April 27th, 2013. Spring Break In The City!

the betty (the burrard hotel)

the betty (the burrard hotel)

 

 

 

 

Good morning, Vancouver! It’s spring break!  It’s a typically rainy day, but that’s not going to stop us from making the most of it!

the betty (the burrard hotel)

the betty (the burrard hotel)

 

 

 




Another reason why I love The Burrard Hotel is that it has this incredibly sweet café attached to the lobby that has Blenz coffee and tea, very delicious looking baked goods and treats and is licensed for wine! The white and wood interior and teal and yellow accents make it that much more chic 😀

the betty (the burrard hotel)

the betty (the burrard hotel)

 

 

 

 

In keeping with the rest of the hotel even the café offers cheeky little sayings and touches 😉  What’s not to love!  Makes starting the morning even more fun!

 

 

 

*Update (Jan. 22nd, 2015): The Betty has been re-vamped and is now The Container.

March 16th, 2013. Miura Waffle Milk Bar

miura waffle + milk bar

miura waffle + milk bar

 

Reunion brunch with Joyce! Since leaving Sylvan I haven’t seen Joyce, but we’ve been able to keep in touch through Facebook and judging by each others’ posts we both love food! What better way to reconnect than over Vancouver’s newest fad….Waffle sandwiches!

miura waffle + milk bar

miura waffle + milk bar

 

 

 

 

Miura Waffle Milk Bar is a Japanese waffle joint that’s small but clean. Already gaining acclaim by being featured on hit foodie show “You Gotta Eat Here” it’s one of those places considered a hidden gem.

miura waffle + milk bar

miura waffle + milk bar

 

 

 

 

We couldn’t just choose between savory or sweet so we went for 1 of each and split them: First the Hoisin Sando! Sweet and savory hoisin ground pork sausage sandwiched in with bright and aromatic cilantro, refreshing and clear cucumber and a mildly tangy carrot and radish pickle. Reminiscent of a bahn mi but slightly milder. I found that the waffle was appropriately crispy and soft at the same time although bordering on that very thin line of being slightly more dense than I prefer. Delicious? Yes!

miura waffle + milk bar

miura waffle + milk bar

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh, And I also got a Maple Yoggy Milk. Because….I love maple and I what goes better with waffles than milkshake! Not overly sweet with a hint of maple. I would have liked a stronger maple flavor, but it was certainly refreshing and creamy!

miura waffle + milk bar

miura waffle + milk bar

 

 

 

Next we had the Fruits and Cream Sando! Served between the same waffle with the season’s fresh fruit and cream, today’s fruit was strawberries! Okay, what’s more fitting than tart, sweet, juicy strawberries with a rich and creamy whipped cream against delicious waffle! The hoisin sando had filled us, but the fruits and cream sando put us over the edge 😉

Busy stuffing our mouths I’m surprised we got so much talking done in between! It was wonderful to reconnect and to see how much had happened in our lives since we worked together 🙂 Thanks for suggesting such a fun place, Joyce!

February 19th, 2013.  The Coquitlam Grill

the coquitlam grill

the coquitlam grill

 

 

 

Been really loving on The Coquitlam Grill for the last little while.  Great neighborhood spot with a huge menu (lots of options!), fantastic breakfasts, decent lunch specials and just that great down-home feel.

Solid food and reasonable service all add up to many repeat visits ;D

(Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream piled high!)

January 27th, 2013. Sunday Breakfast with Eunice 

 

ricky's restaurant

ricky’s restaurant

 

 Breakfast food cravings are contagious!!  Eunice woke up with a massive cravings for Ricky’s breakfast food and it didn’t take long at all for it to be transferred to me!  Really no surprise though, since food is always on my mind and breakfast food is one of those sacred “I’m down for it anytime” kind of things.

  Gone-ish are the days of Ricky’s being known as an eatery for seniors.  They’ve spruced up the look and the menus even have a lot more interesting things!  Stuff that you actually would want to eat!

 

ricky's restaurant

ricky’s restaurant

 

 

 

  The newly built Ricky’s on King Edward Street & Lougheed by the IKEA is shiny, modern, clean and BUSY!  Eunice and I were seated right away but we could tell already that our server was a little swamped.  We asked for coffees and dove into the menus.

 

ricky's restaurant

ricky’s restaurant

 

 

 

 

  Eunice was dead set on the Chorizo Brekkie Bowl – of course with extra hollandaise on the side 😉  I did get to try it and have to say.. I can see why she craves these!  You really can’t go wrong with spicy salty chorizo, fluffy eggs and crisp & tender hash!  The onions and peppers in the dish had a sweet almost caramelized quality to them.

 

ricky's restaurant

ricky’s restaurant

 

 

 

 

I wanted the Famous Pancakes.  3 stack with eggs over medium and deliciously crispy bacon!  Mmmmmm~~  the pancakes were super fluffy and the eggs were done to satisfaction.  Simple, classic breakfast food.  Can’t complain!

 

ricky's restaurant

ricky’s restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday breakfast YUM!!  Good call, sister, good call indeed 😉

 

(Also, I figured it was a fancy scarf day because you can never be too fabulous first thing in the morning!)

January 19th, 2013. Birthday BBQ 

 

burgers etc bbq house

burgers etc bbq house

 

 

  Now that the weekend’s upon us time for a real birthday dinner!  I wasn’t feeling like a large get-together, so it was literally Eunice, Howard, Chris, Rachel and myself,  What did I want to eat?  BBQ!!  Vegetarian I am not… LOL!

 

 

burgers etc bbq house

burgers etc bbq house

 

  Originally I wanted to do Re-Up BBQ at the New West Quay, but they close too early and also it’s more of a food-court style venue in the market there and parking is just a hassle, so I switched it to Burgers Etc BBQ House on Hastings on the border of Vancouver/Burnaby.  A small little BBQ house that I haven’t been to in a long time!  I had a good impression of it the last time so I was anticipating another casual yet yummy meal 🙂

I had to have the Coke Float as soon as I saw it on the menu and what a good thing I got it… sweet, icy cold and delish!! Perfect for a BBQ meal!

 

 

burgers etc bbq house

burgers etc bbq house

 

 

 

 

  I wanted to share the combo platter so that I could have a little bit of everything!  It’s the obvious way to go at a place like this, DUH!

 

burgers etc bbq house

burgers etc bbq house

 

 

 

  Our platter was piled high with Sausages, Chicken Wings, BBQ Ribs, Smoked Chicken, Beef Brisket, and Pulled Pork!!  With fries, and my choice of macaroni and baked beans!  Everything was sooooooo yum and so much more food than it  seemed!

burgers etc bbq house

burgers etc bbq house

 

 

Everything was sauced really well and seasoned well too.  But that doesn’t mean it didn’t call for a good dose of BBQ sauce!  Come on, we’re talkin’ BBQ here!  Tender pulled pork and wings, delicious char on the ribs, big meaty chicken and briskets and sausage for days!

 

burgers etc bbq house

burgers etc bbq house

 

 

 

 

 

Chris also ordered the Pulled Pork sandwich for good measure.  

 

 

 

Super food coma again!!!  Awesomely satisfying birthday dinner with great company! 

Caffe Divano – Port Moody

November 3, 2013

January 14th, 2013. Jenn Day 

 

caffe divano port moody

caffe divano port moody

 

 

 

 

  Snow day!  A nice quite time at a coffeeshop sounds like a good way to enjoy it 🙂  Going out to Caffe Divano on my last day being 28!

 

caffe divano port moody

caffe divano port moody

 

 

 

 

 

  Deliciously rich and creamy Spanish Latte and housemade Spinach and Feta Scone 😀

January 1st, 2013. Best Birthday Brunch @ Red Wagon Cafe!

red wagon cafe

red wagon cafe

Happy Birthday, Eunice!!  A great sister deserves to start off the year right.  Who doesn’t love brunch and who doesn’t want brunch from a little cafe made famous on the food network?  But even before Red Wagon Cafe was featured on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Thrus and Dives” this tiny, ghetto-looking East Hastings cafe was seeing line-ups down the block and acquiring die hard fans!

red wagon cafe

red wagon cafe

 

 

Since they don’t take reservations we were in the huddle of awaiting diners gathered around the front just anticipating for the waitress to come out and call our names!  Oh, and the hunger was setting in…. Setting in reeeeeeeeeeeeeal good….!

red wagon cafe

red wagon cafe

 

 

 

When they finally come out and call your name you almost feel as if you’re “the chosen one” as you are suddenly possessed by this feeling of elation and are looked upon enviously by the others that remain outside!

red wagon cafe

red wagon cafe

 

 

 

 

 

Inside the establishment there’s very much a retro feel and it’s quite tiny!!  Literally within earshot of the other blissful diners!

red wagon cafe

red wagon cafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Mimosa for the birthday girl!  Eunice loves orange juice, so why not start off the day with a bright, special drink!

red wagon cafe

red wagon cafe

 

 

 

 

 

Eunice went for the Crispy Pork Belly Brunch which consisted of confit pork belly, 2 eggs, griddled tomatoes, homefries, salsa verde, hollandaise and toast.  A plate FULL of just delicious, hearty, flavorful goodness!  Eunice had no problem just digging right in and getting down and dirty 😉

red wagon cafe

red wagon cafe

 

She got her eggs scrambled and they looked soft and fluffy!  The pork belly had me drooling and after a taste of it myself I had to say… daaaaaaaaaamn, that’s some good pork!  Crispy exterior, juicy interior and the salsa verde was great in cutting the richness without masking it!

red wagon cafe

red wagon cafe

 

 

I love a good eggs benny.  To my disappointment by the time we were seated their special of the morning, the Pork Belly Benedict 😦  So default to the next choice?  The Pulled Pork Eggs Benedict 😉  Served with the signature homefries and hollandaise.

red wagon cafe

red wagon cafe

 

Moist, savory sweet and tender pulled pork over english muffins and topped with medium poached eggs and gorgeously smooth, rich hollandaise sauce poured over.  Perfect poach on the eggs added just the right amount of sauce and moisture needed for the muffin and the crispy, deliciously seasoned homefries!  Oh really, I was so extremely happy with this slice of brunch heaven!

red wagon cafe

red wagon cafe

And just because no breakfast/brunch is complete without bacon…we ordered a whole plate of it And since the Jack Daniels spiked Maple Syrup seemed too awesome to pass up we had to order some of that as well! Uhm….HELLO!!!  Most Amazing Combo…EVER! I was slathering it all over my homefries and also dunking that bacon in it with every bite! I guess they don’t cook off the alcohol cuz there’s a serious smokey-boozy kick to the maple syrup that is JUST ADDICTING! I could not stop!

 

So how was this birthday brunch?  Judging from the state of food coma we were in and the drool and JD maple syrup down the front of our shirts and our sticky fingers I’d say we were pretty darn happy!

October 23rd, 2012. Seattle Trip~!!

portage bay cafe

portage bay cafe

 

 

 

 

I love Portage Bay Cafe in the University District, so I suggested we go there for brunch before we started our day of errands and shopping.

 

portage bay cafe

portage bay cafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nothing like some down home organic grub to start the day! I mean…probably not something I’d be able to whip up at home…but you know…that’s what Portage Bay Cafe is for!

portage bay cafe

portage bay cafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also noticed this time that they actually have a little chicken farm (?) right by the restaurant as well! I guess that’s where they source their delicious organic eggs and chicken 😀

portage bay cafe

portage bay cafe

 

 

 

 

What with the great selection and the constant new daily specials going on here it’s always hard to pick what I want to eat…but today the Rosemary Lamb Sloppy Joe Burger won out! Now, I’m not the biggest lamb fan…but something about sloppy joe on a brioche bun… bring it on!!

 

portage bay cafe

portage bay cafe

 

Anderson Ranch Lamb and Painted Hills Beef Mix, served Sloppy-Joe style with spicy Rosemary tomato sauce, and kale on a brioche bun served with some goat’s milk cheese and beet salad. Messy, sloppy, juicy, and full of flavor! This burger is a handful AND a mouthful of goodness! Go try it!!

portage bay cafe

portage bay cafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

Henry went for the Organic Roasted Chicken Club Sandwich served with Herbed Organic Potatoes. It disappeared pretty quickly so I can only surmise that he enjoyed it! It certainly looked yummy 🙂

 

 

 

 

Mmmmm~~ Portage Bay Cafe never disappoints and always delivers on flavor, freshness and creativity!  Breakfast of the organic conscious, westcoast champions!

September 1st, 2012. Indian Summer Fun 

thierry chocolaterie patisserie cafe

thierry chocolaterie patisserie cafe

 

 

With the taste of disappointment palpable still on our palates Anita (@PetiteFoodie), Tien (@distienct) and I headed down to Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie Cafe for some delicious desserts!

thierry chocolaterie patisserie cafe

thierry chocolaterie patisserie cafe

 

We ordered a few different things to share: Chocolate Succe (hazelnut meringue+dense chocolate mousse+tempered 70% chocolate with a gold leaf), Fromage Au Mousse Blanc (formage blanc mousse+lemon curd+cassis linzer) & Strawberry Tart (almond sable crust+lemon verbena pastry cream+fresh BC strawberries).

thierry chocolaterie patisserie cafe

thierry chocolaterie patisserie cafe

 

 

Let me tell you…these desserts were amazing!  I’m on the fence when it comes to Thierry’s macarons, but these little desserts were exactly what I expected them to be!  Rich, decadent, punchy flavors and a delight to the eyes and the stomach.

thierry chocolaterie patisserie cafe

thierry chocolaterie patisserie cafe

 

It’s hard to even choose a favorite because each of them were distinctly their own.  I’d say I was more partial to the formage au mousse blanc because it’s flavors that I absolutely adore, but that strawberry tart had us coming back for more and nothing could beat the richness of the chocolate succe.

 

Full, happy and delighted.  Success! 

Caffe Divano – Port Moody

September 2, 2013

August 28th, 2012.  Caffe Divano – Port Moody 

 

caffe divano - port moody

caffe divano – port moody

 

 

 

  My usual Spanish Latte at Caffe Divano~ a gorgeous cup of velvety espresso and condensed milk.  Probably my favorite drink here until they get the Maple Latte 😉