My first time hiking Quarry Rock in Deep Cove was last year and I was glad that it was easy! I’m not much of a hiking person actually but I do want a slight challenge and some exercise so it’s the perfect hike for me! Also, I can use it as an excuse to go eat after! We went over the BC Day long weekend and surprisingly it wasn’t too crowded. I arrived at 10am and we came back down around 12pm after sitting at the top for a bit.
We didn’t plan where to eat beforehand and came across Bluhouse Market & Cafe. Since it looked cute and not too busy, we just decided to go for it. Read more
We felt like getting some Mexican food for our Friday lunch so we did some quick research on Yelp and found Bandidas Taqueria on Commercial. The decor looks eclectic and fun. The walls are covered with beautiful paintings that you can buy. What we didn’t know was that they were a vegetarian restaurant but we were down to try new things!
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.
These 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.
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.
My co worker had heard about the Brown Paper Packages ice cream sandwiches available at Pazzo Chow so we decided to pick up some take out for lunch along with an ice cream sandwich. It’s on the corner of Quebec and Keefer street on the side of the big parking lot for Floata Seafood restaurant if you know what I’m talking about…They had really nice looking pictures on Instagram so we were excited to try it out.
Their menu changes daily so you’ll have to go there and check what they have. This was the menu on the day we went and it was all vegetarian food.