Sunday, April 28, 2013


I’m beginning to wonder if I have a lot of (hotel) travelling in my near future. You’ve heard me say it before and I’ll say it again – I love hotel restaurants! Is this weird? Am I the only one? I love the mixed crowd of locals and tourists, especially the tourists. I can feel their excited anticipation of yet another day of adventure, open to whatever unfolds. There always seems to be a heightened sense of lightness and fun in these types of establishments. Forage was no different.

Forage is located in the Listel Hotel, taking space from what used to be O’Douls. Though they are not known for their location, but instead for their food philosophy. They were recently given the “Green Award” from Vancouver Magazine. They emphasize sustainability by using locally-sourced food products, enacting energy and water conservation principles, and composting. Though, the only aspect we are able to see is the food. And it is beauteous.

My friend knew right away that she wanted the Turkey Sausage Hash. I had trouble choosing as I wanted to try several dishes, and after talking my friend into sharing breakfast dessert, I went with the Seafood Chowder, so that I would have room for the Pumpkin Brioche French Toast. My plan worked perfectly.

1300 Robson Street
Breakfast hours:
Monday to Friday: 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Saturday/Sunday: 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Brunch hours:
Saturday/Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Commune Café

I was on my way from here to there this morning, running errands on foot, and Commune Café was in between my destinations – sort of. As I sat waiting for my meal watching the busy vehicle morning commuter traffic on both Seymour and Nelson Streets, it struck me how different the restaurant would feel if it were situated overlooking a park or the water. Those settings would serve to amplify its simplicity in design and clean aesthetic.

The idea behind the Commune Café is to bring people together, which is why, obviously, the seating area is monopolized by a communal table. I guess I wasn’t feeling communal today as I settled myself into one of the four booths instead. My Corned Beef Hash was enough to share, however. A substantial amount of potatoes with a generous sprinkling of corned beef, caramelized onions, and steamed kale, topped with two poached eggs and hollandaise.

Full up, I was ready to hit the pavement again and carry on to my next stop.

1002 Seymour Street
Breakfast hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Solly’s Bagelry

I wanted a quick breakfast today, so I walked over to the nearby Solly’s Bagelry (there are three locations around town). They identify themselves as a homestyle Jewish bakery and deli, their specialty being bagels - boiled and baked in the traditional way. I prefer these type of bagels - the soft, chewy, dense texture with the crusty exterior.

Breakfast options are several different egg-wiches. My Roasted Veggie Eggel consisted of onions, peppers, and mushrooms over scrambled eggs topped with melted cheddar, my choice of bagel (always sesame). If I had been thinking clearly, I would have added a shmear of cream cheese. I also opted for a potato latke for an extra $1.50.

The thought kept popping into my head that this would be good hangover food.

368 West 7th Avenue
Breakfast hours:
Monday to Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.