Flying Beaver Bar & Grill

The beaver became the official symbol of Canada since March 24, 1975 so it doesn’t get more Canadian than The Flying Beaver Bar & Grill.  They’re located at the North End of the No.2 Road Bridge in Richmond.  The Flying Beaver lets you sit and watch the arrival and departure of the Harbour Air seaplanes on the Middle Arm of the Fraser River.

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Decor is a typical rustic bar with touches of flight or Vancouver related art.  There’s a  wheelchair pilot suspended in the air that I particularly liked.

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I came here for brunch with my husband and daughter.  They sat us beside the windows on their enclosed patio near the back of the restaurant.  So between the crayons and watching the planes on the water, my daughter was entertained the whole time.  Although this restaurant is very kid friendly they also have certain sections to seat adults only.

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We shared The Beaver Damn, which is (description from their menu) A big ol’ plate with wings, potato skins with bacon, steak bites, kale & artichoke dip, naan bread and tortilla chips.  Wash it down with some beer, or coffee in my case and it was the perfect lazy Sunday.

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Medium noise level – $$

Flying Beaver Bar & Grill

4760 Inglis Drive
Richmond, BC

V7B 1W4

Railtown Cafe & Catering

This place is hidden amoungst all the other warehouses and shops in Railtown.  The staff here are friendly and helped me while I struggled to carry my child along with my diaper bag as well as my food to the table.  Much appreciated.

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During my last visit, I tried their lemon blueberry muffin and the meat lovers quiche.  I remember thinking, what kind of muffin costs $3.75?  Well, apparently one of the best muffins I’ve ever had.  It was packed with lemon, blueberry, almonds and enough sprinkling of sugar on top.  The muffin top was crispy and crunchy, while the body of the muffin remained soft.  I was going to save it for later, but ended up eating half of it.

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The meat quiche was also probably one of the best quiches I’ve ever had.  This was clearly a meat lovers quiche since it contained an overflowing amount of bacon and ham.  On top of that, there were tons of vegetables such as tomatoes, spinach and onions.  I always struggle with ordering something meat lovers or vegetarian because the meat option never contained enough vegetables, but not anymore!

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Along with my food, my usual to go drink would be coffee, but I decided on their raspberry lemonade since it looked so refreshing.  That hit the spot and wasn’t too tart.

I wish Railtown Cafe was open on the weekends since I live and work in Burnaby on the weekdays.  Parking can be limited, but not impossible so give it a shot.

 

Medium noise level – $

Railtown Cafe & Catering

397 Railway Street

Vancouver, BC

V6A 1A4

 

 

 

Sweet Cherubim

I’m not a person who craves Vegetarian food.  The dish almost always feels incomplete to me.  A salad?  Let’s slice some grilled chicken on that rabbit food.  Baked potato?  Let’s sprinkle some bacon on it.  However, I can make room for Sweet Cherubim from time to time.

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Sweet Cherubim is a casual eatery, which shares the space with a grocery store.  Staring at their menu, it took me the full 5 minutes to make a decision since I kept changing my mind.  They have samosas, moussakas, lasagnas, burgers, sandwiches, rolls, subjis, rice bowls, soups, salads and many desserts.  (All of which are vegetarian)

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I finally decided on the ‘Soup Special’, which came with a cup of soup, salad and rice.  This way, I can try a little bit of everything.  I chose the kale soup, quinoa salad and rice.  The 3 items looked tiny, but make no mistake, it is filling.  The food was tasty and healthy without being too greasy to weigh me down.  Next time, I’m going to try their subji, which I learned is a term that means ‘vegetable dish’.  Subjis can be dry, wet or in curry form and the ones at Sweet Cherubim looked delicious.

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Average noise level – $

Sweet Cherubim

1105 Commercial Dr

Vancouver, BC

V5L 3X3

Nuvrei

In Portland, there are a few restaurants and bakery I tend to go back a few times during same trip.  Nuvrei is one of those places.  This bakery is located in the Pearl District and has some pretty amazing baked goods.

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From macarons to bagels to cookies, they’ve certainly mastered it all here.  I’ve tried both their turkey bagel and smoked salmon bagel and they were delicious.  Freshly baked bagels, crisp vegetables, moist turkey or the smoked salmon in between a cheese crusted bagel and toasted to perfection.  Between the two bagel sandwiches, I wouldn’t be able to tell you which one I enjoyed more.

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The macarons were light and packed with flavor.  I was pretty full by the time I finished my sandwich, but I’m not letting anything get in the way of a little dessert.  We polished off half of the box and saved the rest for a snack an hour later.  The only regret I had was not buying a second box.

 

Average noise level – $$

Nuvrei

404 NW 10th Ave

Portland, OR

97209

Sweetery Cafe

If you’re looking to eat close to Downtown and Granville Island without venturing into either places, Sweetery Café isn’t a bad choice.  It’s quick and easy with plenty of free street parking available.

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Sweetery serves sandwiches, wraps and salads with daily specials.  Today’s special was a BBQ chicken grilled cheese sandwich served with fries, salad or soup.  In addition to that I also ordered the chicken, avocado and tomato sandwich with a side of quinoa salad.  Both were satisfying without being too greasy.  The food is more on the healthier side, so don’t expect comfort food.  To be honest, the salad was a little bland for me, but it felt good for my body.

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This is a casual place to grab some coffee and dessert to chat with some friends, unfortunately my daughter was getting fussy so we couldn’t stay long enough to try any.

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Medium noise level – $

Sweetery Café

340 W 2nd Avenue

Vancouver, BC

V5Y 3W3