Sunday, December 30, 2007

Aphrodite’s Organic Café

It was a clear, sunny, beautiful winter Sunday. We were bundled up in our winter biking gear and off for a bike ride around Stanley Park. We figured we had better fuel up before we went on our way. First stop: Aphrodite’s.

I am usually delighted in the food at Aphrodite’s and this morning was no different. In fact, the Mixed Grill Hash was incredible. A savoury mix of potatoes, spinach, tomatoes and organic Oyama sausage topped with two lovely poached eggs. We asked for the spicy version which came with bite-sized pieces of jalapeño. For breakfast ‘dessert’, we shared the daily special Sweet Apple-Pear Compote Crêpes. Topped with fluffy whipped cream.

P.S. If you go, remember to take some organic pie home with you – my favourite pie in the whole city!

3598 West 4th Avenue
Breakfast/brunch hours: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Daily

Monday, December 17, 2007

Nice Café

The name says it all. It’s exactly what it is – a nice café. Inside is cheery and bright with floor to ceiling front windows. It’s simple, it’s breakfast. There are obviously many regulars at this place, as customers were asking the waitress about her family.

The food is what I would call “truck stop classic”. My two eggs, toast, hash browns and sausage came to a whopping total of $4.15. It was worth every penny.

154 East 8th Avenue
Breakfast hours:
Tue-Sat: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sun: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Mon: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Saturday, December 8, 2007

Elixir (CLOSED)

UPDATE (09/23/11): The Elixir has evolved into Cento Notti. ------------------------------------------------------------ The restaurant in the Opus Hotel is a French bistro/brasserie. By the way, what is the difference between a bistro and brasserie? I'll have to look into that. OK, I just did, here we go... Brasserie: an informal usually French restaurant serving simple hearty food. Bistro: a small or unpretentious restaurant. Anyway, the room is cozy and welcoming and does remind me a bit of Paris.

The menu has the usual breakfast items, but come with a unique twist. I had the Poached Eggs Catalan, which included perfectly poached eggs, a deliciously crispy toasted tomato bread, asparagus, lomo embuchado, piquillo-smoked hollandaise, and manchego cheese. I enjoyed it *a lot*! Enough that it overshone several other less-than-ideal details about the restaurant.

350 Davie Street
Breakfast hours:
Breakfast: Daily, 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Brunch: Saturday/Sunday: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Brenda’s French Soul Food (San Francisco)

I know, I know. The blog is called Breakfast in ‘Vancouver’, but I just have to write about the breakfast places I went to in SF because they were great!

This intimate spot (read: small but charming) is located just on the edge of a part of SF known as The Tenderloin. Let’s say that it is the equivalent of Vancouver’s downtown East Side. Colourful characters abound!

I LOVE the menu at Brenda’s, it’s so unique! The *must-have* is the Beignets (New Orleans style doughnuts). There are four kinds - Plain, Chocolate, Granny Smith Apple and Crawfish - yep, crawfish. Thankfully, they serve a sampler plate of all four because missing out on any one kind would have been devastating! They were one of my favourite food memories of SF, by far! Foodgasmic.

We also had the Hangtown Fry (scrambled eggs with bacon and oysters) and the Shrimp and Goat Cheese Omelette. There is a choice of hash or grits and toast or biscuit. Of course, we had them all. Fantastic all around, but the grits and biscuit were outstanding. Oh, I wish for everyone to have Breakfast in San Francisco at Brenda’s!

652 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA
Breakfast hours: Wed-Mon, 8:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Kate’s Kitchen (San Francisco)

Located in the Lower Haight district of SF, Kate’s was a great way to start our day. The place is a funky diner with a young, laid-back staff. The portions at this place are HUGE! They almost seemed a bit ridiculous, actually. Which for me to say that means a lot because I love large portions. I had the New England Flannel Hash which came with generous pieces of *real* corned beef, it was delicious! I was full for the rest of the day and I only ate about half my plate.

471 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA
Breakfast hours:
Mon, Fri: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Tue-Thu: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sat, Sun: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Mama’s (San Francisco)

Locals and tourists alike line up out the door before Mama’s has even opened (as did we). We had a nice chat with a local couple while waiting in line. The owner taking the orders was very friendly and patient. People actually call all day long asking how long the line up is – imagine trying to answer that question every 5 minutes and be friendly about it, which he was. The service was stellar, which, even for a breakfast joint, can elevate the whole experience. I had the Californian M’Omelette, when in Rome, ya know. The bacon was definitely the highlight, it was thick, meaty and perfectly crisped. OK, I give you that the food is not “the best breakfast ever!” as some claim, but I had a *great* breakfast experience.

I’d go back to the down-home comfort of Mama’s in a heartbeat! Especially because we loved our hotel which was right across the street.

1701 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA
Breakfast hours: Tue-Sun: 8:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.