By: The Bon Vivant Blog  09-12-2011

Entries Tagged as 'Brunch'

If you are strolling along the seawall, Provence Marinaside is a good place to stop for a bite to eat. If it is nice outside, one of the patio tables is a great place to eat, drink and people watch or be watched. Although it can be crowded, so be prepared to wait if you [..]

Amazing. Not only does he produce the best pastries that I have had in North America – and better than many I have had in France, but he has replicated his business in North Vancouver and opened a Kitsilano branch. He will be busy. Saturday morning – about 11:30 (late start) – we pick up [..]

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Wednesday – Remembrance Day – mid-week brunch with M. Medina has been open for a while, and is owned by the same folks that own Chambar – and located right next door to the same. I’ve heard legendary stories about Medina’s brunch and waffles, so even though we knew we’d have to wait, we thought [..]

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This was probably my favourite store in Italy. It’s inside an old church that has had its inside torn out and about 4 floors of books and restaurants installed. It’s a huge bookstore, with at least 3 restaurants – one for sandwiches, one for pasta, and one that is a wine bar (there may be [..]

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Sunday morning, after another late night. I am stadium-ed out after the concert, Flyers game, and 76ers game, and the lads are off to see the Eagles play. I’m going to laze around town today, having some brunch, and taking a leisurely stroll through Philadelphia’s awesome art museums. I look up best brunches in Philadelphia [..]

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I’ve said before that I think “lets just go here” is a recipe for disaster when walking around town in terms of food, but once in a while, it just works out – as it did at the Continental (another one of the Starr restaurants like Butcher & Singer). Breakfast after a late night. We [..]

Landed in Philly and hungry after a milk run from Vancouver. First things first: get good food. The Crown Plaza on Market Street had free wi-fi in the lobby, so I checked out ‘best breakfasts philadelphia’ online – there were no shortage of opinions and places, but none came up that were either close to [..]

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Bakeries occupy this special place in my heart – the good ones are run by people who love food, who put that love into what they do, and produce an exceptional product that just makes you happy. Flour is this kind of a place. Sunday morning – pouring rain and blowing wind, I was going [..]

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I’ve been to a million brunches in Boston before – it is a city that knows brunch and does it well. Any neighborhood will be dotted with Saturday- and Sunday-morning lineups of young people in Red Sox hats outside, waiting for their omelette, coffee, and OJ. My friends always lived on the north side of [..]

In the heart of extremely trendy Yaletown is Urban Fair – this grocery store/cafe is so trendy, perhaps it isn’t in the heart of Yaletown so much as it is the actual heart of yaletown. That one I’ll leave to the urban anthropologists – I’m just the food guy. Anyway, if you need very pricey [..]

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After our experience at Cabana las Lilas, we wanted to figure out this whole Argentinian beef thing and knew that we had to visit a parrilla again to compare/contrast and see if we could find the ‘best steak of your life’ as some of the travel guides seemed to promise.



She had tracked down Osha Thai as being one of the better Thai food options in the city, and as we were staying downtown, we decided to head to the 2nd Street location. Who knew that New Westminster would have an authentic thai place with a thai owner/chef in the middle of all the mediocre food. Apparently this restaurant is a venture by a previous chef at the popular Banana Leaf malaysian restaurant chain in Vancouver.



A local french bistro just off the main pedestrian walkway near the centre of Reims, this bistro with a red awning was recommended by the sommelier at Veuve Clicquot – in fact, he said that the fries were the main attraction. I swear that the staff (ba-da-boom, ba-da-bing!) from East Side Mario’s was holding the WPE staff hostage in the back of the kitchen and decided to take over food preparation for the day.


Bib Gourmand

So La Rotonde is one of the Parisian institutions of Montparnasse – its list of famous figures of the 20th century that have drunk, eaten, and discussed the meaning of life behind its doors would make up most of the early 20th century Who’s Who of the literary and art. Everything a ‘Bib Gourmand’ should be – would definitely go again.



I had read about this place in the Wallpaper Guide for Copenhagen, and as I knew we were going to try Mikkeller Bar, I figured we should make sure that we also check out the competition at Nørrebro Bryghus. While the Danes aren’t as famous for their beers as the Belgians, Dutch, or Germans, they are off to a good start with Mikkel Borg Bjergsø’s ‘Mikkeller’ Brewery.



So for future reference, here is some information I gleaned on the net about different places to eat in Budapest.


Baked Goods

Always searching out delicious baked goods, we read about Emmerys somewhere or other and as it was literally around the corner from our apartment in Copenhagen, we decided to give it a try – and yes, it totally worked out. Don’t expect a chic restaurant – this is more of a cafeteria-style affair with a dessert/bakery display case out front and a hot table with a lot of dishes that have an indian or asian bent to them with many lentil.