Sent Boyfriend to Line Up at Jam Cafe

If you love brunch as much as I do, then you’ve probably heard of the ridiculous line ups at Jam Cafe. This is their second location and the first is in Victoria.

Jam Cafe

If you didn’t already know, I hate line ups. Or if you knew, you’re probably sick of me saying this all the time. Luckily for me, I enticed my boyfriend with photos and reviews of Jam Cafe and he lined up for me =’D I joined him about half way through so the total wait was over an hour but less than 1.5hrs. He’s lined up for other things before so he has more patience than me. There is room for more all day breakfast/brunch restaurants in Vancouver if you’re thinking of getting into the restaurant business! While we were waiting, a server came out with samples of their waffles which made the wait more bearable. The waffles were so good I considered ordering them but I had waffles the day before so I didn’t.   Continue reading →

Stormcrow Alehouse-Impressive Ambiance, Sub-par Brunch

My friends and I gathered at Stormcrow Alehouse for brunch because we wanted to play board games. They are located on Broadway and Fir St., next to Earl’s.

Stormcrow AlehouseWe had passed by before and thought that we should return. It was really bumpin’ at night! This place looks cool inside and they put in a lot of effort to include fantasy themed decorations!

Stormcrow Alehouse

Sadly brunch was terrible and only one item was good.

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The Flying Pig-Brunch

Originally my friend and I were going to try Twisted Fork for brunch but we were quite turned off by the one hour wait so we headed towards Yaletown in search of another brunch option. We passed by The Flying Pig and surprisingly there was no line up! This was around 1pm. They have three locations now (Yaletown, Gastown, Mount Pleasant) so maybe their customer base is more dispersed now?

The Flying Pig

We were seated right away and served complimentary Banana Bread which was a nice surprise. The banana bread was sliced thinly and each piece was moist and full of banana flavour.  Continue reading →

The Fish Shack-Brunch

EDIT: Ok never mind I went again the fries are still HORRIBLE and everything else is really average so it’s not exactly a brunch place.

I was looking for a brunch place to go to before watching the Avengers and the Fish Shack was relatively close so we decided to try it. The Fish Shack is owned by the Glowbal Group and it used to be some Mediterranean place that I also tried but it closed down.

It was interesting how they used pallets to decorate one side of their wall and they had a fishing theme going on which was pretty cool. There are also some TV’s for watching sports games.

The Fish Shack

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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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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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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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