Now that I’m semi-settled in after a few months since February, I can focus on the finer things in life, like catching up with food and people in real life. And enjoying in real life activities and conversations! Those are THE BEST.
It was an impromptu lunch and I had the pleasure of selective a (another) lunch spot for my new 9-5 friend. Our conversations starts with “did you bring lunch today?” And without hesitation, I start with a big, happy, smile. 🙂
It was an automatic yes in getting into my car and driving down the street for lunch. There is no question that I am the foodie, digital geek and photographer in my new surroundings, which makes everyone around me so excited and so am I. I have the title as the official resident foodie and photographer in the building. How cool is that?
The East Hastings Street block is becoming a foodie hot spot, with food friends such as Campagnolo Roma, Mr. Red Café, the Red Wagon, and Tacofino Commissary. And there is a pie place in the area as well. Too many food options! Aer Café has been on my food to-do list for a while now.
Located at 2263 East Hastings Street in the Grandview-Woodlands area of Vancouver, this 16-seat, cozy café is a fantastic place for me-time, catching up with friends or staying indoors on a typical rainy day.
It’s been opened for five months and I’m surprised Aer Café currently has 12 Yelp and four Zomato reviews in Vancouver. Seriously, people are missing out! When you open the door, it has a calm, cool, collective vibe inside. The traffic on Hastings is a stressful one and noisy, while the inside of this place is calming. We all need more calm in our lives.
Since it was lunch, I wanted a meat sandwich. No soups or salads. Then again, would I order a soup or salad? Probably not. Before I ordered, I asked if the pork is the best sandwich out of the bunch and it was a yes. When the pork sandwich arrived, it was so delicious and amazing. They listed the following ingredients in the sandwich: swiss, pickle, and cilantro mayo. I did not detect the cilantro at all. The cilantro mayo was refreshing. The pork was made sous-vide style and had so much flavour. I love the fact that everything is made in-house. Even the items sold is locally-made on the bookshelf.
So what is sous-vide? Here’s the definition:
French for “under vacuum”. Food is vacuum-sealed in a plastic pouch and then placed in a water bath or steam environment for longer than normal cooking times (usually 1 to 7 hours, up to 48 or more in some cases) at an accurately regulated temperature much lower than normally used for cooking (typically around 55 to 60 °C (131 to 140 °F) for meat, higher for vegetables). The intent is to cook the item evenly, ensuring that the inside is properly cooked without overcooking the outside, and to retain moisture.
My friend ordered the daily soup and the sourdough that comes with it was fantastic. Here’s a photo:
Since it was a café and they made the dessert in-house. And magically happen to have mango and matcha green tea flavour dessert to select from. You know what happens next, we ordered the mango and matcha green tea. This time to-go!
It’s no secret that I have a matcha green tea and mango problem. Here’s the evidence:
If we weren’t on our lunch break, we have enjoyed a coffee/tea and stayed longer to catch up. Aer Café fully meets my food element criteria of 6/6. If you want to know what 100% means to me. Here’s a recap as a refresher:
Quality (not quantity)
Details in ingredients (and the quality)
Creativity and uniqueness
Reasonable price point
Other worthy-mentions that made the 100% food element list are:
I really enjoyed Aer Café casual vibe and the food is delicious. It’s a cute little shop. Maybe next time I can draft a new food entry while sipping on a nice, hot London Fog and obviously pair it with a mango or matcha green tea cheesecake. Or a cookie? Cookies? Croissant? Pastry? And the list goes on …
Enjoy your weekend! 🙂