Temper-atures Are Rising
With temperatures nearing the bazillions and no rain in sight, over-heated Vancouverites can temper their internal and external temperatures with a cool treat from Temper Pastry’s new Summer Menu.
Temper Pastry has been a favourite among West Vancouverites since opening in Dundarave in 2013. The traditional patissierie-meets cool West Coast space is always bustling with coffee and pastry-loving patrons who can take a peek into the open concept kitchen to see freshly baked pain au raisin, croissants and other yummy delicacies pulled from the oven to cool. Owner and chef – and Dundarave resident – Steven Hodge spent years abroad honing his pastry and chocolate-making craft including stints at Spago Catering, Gordon Ramsay’s 3 Michelin star restaurant, Royal Hospital Road and the Wolseley Restaurant in London, England. Closer to home, Steven worked as the executive pastry chef at Coast Restaurant and spent four years working alongside local chocolate legend Thomas Haas.
You would think that opening a coffee and pastry shop directly across from coffee behemoth Starbucks and local favourite Delany’s Coffee might make for risky business, but Chef Hodge maintains that competition is a good thing and that it draws people to the area. And Temper has certainly strived to fulfill a niche in our sleepy little village by the sea. Many mornings, I start my day with a Stumptown Coffee latte fuelling up to do the day’s shopping at local merchants such as Sebastian & Co Meats, Farm to Table Specialty Groceries and maybe a quick peek into The Latest Scoop. I can personally attest to the quality of Temper’s croissants; flaky but soft and moist, they are among the best I’ve ever had.
We were recently invited to the Temper Summer Soiree to sample some delicious new treats from Chef Hodge’s new Summer Menu. It was a perfect early summer evening to stroll the streets of Dundarave and the Big Brunch Blog editor and I arrived early to have a chat with Chef Hodge. Chef’s lovely wife Lara was (wo)manning the bar offering a selection of wines from Tightrope Winery, beers from Black Kettle Brewing Company and house made Pink Grapefruit Iced Tea. We each had a glass of the Tightrope Rose and made a plate of charcuterie from Sebastian and Co. meats. Shortly afterwards, Chef Hodge appeared at our elbow, youthful and handsome in his spotless whites, offering us a miniature almond-crusted chocolate ice-cream bar. It was the perfect size to indulge but not feel guilty about. Over the course of the afternoon and into early evening, we sampled several over-bite-sized treats, including rum baba and Eton Mess parfaits, a creme de leche and caramel frozen dessert and Espresso with vanilla ice cream.
In addition to mouth-watering croissants, gorgeous chocolates and the best coffee on the North Shore, Temper will be offering their seasonal treats until summer’s end. Temper is a the perfect place beat the heat wave, support one of our most talented local chefs and enjoy the seaside delights of Dundarave.
2409 Marine Drive
West Vancouver, BC
Open: 7 days a week, 8 am to 5 pm
A publicist and blogger, Pamela Smith lives in West Vancouver with her dog, Dug, and her two sons (whom she is co-parenting with the world’s greatest ex-husband). You can find her on twitter at @DivorceDoula604.