My last Brunch Crawl for Dine Out Vancouver 2016 was on Main Street. I had hoped to have a sunny day like my North Van Brunch Crawl, but the weather was rather cold, rainy, and blustery. Main Street is a happening place for restaurants if you haven’t tried the neighbourhood lately. Starting around Broadway and moving south to King Edward, you will find many different restaurants to please your taste buds. For this Brunch Crawl we sampled from:
- The Honey Shoppe with Republica Coffee Roasters
- The August Market with Good Habit Foods and The Lemon Square
- Radicle Juice
- Rosemary Rocksalt
Starting any morning off, you need coffee, which is what we received from Republica Coffee Roasters, who were serving small samples of their coffee, very strong coffee, inside of The Honey Shoppe. After coffee, we moved onto enjoying a warm chocolate almond crepe with raspberry honey butter. The crepe was really nice, and I enjoyed the rich chocolate filling and the fresh tart raspberries. Also we did try various flavours of honey. The one I really liked was the Blackberry honey. Really had a blackberry flavour to it, which comes from the blackberry flowers.
Next stop was The August Market where we had a very tasty and healthy bowl containing Greek yogurt and mixed Fruit & Nut granola from Good Habit Foods. The tartness of the yogurt complemented the fruit and sweetness and crunch of the granola oats. The decadence after that came from The Lemon Square, lemon square. Tasty lemon, that is not too sour, and has the right amount of sweetness. Coffee would have worked well with this square. We also had a small sample of a chocolate almond milk at The August Market which was very tasty. Light chocolate and nuttiness flavours.
Radicle Juice pumped us full of fresh fruit juices. One came from the “heat shot“, made from ginger (lots), apple, and lemon. It was really spicy, especially if you took the shot all at once, like I did. To cool down I had a Dragonfly smoothie, made from fresh orange juice, coconut milk, strawberry, pineapple, dragonfruit, and ginger (just a pinch). Also we enjoyed an acai mini berry bowl that came with chopped banana and coconut water and topped with granola ans seasonal berries. I would definitely come back for a berry bowl. Really full of flavour and texture. Radicle Juice makes all their smoothies and bowls when you order them, with fresh fruit. Nothing pre-made in purchased tetra packs that I could see.
Our next stop was Nirvana. The one on Vancouver, Main St. Not the metaphysical one. An Indian restaurant that has been around for as long as I can remember. They provided us with a sampling of Malai kofta on basmati rice, Mozza naan, and Mango lassi. I enjoyed the kofta with rice. It was quite filling, and not very spicy. The mango lassi is a drink made from yogurt and mango. It was very thick and had nice mango flavour. If I were to have a wine with this, maybe a nice BC Gamay Noir.
Last stop was Rosemary Rocksalt, for three kinds of bagels. I really like their bagels as they are dense yet soft to chew, plus they make the bagels right there. You can watch them putting the bagels into the oven and then removing them, admiring the toasty brownness of the crust and the smell of fresh bread. Rosemary Rocksalt 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.
Thanks to Richard Wolak, aka Vancouver Foodster for working the Dine Out Vancouver Festival for putting on this event.