Sunday, December 20, 2009

Refuel (CLOSED)

I, for one, am very happy that Fuel decided to "take it down a notch". I love the new name (Refuel), the new menu (comfort classics updated), the new prices (economy still in recovery mode), and that they added brunch to the menu (I'm sure it is clear why I am happy about this one).

On Saturdays and Sundays, they do serve their regular lunch menu, plus they have a selective brunch menu to choose from. My guy ordered the Bacon and Egg Sandwich. The bacon, especially, was amazing. No surprise here as these are the same people who run Campagnolo, and if you refer to my post, it is all about the pork there, too.

But we mistakenly ordered the salad instead of the fries. Please, learn from our mistake, get the fries. Though vegetarians beware, the fries are coated in beef tallow for seasoning. The reason we made this choice is because we had decided to share the Refuel Potatoes – delicate pureed potatoes mixed with cheese curds that result in a gooey, stringy mess of cheesy potatoes. I finished off my potatoes with an order of Baked Eggs – mushroom cream, spinach and more cheese. It's the holidays – go big, right?

1944 West 4th Avenue
Brunch hours: Saturday/Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

The New Bohemian (CLOSED)

UPDATE (12/18/11): New ownership, no longer serving brunch.
I had an eye-opening visit to The New Bohemian. I had assumed that this relatively new restaurant was targeted at the local UBC crowd as an evening hot spot focused on music, cocktails and accompanying pub-style food, thus it didn’t hit high on my list of breakfast destinations. Well, once again, I was pleasantly shaken out of my preconceived notions.

First, the space translates very well to the day, it is warm and inviting. Second, our server was amazing - full of personality and warmth - she made the whole experience. And third, I enjoyed the food, which is self-described as "Kitsilano comfort-food", I think an accurate description.

Serving large portions, there are some variations on the usual bennys and omelettes, plus a couple of odd items such as my Eggel Bagel. On a perfectly toasted bagel were caramelized onions and red peppers, topped with eggs scrambled with cheese, and then topped with Capicola ham. But the absolute highlight were the side of potatoes - wedged shaped potatoes deep-fried into crunchy goodness topped with fresh rosemary - yum!

3162 West Broadway
Breakfast hours: Saturday/Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
No Photos :(

Saturday, December 5, 2009


To maintain the integrity of my breakfast blog (read with tongue-in-cheek), I have to disclose that I have been to Enigma before. In fact, it was the very first breakfast place I went to when this whole adventure began. Going against my own rules about having to go somewhere new, I felt called to revisit this spot for several reasons. Firstly, I was not actually writing the blog when I first went, so I did not have any photos. Secondly, the original visit was done with a completely different mindset. Lastly, I was wanting to update my previous experience.

This whole adventure, which started over two and a half years ago, has taught me one giant lesson. The lesson being that any experience I have is in direct relation to the mindset with which I approach the experience. I have noticed that when I approach a new place with an open mind, I have a positive experience. When I approach a place with a preconceived idea, or a closed mind, I tend to have a less positive experience. It is just breakfast, but I have learned a lot along the way about how I perceive life.

About the breakfast, Enigma still has their complimentary banana bread, an excellent feature. And a solid breakfast menu, serving the likes of the Hungry Man Breakfast – waffles, bacon, sausages, eggs and potatoes.

4397 West 10th Avenue
Brunch hours: Saturday/Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.