We made another visit to Liberty Village to check out School; after trying Mildred’s Temple Kitchen, we were intrigued to come back to try another brunch place.
We were in search of a brunch place to continue our monthly brunch sessions back when Pig was still in Toronto; we decided on Saving Grace without much expectation.
We headed there early and was surprised to see a line of about fifteen people already there; the restaurant opened and the small space filled up quickly.
Pancakes are something I enjoy in extreme moderation. While the first few bites are enjoyable, they quickly become a soggy, mushy mess when syrup is involved.
That being said, my friend tried pancakes at a location in New Jersey, and was determined to go again when we were in Portland. So we found ourselves here on a Friday morning, ready to dig in.
In the Okanagan, there is a breakfast place that everyone talks about – The Jammery. Featured on the Food Network’s You Gotta Eat Here!, you can find it off Highway 97 North. Our friend took us here on our first full day in the valley, and at around 9am, it was bustling with activity and we were told to wait for about half an hour.
Café Medina is located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, nestled along a rather blank street; if not for the long lines of people waiting outside, you might miss it when you walk past. The first time we went there, we were told a party of 4 needed to wait an hour, so we walked around Marshall’s until about 45 mins past to leave a buffer. When we arrived back at the restaurant, we actually just made it in time as the hostess had already called our names a few times and was ready to strike us off the list.
We went here for brunch on a Saturday morning, and made a reservation through OpenTable (already a plus in my books to have this option). The restaurant is tucked away in the corner, but the bright yellow sign definitely helps.
Our first night in the Bay Area, we stayed near SFO at a place in Millbrae. Before we left, I looked up places to eat nearby, and saw Millbrae Pancake House had both good reviews and appealing photos, so onto the list it went.
Mel’s Diner was a place I heard about from upper years in Waterloo as the place to go for all-day breakfast. Sadly, the diner (and the rest of the plaza) burned down in a fire a few months before I moved to the city. More about their story can be read here.
I’m not a breakfast person. For most of my life (and still continuing), I skipped breakfast. I know there are a million reasons why you shouldn’t, but breakfast foods were so boring and repetitive to me. In addition, I never felt hungry in the morning, and sitting down in the morning to enjoy breakfast was the last thing I wanted to do while pressed for time.
That being said, I actually enjoy this breakfast, and it touches on all my concerns listed above. This is a quick recipe that is simple to make, delicious, and will provide you with enough energy to get through the morning. Continue reading Overnight Oats and Chia Seed Pudding
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