Another weekend and yes another brunch crawl. This time, it was Downtown Vancouver with 5 stops. With Viv out of action for the remainder of the crawls, I enlisted the help of Miss Y for the next 2. I decided to pick her up despite heading in the wrong direction. You see, it almost seems like she is continually on daylight-savings time and if we were to get there on time, it would be up to me. If it were up to her, it would've been like the time I waited 2 hours a the Hotel Vancouver...
So, the registration point at Marquis Wines also served as our first stop. There, we were served a glass of Mimosa (featuring Segura Vidas Reserva Cava Sparkling) to go with a trio of pastries from Tartine Pies & Breads. These included an Onion Flatbread, Cheese Tart and Quiche. Despite my stomach's objection, I liked the onion flatbread the most as it was sweet and aromatic. From there, we made the strategic jaunt over to Saj & Co. I say strategic, because it took us over an hour to finish the last time. Hey, the reason for that was the owner makes everything fresh and puts love into his food (also very generous). We were treated to Zaaatar on unleavened freshly made wholewheat bread with labneh and a side of Green Protebeans. The flatbread rocked with a crispy chewiness highlighted by the brightness of the filling.
Walking to the next block, we paid a visit to Truffles. We were presented with a plate consisting of 2 Mini-Quiche (Broccoli & Cheddar and Lorraine), Stuffed Brioche (Ham & Gruyere and Mushroom, Arugula & Brie) and Cinnamon Roll Bites. Interestingly, the mushroom brioche was much softer and less dry than the ham & gruyere. I guess it had a lot to do with the moisture content. We thought the cinnamon roll was good, but too sweet. Back to some bevvies, we did some sampling at Krokodile Pear further down Davie Street. In addition to the samples, we were able to take a whole bottle of Kicking Horse cold-pressed organic juice. Gingery and refreshing with only the mildest of sweetness, this was actually pretty good (since I'm not a juice guy).
Our last stop was not really within walking distance, so drove down to Trees Organic on Granville at Hastings. Along with Hot Apple Cider, we were treated to a Spinach & Feta Scone and Prosciutto & Brie on Rustic Baguette. I thought the scone was pretty solid with lots of cheese and a touch of spinach to go with its soft texture. I wasn't a huge fan of the baguette as it was hard which meant everything slid out with each bite. Whatever the case, we were pretty full at the end of the crawl. I appreciated there was more savoury items than sweet this time around.
*All food and beverages excluding gratuities were complimentary*
- More savoury than sweet
- Enough food
- The crawl was mostly on Davie except for Trees Organic