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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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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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Cinnamon’s Kailua (Hawaii 2018): Guava Chiffon Pancakes

During our Hawaiian vacation in May, we decided to rent a car for a couple of days and head up to the North Shore. On the first day of our road trip, we drove up to Kailua on the windward (eastern) side of Oahu and it was pouring rain so we decided to stop for breakfast at Cinnamon’s before heading to the Valley of the Temples.
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Surf Lanai at The Royal Hawaiian (Hawaii 2018): The Royal Bake Shop Banana Bread French Toast and Pink Palace Pancakes

If you’ve been to Waikiki, you’ve probably seen The Royal Hawaiian… with the bright pink facade, it’s difficult to miss this long-standing resort nestled up on the beach. One of the things that they’re known for is their famous banana bread. While we’ve never stayed at The Royal Hawaiian, I’ve read that guests receive this in their rooms when they first arrive. However, you don’t need to stay at The Royal Hawaiian to experience it as they also have an on-site bakery that sells the banana bread.
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The Veranda (Hawaii 2018): Breakfast Buffet at the Beach Bar

The Moana Surfrider is one of the most historic and picturesque hotels located in Waikiki. Situated right on Waikiki Beach, the views from here are amazing. We decided to visit The Veranda for breakfast (which, as the name implies, is served on the veranda of the Moana Surfrider). As it turns out, however, this coincided with Mother’s Day and they had a special Breakfast Buffet ($30) which was instead being served in the adjacent Beach Bar area, under the canopy of their large banyan tree.
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Paul’s Place Omelettery: The Zimmer

It’s been a while since I last visited Paul’s Place Omelettery (five years I think). This busy breakfast spot is located just south of the Granville Street bridge and serves up some pretty tasty meals.
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Ban Dao Pearl Seafood Restaurant: High End Dim Sum

Have you ever been to Peninsula Seafood Restaurant? You know, that somewhat overpriced Chinese restaurant located in Oakridge Mall? Well, if you drive about 10 minutes down Cambie, you’ll find their sister restaurant… Ban Dao Pearl Seafood Restaurant in Marine Gateway. Yes, it’s a bit confusing because Ban Dao is Chinese for Peninsula.
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