Tableau Bar Bistro

After weeks of planning and rescheduling, SheShe and I finally got together for brunch. She was really wanting to try chicken and waffles, which seem to have seen a rise in popularity as of late. I of course was not one to object… I mean it’s fried chicken come on! So we looked into the best in the city and decided on visiting Tableau Bar Bistro.  They were also one of the few that actually take reservations for brunch!

Tableau: Mimosas

What’s brunch without Mimosas ($10)?  We ordered some to start.  It’s your usual fare.

Tableau: Chicken and Waffles

The Chicken and Waffles ($15) were served with maple syrup.  I would’ve like the waffles to be thicker, perhaps the Belgian type.  The chicken was very nicely battered and crisp and juicy.  However as good as fried chicken was, I didn’t get the big WOW from this dish.  I think I was disappointed by the thinness of the waffles.

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Hitman’s Healthy Breakfast Smoothie

I’m a firm believer in the old adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and I’d like to share my recipe for a healthy, added-sugar-free breakfast smoothie.  This quick and delicious smoothie recipe makes enough for one tall glass, but can easily be doubled for two people.  I like to have it along with a classic big breakfast of eggs, toast, and hash browns but it may be filling enough on its own for some folks.

Healthy Breakfast Smoothie ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 small handful fresh or frozen berries (blueberries used here)
  • 1/2 cup fat-free plain yogurt
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (chocolate is best!)
  • 1 small handful baby kale or baby spinach (kale used here)
  • 1 tablespoon Ra Energy Naturally Sweet or Plain (or substitute flax seeds, chia seeds, or wheat germ)
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Brunch at The Oakwood Canadian Bistro

There comes a time in your life when it really dawns on you that you’re growing up.  Or old.  This is that year for my high school friends and I as we’re all turning 30 this year.  “Luckily”, my birthday isn’t until the end of the year so as of now I’m still the youngest of the bunch and I take every opportunity to milk that 😉

The Oakwood Canadian Bistro exterior

For Cat’s 30th birthday, she originally wanted to have a celebratory dinner.  However one of us had plans the evening of, so it got changed to a brunch instead.

Cat got to pick the restaurant and she chose The Oakwood Canadian Bistro in Kitsilano.  They don’t take reservations so be prepared to wait.  For the 5 of us we waited 35 minutes at noon.

The Oakwood Canadian Bistro Interior

Open Faced Corned Beef Sandwich with overeasy eggs, sauerkraut, dijon and home fries at The Oakwood Canadian Bistro

I picked the Open-faced Corned Beef sandwich, overeasy eggs, sauerkraut, dijon and home fries ($14).  First the good: it was LOADED with meat.  I mean, there was so much corned beef slices on there I could’ve easily made another sandwich.  It was pretty tasty and not overly salty as it could easily have been.

The bad: the bread was really dry.  And thick.  It was not very tasty to eat overall.  The eggs could’ve been runnier too…it was too well done for my liking.

The good again: The bread softened overnight (I packed it) and when I had it for lunch the next day it tasted much much better.

The Oakwood Canadian Bistro: Brioche Muffins with Maple Butter

I ordered a side of Brioche muffins with maple butter ($5).  They were served fresh and warm and fluffy.  A bit savory, and the maple butter wasn’t overly sweet.  I was full from this so I had my sandwich packed to go.

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Home-cooking: Breakfast Smoothie

My parents are on vacation for 2 weeks so I’ll have to fend for myself in the meals department for the time being.

Not wanting to rely on takeout and instant noodles for 2 weeks, I started to make some simple meals and here’s to chronicling those attempts!

And thus..the first post of my “Attempts at Cooking” series!

Breakfast Smoothie

I didn’t have actual food in my fridge one morning so I just took whatever I had and made a smoothie.  Simple. I was originally just going to make a banana smoothie, but I also realized I had some ground flax seed and some yogurt, so I added those too.

Nativa Organics Flax Seed with Blueberries

I got this from Shoppers Drug Mart and it was on sale.  It was pretty good.  If you haven’t tried flax seed before it’s got a nice wheaty aroma to it.  This particular one was especially suited for smoothies because it’s mixed with blueberries.

Nativa Organics Flax Seed with Blueberries

Also, the high amount of omega-3 fatty acids in flax seed are best absorbed if the seeds are grounded.  This comes grounded so it’s convenient!  By the way I add this to my yogurt every morning at work.

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The Original Pancake House

Wow it’s been a while since the last post it seems! Boyfriend and I had just gotten an Xbox 360 and we’ve been playing Lego Batman, Lego Star Wars, Lego anything and there just didn’t seem like there’s time to blog! But we’ve still been eating out and taking pictures though so don’t you worry!

So I’m just gonna continue with the US theme. It was the second time in two weeks that I travelled down to the States, this time with my Mom.

We stayed overnight at my aunt’s house, and she took us out for breakfast the next day.

The Original Pancake House exterior

My cousin has been wanting to take us to The Original Pancake House ever since the first time Boyfriend and I went down.  My aunt and cousin had been raving about this place.  Finally this time, we were able to go, albeit missing Boyfriend.  It was a relatively short drive from Mill Creek to Kirkland.

The Original Pancake House interior

It is a quaint place, not much decor but it’s comfortable, very homestyle.  As you can see it wasn’t that packed, since it was a weekday morning when we went.

So in all we ordered 3 items- 2 of their specialty items, plus an interesting omelette.

The Original Pancake House: Dutch Baby

The items arrived all at the same time.  The first thing we tasted was the crater-looking thing above called the Dutch Baby, which was one of their specialties.  It was served with more icing sugar, whipped butter and lemon on the side.

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