December 29, 2016

The Elbow Room Cafe ~ great shtick but....

The Elbow Room Cafe has been around a long time. Along Davie Street, but out of the West End, and officially in the high-rise, high rent district. It's a favourite among tourists and some locals too, though why isn't readily apparent.

There are rules posted in the menu, which are more an invitation to be entertained in a certain way. Don't ask for water, get it yourself, We'll bring you your first cup of coffee, after that, get it yourself. Getting crowded: leave. Don't like our choice of language: too bad.

Be prepared for banter from the servers that is rude, crude and sometimes hostile. It's all part of the act, and it works for a once-in-a-while visit. And while it isn't quite elbow-room-crowded, it is pleasantly small and intimate; the better to hear all the conversations.

To keep the locals coming back, the food could be a wee bit better, though the helpings are generous and the flavours possibly from natural sources. What can I say? It's a breakfast place and the reason anyone is here is to see how close the servers can come to being offensive. Underneath the layers of feigned anger and abusiveness, it's all about caring for each other. More or less. Maybe.

The Elbow Room Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Great shtick but the food: meh.

Photos by Jeem. Copyright 2016 by Jim Murray.

December 28, 2016

Boxing Day Snowfall

On Boxing Day in Canada, many people head to the malls for the annual consumerist ritual of spending money on things they don't really need.

We decided to go for a walk in the snow as yet another snowstorm blanketed Metro Vancouver and the entire south coast.

Tomorrow it will probably be washed away, but for now, our world is winter-white.

Photos by Jeem. Copyright 2016 by Jim Murray.

December 27, 2016

Christmas Day along Vancouver's Seawall

Snow is in the forecast but for now, it's sunny and brisk, and the city looks fantastic from the seawall.

There are many people out and about today. Tourists and locals. Running, cycling, walking.

Our friend and legal advisor, BT Mendelbaum (disbarred), made a grand entrance by hover craft. We didn't have much time to spend with him as Vancouver's finest ushered him off for "a discussion at the station."

We continued our walk-about before heading home for a wonderful Christmas turkey with family. Or a slight variation on turkey. Under a slight variation of a Christmas tree.

Photos by Jeem. Copyright 2016 by Jim Murray.