Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Artisan Eats (Bowen Island)

A personal mission led me to Bowen Island today. So close to the city, yet so far in terms of pace of life. As soon as I was on the ferry, I felt as though I was able to breathe deeper. The short 20 minute crossing is long with spectacular scenery. The adjective I’d used most to describe things on Bowen is charming - the beach cottages, the local library, small church, the shops and restaurants.

Artisan Eats is located in Artisan Square, just up the hill from the village, and is surrounded by other small businesses such as a chocolatier, yoga studio, art gallery and more. The café’s appeal was aided by today’s streaming sun and distant views of the sparkling blue ocean. The visual feast continued when our Breakfast Hash and Breakfast Skillet were presented. After leisurely enjoying breakfast and on our way out, I couldn’t help but ogle the baked goods and I was so intrigued by the unusual combination, I bought a Banana Chocolate Basil Muffin to go. The combo is delicious!

539 Artisan Lane, Bowen Island
Breakfast hours:
Monday to Friday: 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

The Gallery Café at the VAG

You may (or may not) have noticed that I had disappeared for the past couple of months. This has been the longest break from breakfasting since I started this blog over 5 years ago. What can I say other than sometimes life takes an unexpected left turn and it can take a while to find one’s way back.

It was such a long break that I forgot to check my camera batteries so, alas, no photographs of breakfast. It truly is a shame because if a place deserves photographing, it’s this one. It’s Vancouver’s “not so secret” secret garden patio. The garden setting is perfect for enjoying warm, sunny days with other art enthusiasts. Dense foliage masks the urban sights of pavement and highrises, while piped-in music softens the car honking noises. Birds seem familiar with the routine and politely wait until you are finished your meal before pecking around your plate.

The food is served cafeteria style – yes, grab a tray and yes, the food is microwaved. Offerings are more lunch than breakfast, however, we managed to find many items to our liking. I had the Ham, Swiss, and Leek Quiche followed by a slice of Sour Cherry Frangipane, while my friend enjoyed her Spinach and Mushroom Quiche and finished with Blueberry Streusel Pie.

750 Hornby Street (level 2 at the VAG)
Breakast hours:
Monday to Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 9:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.