Saturday, February 8, 2014

Provence Mediterranean Grill

The eldest sibling of the Provence family of restaurants, Provence Mediterranean Grill was the perfect location for my aunt and I to host our biennial birthday brunch. We share close birth dates and every couple of years or so we are actually organized enough to get together and celebrate.

This outlet of Provence is casually elegant, if such a paradox exists. They serve a refined clientele, which is an apt description of their menu, as well. They are noted for their antipasti bar, but, of course, I wanted traditional brunch. My Croque Monsieur Benedict was as mentioned – elegant and refined. My aunt’s Pancetta Fritatta looked delicious, but I forgot to ask her opinion of it as we were preoccupied with family stories.

The small restaurant was crowded, which our server attributed to the fact that Family Day has made this Canada’s newest favourite long weekend. We were but one amongst many mixed parties of nieces, aunts, and grandmas out to enjoy a classy brunch.

4473 West 10th Avenue
Brunch hours: Saturday/Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie (Kits)

Although I was working only a couple of blocks away and thus made for a convenient stop for a quick bite, truly it was the fact that the 4th Annual Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival is on is what drew me into Thomas Haas today.

“The Campfire” Hot Chocolate was high on my list of must-try drinks. Thomas Haas’ hot chocolate is already famous unto itself, but the addition of smoky caramel, smoked sea salt, and vanilla marshmallow elevated it to “blazing” status. I couldn’t drop in without also enjoying their other legendary creation – the Double Baked Almond Croissant. And what are croissant, really, but a great reason to eat butter – lots and lots of butter.

Meeting a human’s basic needs for fire and fleshly delights, it was all very civilized.

2539 West Broadway Avenue
Breakfast hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.