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)

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.

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.