Ahhhh… Vancouver. Home. I love home.
Home, where laundry is free, and the fridge it stocked.
Although, I’ll admit, it’s easy to let yourself get too lazy to make food, never-mind blog about it, or do anything else productive at home for that matter when there’s already a cook in the kitchen. Still on a student budget, it’s difficult to stay up to date with the foodie heaven that is my city. But I’ll try.
The return of the wonderful and elusive JC on a what seemed to be the last rainy Thursday in Vancouver called for celebration at Thierry.
After some delicious and cheap tacos at La Taquria (which I think deserves a post of it’s own because it’s pretty tops), JC and I took a leisurely walk along the seawall to Theirry for a little something sweet. Rich brown colours and sleek glass cases, highlighted colourful cakes, macarons and an assortment of pastries, both sweet and savoury. Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie Cafe (1059 Alberni St, Vancouver) boasts the poshest single serving cakes and is known for this year’s desert phenomenon: macarons.
We got matching drinking chocolates, the Thierry house blend, and salted caramel macarons. Macarons were a must due to their connotation with style at Theirry. The signature Thierry drinking chocolate is, according to their website, designed to “warm the soul”. From the description, I was already looking forward to memories of Juilette et Chocolate in a cup, hence, the bar was set high. The four items totaled over $22, but it’s to be expected given the location and their claim to quality.
The drinking chocolate, served in a double walled glass tumbler, was smooth and creamy: hot chocolate, but a bit thicker. No J&C Viennese, but pretty good. The chocolate was high quality, without being too rich or too sweet. The texture was clearly not that of “drinking chocolate”, rather of very fine hot chocolate. Not exactly velvety, not exactly dark and a bit falsely advertised, I would think, but very good and worth trying.
Salted caramel macarons were exactly what I expected them to be: sweet yet not too much so, creamy and rich with a hint of saltiness for contrast. The shells were crisp, yet chewy while the buttercream gave way under the pressure of each bite. Delicious; likely why Thierry has become synonymous with macarons in Vancouver.
There was no table service, and indoors, the tiny tables would have you elbow-to-elbow with your neighbour. Luckily, it wasn’t too busy on a Thursday evening, and the weather was pleasant enough for us to be seated on the covered patio, so the cafe ambience didn’t affect my opinion of Thierry.
The stylish cafe misses a few key elements for dining in. The drinking chocolate is merely a luscious hot chocolate, but I know I’ll be back for a macron or two… or a dozen.