Cannelés Bordelais

The cannelé is one of my favourite pastries, second only to a double-baked almond croissant. It’s a small caramelized cylinder flavoured with rum and vanilla bean, hailing from the Bordeaux region of France. One of my goals is to successfully bake a batch of cannelés, but doing so is no small feat. Achieving that perfectly…

A Christmas Puppy

This time last year was a sad, sad time. On December 7, we said goodbye to our sweet little Stella, and it was hard to imagine Christmas without her, let alone the coming year. We miss her more than she’ll ever know, and we think about her everyday. She will always be our Stella. Recently…

Butter Bakery & Cafe

My mom and I have been loyal customers of Butter Bakery & Cafe ever since it opened in 2007. My mom quickly fell in love with their perfect scones, I couldn’t get enough of their homemade Oreos, and when Stella came into our lives in February 2010, she quickly became frequent consumer of Butter’s buttercreams….

The Prettiest of Ice Creams

There’s something about getting ice cream on Friday nights that makes me so happy. When Stella was still around, Friday evenings were often spent either at Rocky Point or at Steveston, where we would grab ice cream (double chocolate raspberry at Rocky Point, vanilla bean gelato at Steveston) after she was done running along the…

Remembering Stella

My third and final year of school is slowly but surely coming to an end, and I’m reminded of how life is full of surprises – good and bad. I never imagined beginning my career in Toronto, and I never, ever imagined that Stella wouldn’t be around when I graduated. I don’t think I’ll ever…

Beaucoup on a Sunday

Stopping by Beaucoup Bakery & Café on a rainy Sunday has become somewhat of a routine for us, particularly after a morning at the Kits dog beach. We always plan on getting a couple things, but inevitably end up with a boxful of almond croissants, kouign amann and cheddar & green onion scones. Any self-control…

My girl, Stella

My life with Stella was short – just a little over six years – but it was the best six years I could have ever hoped for. She was small for her breed, but we quickly discovered that she had a big personality and lots of demands. As is typical of French Bulldogs, Stella was…

Rest in Peace, Stella

If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, Keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever. – Winnie the Pooh October 10, 2009 – December 7, 2015

Starbucks, Skittles and a Wedding

We were in Vancouver for five days last week, but it felt more like two. It was a busy five days. The first few days were spent at various coffee shops around the city trying to pump out papers while trying to squeeze family and Stella time and last minute errands in between, followed by…

This Girl

I’ll be seeing this girl in a couple days. This crazy little girl who was once allergic to chicken, but no longer is. This discerning little girl who loves macarons from Thomas Haas. This little girl who rocks a pumpkin sweater like nobody’s business.

Easter Weekend

Being away for school has its upsides and its downsides. One major downside is missing out on holidays with the family, and in particular, Easter. Last year, Easter happened when we were in the thick of exams, and this year, just before exams start. It’s never practical to fly home for it. This year, we…

Key Lime Pie

It was Pi Day a couple weeks ago, and being miles and miles away from home and Savary Island Pie Company, I decided to bake my own. And I changed it up too – instead of the usual apple and/or lemon-ricotta we usually celebrate with, I made a key lime pie for the very first…