Little Nest – brunch for the adults

After a visit to the Trout Lake Farmers Market, I met up with G at Little Nest near Commercial Drive for brunch. It’s relatively close to the market by bus. Since I arrived a bit early, I order my very much-needed morning coffee and grabbed a seat first.

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It was back in August and I need something cold after my walk from the market with my heavy grocery basket. I ordered an Ice Americano. I really love that they use the letter blocks to track their orders. “S” was my first letter.

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Elysian Coffee

Elyisan Coffee (and The Elysian Room) is one of my favorite cafes.  I was near Cambie and Broadway on this early Sunday morning (before 8 a.m.) and found out that Elysian Coffee was actually open daily at 7 a.m.!

So before my ride on the Broadway bus, I went in for a quick bite and some good coffee. The little cafe was filled with smell of freshly baked goodies: vanilla, cinnamon, sugar, banana, egg …etc. They were busy preparing for their freshly baked muffins. Looking at the selection that day, I picked a Ginger Carrot Muffin and an Americano.

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Commune Cafe – quick meal before watching a show

March 10, Thursday

Quick meal at Commune Cafe before watching a show at the Orpheum with D and S. I used 1 Groupon for this meal. It’s pretty nice and causal. And even though most of the dishes were pre-made and assambled as ordered, they were still tasty. We had enough time to eat and chat a bit before heading for the show just steps away.

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Salmon with preserved lemon risotto
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Cafe de l’Orangerie – Western influenced Japanese food

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April 9, Saturday – Cloudy

My sister and her family were visiting me from Japan. One of the kids was a fussy eater (just like many other kids around). We decided to take them to Cafe de l’Orangerie, a restaurant serving yoshoku cuisine, so she could have something that she is more familiar with.  Yoshoku is Western-influenced cooking orginated during the Meiji Restoration in Japan. You typically see spaghetti, hamburgar, stew…etc on the menu which seem western but actually have a Japanese “twist” to them.

Cafe de l’Orangerie is a small restaurant at the south end of Granville Street. I found out about it from my friends (yellow tiger). It’s in a tiny stripmall with only a few other businesses and they didn’t seem busy. So parking wasn’t a problem for us. We quickly settled down and ordered.
Since it’s a cafe, I ordered an Americano (and I need a coffee to deal with the kids @@).
It’s pretty good, strong and smooth with a slight acidic undertone. (So D didn’t like it! LOL) It’s not as rich/full body as Italian espresso. But I like it regardless.

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