Unfortunately, the starry chocolate cookie was also a miss as it tasted stale and crumbly.
Winter’s Harvest ($4.95) A decadent Belgian white chocolate with Genmaicha (Japanese matcha tea roasted with rice). Paired with a leafy, black sesame shortbread cookie. I had really high hopes for this one but this drink fell short of my expectations. White chocolate always gets a bad rep for being “too sweet” compared to dark or milk chocolate. Well, there’s good and bad white chocolate. This was some bad white chocolate. I also believe having a good barista makes all the difference when it comes to crafting unique beverages.
Orange Elderflower Cream Frissant ($4.00)
Raspberry and Sour Cherry Frissant ($4.00)
Despite the disappointing hot chocolate experience here, I still had fun checking this place out. Food is all about adventure – you never know until you try 🙂
143 3 Ave E