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Vendome Cafe on UrbanspoonSo four of us went to Dairy Lane for lunch, but since the wait was close to an hour, and one friend was on a tight schedule, we decided to try out Vendome instead. We called ahead to see what the wait time was and was told 15-20 minutes. Our hearts sank as we saw the line up outside as we drove by.

There was a line up because you order first and then sit down. As we got inside and continued with the line up, it was really hot and humid inside. No AC or air flow. We tried to concentrate on the menu board to decide what we wanted to order.

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Two of them wanted the waffles. I had already taken a look at the their menu online and knew I wanted some Benny’s. Yah! I got the Classic Egg Benedict (half size) $11 and a Rooibos latte. When we finally got to the cash register after 15 minutes or so, there was a printed sign that stated what was not being served today because of the oven malfunction? So my friend was stumped and complained to them that they should post it outside as well so that people aren’t having to make last minute decisions holding up the line.

However, all the staff was very friendly and pleasant. The place was a hipster-ish cafe, but the atmosphere was more relaxed and friendly than the vibe I get from similar places in Vancouver. I guess it’s no surprise since I still get ‘hellos’ from complete strangers as I walk through Calgary. People here are so much more friendly!

Since it was really stuffy inside, we sat out on the patio.

idearabbit-vendome3The Rooibos latte came first. It was really pretty with the latte art and tasted even better! Mmmm! Love it!

idearabbit-vendome4My friend ordered the Veggie Breakfast Panini (half) $5 with scrambled eggs, sautéed peppers and zucchini & cheddar.

idearabbit-vendome5 idearabbit-vendome7 idearabbit-vendome6Then my Benny’s! :D The egg was pouched softly and done nicely. Unlike most Benny’s where you would have the egg and ham sitting on an English muffin, this was one was on a piece of toast. Still, they all went very well together. The side dish or diced hashbrowns were nicely seasoned so that I didn’t need to dip into the ketchup at all.

It’s a nice in-your-neighbourhood cafe, a good place to catch up with friends over brunch as we did. Spacing is quite limited (we shared the picnic bench with someone else). The food was really good – a fair price of $15 (including tax) for food and drink.

We talked about the changes that Calgary has gone through in regards to the food scene. Calgary is catching up with the little trendy cafe here and there, and an increase in Asian restaurants – though not the sushi craze that Vancouver has. Yet, over the 3 days I was in Calgary, I went to 4 restaurants, and they were surprisingly all very good and wished that some were even in Vancouver as I rarely go to Calgary. Nice find! :D

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Good Wolfe

Good Wolfe Kitchen & Bar on Urbanspoon

I met up with 2 of my friends for brunch on a Sunday. We originally planned to go to Sakana Bistro, but were disappointed to find that they were closed.

The inside has a slightly hipster-ish look, with a vintage but modern flavour – a perfect place to catch up with your friends. Our server was very friendly, but was quite busy with all the tables occupied. Because I was busy looking at the gifts that were given to me, we didn’t get a chance to look at the menu, and every time the server came back, we hadn’t decided…so after a while, he forgot about us…lol.idearabbit-goodwolfe idearabbit-goodwolfe2 idearabbit-goodwolfe3

I ordered the Egg Benedict with Breakfast Sausage $12. The food took a while, but it was superb! The egg was poached perfectly. The hash browns were a bit too burnt, but tasted really good with a mix of green onions. It had 2 pieces of strawberries and a slice of orange. And of course, the water in the glass bottle which I love. I had a bite of my friends’ dishes, and they were both good.

Despite not being able to try out Bistro Sakana, Good Wolfe surprised me with excellent food. The price wasn’t way too expensive either. I would definitely recommend, and would like to return again!

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Benny’s Cafe

Benny's Cafe on UrbanspoonI started taking some German language courses in the evening and since it would take too much time to go from work to home and then to class, I usually go straight to the school, park and find a cafe or restaurant nearby to dine.

I found Benny’s, a hipster, neat cafe on Broadway and Larch near Thomas Haus. (click here to read post on Thomas Haus). I ordered the Benny’s Benny $7.69 which has two poached eggs, black forest ham and hollandaise on a bagel of your choice. (you can also substitute it with a veggie version with avocado) and Tea. For being a cafe and only two poached eggs with no side dishes or anything, I thought it was quite pricey. It was really good with the soft pouched eggs and lots of sauce, though the bagel was hard and chewy, making it hard to cut pieces off with the knife.

The cafe is a two storey wooden cafe, with a fireplace and couches on one side. The tables are neat though with gaps, it can be a problem with things falling through.

They will take your name at the cashier and will call out your name once the food is ready and will bring it to your table. There are plastic cups (noooo) with water for self serve available if you need some. I do find the music loud, and some of the choice of music, not to my liking so it’s not the ideal cafe to study. I’m the type of person who needs peace and quiet, like the library to study.

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For the second time, I ordered the Soup and Salad $4.85. The soup of the day was Coconut Thai. I was a bit worried about Thai since my stomach always seemed to not agree with Thai food, but considering it was the only one left, I decided to take the risk. (I was ok afterward despite the subtle grumbling in my stomach lol) For the salad, you have the choice of either a garden or caesar salad. I ordered a garden salad. It comes with an Italian dressing on the side. The bowl for the salad is a bit small, making it a bit difficult to eat with the mountain of veggies piled up in the bowl. For a tasty soup and refreshing salad, it’s a good deal. :)


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Soup of the Day: Coconut Thai

Service in terms of friendliness or energy is mediocre, but I was happy when I wanted a to go cup for my mug of African nectar All Mighty tea $1.90, she added hot water to fill the to go cup to the top.


I went back and had a Chicken Roll $2.60 (tax incl.) which they microwaved. It was super hard and dry. Had no flavour. It was terrible. Do not order this! Their Chocolate Croissant $2.50 was pretty good on the other hand.idearabbit-bennys16

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