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!)

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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!

Brunch @ IHOP :)

October 12, 2013

October 30th, 2012. Brunch with Julia 🙂

ihop - lougheed town centre

ihop – lougheed town centre

 

 

 

 

  It’s been a while since we’ve hung out..what better way to re-connect than over breakfast food!

ihop - lougheed town centre

ihop – lougheed town centre

 

 

 

 

 

  Bland eggs, over-cooked sausage and bacon notwithstanding, the crepes & pancakes were not bad 🙂  

In any case lots of coffee and conversation with an old friend was a nice break on a crisp autumn day.

August 22nd, 2012. Milestones Lunch 

milestones - robson

milestones – robson

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So, I clearly had a lot on my plate with just being back from a long business trip and my grandma just having passed…but I still gotta eat.

Yire and I had been estranged from the real world for so long…we figured we could use a day out so we hit up Milestones downtown on Robson with Eunice for a little lunch 🙂

 

The meal itself was fine, but what I really wanted to try (and talk about) was the Top Chef Canada inspired treat, the Apple Bacon Tart with Blue Cheese Cream.  Let me tell you: the tart? Dry, dry, dry.  Dry tart, dry apples, dry bacon; could have used some sort of glaze to liven it up…but the blue cheese cream?  Quite nice!  Fresh, light, whipped, and cool, I quite liked that component.  Lackluster tart, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t eat it!  Come on’ya’ll….it’s apple, bacon and blue cheese!

Homemade Sliders

May 5, 2012

November 13th, 2011. Sliders @ Home~!

homemade sliders

homemade sliders

 

 

 

 

I don’t know how much influence last night’s pulled pork sliders at Big Ridge had on my grocery choices tonight…but I made my own sliders for dinner tonight.

homemade sliders

homemade sliders

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garlic butter toasted mini buns, mayo, pan fried pork, bacon, and mixed greens~!!  It was really. really. DELISH!

May 1st, 2011.  Sunday Brunch at Colicchio & Sons

colicchio & sons

colicchio & sons

 

  You know what I’ve always wanted to do?  Sunday Brunch.  I remember my family used to every once in a while after church when we were younger, but as church responsibilities grew it became a non-option.  My gripe is that a lot of establishments have amazing Sunday brunches…arg!!

colicchio & sons

colicchio & sons

 

 

  Anyways, I finally got a Sunday off and to top it off it was a beautiful day!  When posed with this opportunity a few days in advance I immediately knew where I wanted to go to celebrate: Colicchio & Sons!  I had had such a wonderful experience the last time and I already knew they had a great looking brunch menu, so off I went on my merry way ~

 

colicchio & sons

colicchio & sons

  Toad In A Hole with Candied Fennel and Spicy Tomato-Molasses Marmalade.  I’ve always wanted to try this..and the moment the plate came out I was in love!  Plating is so clean and simple, the colors are vibrant, and it looks inviting just looking at it!  The creamy yolk, soft, chewy bread…but best of all was the marmalde!  It was so extremely decadent…I couldn’t get enough~!  I wished I could take a little pot of it home with me  🙂  Oh, and of course the bacon just brought everything together.  The smokiness of the bacon with the sweetness of the marmalade was a great marriage.

 

  A successful Sunday brunch~♥

October 2nd, 2010. Cafe Medina: Brunch Mecca!

cafe medina

cafe medina

 

 

  We’re at it again!  Richard will blurt out some amazing place or thing he wants to try, I’ll confirm that it is indeed a supposed legend and off we go!!  Today’s treasure cove: Cafe Medina in Gastown for brunch! 

cafe medina

cafe medina

 

 

 

  With Chef Nico Schuermans at the helm, this little gem truly is an amazing little cafe/bistro.  Actually, it’s on, like a whole different level, with the amazing space they have aquired, the ultra downtown chic decor, and the neighborhood they are fortunate to be in!  It’s no wonder people will wait over an hour for a table here…which is exactly what Richard and I did!  Even getting there at a decent time there was still a long line-up!  As the minutes inched by our stomaches growled louder and louder and we drooooooled with anticipation….!

cafe medina

cafe medina

 

 

 

 

  When it was finally our turn we were led in through the narrow front door, past the front cafe area, and through a short brick passageway..into another dining area!  with high ceilings, wooden flooring, tall windows and close seating, it was small, and cozy, yet had the feeling of space and you didn’t feel suffocated.

cafe medina

cafe medina

 

 

 

  I love that we just plopped ourselves in the midst of hipsters, trendy Vancouverites and vintage fashionistas and tourists and blended right in.  Above all else, we were all here to worship and enjoy the food

cafe medina

cafe medina

 

 

 

  First up were the Belgian Waffles: Literally these can be smelled on the streetside while you’re wating for your table and it is torture!!  Ah, the sweet scent of fresh, homemade waffles…!  These were not overly big, a good thickness and were the perfect density.  A wonderful base for some wonderful toppings!

Our 3 choices of toppings were the Milk Chocolate Lavender, White Chocolate Pistachio Rosewater, and the Fig Orange Marmalade.  Delish!!!  Delicate flavors, excellently dippable, and oh, my…so wonderful!!!  Waffles all fancy-style 😉

cafe medina

cafe medina

 

 

 

 

 

  The long awaited Lavender Lattes!!  Ah, worth every minute of the wait.  The lavender flavor was light, but still could be discerned through the espresso.  It was kinda of funny, Richard and I delicately sipping our lattes…then closing our eyes in extacy….LOL!

cafe medina

cafe medina

 

 

 

 

 

  The Les Boulettes was our main dish: 2 poached eggs, spicy Moroccan lamb and beef meatballs, cilantro, houmus & raita.  Hearty meatballs, zesty (but not overly acidic) tomato sauce, a poached egg to lend a creaminess, and a great bunch of fresh flavor from the cilantro.  Oh, Lord…we were in brunch paradise…!

cafe medina

cafe medina

 

 

 

  The focaccia bread and houmus with a layer of raita on top came on the side.  Good toast on the bread, loaded with garlic and herbs, and the houmus…oh, so good!!  The coolness of the raita and the earthiness of the houmus paired well with the Les Boulettes.

cafe medina

cafe medina

 

 

 

  Now, what could make an already amazing brunch even more epic….BACON!  Trust.  This is the best $5.00 we spent on bacon!!  Look at the color, the cut, the fat to meat ratio…can you smell it? taste it? I DIE, I DIE!! So incredibly good!  Savory with a slather of maple glazed sweetness…Mmmmmmmmmmm!  This put everything over the top.  It slayed us, liteally,  We were so in awe of the combinations of foods from this brunch that we barely made the 45 minute long drive back to the suburbs….!

 

 

 

Best. Brunch. EVER!!!!!!!!!!!