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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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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