1-1064 Trans-Canada
Cache Creek, BC VOK 1H0

250-457-9999

M-Su: 10am – 7pm


Anie's Pizza and Bakery on Urbanspoon

January 2, 2011

Another stop in Cache Creek!  Mr O and I drove through there over the weekend and stopped at Anie’s Pizza & Bakery for brunch at its new location along the highway across from the Dairy Queen.

After a few awkward moments of standing around the front door, we eventually learn that you have to seat yourself (we should’ve known really).  We gave the menu a quick look-over to see what was available.  You can choose from a list of different appetizers and pastas, but their main feature is the pizza page which is packed with different varieties.  That was something I actually wouldn’t have mind trying, but it was only 11am and pizza didn’t quite fit within the parameters of ‘brunch food’ in my lil’ world.  As well, at each table there are small piles of paper slips that you can fill out to essentially create your own sandwich, and that was what we both decided to go with.  This is fairly subway-like in its idea, but we found the execution to be far better.

Once you decide what it is you want to eat, you have to mosey on up to the front counter to drop of your orders.  Then you head back to your seat and sit pretty until they bring the food out to you.  Or… you can do what we did and check out the display of freshly baked breads and locally made jams and jellies for sale like we did.  There was also a frozen display of several types of homemade pastas, meat pies, pizzas, and fruit pies for sale that you can take home and warm up at your own leisure.

It wasn’t long until our food arrived.  With our sandwiches, we both decided to add on a bowl of soup, which was between a choice of today’s chicken noodle, or vegetable.  These soups are made on site and we were informed that the chicken noodle wasn’t *quite* done simmering yet.  We could’ve waited another few minutes, but we decided to change directions instead and went with the veggie soup.

...all these veggies... mama'd be so proud!...

With our soups, Mr O had the BLT on whole wheat bread and I had a chicken salad on whole wheat also.  His BLT must’ve had at least 6 strips of bacon in it because we counted 2 layers of this porky goodness.  And my chicken salad was chunky and creamy all at the same time, with just a simple dash of salt and pepper, while sitting on top of a layer of sliced cucumbers.  But the star of the show was really the bread… Oh the bread!  These sandwiches came with the fluffiest homemade bread I’ve ever had, and sliced just a tad thicker than conventional bread.  I can just go on and on about the bread alone!

...bacon-L-T...

...chicken salad sammy...

The sandwiches were almost too big and I was only able to finish half of mine.  Well actually, I went and forced myself to take a couple more bites out of the second half before calling defeat because I felt bad for wasting such good bread.  But for this waste I blame on the soup because I ended up being too full from it.  The veggie soup turned out to be so delicious that I went and finished the whole bowl.

Tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, peas, onions, beans, potatoes, squash, and the kitchen sink.  The veggies were chunky and easy to distinguish, and yes… even my grandmother would recognise this food!

So with our bellies full, we pushed ourselves to the front to pay and was lured by the presence of glistening rows of sticky buns.  How could we resist?  We grabbed 2 to go so that we could continue with our gluttonous ways on the road, as well as purchasing a loaf of white bread.

Dearest Anie… she asked me if I was going to put the picture I took of the buns up on Facebook.  I told her ‘no’, which was only a half-lie.

...what a sweet ending...

These buns were yeasty on the inside as you pulled the rows apart, and the glaze coating was delightfully gooey with just a touch of crunch.  Imbedded within the dough are small chunks of apples which gave the buns a nice lingering sweetness.  It was just the perfect thing to hold us over until we got home.  And when we did… we sliced into that loaf of innocent white bread, toasted it and corrupted it with a layer of creamy butter.  But oh baby, those calories were so worth it!

99 3rd Avenue S.
Williams Lake, BC V2G 1J1

250-398-6831

November 16, 2010

Lunch today was at the Hearth Restaurant located at the Cariboo Friendship Society, and I was joined by Mrs C.  She’s never been here before, and I’ve eaten here once but that was many moons ago, so this was technically a new venture for the both of us.

There were a surprising amount of tables available without making the place look cramped, and that might be attributed to the large windows that gave the place a nice bright feeling inside.  I arrived first and noticed that the first thing that welcomes you is the wonderful aromas of home cooked food.  As with most restaurants in Williams Lake, you seat yourself and the young man with a pleasant smile was quick to greet me with the menu.  After Mrs C arrived, he was quick to return to take our orders.

There’s a daily lunch buffet available for $9.50 that offers a variety of hot foods, but we decided to order off the menu instead.  There is quite the selection of hot and cold entrees and sandwiches, as well as a wide range of food for those with smaller appetites (a category I’d never find myself in unfortunately).  What I also thought was unique was the page on the back of the menu dedicated to those on the weight watchers program.

Now, I keep hearing good things about the bannock here so I knew I wanted to work that into my meal somehow.  Today’s soup happened to be beef & vegetable, which our server promised was very good, so I went with that… A bowl of the good stuff and a bannock to go along with it.  Mrs C also wanted to try the soup, and had that with an egg salad sandwich.  It was pretty cold today after all, about minus 5, and that soup would hopefully warm us up.

And you know… that soup was really REALLY good!  It was so flavourful and woke my umami taste-buds up… savouriness anyone?  The chunks of beef were aplenty and tender, and the yummy broth was home to celery, onions, carrots, cabbage, potatoes, turnips, and broccoli.  Have a mentioned how good it was?  It went well with my cube of bannock, which I was surprised to find that it was of the baked variety, as I was expecting a piece of fried dough.  It was warm and dense on the inside and crusty on the outside.  It didn’t have much flavour to it, which made it all the better to soak up the soup.  I wanted to slather butter on what was left of it, but since none came with my meal I figured it wasn’t proper protocol.

...soupy goodness...

...bannock anyone?...

Mrs C’s sandwich came toasted and you can really see the egg pieces in it.  There didn’t seem to be too much of any other fillers in it, and she said it was lightly seasoned with just a bit of salt and pepper.  As a bonus, it came cut up into cute lil triangles, which really appealed to my inner child.

...lil sandwich triangles!...

As an afterthought, I ordered a cinnamon roll to satisfy my sweet tooth.  It came halved and toasted, which gave it a pleasing texture, and the dough was soft and yeasty.  All in all, a great way to end a meal in my opinion.  But I’m still left to wonder… can we put butter on our bannock?

...toasted cinnies...

160 2nd Avenue
Williams Lake, BC  V2G 1Z6

778-412-BAKE (2253)

M-F: 10am – 3pm / Weekends & Holidays : closed

Beeotcheese Bistro & Bakery on Urbanspoon

August 5th, 2010

It’s been a terribly long time since my last lunch date, and today I had the opportunity to rectify that.  Miss M is back in town from her long and worldly travels and so it was a date with Miss B, Miss D, and yours truly.

We arrived at Beeotcheese and seated ourselves at one of the paper covered tables.  A little container of crayons is found at each table which you can use to draw amusing sketches onto the paper, or entertain yourselves with games of tic-tac-toe.

They have a permanent menu, as well as a revolving menu which changes on a weekly basis.  I quite enjoy this concept because you never know what’s in store for you each time you come in!  Miss B, Miss D and I ordered from this week’s menu, while Miss M opted for something from the standard one.  I decided on the Beef Dip, which included a side of potato salad.  The other choice of sides included a nice garden or caesar salad.

 

...beefy dippy...

The beef was quite tender and accompanied by a thin layer of sweet sauteed onions.  I thought that it could’ve used more onions, but that was probably a good thing anyways since I had to go back to work afterwards.   The overall sandwich was very tasty but not as warm as I would’ve liked.  As a result, the bread was also just a bit too firm for my tastes and I think perhaps if the bread had been toasted it would’ve gone up just a few more notches in my books.

The potato salad was nice and creamy without the potatoes being too mushy.  There was also a nice ratio of celery and green onions, and the paprika is a very nice touch.

Miss D ordered the Roast Pork Club, which consisted of thinly sliced roast pork, sprouts, tomatoes, swiss cheese, and a light scallion mayo all spread on top of a whole wheat bun.  For her side choice she also decided on the potato salad.

 

...healthy sammie!...

Miss B decided to try the Sunflower Salad which looked to be quite the colourful artwork with its shredded blood red beets, bright orange carrots, baby greens, sunflower seeds, and what we surmised to be julienned jicama.  Miss M had the My Big Greek Chicken salad, which was made up of sliced grilled chicken breast, green peppers, red onions, cucumber, tomatoes and feta cheese all on top of a bed of spring greens.  Both salads came with a slice of fresh white bread and looked absolutely delicious.

 

...my big greek whaa?...

...edible rainbow...

We all ate well and cleaned our plates off like good lil girls while Miss M enthralled us with her adventures in Thailand and India.  Her trip sounded amazing!  But I felt bad for letting her do all the talking during our meal as the three of us were all done eating while Miss M was barely even halfway through her salad!  Of course, that meant there was time for dessert so Miss B and I both ordered a carrot cake.

 

...carrot cake...

It was very moist and sat on of a nice layer of caramel sauce.  Instead of the usual nuts and raisins, there was instead coconut and pineapple in the cake.  That changed the texture of the cake only slightly and it was very delicious, especially with that rich cream cheese icing on top.

Beetocheese is also home to the famous biscuit cinnamon rolls which are simply amaaaaazing!  The biscuit is very moist and tender on the inside and lightly crusted on the outside.  The cinnamon filling is not overwhelming at all and the light layer of icing on top is just the perfect compliment to the entire ordeal.  I took one to go from their little bakery section found at the front of the restaurant so that I could enjoy it at home at my own leisure.

When I did get it home after work, I was already half way through eating it when I realised I never took a picture of it!  So here it is, some of it still intact… oh yum!!

 

...sooo good...

83 2nd Avenue
Williams Lake, BC  V2G 3W3

250-392-5629

Porky's Deli on Urbanspoon

October 7, 2009

It’s been a long while since the last time I’ve had lunch with the girls from work so today we decided to rectify that.  It was a very brisk autumn afternoon… (read: it was very cold!)  Funny how in a matter of mere days the weather goes from one extreme to the next up here in the Cariboo.  So braving the frigid temperatures, we walked to Porky’s Deli.

There are no hours posted up at the place and I’ve yet to determine exactly what their hours are.  However, I do know that they close at 5:30pm on weeknights.  Lunch time is always steady here with a line of hungry consumers, and the food is very good.  The menu typically stays the same and it’s made fresh everyday.

 

cabbage roll and lasagna... mmm...

cabbage roll and lasagna... mmm...

You’ll find the format of the restaurant very similiar to that of a cafeteria.  Basically, you get yourself into the line-up, browse the selection of food available behind the glass panel (but don’t take too long!), tell the nice lady what you’d like to eat, and then proceed on to the check-out where your food will be waiting for you.  They even serve your food on those nifty cheap plastic trays!

Food is served in 6, 8, 10, 12 or 14 ounce containers.  Containers larger than 10 ounces allow you the option to choose more than one food item if you wish.  I can’t recall what the exact prices are for each of the sizes, but I do remember that you can choose a combo platter which allows you 4 different items for the mere price of $10.

 

curried chicken & chapatis

curried chicken & chapatis

cinny bun

cinny bun

My companions today are Miss B and Miss D.  I decided to split a 10 0z dish and chose the meat lasagna and a cabbage roll.  For dessert I added in a cube of their lemon cake.  Miss B ordered an 8oz dish of curried chicken and chapatis.  A huge honkin’ cinnamon roll rounded off her meal.  Miss D decided to follow her appetite’s calling and had the combo plate.  They filled it with curried rice & brocoli, beef stroganoff, roasted potatoes & sausage, and mac & cheese.  No dessert for her today, but she got an orange pop to drink.

Oiy, it was so much food and it was so good!  The noodles on my lasagna were really tender and the sauce nicely seasoned, as was the cabbage roll.  My only complaint was that there could’ve been more sauce on the cabbage roll itself.  And my cake was moist and very dense without overwhelming me with a strong flavour of lemon… just the way I like it.  Miss B’s dish looked delicious but I knew that it was way too spicy for me, and I was too stuffed to steal a bite out of her cinnamon roll.  The most surprising thing about this date for me though is probably witnessing Miss D finish her entire plate of food.  Ladies and gentlemen, I’ve never *ever* seen Miss D eat that much before!  I never knew that she even had it in her!  Needless to say, she didn’t help herself to the cinnamon roll either.

 

...combo plate anyone?...

...combo plate anyone?...

What if you’re not that hungry?  Well, for the merely peckish folks, they have a cooler full of sandwiches, quiches, cold breads and many types of salads.  As well they have a counter full of large glass jars that are filled with what looked like chocolate candies.

So folks, don’t let the plain store front fool you… there are lots of good stuff to eat inside!  I know I’ll be back for sure.