I (fortunately) don’t own a bakery. Apart from the certainty of bankruptcy within a week, I wouldn’t be able to come up with a good name for the bakery. One name that I definitely would NOT pick however is BJ since it invokes dirty thoughts in my head and definitely not tasty European-style pastries and desserts. But then again, maybe it’s because I’m an immature pervert.
As you probably have already inferred by now, there is a shop named BJ Bakery & Deli. The latter is located in Burnaby, a few blocks from the Royal Park Skytrain station. They serve a pretty good selection of European-style food, including cakes and pastries, savoury items like lasagna and sausage rolls, and sandwiches and soups (including frozen varieties that you can take home). I had several of their cakes: Tuxedo Truffle, Vanilla Lemon Polish Cheesecake, Black Forest, and Tiramisu. They didn’t have prices listed for most of the cakes, so I don’t know the exact cost, but the total came to just over $16 (so around $4 each).
Vanilla Lemon Polish Cheesecake (around $4):
This was a bit different from the types of the NY style cheesecake; it’s drier/crumblier and I think it’s made with quark cheese (instead of cream cheese). It wasn’t overly sweet, and had a nice fragrance of lemon. I did find the cake to be a bit too dry for my taste however.
Tuxedo Truffle Cake (around $4):
This consisted of layers sponge cake sandwiching white, milk and dark chocolate mousse. The layers of cake were quite tender and moist, while the mousse was thick, creamy and luscious. It is on the sweeter side, so only get this if you can tolerate sweeter goods.
Black Forest Cake (around $4):
This contained layers of chocolate cake sandwiching cream and cherry preserves. The cake was very tender and moist. The cream was just luscious while the cherries were tart without being tasting artificial.
Tiramisu (around $4):
The cake was again very tender and moist. The cream was thick and luscious, and there was a great fragrance and slight bitterness from coffee. This may not be the “authentic” type (i.e. with lady fingers), but it is still definitely very tasty.
In spite of the name (I’m going to venture out on a limb that it’s actually the initials of the owner(s)) I really enjoyed my visit to BJ. The cakes were all tasty, and their prices are more than reasonable. This is a place that’s definitely worth a visit.