Brunch at Forage

I organized a meet up with Carmen (CuriouslyCarmen) and David (PickyDiners) and we decided to go for brunch at Forage! Unfortunately Meg (MsElephantHeart) and Cynthia (Eatmunchlove) couldn’t make it this time =(

None of us have been to Forage so we were excited to see what they had in store for us.

Forage

The special of the day was the Pork Belly Eggs Benedict. Crispy potatoes with an addictive house made ketchup were served side. Not sure what else was in the ketchup but it was probably some sort of spice. The pork belly was fatty but not overly so and there was a good amount of it too. My eggs were poached to a medium as per my request. I found that the hollandaise sauce was quite buttery and rich as but a tad salty as well especially when eating with the pork belly. David also said that he could taste the tarragon in this dish but since I’m not sure what that tastes like we’ll take his word for it!

Forage

This was the Classic Benny served with back bacon and the same crispy potatoes and ketchup as above.

Forage

This was the Corned Bison Hash with sunny side up eggs, kale, house made sauerkraut and IPA mustard hollandaise with lots of multigrain toast on the side. This dish was bigger than the eggs benny dishes! It will definitely fill you up. I tried a bit of the bison and it was good… can’t really describe it since I haven’t had much bison before!

Forage

There was also house made blueberry and strawberry jam available for the toast as well and they were both fruity but not too sweet.

We had an enjoyable brunch together and I was surprised that the restaurant wasn’t busier for brunch but maybe it was because it was pouring earlier.

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Tuc Craft Kitchen Brunch

My friend and I ended up at Tuc Craft Kitchen for brunch after trying to watch the Santa Claus parade. We didn’t go early enough so we were stuck at the back and couldn’t really see anything. Then we just decided to go for brunch instead. Tuc Craft Kitchen wasn’t my first choice for brunch but they ended up being the only place without a line up and we didn’t want to wait.

Tuc Craft Kitchen Brunch

This was the Lamb and Eggs which consisted of two sunny side up eggs, braised lamb shoulder, arugula, parsnips, cranberries and potatoes was served on a hot skillet. I just had a bite of this and the lamb was succulent, well braised in small pieces and very tender. The dish was on the small side though but it reflected the price ($13).

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Cafe Medina: Where have you been all my life?!

On another spontaneous work lunch outing, we decided to go to Cafe Medina! I’ve never been but I’ve certainly heard a lot about them. They have rave reviews! Also, long line ups but hey that’s how you know the food is good right? Thankfully it was a weekday and there was no line up at 1:30pm. Hurray (I hate line ups)! They are located on Richards and Robson Street now.

Cafe Medina

One of the items you must try is their lattes. They have some interesting flavours like lavender, salted caramel and raspberry caramel. We decided to share the Raspberry Caramel Latte. I am not a coffee aficionado (really I go to Starbucks/Blenz  if I do get coffee…) but I could tell this was a superbly well-made latte! It was velvety in texture with hints of raspberry and caramel. I believe it is the smoothest latte I’ve ever had and I was nothing but impressed.

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Spontaneous Vegetarian Brunch at Graze

My idea was to go to Earnest Ice Cream first and then eat lunch/brunch but then as we walked by Graze which is right next door, it seemed like a nice place to have brunch so we just went in. Also it didn’t look busy so we wouldn’t have to wait for a table either. The restaurant had a nice serene vibe to it and there was a large colorful mural on one wall. Graze is a vegetarian restaurant and I had totally forgotten about that but we decided to give it a try.

GrazeThese were the Breakfast Tacos made with scrambled tofu, tomatoes, peppers, black bean and corn on organic corn tortillas. On the side were some rosemary potatoes and house greens. I think the sauce in the middle was suppose to be the spicy salsa roja but it didn’t taste very spicy. The tacos tasted spicy though so maybe the salsa was already on top? Yes I have no idea what I’m talking about but for some vegetarian tacos they were pretty good. I didn’t miss the meat.

Graze

I went for a sweet brunch item, the Carrot Cake French Toast. Sounds decadent right? There were three large slices served with smoked salt caramel sauce, whipped coconut creme and some sort of fruit compote. The carrot cake was dipped and grilled in a flax-polenta batter which gave it a slightly weird flavour for me since I think the edges were a bit burnt too. Basically all the flavours tasted a bit unusual to me at first, they just didn’t seem like they were suppose to go with carrot cake?

For example, the whipped coconut creme looked like icing but a much less sweet version and the smoke caramel sauce was a bit weak and didn’t really add much for me and finally for the fruit compote, I don’t even know what fruit they used but it was off-putting… Like not terrible but not pleasant either so I avoided most of it. Ok so maybe I wasn’t really sure what I was expecting since this is not your standard carrot cake or french toast. The carrot cake itself was very moist and full of carrot flavour. Despite all the condiments, it wasn’t too sweet.

Ok so I don’t think I would come back just because I think I prefer more meat in my meals and maybe things that sound less healthy…  the food just differed from my norm? Maybe I need to try more vegetarian places! I heard the Acorn is good.

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Brunch at Yew Seafood + Bar

I’ve read a lot about Yew and I’m really into brunch right now so that was where we were headed. I also love that it’s conveniently next to Pacific Centre and the Canada Line! You can get there without walking thru the rain too. They have a 3 course brunch option for an additional $10 added to any entree so we did that for one of our entrees so that we could share the appetizer and dessert. I’m glad they don’t make the whole table order the brunch option.

Yew Seafood and Bar

To start, we were served Complimentary Mini Donuts!  This was served warm with a mango and cherry and… passion fruit sauce? I didn’t really like the flavour from the cherry that much though and the donuts were delicious on their own anyway.

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Catch 122 Bistro-Brunch Everyday

My co workers and I decided to go to Catch 122 for lunch and it turns out they serve brunch everyday too! Awesome! =D For some reason I am super fond of brunch food right now so this was the perfect place to be. All brunch items are $12. We went around 1pm and it wasn’t very busy so we didn’t have to wait.

Catch 122 BistroThis was the Duck Proscuitto Eggs Benedict with Potato Hash. The duck proscuitto was salty was expected and I think it also made the english muffin a bit salty too. The eggs were nicely poached! I was expecting more proscuitto though but maybe that would be overwhelming since it’s salty?

Catch 122 Bistro

This was the Braised Short Ribs Eggs Benedict with Potato Hash. Short ribs were super tender and flavourful. Hash browns were nicely cooked too and pretty standard.

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Brunch at Chewies Steam and Oyster Bar

I read some posts raving about the brunch at the new Chewies in Coal Harbour so I decide to visit the Kits location since it was the same brunch menu.

Chewies Steam and Oyster Bar

I decided on the Braised Short Rib Hash with potato home fries, black eyed peas and two poached eggs. Sorry I should’ve taken a picture of the other side so you can see the short ribs. It turns out only one of my eggs was poached. The other one turned out to be more soft boiled instead. The short ribs were really tender and juicy. The potatoes were crispy on the outside and seasoned with Cajun spices. The black eyed peas were in a tomato and onion based sauce and everything tasted good mixed up! Our server also offered us hot sauce which I put on my eggs. This was a really good dish! It was also really filling from all the potatoes.

Chewies Steam and Oyster BarThis was the Southern Crab Cake Benny with avocado, Cajun Hollandaise Sauce and potato home fries. I tried a few bites of this and it was really good too! I think I liked it better than my dish. Or maybe I just like crab cakes and bennies. I thought the avocado was an interesting addition.

Definitely a solid brunch here! I also liked the atmosphere there, it just seemed really vibrant. I really want to come back for dinner now! Also I want to try their chicken and waffles and southern fried chicken! Yes I love me some fried chicken! Chewies lived up to the hype for sure!

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Burgoo-Main

Burgoo is known for its comfort food from many regions around the world. I also discovered that it’s next to The Last Crumb Bakery!!! We had to wait for a spot for brunch and they said it would be a half hour wait so guess what? We went next door to eat dessert first :D BEST PLAN EVER!!! I will blog about that some other time.

Burgoo

I ordered their classic Macaroni and Cheese with aged white cheddar. It looked super delicious but after a while I was super full from all the carbs and cheese. And ok maybe the dessert I ate before hand… hahaha but it was very rich and heavy! While comforting, I think the flavour felt very one dimensional and I was starting to get sick of it but if you love cheese they don’t skimp at all! I guess I’m not a cheese person after all. BurgooThis was the Eggs Ratatouille with “three scrambled eggs served over oven baked ratatouille with toasts, melted Gruyere, Emmenthal, Mozzarella and Chevre”. Sadly I was not the one who ordered this. I had considered it but my friend ordered it so I decided I should get something else. The vegetables were super tasty in the tomato sauce! It was also perfectly cheesy and the eggs were lightly scrambled. I like this better than the mac and cheese. The tart tomato sauce gave me a break from all the cheese I was eating when I stole bites from my friend. It was also much lighter and it had veggies!

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Yolk’s Restaurant and Commissary

Yolk’s Breakfast was a popular food truck located outside the Stadium skytrain station. Although I never visited their food truck before I had always heard that their chicken and waffles were really good! They’ve opened an actual store now on E Hastings and Clark Drive. It feels really out of the way there but it seems like they have a large enough following to attract customers (like my co workers and I!). The outside of the building is all blue like their food truck. The inside looks like it could be renovated some more but it has an old school diner kind of feel. Water is self serve!

Chicken and Waffles

So I got the Chicken and Waffles and it was huge!!! I was not expecting this much chicken… maybe half as much. The fried chicken was crispy but wasn’t really seasoned and there was a lot of maple syrup so it ended up tasting sweet and crunchy. I think there was supposed to be gravy but now that I think about it, I didn’t notice any or they didn’t have enough. After a while I thought it was too sweet. I think I’ll ask for syrup on the side next time if I get this again.  The waffles were alright but I had too much syrup by then so it just tasted sweet and I think the one on the bottom was getting soggy.

Yolk's Breakfast Pancakes

These were their Buttermilk Pancakes which came with double smoked bacon, ham or English bangers. The pancakes were soft and kind of chewy? My co worker said they felt really dense and she was full quickly.

Yolk's BreakfastThis was the special of the day: Fraser Valley Duck Confit with pork crackling, spinach, poached egg and orange marmalade. There is also the option of getting two eggs.

Yolk's Breakfast

This was the Double Smoked Bacon Eggs Benedict Style (Two Eggs Double Everything) with real Hollandaise and their Truffle-Lemon Hashbrowns. The bacon was nice and crispy, the English muffin was crunchy and the eggs were nicely poached. The hashbrowns were crispy on the outside, well seasoned and addicting! I don’t think you can go wrong ordering this!

I think the chicken and waffles fell below my expectations and I’d heard a lot about them before! And I love fried chicken! I wish they’d work on their decor too but I’m here for the food! They’re currently not open on Mondays and Tuesdays.

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