(Black & Blue, Vancouver)
Thursday was a busy day – 14 hours away from the hotel, back near 11pm, and an early start today to catch our flight with time for a coffee and muffin at JJ Bean on the way to the train. And trying to minimize stops to photograph leaves at my feet.
Then we headed out to Global in Burnaby for the noon news, and the job was made easy thanks to a wonderful food stylist named Darlene who had everything ready to go when we arrived, and cleaned up afterward when we left. So indulgent. Thanks Darlene.
Everywhere we went, W worked on his Star Wars illustrations.
Next was a meeting with the always awesome Robert of Appetite, a chat about photos for the upcoming Soup Sisters cookbook (another one!) and various cookbookery ideas, gossip, and a look through the newest arrivals. Is it just me, or do cookbooks keep getting gorgeouser and gorgeouser?
From Robert’s office (above the Gourmet Warehouse, which always necessitates a quick peek) we went for high tea in the Xi Shi Lounge of the stunningly gorgeous Shangri-La Vancouver, where they host a traditional teatime 7 days a week from 11-30am – 5pm with live classical piano on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Three tiers of Blue Willow china arrived with tea sandwiches, mini bagels with lox and cream cheese, perfect scones, homemade jam and marmalade, clotted cream and exotic sweets – teeny eclairs filled with sweet walnut paste, thin almond tarts and mango tapioca, along with our own pots of loose leaf tea. What a way to spend a chunk of sunny afternoon.
Conveniently, our early dinner was right across the street – we had the opportunity to check out The Roof, the Glowbal Group’s newest restaurant atop the Black & Blue. It’s Vancouver’s biggest rooftop patio – and must be the most stunning, with long, stylish couches, fire tables, and walls of flame enclosed in glass. (My description does not do it justice – but once again it’s after midnight.)
We ate crispy potatoes stacked atop barbecue beef, tuna laid out on cucumbers on a brick of pink salt, crunchy macaroni sticks, and chef Ryan brought a platter of meat and seafood done on the Spanish charcoal grill and laid over a BRILLIANT creamy quinoa salad with roasted Brussels sprouts, tiny tomatoes and avocado that brought tears to our eyes.
Then we were off to teach a class at Well Seasoned in Langley – a great spot notorious for rounding up jovial people to attend their classes. What a fun group. An almost-11 year old attendee, Meghan Jones, even wrote us an Alice Eats haiku:
stuffed mushrooms yum
delicious odd sandwiches
I love Alice Eats
We wound up back at the hotel at about 11, with just enough time to put on Jumanji, attempt to start writing a blog post, and fall asleep.