Sunday, July 27, 2008

The District Social House

Because it was a grey morning, hinting rain at any moment, I felt the desire to be walking in the rainforest. Go figure. An excursion to Lynn Canyon gave the perfect reason to check out The District on the way. The restaurant is small-ish but not cramped. Me, I like sitting in those cozy window seats. Dubbed ‘social house’ by night, The District has a very keen selection of brews, however, not appropriate for a Sunday morning hike. What we did need was some sustenance.

My Brunch Bowl delivered – fried potatoes topped with marzano tomato relish, chorizo sausage, 2 fried eggs, and then hollandaise sauce. The taste was fantastic, the tomato relish was smoky, slightly spicy, full flavoured, it made the dish. My dining partners had the Brunch Benny (same as my bowl, but sitting on top of a English muffin) and the Omelette w/ Goat Cheese and Mushrooms. Espresso-style coffees (mine a decaf Americano) came with free refills. Thumbs up.

13 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Brunch hours: Saturday/Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 20, 2008


After breakfast today, I was on my way to a bellydance workshop, so you might appreciate that I wanted to eat lightly. Sejuiced came to mind.

Sejuiced is a small spot focused on health food – serving juices, smoothies and a simple vegan/vegetarian menu. Both the breakfast menu and the regular menu are available all day. Breakfast items include omelettes, granola, tofu scrambles and fruit cups. I had their Breakfast Burrito which is normally prepared with tofu, but I requested scrambled eggs instead. The burrito is basic, but tasty, seasoned by their homemade ketchup. On the other hand, my dining partner was looking for something more substantial. He chose to have the Spinach and Feta Omelette which comes with their signature salad and rye toast. He also filled up with the Blue Lagoon smoothie.

Food is ordered at the counter, cafeteria-style, and is served up quickly.

1958 West 4th Avenue
Breakfast hours:
Monday to Friday: 9:00 a.m. to
Saturday, Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Old Town Café (Bellingham)

We were camping this weekend near Bellingham, but not even camping will keep me from my breakfast adventures. The Old Town Café stands in (you guessed it) the Old Town district of Bellingham. For those not familiar with B’ham, the area is a mix between Seattle-like historical architecture and a Victoria-like hippie vibe. Same applies to the café. The ambience was country-charm, enhanced by the live bluegrass acoustic ensemble playing. We loved this place, it is a bonafide breakfast joint.

The menu emphasizes organic, natural and homemade foods with a definite nod to the southwest. Black beans, salsa, chilies, biscuits, and tortillas run throughout. Eggs and potatoes are organic, as available. Choices for bread include whole wheat, organic sourdough, rye or corn tortillas – sourced from four different local bakeries. There are plenty of selections to accommodate vegan/vegetarian lifestyles. While we all enjoyed our breakfast dishes, highlights were the whole wheat toast, the homemade black beans, and the chicken sausages.

Bonus for young ones – a skookum play area.

316 W Holly Street, Bellingham, WA
Breakfast hours:
Monday to Saturday: 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Sunday, July 6, 2008

Slickity Jim’s Chat ’n’ Chew (CLOSED)

UPDATE (11/12/09): Slickety Jim’s is now a part of Vancouver history due to a massive fire which completely destroyed the restaurant. RIP.
Slickity Jim’s is well-known on the breakfast circuit. What this means is lineups are usual on weekends. We showed up early for a Sunday (9:00 a.m.) and were seated immediately, however, there was a bit of delay in having our order taken. This gave us lots of time to peruse the menu which has entertainment value unto itself. Cleverly written descriptions of the menu items prompted small chuckles.

Today, we were in a bit of a hurry and our server assured us our order would come out quickly. I appreciated her reaction to our pressure - no attitude, just understanding. And gratefully, she was correct, and our order did come up tout de suite. Meanwhile, this gave us time to take in the surroundings. The decor is quirky, what I called ‘grandma’s attic on acid’.

I had the Revolution Eggs – scrambled eggs, roasted tomatoes, asiago cheese, and ham on corn bread. My dining partner had the Chorizo and Roasted Garlic Benny which came with a generous dozen pieces of roasted garlic. The prices were reasonable, under $10 each.

2513 Main Street
Breakfast hours:

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Café Zen

The warm weather this morning enticed me to go for a swim at Kits Pool, after which I was starving. With a mini-hike up Yew Street eatery-row, I plunked myself down on the small patio at Café Zen. Definite locals vibe.

This is another spot with a sizeable menu – 8 pages of breakie foodstuffs. What I really appreciated about ordering here is that most items are available in half orders, especially the bennys, sanctioning the ability to mix and match. So to play that game, I ordered half Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes and half Eggs Flo Benny - no fries. The pancakes half order was huge, 2 large pancakes, and the benny was quite tasty. However, if I may, toast those English muffins, please.

1631 Yew Street
Breakfast hours: 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Daily