Let's talk about breakfast. 

I have made it no secret that I am a little obsessed with oatmeal as can be seen on both Instagram and Tumblr. Before moving to Victoria, the only time that I ever ate oatmeal it came straight from a sugared up instant package. Over the last six months I've become hooked on the stuff. It's for real like my morning smoke or crack or whatever other bad things people do (but in the best way - we are still talking about oatmeal here). Every once in a while I'll write some other breakfast into my meal plan just for varieties sake. Lately it's been the occasional Flax or Hemp Plus Waffle (I have yet to find a low-fat/low-cal homemade waffle that suits my fancy) topped heavily with berries and a dash of nut butter. They're good, but they're no oatmeal. Cold cereal is another mystery to me. One of my roommates has a constant stash of numerous sorts of sugary cereals (bless her soul, she really tries to make healthy cereal choices but usually comes up short) that she goes through on a weekly basis. I've had the same box of cereal sitting in the cupboard since we moved in... I'm curious about Nature's Paths millet flakes/heritage o's (thanks to the cereal posts over at KathEats... seriously check out that bowl) but I can't help but think that they'll just sit in the cupboard sadly neglected when I reach for my containers of rolled/steel cut oats instead...

Take this morning for instance. In honor of National Pancake Week (not just day you guys, c'mon) I made some flapjacks this morning. When I think of pancakes I think of my mum making my brother and I fun pancake shapes for breakfast. From what I can remember, I enjoyed them for this very reason. Oh, and because they were a yummy change to cereal that we topped with sugary goodness in the form of Rogers syrup and Summerland Sweets. My mum wasn't quite as exquisite a pancake maker as this fellow, but she still made the cut. This morning I made these banana pancakes with bananas pressed into the batter while cooking instead of mixed in. I topped them with more bananas, blueberries, a little peanut butter and no sugar syrup (I'm still too cheap to buy maple syrup and had some of this no sugar crap left over). Don't get me wrong, these pancakes were good (as all things katie creates are) but they left me completely unsatisfied. They left me craving a big bowl of oats. *sigh* I can't even wait for tomorrow morning.

There are only two exceptions to my oatmeal rule, and those are (1) hungover savory diner brunch, and (2) West Coast Waffles.

West Coast Waffles

My friend Meagan and I first discovered West Coast Waffles on our trip to Vancouver/Victoria two years ago. I've since dubbed it my favorite breakfast joint the best place on Earth. I've done so much raving about it that whenever anyone is here there are no questions asked about the one place that we will for sure be visiting.  We went here when one of my roommates and I came house hunting over the summer. We went when my parents moved me out to Victoria. My mum and I split a peanut butter banana waffle while my dad got the Wake 'N Bacon. They've been trying to recreate the Wake 'N Bacon at home, but nothing compares to the real deal. We went when Gabi came to visit over the summer, with my roommate, and again when Jess came to visit last week.

"It's just a waffle," you say. "What makes it so special?"

Let me tell you. The actual restaurant has a pretty cool vibe to it. It's got kind of a modern feel to it, but with a fun, retro twist. Upon walking in you're greeted by the staff no matter how preoccupied and busy they may be. If you haven't been there before, they'll walk you through the creation of your perfect waffle. The waffles are pretty customizable. They have an extensive menu featuring both savory and sweet waffles, so you're bound to find something that tickles your fancy. First you choose a batter: Original, buckwheat, or spelt and rolled oats. Next comes the type of waffle you want. I usually go with mix and match fruit, but the sweet waffles get as crazy as chocolate almond, gummy bear ("The Yummy Gummy") and frozen yogurt waffle sandwiches. I'm not even going to venture into the savory waffles... They're pretty insane(ly good sounding). Next you get a choice between yogurt or syrup, which ranges from real maple to an assortment of Summerland Sweet flavors.

I'm like clock work here...

West Coast Waffles
Spelt and rolled oats + Banana and blueberry + Yogurt + Maple syrup

The menu also features real fruit smoothies, a variety of juices, beverages, and coffe. I say walk down the street to Wild Coffee for your caffeine fix. 

Next, take a seat, chat up your friends (or the other patrons... everyone seems to be in the mood to talk over waffles), listen to the funky tunes and wait for your waffle to be made. The waffle is brought out to you, and the presentation of these bad boys are stunning. I have half a dozen photos of the exact same waffle on my cellphone, because I have to take a photo every time I go. The staff like to check in on you to make sure you're enjoying your meal, which is a nice touch that makes it feel more like a restaurant than a sort of fast food joint. 

West Coast Waffles
Jess' waffle: Nutella with raspberries, maple syrup and whipped cream.

There is no doubt in my mind that this will be your best waffle experience from start to finish. From the friendly staff, the yummy food and the general vibe of the place, you will not leave disappointed. My only qualm is that if you don't go at the right time the chances of getting a table are pretty slim. They get quite busy. Another perk about West Coast Waffles is their hours. They're open early for the freaks like me and stay open until 2:30AM from Thursday to Saturday for the partygoers who want a waffle at the end of the night. One of my roommates is a patron of this late night waffle phenomenon, but in my old-lady-no-party ways I like to keep it for the morning. 

West Coast Waffles, please open a location in Calgary. I'm going to miss you when I'm gone.

You can check out West Coast Waffles website here.

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  1. lox + maple syrup.... it was just so good.

  2. so great, so refreshing!! loving this!



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