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.

Saturday, March 13, 2010


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.

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