Sunday was a little more relaxed, spent just with my parents and brother on Granville Island, another favourite spot of mine in Vancouver. While my dad helped my brother pick up supplies for the upcoming semester at Opus (they bond over things like that), my mom, Stella, and I took a walk around the island, stopping for some apple focaccia at the market. We met up with my dad and brother for lunch, and afterward, headed over to Barking Babies in Yaletown to pick up some presents, and of course, a few things for Stella.
Just before heading home for the day, we stopped at Beta5 Chocolates. If you know me, or have been following this blog, you’ll know that Beta5 is one of my favourite spots in Vancouver for all things sugar and chocolate. They’ve redone their menu, and now feature a bigger and better selection of creampuffs: the classic vanilla of course, alongside banana cream pie, chocolate praline, s’mores, blueberry yuzu, black forest, salted caramel, and coconut-passionfruit. I could be forgetting a few. Vanilla is a given, but among the new flavours, my favourites were banana cream pie and chocolate praline.
But the creampuffs weren’t all we picked up. We got honey-apricot nougat (my mother’s latest obsession), strawberry cheesecake ice cream sandwiches (which I wrote about here), as well as their “yellow submarine pebbles” (a component of this month’s Chocolate Union). I don’t have a particularly addictive personality, but I can’t see myself shaking those white-chocolate-covered freeze-dried pineapple chunks for a long, long time.
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