Gluten-hunt­ing trip re­sults in sev­eral trea­sures

Vancouver Sun - - SCENE - MIA STAINSBY

Last week I was a pro­mis­cu­ous bak­ery hound, prowl­ing around Rich­mond, Van­cou­ver and even Squamish, a gluten-seek­ing mis­sile.

I went for lunch at Origo Club in Rich­mond (origo­club.ca), but with an ul­te­rior mo­tive of try­ing some of Remi Ho’s pas­tries; he honed his craft at high-end spots such as Ciop­pino’s, Chez Christophe and Se­cret Lo­ca­tion.

I loved, loved his vel­vety cheese tart with just a hint of sweet. Ap­par­ently, he had some­thing sim­i­lar in Tokyo that he deemed bril­liant and this is his ef­fort to make the same. I also had a cream puff with matcha white choco­late ganache, mochi and dulce de leche, an­other win­ner. My bev­er­age of choice was a beau­ti­ful Lap­sang Souchang tea that was like a peaty scotch.

Also last week, Origo Club be­gan af­ter­noon tea, avail­able Fri­days and Satur­days from 1:30 to 4 p.m. for $45; the pas­tries and savouries are art­fully pre­sented on sculp­tural tiered shelves.

Next, I vis­ited the tiny Fife Bak­ery (fifebak­ery.com) on East Third Av­enue in a semi-in­dus­trial neigh­bour­hood of Van­cou­ver where 20-some­thing baker Felix Yau makes some of the city’s best bread. But this time, I went for savouries. The cheese and spinach tart was fine, but a sausage roll with Oyama sausage was de­li­cious.

Since L’Ate­lier Patis­serie (late­lier­patis­serie.com) over on East Fifth Av­enue is within a bread’sthrow dis­tance of Fife, I went to try its crois­sant. I’m al­ways ap­pre­cia­tive of a good crois­sant dis­cov­ery. It was very good, and so was a pain au raisin. (Oh, I also got crois­sants at Origo and they, too, had that shat­ter ex­te­rior and moist, but­tery in­te­rior pock­ets of air.) Love this lit­tle place with the friendly owner from Mar­seilles; it re­minds me of patis­series in lit­tle French vil­lages.

And fi­nally, I dis­cov­ered Tall Tree Bak­ery in Squamish (tall­tree­bak­ery.com), next door to Back­coun­try Brew­ing, when I was headed there for a pint and some food. Alas, it was near clos­ing and since I was headed to din­ner, I didn’t buy any­thing, but the web­site shows all kinds of ar­ti­sanal breads, pas­tries and savouries.

Next trip up, I’m go­ing in!

Af­ter­noon tea is served at Origo Club on Fri­days and Satur­days.

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