Sunday, April 26, 2009

Mon Bella (CLOSED)

NOTE (10/09): Mon Bella's is now closed.

On our way to Granville Island this morning, Mon Bella was an opportune spot to stop for brunch. It is a pretty space on a pretty street - the ambience assisted by the dappling sun shining through the blossoming Cherry trees on a quiet morning.

Mon Bella identifies itself as the world’s first “bistoria”, a blend of Italian trattoria and French bistro. The brunch menu also reflects this composite of cultures. My Pain Perdu with Peaches, Red Pepper Jelly and Cinnamon Crème Fraiche fit into the French category. While my partner’s Italian Benny with Chorizo and Marinara Sauce certainly satisfied the Italian component.

1809 West 1st Avenue
Brunch hours: Saturday/Sunday: 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Wild Wood Bistro & Bar (Whistler)

The Wild Wood Bistro is labelled as a “local’s secret”, and it is, mostly due to its unusual location inside the Whistler Racquet Club. It’s run by the Wild Wood Group, which also operates the Wild Wood Café in Function Junction and Elements (one of my faves) in Whistler Village.

The ambience is a cross between racquet club (duh) and the ubiquitous west coast mountain decor. The show stopper is the two-story windows taking full advantage of the view of both Blackcomb and Whistler mountains. There are outdoor tennis courts and a pool which would be lovely to use in the warmer months.

The food is of great quality – highlights were the farmer’s sausage, multigrain toast, roasted Pemberton potatoes and the must-have Banana Bread French Toast. Yum.

4500 Northlands Boulevard, Whistler
Breakfast hours: 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Daily

Saturday, April 11, 2009

DB Bistro Moderne (CLOSED)

UPDATE (03/22/11): DB Bistro is now closed.
There are some restaurants where the quality of your dining experience depends on you, the diner, to order well. And, if you do so, you will be rewarded with a delectable meal.

My friend graciously agreed to share the Duck Poutine Lyonnaise with me as our appetizer. I don’t think I needed to twist her arm too much, really. I mmmm’d my way through my whole half of the dish. To follow up, she had the Caesar Salad. I chose one of the daily specials Nutella and Pear Crêpes with Chocolate and Vanilla Whipped Creams. Both dishes had great flavour and were executed perfectly. We ordered well.

And while the space was lovely, I had a particular fixation with the tableware, I liked it a lot. My friend had a fixation with the infamous DB Burger being eaten by the gentleman sitting next to us. We both agreed we would be happy to come back to have that burger and to sample the dessert menu.

2551 West Broadway
Brunch hours: Saturday/Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Art’s Place

Art’s Place is a throw back. It has been around for over 30 years and they have the fading wallpaper and burnished leather booths to prove it - all original. From the outside, the storefront is quite unassuming, so it was a surprise to walk in and find both an ice cream parlour and an old school diner.

This place is a family affair - family owned, run and frequented. The age of the clientele ranged from 2 to 82 and most were ordering “their usual”. Our server was positively cheerful and really made the whole experience fun. My guy was in heaven with his Maple Walnut Milkshake - 16 milkshake flavours available.

There’s something about this place that takes you back to a time when life seemed a little more carefree.

2407 West 41st Avenue
Breakfast hours:
Monday to Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.