Category Archives: Breakfast

Ricky’s Country Restaurant (Burnaby): Yikes!

After eating at the Ricky’s Country Restaurant in Richmond the previous day, I wasn’t planning on dining at another Ricky’s for a while. But for some reason, we wound up at the Ricky’s in Burnaby while running some errands. Like their Richmond counterpart, the diners here tended to be mainly non-asian… not that there’s anything wrong with that… it’s just that it’s a bit unsettling in a multicultural city like Vancouver to be the only asians in a restaurant.
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Ricky’s Country Restaurant (Richmond): Farmhand’s Favourite

It wasn’t my plan to visit Ricky’s… but sometimes, things just work out this way. I was originally going to head over to Lido Restaurant to try their famous pineapple buns but found the place to be super busy on the Saturday morning. Not in the mood to wait around or to hunt around for parking, I dejectedly headed over to nearby Ricky’s Country Restaurant (this is now my 2nd failed attempt at visiting Lido).
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The Slocan: East Van Breakfast

If you’ve read by blog long enough, you probably know that I’m always looking for a good breakfast. The problem is that I’m running out of breakfast joints that actually open up early (especially on the weekends). Brunch is fine… but who wants to wait until 10-11am? Having to run errands on an early Saturday morning, I dropped by The Slocan, a diner located in my old East Vancouver haunts.
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Bells and Whistles: All Day Breakfast

In today’s terminology, “Bells and Whistles” usually refers to something that has a number of additional attractive (not necessarily useful) features. Nobody really knows the true origin of the phrase, but some believe that it harks back to a time long ago when bells and whistles were used to draw attention to something (such as at fairgrounds). In any case, the Bells and Whistles that I’m referring to today is the newish gastropub offering from Gooseneck Hospitality (the same group that brought us Wildebeest, Lucky Taco, and Bufala).
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Fraser Park Restaurant: Hearty German Breakfast and Lunch

Whenever I’m in the mood for a good, hearty breakfast, my mind wanders to Fraser Park Restaurant. This diner located in the middle of a semi-industrial area has been serving up tasty eats for years and you’re pretty much guaranteed to go away stuffed.
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Spade Coffee & Spirits & Treats & Small Plates: Meat Breakfast Sammy

A couple of months ago, I noticed a strange thing in my social media feed… all of a sudden, there were countless pictures of a black spade on a white wall. No, not a shovel… the spade that you see in a deck of cards. Intrigued, I did a bit of digging and found out this was for a place called Spade Coffee. But it’s much more than a coffee shop.
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Young’s Cafe: Breakfast in New Westminster

Does anyone ever wonder how the small Chinese-Canadian cafes started up? I mean, a place that serves both hamburgers and sweet and sour pork? Many moons ago, during the early settlement of Canada, Chinese immigrants introduced Chinese-style dishes that were refined for the tastes of their western contemporaries. In many small towns across Canada, the Chinese cafe was the first and only restaurant available as the unique recipes were a novelty for many. However, to attract more customers, these Chinese restaurants would also add western dishes to appeal to their customers.
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White Spot (Bridgeport): Dry and Overcooked Eggs

As someone who was born in Vancouver, I have fond memories of White Spot… especially their pirate paks. As I got older, I started to appreciate their legendary burgers and other casual dishes like chicken pot pie and fish and chips. However, over the last 15 years or so, I’ve noticed a decline in their food. Nothing too serious but noticeable enough that I often lament about how their coleslaw used to taste better or their hamburgers used to be juicier.
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Nemesis Coffee: Beautiful Avocado Toast

Okay, seriously… when did avocado toast become a thing? If you look on social media a few years ago, you couldn’t scroll far down your feed without seeing someone post about their avocado toast. And while no longer at the height of popularity, it’s still common enough to see people posting pics of their favourite gram worthy dish.
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Eggs ‘n Things Waikiki Beach Eggspress (Hawaii 2018): Breakfast with a View

I think I’ve forgotten how many times we’ve dined at Eggs ‘n Things over the years. From the moment we first tried their pancakes topped with a mountain of whipped cream, we’ve been hooked. That being said, we like trying new restaurants so we haven’t been making a point to revisit on each trip to Hawaii (although we did visit an Eggs ‘n Things when we went to Japan last year).
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Tim Ho Wan (Hawaii 2018): Dim Sum in Waikiki

Shortly before our trip to Hawaii this year, we heard that they opened a Tim Ho Wan in Waikiki. This chain of Chinese dim sum restaurants first originated in Hong Kong and became known as the cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant after a few of their branches earned one Michelin star.
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Lychee (Hawaii 2018): Breakfast Buffet

We were a bit hesitant to try the breakfast buffet at Lychee, a restaurant located on the 2nd floor of the Alohilani Resort, due to the price tag ($35) but quickly realized that most touristy restaurants inside hotels run around the same price range so we bit the bullet.

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