Wednesday, March 27, 2013


Even though the hundredth monkey effect has been “discredited” by scientists, I think a study of local eateries proves otherwise. Why is it that so many of the same type of fooderie pop up at the same general time? Recently, Vancouver has had its taco phenomenon, a fired-oven pizza phase, and now waffles. Five new spots have opened in the last several months, Scandilicious being one of them.

Putting sweet or savoury options atop freshly baked waffles has always been a good idea. I went sweet and savoury by ordering the Valhalla – a Brussels waffle with maple bacon jam, back bacon, bacon bits, and maple syrup. The housemade maple bacon jam was the kicker with subtle spicy heat making it the perfect breakfast dish. They also had some sweet spread options I was eager to try – such as peanut butter caramel or gingerbread spice – however I was already so satisfied, I decided to wait for another time.

I foresee a lot of waffles in my near future.

1340 Commercial Drive
Breakfast hours:
Monday to Saturday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

The Snug Café (Bowen Island)

I am currently writing a book (not breakfast related – though maybe one day), and for that reason among others, I recently moved to Bowen Island. I still operate my business in Vancouver and spend half my week in the city, then I return home to peaceful, spacious, tree-filled Bowen Island.

Today a friend came to visit and we spent the day experiencing many of the highlights Bowen has to offer, starting with breakfast at The Snug. This locals-filled, cozy spot is always busy and chatty. Ordering is done first at the front, and when I chose The Royal (scrambled eggs with salmon, cream cheese, and dill), the owner proclaimed my good taste (and it was good tasting). Then help yourself to the self-serve coffee and tea station, your choice of bagged or loose teas, and grab a seat.

After soaking up the friendly vibes, head out, as we did, and enjoy the 1.5 hour walk around Killarney Lake. On your way back, visit the Knick Knack Nook (thrift store), and then hike up the hill to have a beverage or snack at Artisan Eats. Explore the little shops and galleries, before slowly making your way back through the village and onto the ferry. A most pleasant day for locals and visitors alike.

445 Bowen Island Trunk Road, Bowen Island
Breakfast hours: 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Daily