Another weekend of Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2017 means another pair of Brunch Crawls presented by Vancouver Foodster.
This weekend, East Village and Yaletown neighbourhoods were explored. We participated in the Yaletown Brunch Crawl to take a look around our home ‘hood.
Hoping the rain would hold off, we started off the morning at Rocanini Coffee near BC Place. The coffee house offered a Rum Latter to kickstart Brunch Crawl; espresso, steamed milk and rum flavouring. I opted to have mine without espresso, as a steamed milk with rum. A rich, soothing sip to warm the soul.
I’ve walked past Living Produce Aisle, on Hamilton Street, many times and Brunch Crawl took us to visit the unique green grocers. The Urban Cultivator outlet grows fresh microgreens for many local restaurants and merchants. In addition they serve the greens themselves for their housemade smoothies and salads, like the Green Dream and Peanut Butter Cup Smoothies and MicroGreen Salad cup they served for Brunch Crawlers.
Next, while not exactly typical for Brunch, House Special offered a plate of Vietnamese dishes. The trio were more traditional flavours than House Special normally presents but were a perfect lunar New Year offering. Congee Noir; black and white rice porridge topped with housemade Chinese donut, boudin noir sausage and house made XO sauce. Vietnamese Festival Cake; sticky rice roulade with pork, 5-spice sausage, mung bean, cucumber, pickled cabbage & celery. Steamed Glass Dumpling; banana leaf wrapped tapioca dumpling, filled with ground pork, salted shrimp, pork crackling and red chili with nouc cham dipping sauce.
Ganache Patisserie, plated a sweet ending to the food offered for Brunch Crawl Yaletown. The French Patisserie presented a quintet of their favourite pastries; a flaky classic croissant, croissant aux bleuet-mures (blueberry enveloped in croissant dough), Goyave Citron Mandarine (citrus cake topped with fruit), Madeline and Macaron.
To wrap up the morning Brunch Crawl, a hot cuppa tea at Teaja hit the spot. Offering a tasting of Double Cream Earl Grey sweetened with honey and coconut milk or Vanilla Rouge, a flavoured Rooibos tea. My Earl Grey nicely closed this weekend’s Brunch Crawls.
There’s still one more weekend of Vancouver Foodster Brunch Crawls before Dine Out Vancouver Festival comes to a close; Robson Street/West End on Saturday and Commercial Drive on Sunday.