Sunday, February 27, 2011

Bon’s Off Broadway

I cannot believe after living in Vancouver for 22 years, today was the first time I’ve made it to Bon’s. Crazy, but true.

Yes, they’ve been delivering their $2.95 breakfast special for 25 years now. Not much else has changed in the past 25 years, either. I would put money on the fact that it’s still the same tableware (now chipped), tables (now wobbly), decor (80s movie posters and graffiti), paint (mustard yellow), music (rockin’ at high decibels), and carpets (just don’t look). The place is real.

I was fascinated by the broad cross-section of customers (from crusty to cultured), and everyone seemed quite content with their experience. It’s a must-see Vancouver institution – I’m just not sure which kind. ;)

2451 Nanaimo Street
Breakfast hours:
Monday to Friday: 7:00 a.m to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Crème de la Crumb Bakery

While on my way to a meeting this morning, I wanted a quick bite, and this sweet little bakery provided the perfect solution. What caught my eye immediately were the Cinnamon Buns – perfect ratio of dough to filling, more cinnamon-y than sweet, soft chewy texture.

As I was waiting for my bun and tea, the owner let me know that they are known for their scones. There was a great selection: lime and coconut, cranberry and white chocolate, cheddar and apple, apple and cinnamon, vanilla and pear. I was sold. I bought one “to take home”. Ha! Didn’t make it 5 minutes before I tore off a piece.

As I continued to eat my Cheddar and Apple Scone, I heard myself thinking “wow, what a light, fluffy crumb.” Then I thought, “strange, I have never heard myself refer to the “crumb” of a baked good before. Either this bakery has the name (and baking) just right or I’ve been watching too many episodes of the Next Great Baker.” Probably both.

466 Granville Street
Breakfast hours: Monday to Friday, 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Tapenade Bistro (Steveston)

In honour of my recent birthday, I was treated to a lovely brunch by a very special person – my aunt. Because she lives in Richmond, I wanted to take the opportunity to breakfast in charming Steveston. Although the Tapenade Bistro is located on the tourist trail, do not let the location fool you, the food is quality.

For those of you who know me, you know I would never pass up a menu item called "The Piggy” – a bean ragout with pork belly confit, poached eggs and hollandaise. But even more intriguing was the item called “The Piggy Royale”. The menu said “ask your server about the Royale”. So I did. The above with duck confit? She said every time someone ordered it, it made the chef very happy. Wow, duck confit and making someone else happy? Uh, yes, please. Upon first bite, I had one of those moments where I quiver with delight. In fact, I loved every bite from first to last. My aunt’s Bacon and Gruyere Frittata with caramelized onions was also delicious. We ended the meal on a perfect note sharing the Sticky Toffee Pudding.

Afterwards, we strolled the shops around the village. A wonderful time!

3711 Bayview Street, Steveston
Brunch hours: Saturday/Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.