Catch 122 Cafe Bistro – Vancouver

Another new brunch place I tried out was Catch 122.

We were a party of 7 so we had to wait an hour for a table!

duck confit poutine…..  the cheese wasn’t melted enough….

The dirty breakfast: duck fat toast, duck confit, sunny-side up eggs, house made maple beans and Yukon nugget potato hash….. love this! I could actually taste the duck fat in the toast!  I don’t normally eat beans but this was really good… slightly sweet from the maple…

Eggs Benedict with braised short ribs…..

eggs benedict with smoked salmon….

I like how all brunch items are 12 CAD…. a more economic brunch option in Gastown.


Catch 122 Cafe Bistro

122 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1G8, Canada
+1 604-731-3474

Tuc Craft Kitchen – Vancouver

It seems like every time I go back to Vancouver, more brunch places pop up!

One highly rated place is Gastown’s Tuc Craft.

We went on a long weekend and surprisingly, there wasn’t a lot of people!

iced chai tea blossom

crispy bacon and egg…. this was the highlight! bacon wrapped in onsen egg and fried.  inventive and delicious!

Pork belly crackling with red wine reduction… this was really good too.. I don’t think anything with pork belly would be bad…..


elevated diner (sunny side up eggs, pork belly crackling, sourdough toast, BC new potatoes)

okonomiyaki (traditional Japanese pancake, shredded pork, cabbage, bbq sauce, kewpie mayonnaise, bonito flakes)

berries and gauffres  fresh waffles, blueberry compote, cream cheese)….

Crispy Chicken & Waffles (free run chicken breast, savory waffles, dijon mournaise)…

The brunch options are a bit different from the traditional eggs benedict and the sides are interesting too…. definitely a place to return to!


Tuc Craft Kitchen

60 W Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1C9, Canada
+1 604-559-8999

Ask for Luigi – Vancouver

#98 on the Canada’s Best 100 list in Ask for Luigi, a restaurant specializing in pasta.  It seems like a lot of new restaurants are moving to Downtown Eastside,  even though the area has not completely been gentrified yet……

It doesn’t take reservations and if you don’t get the there half an hour before it opens, it’s usually a 2 hour wait after that.   So we got there 35 minutes before it opened and got a table!

We got a few appetizers and pastas to share:

octopus carpaccio… 


anchovies and eggs.... this was simple but good.. anchovies and salmon roe on onsen eggs… I want to attempt this at home!

Special pasta of the day : risotto with white truffle, corn and spicy sausage…. very flavourful and our unanimous favourite pasta of the night…

Special pasta of the day with vegetables…..very light.. tastes like spring…

Ricotta ravioli, olive tapenade and marinated tomatoes…. onto the more heavy-flavoured pasta…

Fusilli nero, calamari and nduja crumbs………..

Pappardelle and wild boar ragu……

We also ordered all their desserts…..olive oil cake… very simple yet delicious.. it’s like a warm pound cake….

panna cotta

chocolate budino…..

I would come back for another meal… if there isn’t such a long lineup!


Ask for Luigi

305 Alexander St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1C4, Canada
+1 604-428-2544

Farmer’s Apprentice – Vancouver

#72 on the list of Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants is Farmer’s Apprentice, a restaurant specializing in farm-to-table.

We went for brunch and there was a lineup even before it opened!

Smørrebørd: dry-aged beef tartare, gribiche and sea asparagus / cucumbers, fresh cheese, black pepper, herb salad and soft boiled egg / smoked cod rillette, potato, radish and dill….  This is the Scandanavian type of open-faced sandwich…   interesting toppings and it looks so pretty!Albacore tuna, heritage peppers, grilled onions, soft boiled eggs…. this is mostly like a salad…

Octopus, sieglinde potatoes, corn, jalapeño, poached eggs…. a salad again! the corn tasted really sweet.. totally from farm and not canned!

Berkshire and tamsworth pork biscuit sandwich, FA sauce, fried egg… love the biscuit! very buttery like a scone.

The brunch offering at Farmer’s Apprentice was a bit different from the normal brunch joints, making it a standout!


Farmer’s Apprentice

1535 W 6th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1R1, Canada
+1 604-620-2070

Maenam – Vancouver

This summer trip back home was filled with lots of new food discoveries! Apparently there’s a Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants ranking so I tried to eat my way through the list!

First restaurant I tried was Maenam, a modern Thai restaurant that is ranked number 26.

I pass by it almost everyday and never noticed it!

The setting is very non-Asian….

handmade roti / mussaman beef curry / banana blossom salad with toasted sesame, fried shallots, tamarind and palm sugar dressing)… The roti was buttery and light but not too crispy.  The curry wasn’t spicy and the beef brisket was tender.  The highlight was the salad with the light and sweet dressing… so different from other salad dressings.  We were so impressed with the dishes that came that I forgot to take pictures of the pad thai and stir-fry vegetables.  The pad thai was authentic and didn’t have the westernized ketchup-y flavour.

For dessert, I ordered coconut tapioca dessert.. it was normal…..

I was impressed with Maenam at first but other than the pad thai and salad, everything else was so-so compared to what is offered from a traditional Thai restaurant (and at a fraction of the price!)



1938 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1M5, Canada
+1 604-730-5579


Grand finale meal in Edmonton, Canada

We ended our Alberta trip in Edmonton and the only thing we did there was visit West Edmonton Mall and dinner in downtown.  We picked Lux Steakhouse….gotta eat more Alberta beef before we left!

We ordered the lap of luxury to share….24 oz prime ribeye, potato au gratin, asparagus, grilled prawns..

Truffle lobster mac n’ cheese…..

It was expensive at 94CAD but well worth it for our last meal!


Lux Steakhouse and Bar

Commerce Place, 10150 101 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 3P4, Canada
+1 780-424-0400


From Banff, we took the Icefields Parkway up to Jasper and made a lot of stops:

Lake Peyto

Athabasca Glacier

We stopped by the Icefields Centre to have breakfast…. ordered a chicken noodle soup at the canteen for 8.49 CAD!!!! outrageous!

Lake Maligne….

We couldn’t find any accommodation in Jasper so we had to stay in Hinton instead.  Since we were in Alberta, I had to have steak nightly!

New York cut steak… perfectly grilled and a good cut too!

hamburger steak


Milos Grill Steakhouse

120 Felaber Rd, Hinton, AB T7V 1Z8

Tel:(780) 865-8844