There is nothing quite like waking up to a beautiful Northwest morning. The sky is bright and sunny and brilliantly blue. The air is fresh and crisp, never heavy or muggy. It just makes you feel like it’s going to be a great day, even if it is 6:30 on a Monday morning. I managed to get myself out of bed, and get going in the search of a nice cup of coffee and breakfast at some small cafe in Gastown before staring my week. After 15 minutes of walking, I got to one of the cafes I knew would serve me an egg white omelette only to find it closed. Puzzled I looked around and saw everything around me was closed. At that moment, a little tidbit of information jogged itself loose from somewhere deep in my head…it was BC Day, a provincial holiday that had everything shut down; well everything except my appetite.
Now knowing I wasn’t going to find a quaint little cafe for breakfast, I had to figure out what to do. I wasn’t going back to my hotel after the gut bomb the day before, but I figured that hotels would remain open. And I remembered seeing some good reviews for Heron’s restaurant in the Fairmount, so I made a circuitous route in that general direction (I was holding out hope for a cafe), finally arriving an hour after I had left my hotel in the morning.
Even though I was a little tired and frustrated from spending all morning walking around downtown, things started to look up as I was shown to my seat in a brightly lit, veranda-esque dining room with floor to ceiling windows and even an open roof that allowed me to still enjoy the beautiful day with a full view of the water. And things kept getting better as my waitress told it would be no problem to make the Granville Omelette, a perfect Northwest combination of Dungeness crab and shrimp, with egg whites.
As soon as the plate hit the table, I knew it was going to be a good start to the day. The omelette looked light and as fluffy as you can make egg whites look. It was filled with crab and shrimp and avocado. The crab was cooked just the way I like it; steamed, picked and left alone. I couldn’t eat all of the avocado because it is considered high fat, but everything else worked together nicely. With the side of fresh fruit and a cup of coffee, it was the perfect P90X way (2 protein, 1 fruit) to start the week.