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One Saturday afternoon I was going to take Mama Lam to a restaurant on Fraser Street for lunch, but that place was opening much later on that particular day than its usual hours so we were greeted with a “Closed” sign. We decided to go somewhere else for lunch. And we stopped at the doorstep of Jethro’s Fine Grub.

This is the second location of Jethro’s and the lesser known one, so the line up was not as crazy as the Dunbar location, where the “You Gotta Eat Here” episode was filmed. In fact, we were able to get a table as soon as we arrived.

Food

Jethro’s serves breakfast all day long. There is a wide selection of savoury and sweet items to choose from. Mama Lam and I chose one of each. The Crab Cake Benedict was smothered with a lot of hollandaise sauce. The crab cakes had a good crust and didn’t feel like having a lot of filler. The eggs were poached just right to medium softness. I wish the crab cakes were slightly thicker so it could hold up to the eggs. It’s also a carb-loaded plate, with lots of hashbrowns and four pieces of toasts on the side.

Crab Cake Benedict

For the sweet item, we opted for the Apple Cobbler French Toast. (more…)

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This past weekend, we were invited to go to the Brunch Crawls as part of the Dine Out Vancouver festivities. Put on by Richard the Vancouver Foodster. The first of the brunch crawl series was in Gastown.

Gastown Brunch Crawl

In 4 hours, Mr. and I checked out 7 different spots in Gastown:

  • Prado Cafe
  • Zero Zero Pizzeria
  • The Capilano
  • The Birds & The Beets / Grain
  • Rodney’s Oyster House
  • Bao Down
  • Smallflower Cafe & Bakeshop

The crawl started with a cup of hand-crafted coffee at Prado Cafe. There were a few choices and we ordered an Americano and Flat White.

Prado Cafe

Almost right next door was Zero Zero Pizzeria. The portion was quite generous here. We had two options, including the pizzetta flatbread, but also a new topping combination that wasn’t even available on the regular menu yet!

Zero Zero Pizzeria

A couple of streets over we got to the new Capilano Tea House. They will officially open their door on February 1, so we basically got a sneak preview.

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With an invitation to a Chef’s Table at Earl’s North Vancouver, Mr. and I sampled a number of dishes from their brunch menu. Before this, I never knew that Earls has an actual brunch menu, and it never came to mind when I looked for brunch spots.

Similar to the Chef’s Table we had at the Port Coquitlam location, it was a meal for 6 and we were joined by Tila at Fat Panda, Dee at Gastrofork and their respective guest.

Food

For drinks we had two options, Mimosa or its Signature Caesar. The Mimosa was the classic combination of sparkling wine with orange juice; it wasn’t too strong in alcohol, making it a great option for women. And for the manly men, Caesar would be for you. I’m not a huge fan of the savoury taste in Caesars, but I was quite impressed to hear the long list of ingredients in Earls’ version: Red Tabasco, Green Tabasco, Worcestershire Sauce, Horseradish, Onion Powder, Soy Sauce, HP Sauce, Roasted Pepper.

MimosaSignature Caesar

We got to sample 4 dishes on the brunch menu. First up, the Granola + Yogurt Parfait was quite pretty to look at, and tasty, too. It had a lot of crunchy elements from the house made flax, toasted almonds and pecans, and rolled oats. The use of fresh blueberries, along with agave syrup, gave it a sweet balance. You can control the sweetness by adding as much, or as little, agave syrup as you wish. This makes a healthy yet fun breakfast. I tend to prefer fruit yogurt and never pay much attention to plain yogurt; but now I’m inspired to create my own version of yogurt parfait for breakfast.

Granola + Yogurt Parfait

Next is a classic brunch menu item, Eggs Benny. (more…)

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A couple of weeks ago I was invited to a blogger breakfast at Hawksworth Restaurant. It’s the earliest blogger duty I have ever attended, and I think other ones around the table can attest to this. A large cup of hot coffee, please!

I was surprised to learn that most others didn’t know that Hawksworth serves brunch on the weekends. My mom and I was there just last year for Mother’s Day. The experience was quite positive last time, so I was looking forward to another great breakfast at this event.

Blogger Brunch at Hawksworth

Blogger Brunch at Hawksworth

Food

To start the morning, we had a great selection of Artisan Pastries. I was told that the Almond Croissant is always a popular item and often times sold out at Bel Cafe next door, so I went for a piece. It was very good. It’s denser than a regular croissant, more bread-like and less crumbly, and it was fresh and slightly crispy on the outside. (more…)

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I’ve never been a big eater in the morning, but I love breakfast foods. Because of that, brunch became a big thing for me.

Did you know, the Gillnetter Pub in Port Coquitlam offers a brunch buffet on Sundays for $12.95? Yes that’s right, all-you-can-eat breakfast.

Hot Spread

Hot Spread

As with all buffets, there are hits and misses in the spread. Let’s start with the good stuff. They know their meats and potatoes. I don’t know how much of it is made in house, and how much of it is sourced out, but they all did a great job of bringing out my inner caveman. The sausages were moist and flavourful, and the bacon was cooked to an even crisp. They had several types of potatoes: country style hash browns, tater-tots, and these amazing little fried potato patties that I couldn’t stop eating.

Full Plate 2

Full Plate 1

One thing I really wished they had was eggs in forms other than scrambled; even hard/soft boiled would be nice. (more…)

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For Mother’s Day, my plan was to take Mama Lam out for brunch. After much hinting, I made reservations at Hawksworth Restaurant at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia. Winner of many restaurant awards since its opening, we have been wanting to try the restaurant for a few times so finally we made it happen.

Brunch at Hawksworth Restaurant

Brunch at Hawksworth Restaurant

Food

Walk-in wine cellar

Walk-in wine cellar

Hawksworth didn’t offer a special brunch menu for Mother’s Day. We simply ordered from its regular menu. Despite two lobster dishes were featured, Mama Lam opted for the Dungeness Crab Benedict, which comes with hash browns and tomato jam. Compared to the Crab Benedict I had at the Wildflower Grill, this one was a bit underwhelming. It was pretty good for a traditional benny, with eggs poached just right and a good amount of crab meat – just not in a pile like it did in Lincoln City nor was it on a crispy thick toast (Gee I missed the little town already). Mama Lam actually picked out a big piece of cartilage out of the claw meat, which is hard to avoid since they wanted to keep the entire claw intact. The hash browns were okay, crispy skin with sea salt sprinkled on the outside. The tomato jam was not bad but I wish there was more, and more tart. Hash browns are still better with ketchup.

Dungeness Crab Benedict

Dungeness Crab Benedict – arugula, hollandaise sauce, hash browns and tomato jam

I surprised myself by ordering a sweet item. As you know I’m a sucker for brioche so my eyes just set on the Brioche French Toast as I scanned the menu. (more…)

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If you paid attention to the title, you’ll notice that I’m covering yet another trip. April/May has been an interesting time for me because I’m literally in between vacations. Can you believe that I planned 3 vacations over the span of 6 weeks? Good idea at the time but silly of me to actually carry it out. Grateful that work has allowed me to be off so often during this busy time period but at the same time, I know I’ll be stuck in the office for the rest of the year. Something to look forward to. Sigh.

Anyway, vacation #2 is a 6-day drive along the Oregon Coast with Mr. We were blessed with gorgeous weather so there’s nothing to complain about. And if you have been to Oregon, or Portland alone, you would know it’s a heaven for foodies. So yes, we’ve got some material to work on for the next few weeks.

The Wildflower Grill in Lincoln City, Oregon

The Wildflower Grill in Lincoln City, Oregon

Instead of diving right into Portland eats, I want to start this series with this cute eatery in Lincoln City, the Wildflower Grill. We stopped by this place for brunch when we were basically on our way north to head home. It is actually a house-turned-restaurant, with a covered sun deck at the back, where we were seated, that has a view of some greenery.

Food

Brunch at the Wildflower Grill

Brunch at the Wildflower Grill

We arrived at the restaurant just after 10:30am, which was awkward timing since breakfast is only offered until 11am. We were still able to order from the breakfast menu but the lunch menu would also become available in a matter of minutes. So we became one of those difficult customers – ordering from both menus.

Coffee

Coffee

From the breakfast menu, I chose the Crab Benedict. Situated by the ocean, Lincoln City has a few places that sell fresh crabs, so I figured you can’t go wrong with this. (more…)

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