As I neared the end of Commercial, I thought I’d missed it. Pulling over, I noticed a large building with cute pin style logos and text on the front window: ‘Made in House, Smoked in House, Baked in House’. This was it!

I entered to the thick scent of smoke and Chef Anatoli Belov slicing fresh-from-the-oven Jalapeno Sausage Rolls. Their quilts of pastry were noticeably soft and supple.

Woodland Smokehouse and Commissary is a massive food production facility with an awesome retail storefront. Just steps inside and you’ll brim with dinner ideas. They’ve got pot pies, lots of pate, pickled just-about-anything, and much, much more.

Takeout lunch options are endless, too. My Turkey Cranberry Pate sandwich was absolutely bulging with slices of savory paste. The thick bread was hard to eat but the insides were thickly lubricated with butter and grainy mustard.

To finish, a Bacon Bourbon or Earl Grey Cartems Donut — best described as ‘otherworldly’ — is imperative.

For weekly lunch ideas, follow me on Twitter.

Wishing you to die for food on a daily basis,

Erin

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Metro Newspaper’s Lunch Rush: Trafiq Café

by erinireland on February 15, 2012

Artichoke Brie Quiche & Thai Coconut Pumpkin Soup

If you know your baked goods in this city, chances are you’ve heard of it. West Van locals most likely have; it’s going on eight years in their neighborhood.

So popular is the baking at Trafiq Cafe that owner Sergio Salamonovitz has opened a second location on Main Street.

With a buzzing commercial kitchen at rear, the snacks up front are nothing but fresh. Don’t let the Saran Wrapped sandwiches fool you. Nothing is day old, I was assured.

The drizzly day coaxed me towards a fragrant Thai Coconut Pumpkin Soup, brimming with carrots and tomatoes. Hot Artichoke and Brie Quiche as a main was creamy and filling with an airy light crust. This paired with a Sea to Sky Organic Coffee misto and a fantastic Walnut Coffee Cake I was toasty.

Perhaps you should nurture the love in today’s air by a chilly walk ending over a steaming menu item at Trafiq? Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

For weekly lunch ideas, follow me on Twitter.

Wishing you to die for food on a daily basis,

Erin

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Bacon Banana Bread Candy Grams Deliver The Spirit of Valentine’s Day

February 8, 2012

*UPDATE* Thanks so much for ordering everyone. We are sold out for the year. Happy Valentine’s Day! Remember the excitement of getting a Valentine’s candy gram in high school? Well, it’s back! For all you true Cupids out there, Save On Meats and To Die For Fine Foods are offering Vancouverites the chance to surprise their [...]

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Metro Newspaper’s Lunch Rush: Thomas Haas Fine Chocolates & Patisserie

February 7, 2012

There’s delicious…and then there’s delicious. If you’ve stepped foot into one of Thomas Haas’ two cafes, you know that he consistently falls into the latter of these two entirely different categories. When faced with a challenge, Vancouver’s chocolate king lacks no gumption. Haas is a part of this year’s 2nd Annual Hot Chocolate Festival (January [...]

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Red Card Sports Bar Is The Place To Be On Super Bowl Sunday

February 3, 2012

Named by those in the know as the absolute best place to watch a sports event, Red Card is undoubtedly the ‘go to place’ for the Super Bowl this Sunday.  With 18 hi-def TV’s, two of which are 106” projectors, you will not miss a single moment of the action, including Madonna’s half time show.  And what’s [...]

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Best Valentine’s Day Gifts in Vancouver

February 2, 2012

Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite days of the year. It’s a great occasion to do something sweet for the one you love…this could be anyone from a mom to a lover. So, ignore the ads and the pressure to buy something big and expensive, and focus on being thoughtful. Valentine’s Day Ideas 1. [...]

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Erin Ireland’s January Food Report on Urban Rush

January 31, 2012

In case you missed it, here’s my latest restaurant chat with Fiona Forbes and Michael Eckford on Urban Rush. Scroll down for more info. My hair by Isolde Semple of Avant Garde Hair Salon in Yaletown. Tweet me if you’d like an intro & discount on your first visit. Here are the restaurants and food [...]

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Miku’s Sister Restaurant to Arrive in Yaletown this Summer; Goldfish Seafood & Chops Says Goodbye

January 31, 2012

Aburi Restaurants Canada Ltd., operating as Miku Restaurant, announces it will take over the lease of Goldfish Seafood & Chops, located at 1118 Mainland Street. A new restaurant with a different concept, named Minami, is expected to open in Summer 2012. Goldfish’s last day is Sunday, February 5, 2012, after completion of Dine Out Vancouver. [...]

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Metro Newspaper’s Lunch Rush: Max’s Burgers

January 31, 2012

What Guy Fieri loves, we love. As I entered Cambie Village’s brand new burger joint I couldn’t help but wonder if the bleach blond Food Network star had contributed to its business plan. With rock ‘n roll playing and a $55 burger on the menu, it was right up his alley. Of course, there was [...]

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Vancouver’s Most Romantic Restaurants

January 25, 2012

The best Valentine’s Day gift isn’t a gift card or something your partner ‘needs’…it’s a romantic dinner and quality time with you. Here are my favorite spots for date night –> Downtown Some of the most romantic restaurants for Valentine’s day are in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Market by Jean-Georges | 1115 Alberni Street  Sexy. [...]

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