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Let’s Do Brunch – Hastings Sunrise

23 Oct

orange-juice-1-1491009We are often asked where is a good place to go for brunch, coffee, dinner, live music or drinks in East Van. So in the coming months we will be featuring a list of some of our personal favourites as well as those we’ve been hearing great things about.  As East Van covers are fair of bit land mass, we will be breaking up our lists into geographic areas such as Mount Pleasant, The Drive, Fraser Street and Main Street. Today, we are starting with brunch in Hastings Sunrise and its surrounding area and wish to thank our friends over at Vancouver East Village for sharing some of their tips. So here’s some spots we recommend.

Aleph Eatery: 1889 Powel Street – Brunch Served Wed to Sun 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Aleph Eatery is a Middle Eastern restaurant that opened in December 2017. They have a simple brunch menu which is vegetarian.  One of the their brunch items includes Shakshuka a classic Middle Eastern breakfast dish with a spiced tomato sauce, organic eggs and fresh herbs. This is served with their amazing flatbread. Having been to this spot for dinner only so far, we can attest to some of the amazing flavours which explains why brunch is already a busy spot here.

Campagnolo Roma: 2297 East Hastings Street – Brunch Served Sat & Sun 10:30 am – 2:30 pm

Campagnolo Roma is an Italian restaurant that dishes up great pizza and pasta and we hear they serve up some great brunches as well. The menu focuses on locally sourced ingredients, but some that caught our eye are the Smoked Albacore Tuna Benedict with house made English muffin, poached eggs, citrus hollandaise, potatoes and the Fritatta all Puttanesca  with octopus chorizo, olives, chillies and garlic and The ‘Tutto’ fifth quarter meatball, crispy mortadella, baked beans, mushrooms, roasted potatoes, two fried eggs, toast so all in all we’d say a bit heartier fare, so bring your appetite.

Jackalope’s Dive: 2257 East Hastings Street Brunch Served Sat & Sun 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

So this is a newish spot in the Hastings Sunrise area offering Southern comfort and cold drinks. The décor we are going to describe simply as ‘eclectic’. For food, you will find corn cakes with baked beans, mac and cheese and slow cooked meal dishes along with cheesy egg bennies for brunch. As the owners are vegetarians, there are lots of veggie alternative items.

Scandillious: 25 Victoria Drive – Breakfast Served All Day

If you are looking for waffles, this is the spot. Whether it’s sweet or savoury, they have you covered with a few varieties all with a Scanadivian twist. Gluten free options are also available.  If you aren’t brunching on the weekend, keep an eye out for Toonie Tuesdays and you get a plain waffle with syrup for $2.00.  Breakfast is served all day Monday to Friday  7:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday & Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Red Wagon Café: 2296 East Hastings Street – Breakfast Served Sat & Sun 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

If you are any kind of foodie, you will know the Red Wagon Café was featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives and their Pulled Pork Pancakes with Jack Daniels spiked maple syrup is now legendary. Although, if you follow them on Twitter or Instagram, you will see they make some amazing meals and the term ‘diner’ and ‘café’ is a bit deceiving, as they offer some great dishes. Again, line ups are common, so be prepared. Oh and remember to bring your appetite, no small portions here, great spot for sharing with friends.

Roundel Café: 2465 East Hastings St. – Breakfast Served 7 Days A Week Mon to Fri 9-4/Sat & Sun 9-5

Roundel Cafe is a funky spot that looks like an old diner all grown up. It has “retro tables like your grandma’s, booths to cozy into, fresh and vintage tunes in the background. Park the bike and the pup right out front and on sunny days the windows opened up. Often a full house, this is one of the oldest and most popular diners in East Van.” Say our friends at Vancouver East Village. The focus here is fresh, locally sourced, grass fed meats and organic eats. The brunches we hear are outstanding. The service is casual, fun and sometimes sassy. They are licensed with a few local beers on tap and offer ‘Spiked Boozy Shakes’.

Yolk’s Breakfast: 1598 East Hastings St – Breakfast Served Daily 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Yolk’s Breakfast has truly mastered the art of the perfect egg and that is their specialty as the name infers. Mind you, there are a few other things they are known for such as their fried chicken with waffles, beignets and of course a personal favourite the Truffle Lemon Hashbrowns (pictured below). Take note, there is pretty much always a line, so expect to wait for a bit.  Having said that, we do give this spot high marks for hustling and keep things moving along. Food is great as is the service. Added bonus is they are now in new swanky digs at 1598 as of the end of November 2017, just blocks away from their former location.

While you are in this part of East Van, there is so much else to see and do. If you are looking to carry on after brunch and do a bit of wandering, you certainly don’t have to wander far. Less than a block from Yolk’s Breakfast, you can do some antiquing at the Antiques Warehouse. And mere steps from the Antiques Warehouse is one of East Van’s newer breweries, Callister Brewing.  So you can pop in for some beer tasting. If you wish to walk a bit more, a few blocks away on Powell Street, you will also find Doan’s Craft Brewing. Doan’s not only has German style beer, but one thing we truly love, an arcade game with some 80 games include Pac Man and Galatica and only .25 cents per game. Other craft beer tasting options include Parallel 49 Brewing, Storm Brewing which are all within easy walking or cycling distance.  In the same neighborhood at 1725 Powell Street is one of our favourite spots Odd Society Spirits which make East Van Vodka, Wallflower Gin, Mongrel and Crème de Cassis.  If you get a chance, be sure to check out their cool lounge which serves some amazing cocktails.  If you prefer tasting on the non-alcoholic front, there is Da Oliva Tasting Bar at 2632 East Hastings near Slocan.  They have an amazing selection of olive oils and vinegars to taste. We could keep going as this area has so much to offer, but we will let you discover that on your own.

If we missed your favourite brunch spot that you think should be included, drop up us a line ILiveInEastVan@gmail.com and tell us why it should be included.

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Meet The Makers Expo June 13 At The Makers Lab

15 May

MeetTheMakersStrathcona is an area we love. It is a multicultural neighbourhood and home to one of Vancouver’s oldest residential area. Within Strathcona there is much industry and business which is still fuelled by the railway and port, but there is also so much new industry in this area. The Strathcona Business Improvement Association is a very proactive organization that works with the community to develop this area and promote the businesses within it.  This June, they invite you to check out what is actually made in Strathcona in the Meet the Makers Expo.  You will get a chance to see some unique, innovative and delicious businesses through demonstrations, panel discussions, networking and yes tastings. The event will feature restaurants, breweries and cafes including A.G.R.O. Roasters and Yolk’s Breakfast to name but two. On June 13th, you are invited to come down to the MakerLabs at 780 East Cordova Street from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm to meet the makers behind the businesses in Strathcona. This is a free event open to the public.  In order to ear mark your free ticket, visit Eventbrite.

Made In Strathcona Tours: May 31st & June 7th

28 May

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The Strathcona Business Improvement Association has embarked on an adventurous marketing plan.  They have created Made In Strathcona Tours which will run two tours, one on May 31st and the second on June 7th. The tours are devised to showcase the community that is Strathcona including the history, the businesses and the people that make up this unique community.  As they will tell you, over 500 businesses populate this area one.  Some names you might recognize include JJ Bean, Endeavour Snowboards, Christine Lingerie, Aritzia, Herschel Supply Co. Of course, some recent additions include culinary hot spots such as Ask for Luigi and Yolk’s Breakfast and Commissary.

Made in Strathcona Tours are being offered on Saturday, May 31st where the feature is Manufacturing and Hidden Gems and  Saturday, June 7th  where Creative and Food is the theme.  Once you decide on the date, you need to choose which 2 spots you wish to visit. The tour starts at 1:00 pm at the first stop you chose and goes to 1:45 pm. Then at 2:00 pm you are to make your way to the next stop that you chose and that tour will take you until 2:45 pm. After your tour, you are invited to attend the Settlement Building (Vancouver Urban Winery), 55 Dunlevy Avenue (1 block North of Oppenheimer Park) for a complimentary drink and hor’ deourves at 3:00 pm.  The tours are a very reasonable $10 and available in advance via Eventbrite. For readers of ILiveInEastVan.com, Made in Strathcona Tours is offering a 50% discount on tour tickets. Use PROMO CODE: “Blogger50” when purchasing your tickets for the discount.

East Side Brunch Crawl January 26th

9 Jan

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Dine Out Vancouver, Canada’s largest restaurant festival gets under way January 17th with another fun event in East Vancouver, the East Side Brunch Crawl.  This event is being presented by Vancouver Foodster (Richard Wolak) and the Drive Business Improvement Association.  The event will take place on Sunday, January 26th and begins at 10:00 am at LaLa’s, 1748 Commercial Drive. Here you will pick up your “passport” which is your guide to 8 restaurants on Commercial Drive.  From there, you begin your food crawl which includes fresh juices, smoothies, coffees, eggs benedict, pancakes, French toast, omelettes, meats, desserts and more.  Some of the participating restaurants include Timbre Restaurant, Dolce Amore, Yolks Breakfast and Turks Coffee.  Outside of your passport, we do recommend you bring your appetite. Cost for the East Side Brunch Crawl is $40 and includes all food and beverage samples at participating locations. Note, tax and gratuities not included. To purchase your tickets for the East Side Brunch Crawl, visit Tickets Tonight.

 

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