Sunday, May 31, 2009

Cindy’s

I am so grateful to all my friends who indulge me in playing along with my breakfast adventure. Today, we delighted in being with some of our West Vancouverite friends. Cindy’s, a local spot, was suggested by one of them and I might have missed it otherwise. Run by Cindy herself (though not in the house today), it has a very homey vibe – her son is the cook and her family photos hang on the walls.

The breakfast menu runs all day and offers a tempting selection of omelettes and bennys. It just so happens that we all ordered off the fresh sheet – my friends chose the Fresh Fruit Smoothie, Wild Mushroom Benny, Mediterranean Scramble, and No-carb Scramble. Unfortunately no one chose the waffles, they looked amazing. My pick, the Spring Scramble involved asparagus, green onions and a light lemony hollandaise. As well as being tasty, the meals were generous in portion.

We definitely needed the round at Ambleside Pitch and Putt afterwards to walk it off!

1850 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Breakfast hours:
Monday to Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday: 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Juliet’s Café

Juliet’s is a family-run café named in honour of one of the owner’s daughters, photos of his family are proudly displayed throughout the restaurant. And as typical of family-run spots, Juliet’s receives customers of all ages, ranging from newborns to oldtimers. Plenty lively and perfectly casual, a good stop on the way to Kits Beach.

Their garlicky Spinach and Cream Cheese Omelette was tasty, served with their house-made bread and roasted potatoes. I was happy with the house-made granola in my Granola Parfait loaded with plenty of fresh fruit and vanilla yogurt.

1905 Cornwall Avenue
Breakfast hours: til 3:00 p.m., Daily
www.julietscafe.com
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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Stella’s Tap & Tapas Bar

Some destinations are best kept for a sunny day. Inside Stella’s is inviting, but today was sunny and (dare I say) hot, and I much preferred to be on the covered patio overlooking the small (but green) Grandview Park. It’s fun to watch the colourful life of those on the Drive go by.

While the evening menu is designed as tapas to complement their extensive list of Belgian beers, their brunch menu is much more traditional. Some sweet stuff like french toast and waffles, and some savoury such as a choice of bennys and frittatas, plus a nice selection of cravable sandwiches. These, too, would go down nicely with a brew.

1191 Commercial Drive
Brunch hours: Saturday/Sunday/Holidays: 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
www.stellasbeer.com
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Sunday, May 10, 2009

The Fish House in Stanley Park

Mother’s Day! Today I celebrated this occasion with who else?! My Mom. Her two passions are nature and photography so we enjoyed the morning walking around and through Stanley Park camera in hand. I call my Mom “the bird whisperer”, she seems to have a real connection with birds. And true to form as we sat at Beaver Lake in the middle of the park, a beautiful red-winged black bird came and landed right on her foot and looked at her! We laughed in disbelief.

To relax after our 3-hour walk, the perfect choice for brunch was The Fish House in Stanley Park. We had such a great time! We were offered the best seat on the patio enjoying the sunshine that was so kind to visit us today. Our server was positively charming. There was a special brunch menu for Mother’s Day. My Mom is known for ordering Caesar Salad every time she goes to a restaurant, so she was very happy that The Fish House offered an excellent version. Her other favourite food is oysters, and the Oysters Motoyaki flavoured with wasabi mayo, pickled ginger and black sesame were amazing. My Salmon Carpaccio and Shrimp and Pesto Omelette also were hommage to the seafood focus of the menu.

For dessert, we wanted to “just taste” the Ginger Cookie Mascarpone Cheesecake with Pineapple. Arriving at the table looking spectacular, we each took one bite and with eyes wide we looked at each other and started laughing and laughing. We knew in an instant that there was no way a drop of this dessert was going to get left on the plate – it was incredible!

I credit The Fish House for offering one last special touch. Each mother was invited to take home a choice of a potted flower – my Mom chose the begonia. I’m sure it will be planted with care amongst her extensive existing flower garden. Thanks Mom for a wonderful day!

8901 Stanley Park Drive
Brunch hours: Saturday/Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
www.fishhousestanleypark.com
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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Sunset Grill

The Sunset Grill bills itself a “neighbourhood pub and restaurant”, but, really, it is a pub complete with the requisite TVs tuned to the sports network – one tele for each 5 square feet. Even though it was quite early on a Sunday morning, the crowd was quite boisterous, perhaps still celebrating from the night before?

Typical breakfast/pub fare on the menu. My Irish Breakfast came with the works - bacon, sausage, eggs, mushrooms, grilled tomato, potatoes and soda bread. Just down the street was the running of the Vancouver Marathon. We popped over afterwards to cheer on the participants. I’m not sure which habit is more responsible for coronary overload - my love of breakfast or those runners’ love of pounding the pavement. I call it a tie.

2204 York Avenue
Breakfast hours: Saturday/Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
www.sunsetgrillvancouverbc.com
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