THE GIRL NEXT DOOR: Eleanor Chow Waterfall

Things to do in Vancouver  |  01.07.2014  |  

Next up in our series of profiles of friends and neighbours is the lovely Eleanor Chow Waterfall from Cadeaux Bakery in Gastown. Eleanor, along with co-owner Slavita Johnson and their team, produce some of the prettiest and most delicious baked goods in the city that are regularly to blame for the cake crumbs down our shirt. If you can’t make it to Cadeaux while you’re in Vancouver, you’ll be glad to know that you can sample some of their fine wares in our own Betty café bar!

Eleanor Chow

Name:
Eleanor Chow Waterfall

Where do you work and what do you do there?
I am the co-owner and pastry chef at Cadeaux  Bakery.

How did you find yourself doing this?
I grew up in a restaurant and after a few years of university decided that it wasn’t for me and decided to go to cooking school.

If you’re doing the baking, what should we never request?
Don’t ask for anything that is gluten, dairy, and sugar free.  Nothing like that exists at my bakery and you’d be surprised how many people ask.

Morning-after strategy?
Morning after what?!

Thing that you love about Vancouver?
The thing that I love most about Vancouver are the amazing people and community.

Thing that drives you crazy about Vancouver?
Inconsiderate drivers.

Someone’s visiting Vancouver for the first time and has just 24 hours. How would you suggest they spend them?
Eating.  We have some of the best restaurants in Canada if not the world. Most of my favourites are within walking distance of our house: Wildebeest in Gastown, Ask for Luigi a few blocks east, and Bao Bei in Chinatown. Oh and The Farmer’s Apprentice, just over the Granville Bridge.

Backpack or wheelie suitcase?
Backpack.