North Van Brunch 2016 Highlights from Dine Out Vancouver

Did you know that besides going to a participating restaurant for Dine Out Vancouver, there are also Brunch Crawls?  On Sunday January 24 I attended a brunch crawl in North Vancouver.  We had a total of 7 restaurants/venues to visit.  Brunch being late morning, necessitates coffee. So my first stop was Bean Around the World, where I enjoyed a latte.  Straight forward and full flavoured, in Lonsdale Quay.

Bean Around the World - latte

Bean Around the World – latte

With some caffeine in my veins, the next stop was the joint Bowen Island Pizza Company with Cobbs Bread in Lonsdale Quay.  We sampled both an apricot French toast with a strawberry reduction, and an Italian crostini with chorizo and roasted garlic.  The French toast was full of flavour, as the bread used was made with raisins.  The crostini bread was light and crispy, and the chorizo with roasted garlic had a citrus zing added to it from the capers.  A great start to our crawl.

Bowen Island Pizza Company with Cobbs Bread - French toast and crostini bread with chorizo

Bowen Island Pizza Company with Cobbs Bread – French toast and crostini bread with chorizo

Next stop was Two Daughters Bakery a few blocks away, where we were served an apple tart and a ginger lemon sandwich cookie.  These treats are made in a gluten-free, vegan ingredients.  Gluten does bother me, so these two treats were a treat for me.  In particular I really liked the apple tart, made with freshly chopped apples.

Two Daughters bakery - apple tart and ginger lemon sandwich cookie

Two Daughters bakery – apple tart and ginger lemon sandwich cookie

A short drive up Londsale Ave, we stopped at Cook Culture, Echo Cafe, and Rosemary Rocksalt.  Cook Culture really made something unique and special for us; red lentil and wheat berry pancakes topped with haskap berries and maple syrup.  Along with this they also made a smoothie for us with banana, roobios tea and much more (sorry I don’t remember the full list of ingredients). The smoothie was very filling, smooth and not sugary.  Besides cooking classes, Cook Culture has a store full of kitchen pots, pans, and gadgets that you have to have.

Cook Culture - Chef Jonathan Chovancek making red lentil pancakes. The pancakes and smoothie for us

Cook Culture – Chef Jonathan Chovancek making red lentil pancakes. The pancakes and smoothie for us

Echo Cafe offered us a Waffle BLT, a savoury scone baked with cheese and green onion, and a tart-sized quiche; Country style with ham, cheese, and peas.  I really liked the quiche. Lots of flavour from the ham and cheese; texture and well, fresh peas from the peas.  A very nice triumvirate.  The waffle BLT was also nice, with the crispy waffle, crunchy bacon, and maple syrup.

Echo Cafe - Waffle BLT savoury scone and country style quiche

Echo Cafe – Waffle BLT savoury scone and country style quiche

Last stop was Rosemary Rocksalt, where you can enjoy Montreal style bagels, which have been dipped in boiling water before being baked in a wood-fired oven (I assume they have a wood-fired oven).   I really like their bagels as they are dense yet soft to chew.  Some bagels you buy are very chewy and can give you a headache.  They offered to us a small chunk of bagel, with 3 different toppings: Montreal smoked meat, lox & cream cheese, and vegan cashew spread.  The bagels used, in order to the toppings were sesame, poppyseed, and rosemary rocksalt.  All three toppings went very well with the bagels.  The Montreal smoked meat, and lox & cream cheese are obvious pairings that would work, but vegan cashew spread?  Yes, it tasted and looked fairly similar to hummus.

Rosemary Rocksalt - Montreal style bagels with Montreal smoked meat, lox and cream cheese, and vegan cashew spread

Rosemary Rocksalt – Montreal style bagels with Montreal smoked meat, lox and cream cheese, and vegan cashew spread

Did this make you hungry?  There is the Main Street Brunch Crawl on Sunday, Jan 31.  Tickets are available.  See you there.

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