Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Weekend One Hundred and Five: Habit Coffee

We had left our secret location on a dog walk, when we had a great idea. Why don't we write up Habit Coffee? We often visit it on a dog walk, and... well, I'm getting ahead of myself.

Habit Coffee is on the corner of Blanshard and Yates, inside the BC Ferries building. We like it because dogs are permitted into the atrium, which is equipped with benches near the window *and* tables farther inside. Snacks for the humans with dogs? Great in our books!

So, what did we have? Catie reports that the coffee here is excellent, regardless of what you order. She usually has a savoury scone, and this week was no exception. It was filled with leeks and cheese, if I remember right. "Delicious," she says. I had their apple juice (just made from apples, no added anything else), with an apple pie muffin. I really enjoyed the apple juice, and on subsequent visits have had it warmed up. Could this be an end to the dominance of orange juice as my breakfast drink?

So, if you have a dog, or like dogs, or want coffee, or like apple juice, and you find yourself downtown, head on over to Habit Coffee and sit inside!

Habit Coffee, 808 Yates Street, Victoria

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Weekend One Hundred and Four: Hindsight is 20/20

Another milestone! We did a retrospective at Weekend Fifty-Two, so now that we have reached Weekend One Hundred and Four it makes sense to do it again. Oh-Ya!

Here's some updates on our previous answers about the blog:

Our go to brunch spot, even though it's not reviewed every time: Heron Rock 

Catie's Preferred Coffee: Habit (which we will review in the future, promise!)

Best OJ Value: still the Nice CafĂ©. $2.95 for a large glass! Citrus-o-licious.

Institutional Award: Conference Catering at Langara College

Best Benny: Vis a Vis 

Masterfully Cooked Potato: For Traditional potatoes look no further than Heron Rock. For more eclectic potatoes go straight to Mole, Pesto or Gratin! 

Best Toast: Sourdough!

Farthest Afield: Brunch in the Sky with Lufthansa Airlines

Grooviest Background Music: Cup of Joe

Just Too Much Food (but that's not really a problem): The Mahoney at Floyd's

Carnivore's Favourite: Anything at Re Up BBQ or Highlight (Re Up's sister restaurant)

Herbivore's Favourite: still Bandidas, because everything is meat-free, most are vegan, and it's all delicious.

Most Comical Guest Food Critic: Julie and Michel as seen in Weekend Ninety-Nine: Highlight and Weekend Ninety-Four: Cup of Joe

Guest in the most Blog Entries: Dave's Mum, Georgie, as seen in too many to mention 

Most Popular Blog Entry: Weekend Sixty-Eight: Big Star Sandwich

Dog sightings: Shanzee's Biscuit, The Patio at James Bay, Breadstuffs Bakery & Deli

Sightings of Dave's Hoodie Collection since Weekend Fifty-Two:
Royal Roads: worn at 7 brunches
UVic: worn at 13 brunches
SFU: worn at 2 brunches
Rat Sound: worn at 1 brunches
Garmin-Sharp: worn at 0 brunches

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Weekend One Hundred and Three: Mole (in Langford)

Dave and I left of secret location to get some motorcycle maintenance done, mainly have heated grips installed for my birthday (I'm so Lucky). Triumph Island Motorcycles is located in Langford, which is why we were so far a field. As we left the motorcycle with some time to waste, I remembered there is a Mole in Langford, happy day!

Certain the food would be great, but unsure if the trendy atmosphere of the downtown Mole (which we wrote a blog post about) would translate we walked through the doors. The Langford Mole is more of a family, home style restaurant inside, but it has the same menu as the downtown Mole, delicious. If you have a large group, very old or very young people, or a need to not wait, the Langford Mole will serve you better than the downtown Mole.

Dave ordered the Creamy Sausage Omelette ($14) , while I, again, went for the Mole Benny with pesto potatoes ($14) and we both had water. Then I had a crazy idea. I had been trying to decide between the Mole Benny and Jim's Potato Gratin with Eggs, but I really wanted hollandaise sauce which is why I got the Benny. But what if we had a potato challenge like we did at Yolks? We ordered a side of the Pesto Potatoes ($3.50) and a side of the  Gruyere Potato Gratin ($6). Yum!

Dave liked his Creamy Sausage Omelette, but found the sauce a little watery. Between the Creamy Sausage Omelette and the Chipotle Tomato Bowl ($15) Dave would choose the later. I thoroughly enjoyed my Mole Benny as always, it is a super solid choice!

Now to the potato challenge. We enjoyed both because they are super tasty! However, we decided if your brunch is more breakfast focused get the Pesto Potatoes, but if your brunch is more lunch focused get the Gruyere Potato Gratin. Or get both and be super happy and full!

We also have to do a shout out to our server (whose name we regrettably didn't get). You were amazing! Thanks!

Mole 2345 Millstream Rd, Victoria/Langford BC.