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I have never been partial to deep crust pizzas or pizzas with a thick doughy crust but thin crust pizza or flatbreads with interesting topping combinations make for a light, quick and easy-to-share meal.

Before heading to Main Street's Fox Cabaret for a show a group of us wandered round the corner to Eight½ Restaurant Lounge for a light pre-show supper,  and their thin crust pizzas just hit the spot.

Wild mushroom truffle omelette

Serving brunch seven days a week  from 8 AM to 4 PM weekdays and from 9 AM on weekends! For many restaurants 10 or 11 AM signals the "mandatory" time for switching from breakfast menu to lunch menu. So I was impressed when I learned that I could order an omelette even though I was only meeting my friend for lunch at Catch 122 at 1:45 PM. And the omelette I ordered turned out to be something special...

 

ham and cheese omelette

Since I seldom eat breakfast out on weekdays and my mid-morning meetings tend to be at coffee shops rather than at full service restaurants, I didn't know that Provence Marinaside serves breakfasts.  But searching for a location in walking distance from home, with a water view for a celebratory and farewell breakfast with family, I found that Provence Marinaside is open from from 8 am to 10:30 pm and has a great breakfast menu.

carrot and ginger soup at Heirloom

The pre-show dinner I enjoyed at Heirloom Vegetarian restaurant may have just changed my attitude about vegetarian cuisine. Enjoying fish and shellfish, meats, specially charcuterie, and having an aversion to the texture of many  grains and beans I have tended to avoid places serving only vegetarian foods.

But checking out Heirloom's menu on line, I thought it looked really different and interesting enough for me to try it out. Glad I did because the flavour and creamy texture of the ginger-carrot soup-of-the-day alone was fantastic enough for me to want to make a return visit to try more menu items....

Mushroom and bacon pizette

The Settlement Building on Dunlevy Street in the Railtown district east of Gastown, is home to the Vancouver Urban Winery and the Belgard Kitchen, as well as Fresh Tap, Postmark Brewing and the Roaring Twenties Wine Co.

This was my first visit and I was really happy to have found a restaurant that is only a 5 minute walk  away from the Firehall Arts Centre for a pre-show supper.  I liked the high ceilinged, light and airy atmosphere and our server was friendly and efficient.

Vegetables on the teppanyaki grill

The Kobe Japanese Steak and Seafood House on Alberni Street in downtown Vancouver, with its knife-twirling chefs and teppanyaki grills, has been an iconic Vancouver restaurant  since 1968. I have wonderful memories of watching my kids sitting transfixed by the juggling antics of the grill chefs and then practically inhaling  each morsel of the perfectly grilled vegetables.
 

Wanting a light pre-show supper, protein-based with flavourful fresh salads or vegetables, we chose Portobello Restaurant before going to see Underneath the Lintel at Pacific Theatre. Our needs were perfectly satisfied though we had to conscientously (and sadly) decline their delicious bread.

For our salad we picked the insalata di pomodoro - sliced fresh tomatoes full of flavour, red onions and fresh basil with vinaigrette dressing.

Among our family dine-outs over the holidays, a dinner at Black+ Blue Restaurant was an unexpected stand-out. Normally appreciating the high quality of the Glowbal Group's local restaurants, we were surprised by a sequence of negative reviews of Black+ Blue Restaurant on a popular bar-and-restaurant guide and decided to check it out for ourselves.

In summary, we enjoyed excellent service,  excellent food, and a comfortable warm ambience. The sound and the table spacing was such that we could talk comfortably among ourselves. The background music was fine other than the occasional song that made me want to break into a...

Lolita's South of the Border Cantina
1326 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC
Ph: (604) 696-9996

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Until now, despite rave reviews about the food from friends who live in the neighborhood and frequent this cantina, I have foolishly avoided joining them for fear that I would be subjected to dishes flavoured with the dreaded cilantro. But finally others in our group...

Pourhouse Restaurant
162 Water St., Vancouver
Ph: (604) 568-7022  or Reserve Online

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I grew up in a small hotel where from time to time, the chef would prepare...

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