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Gastown Brunch Crawl

Last week we ventured down to Gastown to participate in Vancouver Foodster’s and Dine Out Vancouver Festival’s brunch crawl. With eight stops along the way it was a good thing there was some walking in between! Every stop was impressive, but Jules Bistro, Lily Mae’s and Purebread Bakery were particularly generous and delicious. Samples included:

Velvet Cortado and Lemon Square

Featured their 2 newest Gold Medal winning Espressos- Butter Espresso and Velvet Cortado with the most delicious of lemon squares by Lemon Square.

Lily Mae's

BBQ pork and cheese grits
Orange cardamom French toast with Chantilly cream
Beet, carrot, and ginger fresh pressed juice

Jules Bistro

Dill marinated salmon on a mini croissant,mini spinach quiche and an amazingly decadent Cassoulet, Chocolate terrine, minted orange


Croquetta de Bacalao (salt cod), burnt orange,sherry sauce, fennel salad.
Local sardine Montadito, white bean puree,pickled onion
Spanish Tortilla of roasted pepper, fingerling potato,caramelized onion, olive and spinach

Jamaican Blue Cold Brew Truck

Cold brew on tap (both hot and cold)

Rodney's Oyster House

Smoked Salmon Croque Madam
Crab Cake Eggs Benedict

Brioche Eatery

Lobster and Crab Ravioli with a pesto and rose sauce
Pasta Salsiccia with tomato , garlic and pork
Eggplant Parmigiana with layers of marinara topped with Parmesan cheese
Sicilian style Ribs, marinated with Italian spices

Purebread Bakery

Purebread Bakery

PUREBREAD BAKERY  provided takeaway containers and we packed up a super generous package of:
Hot Mini Pudgie Pie
Hot Mini Spinach Feta Brioche
Mini Buckwheat Sour Cherry Scone
Mini Bacon Sour Cream & Chive Scone
Mini Raspberry Rhubarb Buttermilk Biscuit
Crack Bar
Take Away box containing Mexican Hot Chocolate and Chubbie Nuts

Great day with lots of new experiences. We will certainly be back to sample their menus more fully.

Dinner at Lily Mae’s Gastown

IMG_4823At 12 Powell Street in Gastown lies a sweet little bistro cafe with a super cozy room and a very European feel to both the room and the food.  They’ve recently revamped their menu so we stopped in for dinner to check it out and try a few bites. 

The restaurant is owned by Armand Tencha and Jeff Jefkins and named after Jeff’s mom, who’s baking is rumored to be top notch and stills sends them an annual care package of tasty goods each Christmas. Perhaps they’ll share if I go there enough.

Tomato and Cucumber Salad

It’s definitely salad days right now and it’s my goal to get as much local produce into my belly while it’s at it’s peak. This was a delightfully fresh creation with a dash good quality olive oil and seasoned correctly with a sprinkling of fresh basil for extra points.

Beef Tartar

Tartar is a fav. Last year I had many and have been meaning to sample more around town. This was a good version and I loved the addition on the side of fries in a play on steak frites. I did feel it was a little too yokey and would have perhaps done a quail’s egg or a smaller chicken egg instead.

Fish Bites

Fish bites were so very delicious. Lightly battered and fried without being at all oily. A herb-filled tartare was the perfect accompaniment. I could eat this daily and loved the addition of the calamari.

Melon and Proscuitto Salada

Another nod to seasonal produce was the Prosciutto and melon salad. Lovely how they balled the melons instead of slicing and used a few different farmers’ market greens.

Blue Cheese Bacon and Smoked Onion Tart

This smoked onion, blue cheese and bacon tart was hard to share. Superb flakey crust and well set filling. I need this for brunch, weekly.

Calamari Salad

More salad because I just can’t get enough. The calamari on this on was so tender it barely needing chewing; even better pan fried than in the fish bites if that could be possible.

The owners are always in and their care and devotion is very apparent. I will return to this spot. Great service a very doable wine and my their brunch menu looks good.
12 Powell Street, Vancouver, BC
(604) 558-2599
Lily Mae’s

EAT.DRINK.PLAY. At The Firehall Arts Centre

eat drink playFood and Theatre unite at this annual fundraiser celebrating local food, drink and perfromance oon June 19th, 2014 from 7-10 pm with proceeds going towards helping the Firehall bring cutting-edge theatre and dance to Vancouver.

Thursday June 19th, 2014, 7-10pm
Venue: Firehall Arts CentreTickets: $31 regular/ $16 artists (includes food, drink tastings & drink on arrival)
Tickets & Information:604.689.0926 or www.firehallartscentre.ca

Check out 11 local restaurants – Lily Mae’s, Peckinpah, Cadeaux Bakery, The Irish Heather, Salt Tasting Room, Bitter, Hogan’s Alley Cafe, Deacon’s Corner, Mahoney & Sons, Elephant and Castle, and Scent of a Sandwich. Tastings of micro brewery Parallel 49’s seasonal offerings will be available, plus vodka and crème de cassis from Odd Society Spirits.

This celebration of all things local will also feature a ‘taster flight’ of live theatre, dance and music performed around the Firehall building including an acoustic performance by rising theatre star and three-time Jessie Award nominee Kayvon Kelly (Chelsea Hotel) and a performance by Proud star Emmelia Gordon.

To complete the evening, there will be a silent auction.

About the Firehall Arts Centre

Located in a heritage fire hall built in 1906, the Firehall Arts Centre produces a season of eclectic theatre, dance and interdisciplinary performances and hosts visual arts exhibitions. Each year the 31 year old organization stages over two hundred performances for an audience of 30,000 people


Lily Mae’s Comfort Cafe Now Open in Gastown

“French café meets prairie kitchen” in Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood

Armand Tencha and Jeff Jefkins happily announce the opening of their comfort cafe, Lily Mae’s. Located in historic Gastown, a neighourhood Tencha and Jefkins have called home for the past seven years, the cozy 25-seat dining destination packs a charming punch. Equal parts Euro-flair and prairie-inspiration, a nod to its founder’s roots.

“We think of Gastown as a village within a city,” says Jefkins. “People say hi on the street and stop to visit one another. Many wonderful restaurants and coffee houses help create a neighbourhood here, yet we see call for a space that is quaint, homey and approachable – offering good food at a fair price.”

The restaurant is named after Jefkins’ mom, an accomplished baker whose cookies, cakes and squares are to blame for what Jefkins calls, “my lifelong sweet tooth.” Jefkins and Tencha pay homage to this woman, who still sends out an annual care package via mail of tasty delights every Christmas. Besides having a great name, she embodies what they want the restaurant to be: a comfortable, approachable go-to place filled with homey, good food, and love — along with a healthy dash of style.  They describe it as “French café meets prairie kitchen.”

Chef Ru Lee is at the helm of Lily Mae’s kitchen. Lee began her career at The Fish House in Stanley Park, where she worked for several years as an apprentice under Executive Chef Karen Barnaby.  She received her Red Seal in 2011. Under the direction of Executive Chef Barnaby, she worked on all stations at The Fish House, from prep to first cook to pastry.

Chef prepares daily lunch and dinner offerings that include fresh salads, hearty paninis and sandwiches, and traditional entrees. Stand-out, true-to-concept dishes will delight diners, including: the Coq au Vin Blanc; house-made Sausage with braised Fennel, Leek and Cabbage; and Beef Bourguignon. In the dessert department, decadent treats such as the Crème Brule Duo and the Spiced Apple Bacon Cake with caramel sauce, set out to satisfy. Weekend brunch is all the better at Lily Mae’s with a line-up of classic favourites. Benedicts are jazzed up with rich red wine hollandaise sauce; Sweet Potato Pancakes are laden with sticky brown sugar sauce and toasted pecans; and Ru’s Omelette is destined to stir a following – a ham and cheese omelet roll topped with bacon bits and cheddar cheese — and sausages served with hash and toast.

Complementing the comfort fare, a thoughtfully-curated wine list shouts-out New and Old World offerings — available by the glass or bottle — alongside a selection of local and international beer, and classic highballs. Lily Mae’s proudly brews coffee from Mogiana – a family owned and operated company named after the valley in Brazil where the beans are grown. The hand-picked beans are lauded for profound aromas, rich taste and smooth finish.

Lily Mae’s is open 11 am to 9 pm Monday to Wednesday; 11 am to 11 pm Thursday and Friday; Saturday from 10 am to 11 pm; and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm.

Lily Mae’s Cafe
12 Powell Street
Vancouver, BC

About the Owners
Armand Tencha and Jeff Jefkins celebrated their 20th year together a few weeks before Lily Mae’s opened its doors. While the couple would like to pretend they met in their childhood, the reality is that the two met in their 20s while both living in Winnipeg (do the math…they are in their 40s). Shortly after they met, they moved together to Vancouver to start a new life. Armand had just moved back to his native Winnipeg from Montreal where he had co-owned and operated a catering business and café. Jeff, who grew up in small town Manitoba, came to the big city of Vancouver to pursue a career in marketing. For years, Armand worked in the restaurant business and Jeff worked his way through the corporate ranks. When Jeff’s job went poof in early 2012, the two decided to switch gears and fulfill something they had nattered about to friends and family for years. And Lily Mae’s was born.