I have to admit, I do sometimes slack off during my work/PhD studies, something that I feel prettty guilty about. Case in point, this week, I decided to go Downtown to first get a sandwich from Meat & Bread and after, walking to Le Petit Belge for a waffle for lunch. All in all, my “lunch break” ended up being >3 hours, something that I’d probably get fired for if I had been working at any other job. But I’m sure that I’ll make up for it by being more productive as a result of all the fuel that I’ve gotten from the food, right?
Meat & Bread
I’ve had their Porchetta Sandwich, which is undoubtedly their most popular sandwich (probably 75% of the patrons that I saw ordered it).
Porchetta ($9.5, $10 after taxes):
The amount of filling wasn’t exactly generous, but fair – just enough so that I don’t feel cheated. Now, this is the first time that I’ve had porchetta, so I’m only judging the meat on how I liked it, not by how it should taste like. I have to say, I was a tad disappointed. The meat was lukewarm/cold and a bit chewy. It wasn’t particularly flavourful either. The salsa verde did help, as it provided a bit of heat. What really saved this sandwich however, was the “bread” component, which I have to say was absolutely fantastic: crispy on the outside while soft and chewy on the inside. They apparently bake their bread fresh in house – I saw them take a batch out of the oven as I was eating my sandwich. I also quite enjoyed the small pieces of chicharones, which lent a nice crunch.
Recommendations: N/A (their bread is great though)
Le Petit Belge
Feeling unsatisfied by my sandwich, I went looking for more food. Fortunately, Le Petit Belge was just a few blocks away, and I heard that they served delicious waffles. Although it was raining (as it usually did in Vancouver), I was craving something sweet (as usual), and went ahead and ordered their Majesty I Waffle. I also got an Americano.
Majesty I Waffle ($9.99):
This consisted of a Brussel’s waffle with some slices of banana, two scoops of ice cream, a generous amount of whipped cream, and a drizzle of caramel and candied nuts. It was beautiful, and fortunately, it tasted just as good as it looked. The waffle was crispy and light, and almost melted in my mouth. The ice cream and whipping cream were, of course, delicious accompaniments. My favourite part has to be the caramel and candied nuts however, and I only wish that there was more. I literally inhaled this waffle and wished that I could have a 2nd. I probably would have gotten a 2nd too, had I just not eaten the sandwich at Meat & Bread earlier.
Good shot of caffeine to get me through the afternoon.
Recommendations: Waffles (they have both sweet and savoury varieties)
Although I was quite disappointed by Meat & Bread, I was equally happy with my experience at Le Petit Belge and will certainly be returning there again for more of their waffles. I just hope that my supervisor doesn’t find out…