Oh … I am so swamped with work these days that I had no time for the blog. I would be so drained by the time I got back to work, I would sometimes fall asleep in front of the TV with the notebook on my lap after dinner. So yeah … the blog is furthest from my mind now.
So for the past couple of weeks we had been going back to our favourite restaurants. We did not need to find new places to blog about. It was good to be normal for a change!
We went to IHOP over a month ago. That was how much backlogged we are in writing about our dine out experiences.
IHOP would not have been my first choice but Arksensen and Nanzaro insisted that for once we go for a non-Asian breakfast. So we went to a place closest to our home. It is the one on No 3 Road and Park Road.
This IHOP has an open kitchen right in the middle of the restaurant. So it smell of frying bacons and brewing coffee the moment we walked in. It is like a perfect morning smell.
One thing that struck me was how all the IHOPs that we went to so far are the same. They even uses the same bronze color flasks for coffee and the four syrup dispensers. It is not just with the Vancouver area IHOPs but it is the same in all the IHOPs we went to before in Washington state, Georgia, Nevada, California and Pennsylvania.
By the way, do you know why they call IHOP the International House of Pancakes? It is because they serve German, French and Swedish styles pancakes. They are also known for their French toasts and Belgian waffles. Now you know.
It was coffee for the adults and …hot chocolates for the kids.
Kids … I just keep thinking that my boys are still my kids. They are in their mid teens now. Nanzaro, especially, keeps hinting that he would like to have coffee but we always say no. He is in a hurry to grow up. At what age should we allow them to start having coffee?
As expected, the younger kiddo wanted to order something more grown-up and a bit more sophisticated. So he ordered the “Create Your Own Omelet”.
To our surprise he choose spinach. He was annoyed about the coffee thing and I think he is trying to make a point to us. He had that with pork sausages with cheese and hash browns. Nanzaro claimed the spinach was delicious even though we know he hates green leafy veggies.
This is $9 for the base cheese omelette and $1.50 for each of the two extra items.
The hash browns came as a side. I personally would have preferred this is clumped up together not loosey like this.
Arkensen’s choice was the Sizzling Smokehouse Combo ($10). It has two smoked sausage links with two eggs made the way you want. Hashbrowns and buttermilk pancakes rounded off the combo.
Suanne and I opted to share the French Crepe Sampler ($9). It included two eggs, hash browns, 2 strips of crisp bacon, 2 slices of ham and 2 pork sausage links. Lots of protein … too much protein. LOL!
It came with a crepe. We had the blueberry compote and sweet cream cheese. It is drizzled with cream cheese icing and whipped topping. It did not look at all like the pictures in the menu. It was delicious and sweet though.
The bill came to $44 before tips. I find it expensive for the type of food we had. For that kind of money, we could have better variety and value from dim sums, or congee. That is just my personal preference.