Be ‘wiched Cafe – Review 2

Restaurant: Be ‘wiched Cafe
Cuisine: Sandwiches/Cafe/Baked Goods/Desserts/Soups
Last visited: May 31, 2011
Location: Surrey, BC (Newton)
Address: 15230 56 Ave
Price Range: $10 or less

1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent 6: Tres Excellent!!

Food: 5.5
Service: 6
Ambiance: 3
Overall: 5.5
Additional comments:

  • Locally owned/operated
  • Hidden gem
  • Extremely friendly service
  • Specializes in sandwiches/soups
  • Home cooked/roasted meats
  • Homemade sauces/condiments
  • Daily selection of freshly baked goods
  • Recipes from Food Network (modified)
  • Fresh ingredients
  • Made upon order
  • No/low preservatives
  • Gluten free items
  • Low fat options
  • Catering available
  • Eat in/Take out
  • Cash/Interac/MC/Visa
  • Breakfast/Lunch service
  • Mon-Fri 7am-4pm
  • Be ‘wiched – Review/Visit 1

**Recommendations: Apple Pie Stuffed French Toast, Savoury Meat Roll (daily special), Chain Gang Chili (Daily Special), Pulled Pork Sandwich, Cubano, Triple Citrus Cream Cheese Bars, Banana Raspberry Mini Muffins, Pumpkin Cookie with Warm Icing. Go for the daily specials, those are usually solid.

Okay, I’ve definitely become an even bigger fan of Be ‘wiched Cafe. It easily moved up on my scale after trying more things. This was only my second visit, but each time I’ve managed to make a nice dent in the menu and it just keeps getting better and better. This visit was even more impressive than my last visit and I’m already looking forward to my next visit! I just want to clear my agenda for tomorrow, or better yet tell you to clear your agenda just so you can share this heavenly experience with me.

As I mentioned in my last post for Be ‘wiched (see here) these ladies are driven by passion and it shows in the food and the service. It’s literally walking into a cafe serving some of the best recipes featured on Food Network, but it’s all in one stop! A lot of their recipes are tried, tested, and true recipes and a few of them are even from Food Network shows like “Bobby Flay’s Throw Down”, “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” and of course “Diners, Drive Ins and Dives”.

This is such a hidden gem and neighbourhood favourite and I just want everyone to try it. The quality and flavour of food they’re producing could kick some downtown a**. I’m serious. They make me tempted to host a “Follow Me Foodie Throw Down”… hm. Hmmm… HMMM… MMMMMMM 😉

Anyways on this occasion Sherman (who discovered it first) and I decided to tackle Be ‘wiched together! The first time we tried it was on the same day, but at different times, so this time we tag teamed it and destroyed the menu. Well we’ve done more damage *ahem* The BiBo, Hapa Izakaya etc., but no doubt we’ll be back for round 3. As usual it was Mijune +1 and Sherman zero, I beat him by a full cookie. So as a result he decided to share some photos with me!

Additional note: The ladies (Hope and VJ) told us that after our posts a lot of you have visited them! Yay! Of course we only speak the truth, and this is one we believe in. This time around it was no secret who we were, but they treated us the same way they did when they didn’t know us. We also received some complimentary cookies, which they do offer to a lot of their customers. It’s great! I feel like you can only find these kinds of experiences in the suburbs. Trust me, make the drive, it will be worth your time.

On the table:

**Chain Gang Chili – 6/6

  • Small $4.50 Large $8.50
  • This is a recipe from Diners, Drive Ins and Dives and it is a must try! Call ahead to reserve 10 because you’ll want to eat 10 bowls of it.
  • Oh wow! Chili? What chili? It was pretty much a bowl of pulled pork and I loved it!
  • I love chili and I love pulled pork, so this was heaven. This is one of the best chilis I’ve had.
  • It was almost like a sweet soppy pulled pork stew meets a classic beef bolognese sauce.
  • It could have been a pulled pork sloppy joe chili!
  • The ratio of meat to stew was 2:1 and there were some red kidney beans in it to make it at least a little bit like a chlli.

  • I was just eating spoonfuls of tender juicy pulled pork with little bits of tender soft ground beef that just melted in your mouth with a couple chews! My 90 year old grandma could eat this!
  • It was very juicy, savoury, smoky, sweet, but not too sweet, a bit tangy and extremely hearty, thick, meaty and just the perfect comfort food.
  • The sauce was a bit thin and tomatoey, but the meat just absorbs all the liquids and it is amazing!
  • There were the sweet aromatics of celery, onions, and carrots and then some green bell peppers and stewed tomatoes to give it some acidity.
  • The vegetables were minced and had been slow cooked for so long that they just broke down and almost melted right into the stew adding that natural sweetness.
  • It wasn’t a spicy chili, but there was heat and it gradually got spicier, but it’s really not that spicy and just incredibly flavourful. It was perfect for me.
  • It was served with these crunchy home baked pita chips which was a great side. Way better than Premium Plus crackers.
  • I really wanted to stuff it in corn bread muffins, top it with sour cream “icing” and sprinkle it with cheddar cheese “sprinkles”… *hint hint* ladies 😉

**Pulled Pork Sandwich – 5.5/6

  • Slow roasted pork topped with housemade cole slaw and apple butter BBQ sauce on a 9 grain Ciabatta bun $8.75
  • This was delicious! Pulled pork is one of my favourite sandwiches.  Actually pulled pork period is one of my favourites.
  • YUM! It was piled high with meat.
  • The Costco Ciabatta bun, which I usually don’t really care for, was the perfect bread for it.
  • I usually find the bread too thick, but with the amount of pulled pork they give you, it works.
  • I loved the nuttiness of the Ciabatta bun, but I would ask for it more toasted and crunchy. It was soft, but it didn’t get soggy one bit, nor was it dry.
  • Considering the pulled pork chili, I was expecting a super saucy and soppy pulled pork sandwich, but it wasn’t.
  • It was chunky pieces of pork and they weren’t heavily sauced.
  • It’s rather light on the BBQ sauce, but it’s still loaded with flavour and the pulled pork has that natural juicy pork flavour from fat renderings.
  • There was also a nice dry rub and I personally prefer a crispy charred bark on the pulled pork, but this isn’t a BBQ smoke house so I didn’t mind.

  • The chunks of pulled pork were falling apart tender and juicy.
  • The cole slaw was predominantly cabbage with some carrots and it wasn’t wet nor did it seem like there was mayo in it at all.
  • It wasn’t very tangy and it was fine, but I like the crunchy hand cut cole slaw and this one seemed a bit grated so it lost a bit of its crunch.
  • I do like really soppy pulled pork burgers so I did prefer the pulled pork in the chili, but this one was still excellent although I did have to ask for extra BBQ sauce (free).
  • I really like BBQ sauce and this one was innovative and new!
  • The apple butter BBQ sauce is the accent to the already flavourful pulled pork and it’s noticeable thick and textured due to the apples.
  • I didn’t even know it was an “apple butter BBQ” sauce and I still wrote in my notes that the BBQ sauce tasted like it had pureed apples in it. It was obvious and I loved it.
  • The BBQ sauce wasn’t that sweet as much as it was tangy with I think some apple cider vinegar and I could taste a good amount of mustard and a nice punch of Worcestershire sauce in it as well.
  • It wasn’t spicy, but it certainly had a kick and it was very creamy, rich and thick and a very unique BBQ sauce.
  • Pork and apple sauce is an ideal pairing so this worked perfectly.

Chicken Stew – 2.5/6

  • We got to sample the chicken stew which was another special of the day.
  • I’m not sure if it’s because the Pulled Pork Chili was so amazing, but this just didn’t do it for me.
  • The chicken was incredibly tender and pretty much the texture of pulled pork, but the flavour was just not as intense as I wanted it to be.
  • It was quite old fashioned and it had the classic carrots, onions, celery and some peas, but I think I was imagining more of a chicken pot pie filling.
  • I liked the texture, just not so much the flavour.

Breakfast Burrito 3.5/6

  • Scrambled eggs with turkey sausage or crumbled bacon, jack cheese, and salsa wrapped in a flour tortilla $5.50
  • This is their most popular breakfast item and I think it’s because people haven’t tried the stuffed french toast. I’m kidding!
  • There was an option to have it with sausage and bacon, so of course we did that and there’s no extra charge for it!
  • This is good, but it was a breakfast burrito. It’s not one of those massive ones that would tie you down and put you to bed either.
  • It was healthy tasting especially with the multi-grain tortilla.
  • It’s fresh with a little Mexican flavour and it was very juicy.
  • The highlight was the texture of the egg which was silky smooth and creamy. It was so lightly scrambled and folded, incredibly moist and almost runny.
  • The filling was quite wet and drippy, but it didn’t make the tortilla shell soggy.
  • I couldn’t taste the bacon, but I could taste some spicy Italian sausage pieces and some lean ground turkey bits.
  • I could taste the heat of the Jack cheese, but not necessarily the cheese part of it. It wasn’t that heavy with it.
  • There was a fresh tomato, onion and jalapeno salsa and next time I would ask for avocado!

**Apple Pie Stuffed French Toast 6/6

  • Apple butter and cream cheese sandwiched between two slices of egg bread dipped in egg custard and coated with our in house granola, then grilled brown! Served with fruit and maple syrup $6.50
  • Holy ;lknfa;sbf;’olb;flb;alb!!! Oh god this was so amazing!! Foodgasm X 100. This is brilliant! A must try!
  • It tastes as delicious and decadent as it sounds and we treated it as dessert.
  • It’s available for lunch, made upon order, pan fried and then baked in the oven before serving.
  • It was two thick slices of custard coated egg bread, crusted with cinnamon scented granola (sunflower seeds + oats), and stuffed with ultra creamy, rich and velvety smooth cream cheese.

  • It was incredibly moist, fluffy, tender and soft French Toast with a crispy nutty exterior and a warm melted cream cheese centre that just oozes out with every cut and bite.
  • It looks wet and soggy, but it’s not! It just melts in your mouth and it’s amazing! AMAZING!
  • It was sweet and a bit savoury with the tang of cheese and subtle hint of apple and cinnamon.
  • The apple sauce butter is the accent and for an “Apple Pie” French toast I wouldn’t have minded actual apple pieces and more apple flavour, but it’s still heavenly!
  • The combination of cream cheese and apples and custardy egg bread was a force to be reckoned with!
  • It didn’t need the maple syrup, but the syrup did add a nice sweetness that reminded me more of an apple pie. Apple and Maple are just a wicked combination too.
  • I wanted to deep fry this Apple Pie French Toast and then top it with crispy bacon… *hint hint* ladies 😉
  • This was as excellent as the Deep Fried French Toast at The Market by Jean-Georges and even better than the Upside Down Pineapple Pancake I had at The Well. All very different, but all so memorable.

**Savoury Meat Roll – 6/6

  • $7.75 (Daily special)
  • This was delicious and it’s a version of a sausage roll that was featured on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives.
  • It was home made sausage with a cashew and spinach home made pesto with Asiago and Mozzarella wrapped in a crunchy, flaky buttermilk biscuit! De-licious!
  • It was a meaty crumbled sausage, almost like patty meat, with a mixture of perhaps ground pork and Italian sausage and it carried a bit of heat from chili flakes and black pepper.
  • Most of the sausage was juicy, savoury and a bit spicy. It was  also nutty and creamy from the pesto, with a little cheese and full of flavour with a great roll to meat ratio.
  • There wasn’t a lot of cheese and it’s not greasy, but the bit of cheese helped to bring out the pesto flavour since that was lacking a bit.
  • The buttermilk roll was almost crunchy and it reminded me of a crispy scone, yet it was still soft and tender like a pie crust.
  • It was served with a home made marinara sauce, which I wish was served warm like the roll.
  • The marinara sauce was incredibly fresh and tangy and it would be great over pasta. It was almost like a ratatouille sauce with minced tomatoes, carrots, onions and even some zucchini. It was great with the sausage roll adding a nice tang, but it did overpower the pesto at times.
  • I freaking loved this roll, but it was more like an appetizer or a side to a soup, so I think it’s a bit pricey, but still excellent.

**Cubano – 5/6

  • A pressed ‘wich loaded with roasted, marinated pork, ham, Swiss cheese and dill pickle slices on hot Ciabtta bread with roasted garlic aioli and dijon mustard. $8.75
  • Caliente Cubano: A cumbano with pickled banana peppers in lieu of pickles. $8.75
  • This is their most popular sandwich and I recommend getting it “Caliente Cubano”.
  • A Cubano is a Latin style ham and cheese sandwich and this one isn’t authentic, but I don’t care because it’s not expected to be and it was still delicious.
  • It’s served warm and the bread is crispy crunchy and chewy and it’s loaded with sandwich fillings.
  • The marinated pork was slow roasted in house and I could taste its smokiness although it could have been a bit juicer, but it wasn’t dry. I just which I could taste it more since it is the highlight of a Cuban sandwich.
  • The ham (which is the only meat that is brought in) is a cured ham and there were more slices of that so its flavour did overpower the marinated pork.
  • It was perfectly salty with the ham and I loved the tangy spice and crunch of banana peppers that just brightened it up.
  • It’s not greasy or heavily sauced and she uses a garlic aioli which is her own little twist, however I couldn’t really taste that either. It’s still a great sandwich I would order again.

Chicken Pesto – 4/6

  • Our spinach/cashew pesto, Pepper Jack cheese, baked chicken, lettuce and tomato on Ciabtta bread $7.75
  • This is another popular favourite and I love chicken pesto sandwiches, but this house made pesto didn’t really do it for me.
  • The sandwich was very good and the ingredients were very fresh and it was almost like a chicken salad sandwich without the mayo and I found it slightly underwhelming.
  • It was very simple and crunchy fro the Ciabatta bread and the chicken is baked in house and there was a slight kick from the Pepper Jack cheese.
  • It wasn’t as salty as the Cubano and the chicken are slices of chicken breast meat and I think it would be great with some avocado.
  • I understand the idea of making more affordable versions of pesto, without the pine nuts, but this one just pushed it a bit far.
  • Their home made pesto was very light, not oily, but creamy with cashew flavour and texture, but using spinach instead of basil just made it almost taste bland.
  • I also don’t think there was Parmesan in it so it really lacked that saltiness and sharpness a classic pesto sauce has.
  • I think it was just under seasoned and if I were to order this I would ask them to double up on the pesto. They already used the pesto sauce on both sides of the bread, but it was still not shining through.

**Creamless Tomato Soup – 4/6

  • Small bowl – $3.75 Large bowl – $4.75 or $2.50 with any sandwich
  • Soups change daily.
  • This was a low fat soup and the part that got me was when she told me that instead of cream they use pureed bread to thicken the soup! How neat is that?! Take away the dairy and replace it with some carbs… I had to try this unique home made soup!
  • It tastes like Campbell’s tomato soup, which I still like, but this one is made with fresh ingredients so it’s even better.
  • It was creamy and still somewhat thick and you can’t tell bread was used as the thickener at all. I think it’s gluten free as well.
  • It was tangy and the bread toned down the sharpness a bit, and there was also a slight undertone of carrots, celery and onions, although it was pureed smooth. It wasn’t that sweet and definitely more tangy and I think some fresh herbs like basil would have been nice.
  • The other soup was a low fat clam chowder which wasn’t made with cream, and this lady came in an ordered half of each soup to make a New England clam chowder… I was so jealous I didn’t think of that first! Next time!

Orzo Salad – 2/6

  • They give you a small portion of their daily salad as a side to your sandwich.
  • This was just an orzo salad with some bell peppers and a tangy lemon herb dressing.
  • The orzo was overcooked, but it was just a complimentary side, so it’s just not something I would care to order separately.

Desserts and Baked Goods

Do not miss out on the baked goods here! Take some home if you have no room. Or just buy some to bribe people. Last time I tried their Apple Caramel Cinnamon Bun, Banana Raspberry Mini Muffins, Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal, Coconut & Flax Cookie, Peanut Butter Oatmeal with Flax Cookie, Peanut Butter Granola Bar and last but not least, my favourite Triple Cream Cheese Citrus Bar. I am going to strongly recommend not leaving without trying their Triple Cream Cheese Citrus Bar and Pumpkin Cookie with Warm Icing. You will thank me later and everyone will thank you later if you share… but you won’t want to.

Blueberry & Lemon Glazed Scone4/6

  • $2.25
  • These are their jumbo scones and they’re quite popular.
  • I’m quite picky on my scones and I actually like them the tea party way when it’s served with lemon curd, jam and devonshire cream. However, here you’re going to get them as is.
  • They were very good and the best part was that they were overflowing with plump and juicy whole blueberries.
  • I prefer a crispy exterior and these were just soft and tender throughout. It was a bit cakey, but I’ve had cakier.
  • It was naturally sweet from the blueberries and they’re incredibly fluffy and I bet made with buttermilk as they had an added tang.
  • It was a bit on the bland side and I like when they’re really buttery or a bit sweetened.
  • They were very moist and drizzled with lemon icing which was the sweet and tangy part to the scone.
  • I would have preferred lemon zest throughout the scone as well.
  • Although very good I prefer the ones from China Tea Cup Company, Traceycakes Bakery, and Applewood Country Gift, Tea Room & Bakery better from what I can remember.

Chili Chocolate with Lime Coconut Icing Cupcake – 4/6

  • Around $2?
  • This was a daily special and these kinds of exotic and creative combination of flavours are right up my ally. Also, I really like desserts.
  • The cupcake itself was a basic chocolate cupcake and it was moist, not too sweet and decently fluffy.
  • I couldn’t taste the chili initially, but it caught up in the end and gave a nice warmth and heat, but it was never spicy.
  • It reminded me of Mexican mole flavours.
  • The coconut was only the extract in the sugary icing and I was hoping for the texture of toasted coconut as well.
  • The lime was a great addition and it made the icing taste like cream cheese icing since it was tangy. The icing isn’t buttery but it’s the sweet component to this cupcake.
  • The first bite was interestingly refreshing and cooling which was due to the lime, but then the heat came at the end and I loved that very unique contrast.
  • I would have wanted stronger flavours from everything, although I could taste each ingredient. It was just a bit subtle.
  • I would have liked a little more heat, and of course the toasted coconut, as the extract was a bit mild.
  • There’s also a bit of whole wheat flour in it and I wouldn’t be able to tell at all unless I knew. It’s nice to know they’re a little “healthy” … and there’s even fruit!

Chocolate with Caramilk Centre 5/6

  • $.75
  • Yes! Rub your eyes! $.75! That’s elementary school bake sale price!
  • Oh god, these were delicious and I think they would be better fresh from the oven so that the Caramilk in the centre is ooey gooey, soft and melted.
  • It’s pretty much a soft and chewy chocolate cookie with a Caramilk chocolate bar baked in the centre. Lastly it’s sprinkled with sugar.
  • The chocolate cookie is actually not that sweet at all and I think it’s just bittersweet cocoa powder. It’s not even oily or greasy.
  • The sweetness comes from the Caramilk bar. There’s a hint of caramel flavour, but it’s very faint.

**Pumpkin Cookie with Warm Icing 6/6

  • $2.25 (?)
  • Omg! As if it couldn’t get any butter… I mean BETTER and then it does! Christmas comes early with these!
  • I only took a photo of these last time and I knew I had to try them this time! They’re pretty big cookies.
  • If you’re only going to have one cookie here (I don’t know why you would, but if it’s only one), it has got to be this one!
  • I’d say this is their signature rock star cookie!
  • The cookie itself is not that sweet, but the icing is the very sweet part.
  • It ends up being a pretty sweet cookie due to the very homestyle, old fashioned, soft, and sugary thin milky Maple vanilla icing.
  • The Maple(?) icing makes it more like a dessert, although the cookie ratio is thick to balance out the sweetness.
  • It’s an airy light cookie and more like a cake. It’s even softer and cakier than the Caramilk cookie!
  • It’s almost a cross of a pumpkin loaf and a pumpkin pie in flavour. It’s not like a cinnamon bun although it may smell like one.

  • The cookie cuts like a cake or a muffin and it has a bright yellow inside and it’s really like a pumpkin loaf.
  • The puree pumpkin flavour is obvious, and I think there’s a variety of spices although it’s not overpowering or spicy.
  • I could taste the aroma of some ground cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg and maybe some all spice, pumpkin spice or even a hint of ground ginger.
  • It’s not that oily or greasy and it’s drier, but it’s not a dry cookie either.
  • I wouldn’t be surprised if they used brown sugar in these, but they’re possibly one of the best pumpkin cookies I’ve had.
  • It’s simply delicious and a must try.

**Triple Cream Cheese Citrus Bar6/6

  • $3.25 (Daily special)
  • This is a special dessert so it’s not always in house, but I’d call to make sure it is if you’re planning a trip down. H-E-A-V-E-N.
  • The recipe is from Food Network’s America’s Test Kitchen… and holy crap! I want the recipe!
  • It’s a baked bar, but it’s served chilled.
  • The crust is actually made of animal crackers and brown sugar and it tastes like a graham cracker crust but less sweet and salty… see this is their “healthier” version of recipes! :)
  • The filling is a cream cheese filling made with condensed milk, orange, lemon and lime juice and zest, so it’s more like a creamy custard. There’s very little cheese in it too so even non cheesecake lovers will like this! I could see the specs of citrus zest and I loved it!
  • It was the perfect balance of tangy and sweet, light and rich, and creamy and crunchy.
  • I loved the crumbly, moist and tender crust and nutty topping of freshly toasted coconut. It’s amazing!
  • The flavours take a while to kick in and you have to give it time to sink it. It wasn’t until by fourth chew that my eyes got huge and I started to MMMMMM.
  • It tastes like a very light lemon cream cheese custard bar meets lemon cheese cake, meets key lime pie, meets coconut pie… meets my mouth!

Apple Caramel Cinnamon Bun- 3/6

  • $0.75
  • These don’t look appetizing, but they’re super cheap so why not!?
  • They’re pretty small, which is good and that’s where they get you here! Everything indulgent is controlled in portion size so you never feel guilty even when you over order!
  • It tasted almost like an apple pie in cinnamon bun form.
  • It wasn’t as sweet as it looks. It was a very standard cinnamon bun that was moist with a thin bread roll that was quite doughy rather than fluffy.
  • The cinnamon bun wasn’t that sweet itself, but the sweetness came from the apple caramel butter that was poured on top. There was no actual apples and i think it was just apple sauce or pureed apples.
  • It wasn’t sticky or that thick but creamy and the caramel was smooth from the butter, but it’s not too buttery or greasy either.
  • I’m not a big fan of cinnamon buns, but this sauce was a great twist from the traditional icing.

**Banana Raspberry Mini Muffins – 6/6

  • Our daily selections of fresh, house made mini-muffins (Choice of 3) $2.25
  • Complimentary. They have a selection of mini muffins and this one is their most popular and favourite!
  • The mini muffins are baked fresh daily and I love that they’re all mini so I can taste a variety!
  • I don’t know if bite size just makes things better, but these were amazing! They were ultra soft, light and fluffy it was almost like muffin pillows!
  • It was so moist and incredibly soft like cake and it was made with bran! I would have never of guessed!
  • I could taste the texture of real raspberries and roughly chopped bananas which made them extra moist, creamy, naturally sweet, and incredibly fruity.
  • I honestly didn’t think a muffin without a crispy muffin top could impress me this much.

**Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal, Coconut & Flax – 4.5/6

  • $2.25
  • This was also complimentary.
  • It’s loaded with Ghirardelli chocolate chips so the chocolate is soft and not waxy tasting, nor does it get stuck in your teeth.
  • It’s a very soft and fluffy cookie with a crunchy exterior and it’s super tender and cake like crumb.
  • I could have used more coconut, but it’s definitely a very textured cookie full of ingredients I love.

**Peanut Butter Oatmeal with Flax – 5/6

  • $2.25
  • If you’re not a fan of peanut butter cookies you’ll still like this one!
  • It’s a healthier version, but you sure can’t tell! It’s not as savoury, sweet or buttery as the standard peanut butter cookies.
  • It tastes like half a peanut butter cookie and half an oatmeal cookie.
  • It’s crunchy with a crispy edge and then a very soft and chewy middle with nutty crispy bits of peanut pieces throughout.
  • This cookie was chewier than the chocolate chip cookie and I loved all the nutty ingredients used. It made it more nutty rather than sweet and I loved hoe “healthy” it was ;)

Peanut Butter Granola Bar – 3.5/6

  • A wheat-free bar made in house with almonds, peanut butter, rolled oats and ground flax. Sweetened with honey and brown sugar $2.50
  • It took them 52 recipes in order to ace this home made gluten free granola bar.
  • The sample I tried was really soft and it reminded me of Kashi puffed rice cereal and it seemed a bit too soft without being crispy or crunchy.
  • The full size granola bar was inconsistent in texture, and it could have been because it was homemade and gotten stale quicker than expected.
  • Parts of it were very hard, tough and very crunchy and almost like a thick version of a crunchy Nature Valley granola bar meets a peanut butter rice crispy. Then closer to the middle it was quite soft and chewy like the sample.
  • I thought they were good, but I think the texture will vary depending on how fresh they are.
  • It wasn’t chewy and it’s not sticky or very sweet, although I think the “glue” was honey and peanut butter.
  • It’s sweet, salty and nutty with puffed rice, oats, almonds, peanuts, sunflower seeds, and flax as well as other things, but it’s not necessarily a very strong peanut butter flavour.
  • It’s more of a healthy granola bar so I would consider it a snack before I would a dessert for sure.
  • They have free samples for you to try, but they also gave me one to take home, which was unexpected, but so kind.

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33 Comments

  • Rachelle says:

    Oh god that stuffed French toast is some serious food porn.

  • Sherman says:

    @Rachelle, Mijune was making sounds whilst eating the French toast that would make any porn movie sound tame…

  • Mijune says:

    @Sherman – OMGGG!!!!! Did you write that?! I’m so tempted to edit your comment… but how wrong would that be! As wrong as your comment!!! OMG!!

    @Rachelle – excuse Sherman… but yes it was serious food porn!

  • vivian says:

    I love this cafe! I couldn’t continue reading the french toast blog part as my stomach was starting to really really ache for one!lol Thanks for discovering these hidden gems:)

  • Bow says:

    My take on orozo salad is orozo tossed in a bowl with tottsa olive oil, with small dice of cooked yellow zucchini, pitted black olives, diced artichoke hearts and chopped roasted red peppers, add some fresh chopped herbs. All caveats aside, I’m envious that this little hidden gem is not in North Van…our little hidden gem is the Reggae Cafe, which cooks great Jamaican food at reasonable prices. No great Asian food here, no pizza, no good sushi..alas. The Be’ Wiched would be a regular visit, if here in North Van, for me.

  • Linda says:

    OMG why is this place so far?!?!?!?! man, i have to head out there just to get that darn chili and those delicious pieces of french toast… i probably shouldn’t read your blog so close to dinner time.. my mouth is literally watering right now!!

    the breakfast burrito is to ‘wet’ for my liking and i can already see all the juices coming out of it.. but man, that cubano sandwich and the meat roll.. nomnomnom 🙂

  • Mijune says:

    @vivan – I just finished off the last bit of my triple citrus bar and I still want more!!! So you’ve tried it already?!?! What did you think!? <3 them!

    @Bow - Bow!! I'm heading to your hood tomorrow! i'm going for some Persian food! Can't wait to write about something in your area... if you can one day you really have to make a drive out to try this place. i think you'll love it! You know you'll love it!

    @Linda - LOL I know!! It is far, but it'll be worth it! linda that pulled pork chili.... oh my god... well they do catering as well.. *hint hint*.. delivery!!! lol

  • vivian says:

    I loved it. The lady at the front (I’m assuming the owner) is so friendly and she always has a huge smile when you walk in. I’ve tried the things that you suggested: the cubano and citrus bar which were both amazing. There’s just so many goodies in one little shop. My next stop will be for the french toast

  • Jayda Home says:

    I love this cafe! I am so happy it’s so near to us. I try to stop in every time I pass. The owners are so nice and obviously love what they are doing….. which comes through in the food and service. Thank you for showcasing some of their ‘star’ attractions! Can’t wait for you guys to make a 3rd visit.

  • Rachelle says:

    LOL as they say….be careful who you eat with, they might just reveal all your secrets 😉

  • Eric says:

    I need to go here! Enough said…lol! 🙂

  • Mijune says:

    @vivian – I know!!! I love her!!! That’s Hope (It’s actually VJ)! VJ (It’s actually Hope) does a lot of the cooking. (oops! *blush*) YAAAY!! SO glad you liked it!! Don’t forget the pulled pork and pumpkin cookie next time! Oh god citrus bar!!!

    @Jayda Home – lol that’s exactly what I said!!! SO TRUE!!! I love that we love this place! I hope they stay. They deserve all the success!! I thought of you when we ate here actually… 🙂 I was thinking “hmmm I wonder if Jayda Home has tried this?” 😉

    @Rachelle – Good call! It’s a love hate relationship.

    @Eric – ERIC! Take the day off and make the drive down!! They close at around 4-5pm so you need to come early!!

  • WS says:

    It was just Sherman & you trying all this food on this visit to Be ‘wiched Cafe(or were there more people in your dining group)? All your Follow Me Foodie blog reviews, you try so many dishes.

  • Mijune says:

    @WS – It was just Sherman and I… yes we/I eat a lot 🙂

  • Jane says:

    can we choose 3 different flavors for the mini muffins?

  • Hope says:

    Mijune-
    Thank you yet again for the great review. We work really hard to make food that people will enjoy. It is nice to hear positive feedback.

    Just wanted to clarify that VJ is the person with the big personality that welcomes everyone into Be ‘wiched with her cheerfulness and excellent customer service. I (Hope) am the anti-social one who hides in the kitchen (LOL)!!! We are the owners and currently the only employees of our beloved cafe but with all the great buzz you are creating for us we will probably have to hire someone in the near future.

    It looks like we will have to include the Pulled Pork Chili as a regular in our rotation of specials.

    The Pumpkin Cookies are my favorite as well. We had to practically force people to try them in the beginning but now they fly off the shelves. Once you try one they become a serious addiction.

    @Vivian
    We are pleased that you have enjoyed your visits thus far. We look forward to seeing you again, please introduce yourself next time.

    @Linda
    We hope that you can make it out our way sometime.

    @Bow
    Alas, North Van is a bit too far for us to deliver. Hopefully one day you will find yourself close by, if you ever do stop by and introduce yourself. We would love to meet you.

    @Jayda Home
    Thank you so much for your positive comments. We really appreciate the support. Please introduce yourself when you are in next.

    @WS
    Seeing Sherman and Mijune eat all this food is pretty amazing. I have no idea how they do it while staying so trim and gorgeous.

    @Jane
    We have 4 different types of muffins. Banana Raspberry (our star), Morning Glory, Blueberry Bran and Pumpkin – you can mix and match any of them.

  • Mijune says:

    @Hope – Oh god!!! *BLUSH* So sorry I mixed you wonderful ladies up!! I will fix that in my post! I’m so embarrassed! Please excuse my loopiness!!! Thank you for not mixing up Sherman and I 😉 FYI – I think you’re both wonderful and talented! Every business needs a ying and yang… and you guys create a huge bang!! Thank you for being so kind to reply to all the lovely Follow Me Foodie readers and Be ‘wiched Cafe fans! I really appreciate it!

    !!!!!!!!!! Pulled pork chili!!!

    I’m only telling people how I honestly feel about your food. You ladies deserve all the success you’re getting.

    and what?! Really!? Pumpkin cookies don’t sound “crazy” to me at all!! Beet cookies sound more unusual.. which I hear are being served at a bakery in Vancouver! 🙂 Can’t wait to try them!

    Wow! Customer service off AND ONLINE!! Thank you for the kind replies!!! XO

  • vivian says:

    @ Hope: I’m the one who comes in with the big group of dental staff! We love your cafe:)

  • Mijune says:

    @vivian – niiiiiice!!! 🙂

  • Sherman says:

    Gawd, you’d better not mix myself and Mijune up… She’s the better looking one! LOL… Oh, and can eat more too…

  • Mijune says:

    @Sherman – lol! Don’t know about the first part, but I’m sure about the second!! 🙂

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