Sunday, November 22, 2009


Autentico? I have no idea. Popular? Yes. Havana is one of the most frequented spots on the Drive. Inside the restaurant was packed, so we huddled with others outside on the covered, heated patio. Even on a cold, windy, rainy Vancouver winter day, the patio was full. It wasn’t much of a hardship, really. The Hot Chocolate was warming, the service was swift, and the food was served up quickly.

On the menu are variations on the theme of chorizo, beans, eggs and rice. The Chorizo Hash with onions, peppers, and tomatoes came with poached eggs topped with hollandaise. My breakfast – the Spanish Frittata – was the same ingredients, just in a different form.

1212 Commercial Drive
Breakfast hours: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Daily

Sunday, November 8, 2009

The Buffet at River Rock

I love a diner dive as much as the next person, however, today I was feeling “delicate” and wanted white linens and big picture windows to feel sheltered from the grey, drizzly rain. My guy said, “yeah, but those kind of places serve small portions.” The solution – a buffet. I get my white linens, he gets his portions – everybody happy. For the gorging, available are: your standard breakfast items, an omelette station, Chinese items, an extensive salad bar and a dessert bar.

The River Rock Casino does a brisk business, morning, noon and night. I could say I wasn’t surprised at how busy the casino was at 10:30 on a Sunday morning, but, really, I was a little surprised. The River Rock Casino Hotel has been under massive renovations for the past year. To be unveiled soon, the new hotel lobby promises to be a show stopper. Speaking of shows, there are some high profile performers comin’ up at the River Rock Show Theatre – Bill Cosby, Bill Maher and Jay Leno.

8811 River Road, Richmond
Brunch hours: Sunday: 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

White Spot (Kitsilano)

Move along, folks, move along. Nothing new to see here. This morning, when I said, “let’s go to White Spot”, my partner said, “really? You want to go to White Spot?" For those who know me well, it goes without saying that I prefer independent eateries to chains.

But driving my decision this morning was, one, laziness and, two, a craving for a traditional breakfast. I didn’t feel like travelling too far from home just to have eggs and sausages. Although, to be fair, White Spot began as an original. As the story goes, it all started at the lookout point on SW Marine Drive, where ol’ Nat Bailey served food from his Model T truck, which he had transformed into a travelling lunch counter. And from those modest beginnings grew the BC empire we know it as today. It’s familiar, it’s breakfast.

2518 West Broadway
Breakfast hours: 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Daily