This may be the last week of spring break but parents (or relatives, babysitters, or other caregivers) may be running out of ideas of how to entertain kids or things may not have panned out as planned.
On that note, here are a few food-related offerings that may provide some options or ideas, as well as some upcoming kid-friendly suggestions for Easter.
New kids' menu
In time for spring break, Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar (845 Burrard Street) launched its first kids’ menu (for dine-in only). Classic kid-friendly dishes fill the three-course menu ($39). There are the likes of chicken fingers and fries, linguini and meatballs, steak frites, and the BLVD Jr. Burger. For dessert, there’s Kenta’s Samurai Ice Cream Bowl, vanilla ice cream accompanied with an interactive selection of five toppings, plus chocolate sauce and whipped cream. And mocktails offer choices beyond simply soda.
From July 29 to August 2 in 2019, Harvest Store and Café (9381 Mill Street) in Chilliwack served as a shooting location for the Disney superhero comedy Flora and Ulysses, which was released on Disney Plus on February 19 of this year. To celebrate the release of the film, the eatery created a new Ulysses doughnut ($3.25). It features all of the favourite things of the character UIysses: a white chocolate and peanut butter ganache base topped with peanuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, peanut M&Ms, regular M&Ms, and a candied version of cheese balls.
French kids' menu and tea
With travel not an option right now, here’s an easy way to take a voyage to Paris for a brief escape (without the exorbitant travel fees).
French pâtisserie Ladurée (1141 Robson Street) launched a kids’ menu on March 12, which includes Happy Face French Toast, savoury Mac and Cheese, a mini croissant sandwich (filled with either ham, Emmental cheese, ham, tomatoes, or cucumbers) with veggie sticks and whipped cream cheese dip, desserts, ice cream, and more. And, to keep the youngsters occupied, child guests will also be offered a colouring book and crayon set to enjoy at the table.
In addition, the Ladurée Spring Break Afternoon Tea ($65 for two), available from March 12 to 28 for both adults and kids, includes macarons, tea-sized cakes, savoury mini croissants, financiers and madeleines served with Chantilly, fruit salad, and warm beverages (tea, coffee, or hot chocolate).
This year, Beaucoup Bakery and Café has used the Jurassic era as its inspiration for spring treats. Putting Easter eggs to shame, this bakery is offering two types of dinosaur eggs: the vegan Eggstinct ($9.95), a 3.5-inch pistachio almond praliné chocolate and pistachio-nut-filled dark chocolate egg; and the large Dino-mite ($49.95), a seven-inch milk chocolate egg filled with fruit-flavoured mini dinosaur-shaped chocolates (passion fruit, strawberry, yuzu), chocolate covered cacao nibs, and dark chocolate and salted caramel crispy pearls. It’s accompanied by a wooden mini hammer to crack the egg with (three lucky eggs have a $75 gift card hidden inside).
Tiramisu fans can also indulge in the T-rex-misu ($7.95), consisting of banana caramel and compote, coffee mascarpone cream, blondie and brownie pieces, and housemade ladyfingers soaked in coffee and rum. The dessert comes with a dark chocolate dinosaur, cornflakes, chocolate cocoa nibs, and crispy pearls.
Easter egg hunt kit
Getting ready for Easter, the Lazy Gourmet is offering a selection of Easter takeout or delivery food options, including an Easter Egg Hunt Kit ($45). The kit includes pastel-coloured Easter egg containers filled with caramels, housemade chocolate bars, carrot cake truffles, mini Easter cookies, and mini pastel meringues. Orders can be made online until March 31.
Also looking ahead to Easter, Honey Salt (39 Smithe Street) will be serving Easter brunch on the Easter long weekend (April 2 to 5). But a special guest will be present from 4 to 6 p.m.on April 4 and 5. During those time periods, the Easter Bunny will pop in to give out Easter treats and sweets. Also, guests will receive an egg decorating kit to decorate eggs at the restaurant to take home with them. Easter bunny reservations ($29, which includes the decorating kit and treats) can be made by email.
For kids, Glowbal Restaurant’s Easter Sunday brunch sounds like a visit to the PNE—without the wild rides. Complimentary mini donuts and fruit smoothie shooters will kick things off, each table will be filled with candy, and each young guest will receive a bag of cotton candy to take home. It’ll be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 4 ($39 per person and half-priced for kids under 12).