Lunch at Brioche

As a farewell to the very last of our East-bound friends, we lunched at Brioche. August 29th: about time we accepted that summer has begun to end, now that it’s less than a week before we all return to school. I don’t know about any of you (that is, if you still go to school), but I’m actually kind of excited. A part of me never wants to let this summer go, because it was so brilliantly good, but I’m ready to get busy again. Yay, learning! POLITICAL SCIENCE! LANGUAGE AND RHETORIC! FRENCH! … Except for the French part, of course. English is the only language I have an affinity for.

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It was rainy for the first time in forever. Luckily, it’s not here to stay–this weekend’s supposed to brighten right back up!

Located a couple of minutes away from the Waterfront Skytrain station, Brioche offers diners delicious, urban Italian food that’s especially perfect for rainy days like today (shrimp bisque, anyone?). It’s cute, warm, and looks way too small to seat groups of four or more. But! If you take a look at the door with whimsical chalk scribblings all over it (usually menu-related), twist the handle and pull it open, you’ll find a short corridor that leads to another seating area… that isn’t much bigger. But it fits a couple of tables that seat anywhere between four to seven people, max.  You can see snippets of this seating area through the kitchen, but since you’re not staff, you have to take the bland, whitish-yellow painted Matrix-esque route to get to it.

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I always get one of the house specials whenever I come. The calamari & capers pasta in garlic tomato sauce is definitely my favourite. It’s basically comfort food to me now.

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You can smell pasta cooking while you wait for your food. Torturous. Pictured above is the calamari & capers pasta I mentioned before. YUM.

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Christy’s array of mini sampler paninis. Others ordered breakfast foods,regular paninis, and cioppino pescatore hot pot.

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Julia and Kimberly. I may have snuck a bite of Julia’s cioppino.

After Brioche (more information on their site, if you wish), we decided to wander around downtown a bit. Leaving gastown and parting with a few friends heading to work, the remainder of us strolled up to Alberni street, our minds on a little bit of dessert.

Why not Thierry, hm?

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A single lemon-cherry macaron, strawberry yuzu tart, lemon tart, and chocolate succeé

The answer is: because it can be pricey for a bunch of average-budget university students. Though not terrible–a slice of cake or a small tart usually ranges from $5-8. Anyway, these average-budgeted university students were saying goodbye to each other (Christy back to McGill; Elvina to her co-op term in Toronto)! And, well–dessert! How can you say no to dessert?

We dug in happily. The lemon tart was probably my favourite, although I was the one who picked the strawberry tart for the group (almond sablé crust with lemon verbena pastry cream and fresh BC strawberries). That was good too.

Although Thierry doesn’t rank in my top patisseries of Vancouver, it’s always a nice treat.

And that was it! Reluctantly, we hugged & said our goodbyes. Parted ways. School’s going to start, and everything’s going to get very busy in non-let’s-go-for-hikes-and-make-dinner-reservations-and-catch-up-with-people-and-work-part-time ways. It’s going to be good to get busy and productive, to learn cool stuff and meet new, interesting people, but this summer’s got me thinking that these are the reasons vacations exist. That, and no matter what people tell you about high school friendships disintegrating once university starts–that’s not always true. You just need to put in the effort. It’s worth it.

–Miriam

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