I was recently invited to the latest Tasting Plates adventure that took place in North Burnaby. Good food is harder to find in the suburbs, but there are always a few hidden gems that are worth checking out, so I was interested to see where we would be headed. The following items were the highlights of the tour for me and places that are worth checking out in Burnaby.
We started off the evening at Caffe Divano with some drinks and pastries. The Spanish latte and the London fog were both well made and tasty. The atmosphere inside the shop is also bright and inviting and it would be a good place to work on your laptop or hang out with friends.
One of my favourite stops of the tour was Glenburn Soda Fountain. I have heard great things about this place, but I haven’t had the opportunity to try it before now. The ambiance inside the store is really cute. It’s like a retro classic American style soda fountain.
We sampled a cranberry spice soda and a butterscotch sundae with whipped cream and spiced walnuts. The cranberry spice soda had a really nice flavour. It wasn’t overly tart like some cranberry juice and it had subtle hints of warm spices like cinnamon and cloves.
The sundae was also yummy. Can you really go wrong with butterscotch, whipped cream, and walnuts? I also like how they layered the butterscotch sauce so you still had some when you reached the bottom.
I also had a mini chocolate dipped candy cane ice cream cone. These were adorable and I loved the festive candy cane element.
A cool spot that we stopped at was Cioffi’s Meat Market and deli. Cioffi’s is an Italian grocery store that carries a wide variety of items.
I don’t like penne in meat sauce, so I wasn’t crazy about that part of the dish, but the chicken sausage and the meatball slider were amazing. The chicken sausage was very juicy and had a moist texture. I prefer this type of sausage rather than the drier ones. The meatball in the slider was also juicy and topped with cheese and a tomato sauce.
I never realized that this place has a little take out counter for sandwiches until I came here. After trying these items, I now want to come back and try one.
My other favourite stop on the tour was Chez Christophe. The store is very tiny, but they make beautiful French pastries and chocolates that are an unexpected find in the suburbs.
We sampled a olive oil and balsamic macaron, a mini maple tart, and a hazelnut truffle. All of these items were well made and tasted really good. I loved that the macaron was a savoury flavour because it helped balance out the other sweets. The maple tart was much better than I was expecting because the maple flavour was delicate and not sickly sweet or overwhelming. I would highly recommend coming here if you enjoy high quality desserts.
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Disclosure: I did not pay for my ticket.