Mother's Day brunch in Vancouver?
Why not try out the Whistler Mountaineer? I do some work for them -- full disclosure -- but I'm a mom and think it would be a fun way to spend the day. There is a BC-resident deal on now for $149. Here are the deets:
Go online before May 31 to book a round-trip Whistler Mountaineer rail journey for travel by October 14 starting at $149 CDN. Limited time offer. Lowest rates of the year.
HIgh points for moms:
- Winding through canyons and climbing steep grades, the three-hour experience treats guests to scenic views of sparkling Pacific waters and soaring mountain peaks.
- Classic experience offers breakfast croissants and fresh fruit, or artisanal focaccia sandwiches, cookies and cheese. All meals are presented in an artistic First Nations box and offer coffee, tea, juice and soft drinks served on both legs of the journey.
- Upgrade to the Glacier Dome Coach and start the morning off with a toast of champagne and orange juice followed by a choice of a hot breakfast or lighter continental fare.
- Highlight of the return journey is Afternoon Tea served by Onboard Attendants educated in the history and execution of afternoon tea service. The meal features tea sandwiches, warm scones, strawberries, Devon cream, petit fours and a variety of specialty teas. Presented on fine china and linen, all Glacier Dome meals offer complimentary beverages, including beer and wine, throughout the trip.
- unlimited access to the authentic 1917 Henry Pickering open-air heritage observation car.
Whistler-bound departures leave North Vancouver at 8:30 a.m. and arrive by 11:30 a.m. with a full day to explore the Whistler Village trails, mountains, shops and spas. Vancouver-bound trains leave Whistler at 3:00 p.m., arriving back in North Vancouver at 6:00 p.m.
The Whistler Mountaineer offers northbound and southbound departures, seven days a week and return trips are not required to be completed on the same day. The Whistler Mountaineer operates from May 1 through October 14. Round trip rates begin at $149 CDN for adults travelling in the Whistler Mountaineer's Coast Classic experience ($79 CDN for children). For an additional $100 CDN ($90 for children) upgrade to the Glacier Dome which features a single-level, custom-built dome coach complete with panoramic views and a refined, relaxed atmosphere. Prices include meal service in both directions and transportation from downtown Vancouver to the North Vancouver rail terminus, and from the Whistler rail station to Whistler Village.
The special offer is open to BC Residents and must be booked online as a round-trip by May 31, 2007 for travel anytime until October 14, 2007. Visit the website at www.whistlermountaineer.com
Raincity Grill has an awesome brunch and I love their dining room. Chef Andrea is amazing. She is always changing the menu up to have the freshest ingredients possible. I can almost guarantee that BC Spot Prawns will be on the menu as Spot Prawn season started today and only lasts until July 1.
MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH
SUNDAY, MAY 13
Mother’s Mimosa $8
-Fresh Orange Juice, Mumm’s Champagne
Mumm’s Champagne $99 bottle
~ Any choice of three $15
Italian Style Frittata
-Chorizo sausage, artichokes, zucchini and peppers
-Over Moroccan spiced vegetable hash, lamb sausage
Chinese Five-Spiced Brioche French Toast
-With double smoked bacon
Poached Free-Range Egg
-Pancetta and foccacia with blood orange hollandaise
Chicken and Vegetable Samosa
-Apricot chutney and mango lassi
Steamed Shrimp Har Gow
-With spicy sauce served Dim Sum style
-Dungeness crab, bistro prawns, asparagus, and Emmental cheese
Layered Potato Tower
-Crab, mussels, prawns, traditional harissa dressing
Lobster and Mascarpone
-Florentine over foccacia with a lobster nage
CHEF’S FEATURE $18
Grill Beef Tenderloin Wrapped with Pancetta
Eggs Florentine with Lobster Mascarpone Cheese
Vegetable Hash with Red Wine Demi Glaze
SIDE SHARING DISHES
Grilled Naan Bread with Hommus and Roasted Garlic $6
Traditional Bread Salad $8
Herbed Mushroom Risotto $12
Lobster Risotto $18
DESSERT TRIO $9
Pecan & Hazelnut Baklava
-Candied citrus and burnt orange sauce
Sesame & Red Bean Mille Feuille
Warm Chocolate Tamarind Cake
-Belgian chocolate ganache
~ glowbal Benedict with Pancetta $10
spicy New York fries and baby greens
~ Belgian Waffle $10
caramelized banana, white chocolate mousse
~ BC Smoked Salmon Benedict $11
poached eggs, dill cream cheese on a cheddar biscuit
~ P.E.I. Lobster Benedict $17
poached eggs and hollandaise on a herb potato croquette
~ Mini Beef Wellington Surf & Turf $19
puff pastry, forest mushroom, baby spinach, grilled tiger prawn
~glowbal Omelette Florentine $12
spinach, shallots, Swiss mornay sauce
~ B.C. Dungeness Crab, Mascarpone & Asparagus Omelette $15
Yukon potato hash, baby greens and roasted tomatoes
STARTERS & SALADS
~ Lobster Bisque $9
~ Caesar Salad with Shaved Reggiano $8
roasted garlic dressing, parmesan croutons
~ Cajun-Spiced Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad $14
mesclun, crisp pancetta, blue cheese, avocado, tomatoes, quail eggs, blue cheese dressing
~ glowbal Caprese Salad $12
vine-ripened tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, fresh basil, pickled red onion
~ Grilled Halibut Salad with Avocado and Corn Salsa $16
cous cous à la grecque, roasted pimento vinaigrette
~ Ahi Tuna Nicoise $15
green beans, fingerling potatoes, olives, citrus vinaigrette, quail eggs
CHEF’S CREATIONS and SANDWICHES
~ Risotto of Wild Mushrooms $14
lemon rocket, parmesan, greens
~ Pan-Seared BC Salmon $16
fingerling potatoes, forest mushrooms, watercress compote, basil infused olive oil
~ Lobster & Crab “4 Cheese Grilled Cheese” $16
brie, parmesan, mascarpone and gruyere
~ Fettuccine Lobster Pasta $19
PEI lobster, tomato, basil, XVOO
~ Grilled Chicken and Smoked Gouda Wrap $11
roasted peppers, onions, fries, sun-dried tomato and basil dip
`MUM’S PLATTER FOR TWO’ $20 per person
Ahi Tuna Tartare, Crab Cakes, Tempura Tiger Prawns, Swedish Gravlax, Duck Spring Roll, Braised Short Ribs, Asparagus, Buffalo Mozzarella, Italian Artichokes.
One of my mother's favourites is Glowball restaurant (Yaletown) on a sunny day. A creative extension of a traditional brunch menu and perfectly done food. The service is professional and consistently good. The covered heated patio is garden like and is great in a spring day. I took my parents there when they visited me for a workday lunch and they loved it so much they asked to go back! The inside of the restaurant is minimalist and a bit dark for a spring brunch unless you are a large party (the only table near the window is a large round group table seating around eight)