Monday, December 13, 2010

Coffee Cup Café (Boulder City, NV)

What trip to Vegas is complete without a drive in the desert and a visit to the Hoover Dam? Inspired by one of my TV guilty pleasures – Diners, Drive-ins and Dives – we stopped at the Coffee Cup Café in Boulder City just a few miles before the dam. This spot is classic, what I would consider a typical small town diner.

The menu is also classic, serving up breakfast fare with southern and southwestern influences. We were extremely happy with our choices of the Pork Chili Verde Omelet and the Chicken Fried Steak, each served with your choice of hash browns or a short stack.

Even as a tourist, I felt the connection to the community here – a table full of local firefighters, elderly patrons sitting at the counter reading the paper, the sign guy out front fixing up the front window while neighbours stopped by to chat. I came for the food, stayed for the love.

512 Nevada Way, Boulder City, NV
Breakfast hours: 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Daily
www.worldfamouscoffeecup.com
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Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Buffet at Wynn (Las Vegas, NV)

I think I used up my lifetime supply of the phrase “wow!” during our stay in Vegas.
It seemed as though every corner turned induced a new need to say “wow!” and I believe I used the most “wow!”s at the Wynn Las Vegas. I won’t even bother to try and describe the beauty of the hotel, you’ll just have to go see it for yourself.

Today was a momentous birthday for my guy, and we started the day off with what was promised as the best buffet in Vegas. Oh, it delivered, and then some!

The range of food was staggering and the execution was perfection. Stations included: salads, charcuterie, breads, fired-oven pizzas, breakfast (benedicts, crab frittatas, sausages, bacon, pancakes, waffles, strawberry or blueberry compotes, peach chutney pork belly pancakes), made-to-order omelets, carvery (housemade prime rib and pepper-crusted bacon), fruits and cereals, seafood (including 5 types of ceviche), plus full-on Italian, Indian, and Chinese stations. And to finish it all off, an extensive dessert bar which included cakes, cookies, gelato, bread puddings, cinnamon buns, parfaits, and pies!

Going early is definitely recommended to beat the hour-long lineups. And make sure you have lots of time, a leisurely breakfast will make the most of your $31.95!

3131 Las Vegas Boulevard S, Las Vegas
Breakfast buffet hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Brunch buffet hours: Saturday/Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
www.wynnlasvegas.com
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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Hash House A Go Go (Las Vegas, NV)

It took one airplane ride, two taxis, two looooong city bus rides, and a whole lot of walking to make it the the locally infamous Hash House A Go Go. As with most of my Vegas experiences, the process of getting there was mildly painful, but the end result was so worth it! And I would do it all over again, easily, just to enjoy the Snickers Flapjacks and Sage Fried Chicken Benedict.

The flapjack (that's “pancake” to us Canucks) was at least 14 inches in diameter and came loaded with pockets of melted chocolate, caramelized sugar, and toasted peanuts. Seriously good. For my fried chicken benedict, OK, here goes, starting from the bottom... a whack of mighty tasty mashed potatoes, topped with 2 amazing fluffy biscuits, then a layer each of griddled mozzarella, spinach, tomatoes, bacon, eggs, 2 HUGE pieces of delectable fried chicken, then fried hash browns, all crowned with a chipotle hollandaise. It was awesome! Do I need to mention that I wasn't even in the ballpark of eating the entire thing?

If you go, please take this advice to heart - these plates are for sharing! The photos do not convey the ginormousnous of these jaw-dropping portions. As I watched the madness being delivered to table after table, I was seriously wide-eyed the whole time. And lovin’ it. Everything in Vegas is designed to be a spectacle – even breakfast.

6800 West Sahara Ave, Las Vegas
Breakfast hours: 7:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m., Daily

www.hashhouseagogo.com
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Saturday, December 4, 2010

LanaLou’s

I feel as though I did not do my due diligence today. I was intrigued by the location, the decor, and the story behind LanaLou’s, but I was so wrapped up in my own storytelling over my Apple Pie Stuffed French Toast, I missed out on exploring all of the above. Surface facts... Menu: frittatas, bennies, and french toasts with plenty of veggie options. Location: slightly dodgy (this is a plus in my books). Decor: eclectic (also a plus, I love character), i.e. church pews, chandeliers and a book collection. Backstory: No idea, I'm sure it’s a good one.

I think LanaLou’s will shine particularly as a music venue. I say this because of the great stage and vibe of the space, and because my very discerning friend was ecstatic over the playlist of tunes throughout our breakfast. Hopefully there will be live music during breakfast soon!

362 Powell Street
Breakfast hours: Saturday/Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Teresa’s Cafe (CLOSED)

Update 08/28/11: Teresa's is now closed due to a building demolition.
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My partner summed up our entire breakfast experience at Teresa’s with two words – “no frills”. Ironically enough, the three gentlemen sitting beside us obviously worked at the No Frills Grocery (they were wearing the shirts) across the street in the Denman Place Mall.

This cafe caters to those who want a basic breakfast for a basic price where service and ambience are nonissues. The daily specials (A, B, C, D, E, or F) offer the best choices. My Special A came with 2 pancakes, 2 sausages and 2 eggs for $4.95. Keepin’ it simple.

1005 Denman Street
Breakfast hours: 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Daily
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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Lucy’s Eastside Diner

What is it about retro diners serving up comfort food that makes us all flock in droves to places like Lucy’s? Are we so nostalgic for a previous era that we are willing to wait in line just to experience a glimpse of our childhoods? Yup. The line did move quickly – be aware that the small space is set up to accommodate twosomes, primarily at counter-type seating. Personally, I like sitting at counters, it makes me feel part of a community.

My favourite part of the menu is that you can order breakfast, lunch, or dinner 24 hours a day. We went with the Chorizo Hash and the Lucy’s Scramble (onions, bacon and cream cheese). While we did stick to breakfast this morning, I had my eye on items such as the Fried Chicken Dinner or the Meatloaf Sammy. The next time I need my 80s fix, I’ll be back.

2708 Main Street
Breakfast hours: All day, everyday (24/7)
www.lucyseastsidediner.com
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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Kirin Restaurant (Alberni St)

I am a little embarrassed to say that I have not been for Dim Sum since I was 10 years old. I finally corrected this grave error this morning. Gratefully I went with a friend who showed me the ropes and, at my request, she chose traditional items which were “not too weird” (my words). My slight apprehension (and ignorance) proved ridiculous as everything we ate was delicious.

At Kirin, Dim Sum is ordered from a menu rather than the traditional circulating carts. I can see pros and cons of each method. I rather enjoy having the time to read the menu and wrap my head around each dish, while others would delight more in the spontaneous picking and choosing. I am trying to think which dishes were the highlights, but honestly I enjoyed them equally. What surprised me was the combined complexity yet subtlety of flavours. If I did have to pick one that stood out, it was the Deep Fried Taro with Ground Pork. No, wait, it was the Sticky Rice wrapped in Lotus Leaf. Oh, right, it was the Scallop and Prawn Dumpling...

I cannot wait to Dim Sum again.

1172 Alberni Street
Dim Sum hours: Saturday/Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
www.kirinrestaurants.com
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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Damien’s Belgian Waffle Factory

Today was a glorious Fall day and we were riding one of my favourite bike rides in the entire city – the Richmond West Dyke Trail. I love this ride, there is something mystical about the combination of wildlife, sea, sky and mountain views. And where else in Vancouver can one see Belted Galloway cows?!

Admittedly, along the way I was distracted as I had my mind on the waffles waiting for us at Damien’s Belgian Waffle Factory in Steveston. Don’t let the term “factory” throw you off. While it is a production facility (I won’t name which top restaurant sources here), it is better described as a hole-in-the-wall shop. They have many flavours of their Liege waffles – matcha, chai, vanilla, and more, but my favourite is the maple. Their “all-day breakfast” includes waffle, berries, whipped cream and tea for $6.

We were perfectly content enjoying our breakfast and tea out front at the only table while soaking up the sun. Lovely.

3891 Chatham Street, Steveston
Breakfast hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
www.damienswaffles.ca
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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Pane Vero Bakery and Café

It’s important to note the word “bakery” in the name of this place. Emphasis here is on the baked goods, and rightly so. Their scones (blueberry or cheddar), croissants (almond, butter, chocolate, or chocolate almond), muffins, cookies, and more are all tantalizingly displayed to impress.

Look further to find the breakfast/brunch menus, but do not mistake the food as an afterthought. The Beneficial Benny, served up on a nine-grain bun with a nice hollandaise, was loaded with spinach, sautéed mushrooms and caramelized onions accompanied by pan-fried potatoes. Other interesting items available, which incorporate their awesome baking, are french toast or their unique breakfast buns.

952 Commercial Drive
Breakfast hours:
Monday to Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

www.panevero.com
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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Lolita’s

Obscure fact: I like to look up words in dictionaries. Today’s brunch inspired me to look up the word “Lolita”: a precociously seductive girl. Makes sense. When she first arrived on the scene 5 years ago, she was definitely seductive. One had to lineup for brunch in the hopes to bask briefly in her presence, and once you’d eaten, to be shooed away as quickly as you’d arrived. And then, without warning, she disappeared – no brunch.

Well, she’s back. Perhaps a little mellower in her later years. We were told “it’s relatively quiet during the brunch hours”. This suited me just fine as I, too, have matured and prefer a quieter scene. But she is still offering the same great food I remember from before. My Huevos Rancheros were excellent: a mole sauce, layered with crispy tortillas, black beans, topped with two eggs over easy and perfect renditions of guacamole and pico de gallo salsa. My friend felt equally happy over her Huevos Rueveltos.

If you’re craving a little Latin love, Lolita still delivers.

1326 Davie Street
Brunch hours: Saturday/Sunday: 11:00 to 3:00 p.m.
www.lolitasrestaurant.com
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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Trixi’s Crepes

Simplicity rules at this little crêperie and coffeehaus. Run by a husband-and-wife team, it feels as though you’ve walked into their little country cottage, but in the heart of the Cambie Village.

When my veggie friend suggested we have breakfast today, I chose Trixi’s because of its multitude of vegetarian-friendly options. Crêpes are divided into sweet or savoury offerings. I had my eye on the peanut butter and nutella crêpe, but my need for salt ruled. Instead I had the number 23 – ham, tomato, mushroom and swiss. Simply prepared, simply presented. Salt depletion avoided successfully.

3306 Cambie Street
Breakfast hours:
Monday to Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday to Saturday: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
www.trixiscrepes.ca
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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Choppers Diner (CLOSED AGAIN)

UPDATE (09/25/11): I haven’t seen with my own eyes, but rumour has it that they are permanently closed again. Sigh.
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They’re back! Same owners. Same menu. Same great food. NEW location. Decorated in biker black, this space has a homier feel than the last – a rec room vibe. The fab front patio is an added bonus. I am only guessing that it’s much more modest size might mean much more modest rent. Which, I am hoping, means this time they are here to stay.

Even with the ever-so-small price increases, these are incredibly valued breakfasts. Note: Cash only. My English Breakfast came with 2 eggs, 3 sausages, garlicky roasted potatoes, 2 slices of whole wheat toast, parmesan grilled tomatoes and baked beans – all for $7.50. Be sure to ask for some of their homemade jam. I noticed that we ordered the exact same thing the first time we went, unintentionally. I guess old habits do die hard.

“Psst, hey, you folks lining up at Bon’s – over here.”

2545 Nanaimo Street
Breakfast hours: Tuesday to Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
www.choppersdiner.com
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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Plöger Delikatessen

A husband and wife team have moved their family deli enterprise from Frankfurt, Germany to little ol’ Kitsilano. Why? I’m not sure. But, yay for us. Even without having any distinct connection to my own partial-German heritage, there is something about the offerings that feels like pure comfort food to me.

The Quiche Lorraine, charged by the 100g, is the best quiche I’ve had in this city. They also have spinach or onion options. And I can never pass up a schnitzel, especially in sandwich form. This one comes with crusty bread, tangy mayo and a briny, tart pickle – a perfect combo. But more than anything, the baked goods cry out to me. Again, I have no childhood memories of any of their particular goods, yet they seem so familiar – Banana Cake, Lemon Coconut Cookies, and Raspberry Cream Cheese Danish – all fantastic.

Is tendency to particular baked goods in our genes? This place makes me believe.

1900 West 1st Avenue
Breakfast hours: 9:00 a.m. to
www.ploeger.de
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Monday, July 12, 2010

Uva Espresso Bar

Uva (translated from Italian as “grapes”) has what Italy is famous for – style. A wine bar by night, Uva is transformed into an espresso bar by day. Though daylight does not outshine the sleek chrome and leather stylings, nor the charm of the staff.

The breakfast menu here is selective –  a few egg dishes, a few cereal dishes – yet all created with an obvious love of ingredients and flair. While the food is precise, emphasis appears to be on the beverages with special care in the preparation of their espresso drinks. Uva strikes me as the place I’d want to be on a gloomy day enjoying a latté, luxuriating in the deep wingback chairs, and watching the rain come down.

900 Seymour Street
Breakfast hours: 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Monday to Friday
7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Saturday/Sunday
www.uvawinebar.ca
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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Floyd’s Diner (Victoria)

A quick visit with my Mom in Victoria on our way to camping at Nitinat Lake yielded a breakfast stop at Floyd’s. Random celeb photos hanging on the walls mixed with the odd biker paraphernalia equals casual breakfast joint. Our server was very friendly and accommodating when my Mom asked to take pictures of her tattoos.

The menu is the typical 4-pager with multiple classic breakfast, benny, and omelette options. The highlight of the meal was my Mom’s American Idol Benny. Mostly because if you knew my Mom, you would know how obsessed she is with American Idol and when she saw this item on the menu, there was no other choice. She agreed that the description was accurate, “After this your hunger, like the winners, will fade into obscurity”.

866 Yates Street, Victoria, BC
Breakfast hours:
www.floyds-diner.com
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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Flying Swan Coffeehouse

Confusingly known by many names – Blue Moon Café or Flying Swan Coffeehouse or Blue Moon Flying Swan – this coffeehouse has been family owned since 1962, originally started by a husband and wife who immigrated from China. I have passed by this spot 100’s of times without much notice, my only real memory is having seen hundreds of bikers parked out front at one time. After visiting this morning and learning their story, now I understand why. Their daughter, Julia, was the obvious driving force here for a long time and the place was done up to match her love of riding (toy motorcycles everywhere). Sadly killed in a motorcycle accident in 2005, the Flying Swan now seems to be a tribute to her. In-house today were the original owner, who’s now Grandma, and working were, what seemed to be, the grandkids.

A huge breakfast menu is served all day, and Chinese dishes are prevalent on the rest of the menu. The food and ambience are definitely biker diner dive, but in the most positive ways – casual, fast, locals-friendly, pretension-free and cheap.

Go without expectation and you might be rewarded with an adventure.

1724 West 4th Avenue
Breakfast hours: Thursday – Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
www.bluemoonflyingswan.com
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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Brown Dog Café

The Brown Dog Café specializes in breakfast and lunch, both served all day. This mom-and-two-daughters-shop opened in the Point Grey Village just a couple months ago taking over a space that, over the years, has been, shall we say, “challenged” by its curb appeal? They’ve done their best to brighten up this hole-in-the-wall place.

Their focus is home style especially with their DIY service – order at the counter, get your own cutlery, water and condiments. Following through with home-style breakfasts, our Little Dog Breakfast and German Apple Pancakes were generous in portion and enough to satisfy.

Handy if you’re in the neighbourhood.

4544 West 10th Avenue
Breakfast hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Daily
www.browndogcafe.ca
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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Acme Café

It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day. I have a sense of my age when I find myself walking around this part of town and I am feeling good. It’s not just me, but families with young babes in strollers are walking around, too. And we are walking to the Acme Café, recently opened, just two blocks from the infamous corner of Main and Hastings. Years ago this would have been outside the realm of ordinary and perhaps even unwise.

Today this diner fits right into the burgeoning scene of this ’hood, serving up classics such as meatloaf and mac and cheese. Though more modern than retro, they assembled a strong design team, and I like their look, a lot. Their breakfast menu is pared, but has a few signature items such as Toast à la Aunt Sue and Smoked Salmon Panini. To me, the baked goods steal the show. Homemade oreo cookies, scones, butter tarts, chocolate torte, croissants, and have you heard? They have pie. We finished our breakfast with the Apple Crumble Pie. It arrived toasty warm, oozing with apples and wafting with cinnamon.

If nothing else, go for the pie. Wow.

51 West Hastings Street
Breakfast hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
www.acmecafe.ca
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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Yucca Tree Café (White Rock)

The Victoria Day long weekend is when we make our annual pilgrimage to Langley to buy our heirloom tomato, vegetable and herb plants for the season. Why Langley? There is something we find so utterly delightful in touring “farm country” – grand vistas, gorgeous meadows, luxurious and rustic homes and barns, horses, cows, sheep, donkeys, vineyards, apple orchards, and more. Of course, I am referring to South Langley not the City of Langley.

The first stop is usually Vista D’oro Farms. So to have breakfast on the way meant a stop in White Rock at the Yucca Tree Café. Listening to the conversations between the staff and the customers, it was obvious that many of the patrons had been coming here for years, we were likely 20 to 30 years younger than the rest. The decor and the food are well suited to the clientele – it’s like a café you might find in a small country town.

We enjoyed our home-cooked food and the friendly staff.

1347 Johnston Road, White Rock
Breakfast hours:
Yelp Site
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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Milestone’s (4th Avenue)

Today was Mother’s Day. Meaning that brunch places were full! We decided to go somewhere “under the radar” to avoid the crush. I would have never expected to need a reservation at Milestone’s, though without one, we were able to have a table only because we showed up early. After I thought about it, it was understandably busy as I think Milestone’s is a “safe bet” for many families. Our dishes of Prime Rib Hash and Eggs Milestones were well executed, but neutral enough to appeal to the average person.

Because we weren’t actually with our Moms today, instead, we reminisced about our childhood. Truly, after all that mothers give to us and they only get one day in return?! Ingratitude.

2966 West 4th Avenue
Brunch hours: Saturday/Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
www.milestonesrestaurants.com
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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Bert’s Restaurant (CLOSED)

Update 02/05/12: Bert’s is now closed.
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Bert’s Restaurant is about history. Having started over 60 years ago as a 24-hour coffee shop, it grew into a full-fledged restaurant in 1969. After Bert’s retirement, the restaurant was bought and run by a Greek family. They, too, have since retired and, more recently, Bert’s was taken over by a long-time customer. Though, I don’t believe much else has changed since 1969. There is something oddly comforting about the place. That in our rapidly changing times, there are still these anomalous places which remain untouched by modernity. An anchor to our own past.

The menu, the service, the decor are as straight-forward as you imagine. Go for good value bacon, eggs and coffee.

2904 Main Street
Breakfast hours:
www.bertsrestaurant.com
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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Bandidas Taqueria

Bandidas falls into the category of another “pleasant surprise”. For whatever reason, I was expecting a dive-y, hole-in-the-wall kinda place. Instead I found a charming space full of character and characters. Everyone from hipsters to farmers were packed into this buzzing space decorated with recycled furniture and local art.

Before I go any further, I should mention that Bandidas is vegetarian. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I just thought I should let you know in case you show up expecting carnitas or de lengua. Their philosophy is a more “sustainable” bent. The menu is several plays on huevos and frijoles. The Hicks Benny was a rainbow of colours – yellow cornbread muffins topped with guacamole, eggs and green tomatillo salsa accompanied by pink-ish pinto beans, roasted orange yams and potatoes, and purple cabbage. My friend’s Pineapple French Toast, while decidedly more monochromatic, was just as tasty.

We left feeling super satisfied.

2781 Commercial Drive
Brunch hours: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Daily
www.bandidastaqueria.com
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Friday, April 2, 2010

La Petite France

After several attempts to meet (life happens), my friend and I finally connected at La Petite France. I chose the location based upon the fact that it was only footsteps from her place. This patisserie serves traditional French pastries and for breakfast, a simple menu of croque madame et monsieur, omelette, quiche or crepes.

Because sweets are their specialty, we couldn’t resist dessert and we sampled the madeleines and macarons. Although, the sweetest aspect of the place was our très French server, and the miscommunications due to the language barrier were comical and charming.

2655 Arbutus Street
Breakfast hours: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Daily
www.lapetite-france.ca
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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Yew Restaurant (at the Four Seasons)

My friend and I both had much to celebrate recently so we thought we would be decadent and partake in the brunch buffet at the Four Seasons. When we arrived, we realized that they are no longer serving their amazing buffet. Wah! Nevertheless, one hardly has to “make do” at the Four Seasons.

Because we had “saved up” for the buffet, we were hungry. We each had our own meal and shared a “dessert”. My Eggs Cocotte with creamed spinach and tomatoes were meant to be dipped into with my crispy serrano ham wrapped toast. My friend enjoyed her Wild Mushroom, Asparagus and Goat Cheese Omelette. To share we had the Raisin Brioche French Toast.

Even though food is an essential part of any celebration, buffet or no buffet, I am always reminded that it is people who make every experience truly special.

791 West Georgia Street (enter on Howe Street)
Brunch hours: Saturday/Sunday: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
www.fourseasons.com
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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Pourhouse

Gastown is changing (not a newsflash I realize). In eras gone by, the only draw that ever got me to Gastown was the Town Pump. In more recent years, quality restaurants, hipster clothing shops and other boutique businesses have moved in, turning Gastown into a true destination.

One of these new restaurants is the Pourhouse. Many rave about it - mostly regarding its swank speakeasy decor and related acumen as a beverage purveyor. I guess the name of the establishment is a clue, right? Not to worry, the food deserves praise as well. The menus are meat-centric, but, luckily, my veggie friend I invited along had some options. My Fried Egg Sandwich on brioche with cheese and bacon came with delicious hashed browned potatoes – grated potato and onion grilled to crispy brown. I suppose it, too, could have easily been made veggie with the removal of the bacon. But a life without pig? Nah.

162 Water Street
Brunch hours: Saturday/Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.
www.pourhousevancouver.com
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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Jethro’s Fine Grub

We were driving home last night along Dunbar Street when I spotted it! “Heyyyyyyyy! (Visualize my head turning on a swivel as we drove by.) There’s a new breakfast place!” It was a happy moment.

That happy moment was surpassed by an even happier moment this morning when we visited. “Cute!” was my initial impression. “All right!” was my next thought as I perused the 4-page menu – options such as chicken fried steak, pulled pork omelettes, corned beef hash, huevos rancheros, 4 kinds of french toast and 7 kinds of pancakes!

“Whoa!” was our exclamation when our Gold Rush Pancakes (two giant pancakes stuffed with bananas, caramel and pecans) and Chocolate Chip Banana Bread French Toast (smothered in caramelized bananas and whipped butter) hit the table.

The portions are huge and the prices are low. This place is only 2 weeks old, if I were you, I would hit it before the owners figure out they’ve got it backwards.

3420 Dunbar Street
Breakfast hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Daily
www.jethrosfinegrub.com
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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Five Corners Café (White Rock)

After an Olympic-sized hiatus from breakfasting, this weekend marked my return to the sport. Having family in town for the Games led us out to White Rock to visit family friends. What I didn’t know was that White Rock is a hot-bed of breakfast activity. And Five Corners Café is a long-standing gem, a real old-school diner, so old that it’s still cash only. It was a busy spot with one woman running the show. She did admirably as turnover happened fast and no real lines were formed. We unofficially awarded her a medal for her performance.

On the menu, breakfast just the way I like it – old-fashioned, straight-up – pancakes, omelettes, scrambles, bacon and eggs, and hashes. And I liked that I got to choose whether I wanted hash browns (shredded) or pan fries (chunky) as my potatoes.

This is as authentic a breakfast diner as you’ll find anywhere. I was told of several other podium contenders in the neighbourhood. I guess this journey will continue...

1173 Johnston Road, White Rock
Breakfast hours:
Mon to Fri: 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Sat / Sun: 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Timbre

A friend told me that recently she had eaten one of the best bennys ever at Timbre Restaurant. You know I had to go back with her to see for myself.

The Crab Cake Benny arrived looking simply like every other benny I’ve seen at every other joint. But the secret to this dish is the crab cake itself – amazingly flavourful and well-seasoned. My friend and the waitress commiserated over the fact that they would like to try some of the other menu items, yet they order the crab cake benny every time.

The menu also offers items such as elk, corned beef and mipkozola. Huh?! Yes, I had never heard of it either. Mipkozola is inuit air-dried muskox. We didn’t try it today, but perhaps one day we’ll go back and not order the crab cake benny. Perhaps.

2068 Commercial Drive
Brunch hours: Saturday/Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
www.timbrerestaurant.com
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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Sapodilla Restaurant (CLOSED)

UPDATE (03/22/11): Sapodilla is now closed.
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Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. On the surface, Sapodilla appears to be tired and nondescript. Decorated in only what I could think to describe as South Pacific plastic chic. But from this obscurity, the highlights appeared only brighter.

Our servers had a keen sense of humour. The menu was budget-friendly – most meals hovered between $4 to $7. And the pancakes, which we found out were made from scratch, were surprisingly delicious. As soon as they were placed in front of me I knew they were going to taste good because they smelled great.

Even though we chose this place today as a matter of convenience, we were satisfied with our breakfast.

967 West Broadway
Breakfast hours:
Weekdays: 8:30 a.m. to Noon
Weekends: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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Saturday, January 9, 2010

The Well

I would have loved to learned more of the backstory of The Well, but I didn't have my detective hat on today. All I know is that it's relatively new - been open since September – and that it's chef-owned.

I believe it is a chef with some skill as demonstrated by our perfectly cooked eggs. My Florentine Eggs Benedict was topped with soft-poached, oozing eggs, as they should be. My friend ordered medium-poached eggs and they arrived exactly as ordered. Nice. As well, I ordered my English muffin to be "well toasted" and it actually was! I always make this request and am very happy when I find that my preference hasn't fallen on deaf ears. Another friend was quite happy with her waffle.

The space is casual. Perfect for just rolling out of bed and walking up the street to meet your friends. I felt like I was in my Auntie's rec room from my childhood, especially given the amount of children that were also present.

3040 Main Street
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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Alibi Room

Was it just me, or was this the quietest holiday season ever? It seemed like Vancouver was a ghost town. In light of this, I decided to venture downtown today for breakfast, believing that it would be slow, and therefore low-key, and I was right.

Located on the edge of Gastown, the Alibi Room is rightly known as a destination for the beer lover. They specialize in pouring Pacific Northwest brews, the equivalent of the foodie's "100-mile diet". Well-suited to this function, the 100-year-old heritage building provides a great container for the large, open industrial space with views out onto the railway shipping cars and beyond to the North Shore mountains. With the community tables, this would be a great spot for a casual, large group brunch.

The menu is straight-forward - omelettes, scrambles, french toast – something on it for everyone's tastes.

157 Alexander Street
Brunch hours: Saturday/Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
www.alibi.ca
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