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
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
Jeannette Ordas is a Vancouver-based Web Designer andFood Bloggerwho is probably right now thinking
about what she'll make for dinner.
Posted: Mon, Jun 07 2010
by Guest Blogger