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Pie Adventures at Savary Island Pie Company, Vancouver

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Posted by : Guest Blogger, Mon, Jun 07 2010

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A while back, some friends of mine suggested that we go on a pie run. It was going to be an adventure...with pie (which is always the best kind of fun). We made the trek out to West Vancouver and over to the much ballyhooed pie joint, Savary Island Pie Company.

It seemed prudent to line my belly with something wholesome before embarking on a pie free-for-all. I ordered the daily soup special, a hearty chickpea-vegetable medley, served with a slice of their homemade salty Italian bread. Once that was eagerly gobbled up, my slice of pie arrived with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream. Out of the many pie choices available (including apple, pumpkin, rhubarb, strawberry rhubarb, blueberry lemon buttermilk...shall I go on?), I chose the raspberry-rhubarb. The crust was flaky and light and the filling was fresh, tart and not overly sweet. Pie perfection was achieved.

This past weekend, I made the trek with my husband, a bona fide pie lover. Again, we needed to prime our stomachs, so my husband ordered the Savary Scramble - a plateful of ham, softly scrambled eggs, grainy toast and blueberry jam. He gave his breakfast a thumbs up with extra points for the homemade preserves. Me? I went double-decker on pie and chose the tourtière(pictured above), a traditional Quebecois meat pie, to start. On my first trip to SIPC, I snagged a forkful from my friend and thought it was pretty fantastic - almost as good as the one my French Canadian mother would make. This time around, my slice was missing out on flavour. The traditional cinnamon and clove spices were too subtle and my slice was in dire need of salt.


The tourtière misstep was quickly forgotten with a slice of lemon buttermilk(above). Creamy and rich, it tasted like something served to you by a kindly Southern grandmother. I loved it. My husband, on the other hand, chose the strawberry-rhubarb, which was tooth-achingly sweet. Unfortunate, since I did bring him home a slice of strawberry-rhubarb on my first visit and he declared it perfection.

This time around, we bought a loaf of their multi-grain bread to go. It's dense, packed full of grains and delicious. As you can see from the photo, it's also bigger than my head and well worth the $6.95 price tag!

While there were some inconsistencies with Savary Island Pie Company, I'm eager to cross the bridge again for more pie and to try out more of their menu.

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Savary Island Pie Company
1533 Marine Dr. West
Vancouver
(604)926-4021

Jeannette Ordas is a Vancouver-based Web Designer andFood Bloggerwho is probably right now thinking about what she'll make for dinner.

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