Jam Cafe

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I recently visited Jam Cafe and was thoroughly impressed. Upon entry, my party and I were greeted by genuinely pleasant and happy staff. Although extremely busy with a full restaurant, we were talked to immediately and assured of seating in a short time. We sat at the long wooden bar and I admired the pioneer-chic deco and delicious savoury smells wafting out of the kitchen. We all ordered caesars and much to my delight, they were garnished with a piece of candied bacon and pickled asparagus. After being sat in the window seat (score!) we all ordered the huevos rancheros. Surprise Surprise. This was one of the best huevos rancheros I’ve tasted yet. The guacamole was fresh and flavourful with large chunks of avocado and tomato and freshly squeezed lime juice. The black beans were equally as delicious and plentiful. I loved the chorizo sausage on the side, and the corn bread tasted like it was made seconds before it hit my plate.

For dessert, we all had a round of mimosas to toast the birthday boy, and those too were wonderful, both in flavour and aesthetic. Our server was friendly and down-to-earth. She happily dealt with all of our intricate modifiers to our meals and seemed to genuinely enjoy our business.

Price wise, the meal was affordable and priced appropriately. I was very pleased when my cheque came.

I can not stop dreaming of my amazing meal and incredible beverages. My next brunch out, I will be returning directly to Jam Cafe with an even larger cohort.

Until next time!


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Kale Frittata

yum! kale. delicious and sooo good for you. knock the socks of your next brunch guests 😉


Brunch potluck with the girls may be one of the best inventions yet. Sleep in until 9:30. Everyone’s in charge of bringing something. Fresh squeezed OJ. That’s what I call Saturday morning bliss.

And then, you add kale into the mix, and feel like you can conquer the world. Vegetables before noon. That’s unheard of.

But packaged in a frittata, accompanied with purple potatoes and good friends, your morning never tasted so good.

Kale Frittata
recipe inspired by Bellalimento and Eggs on Sunday; serves 6

1 sweet onion, diced
2 tsp. olive oil
1/2 c. potatoes (purple, fingerling, red), diced
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 c. vegetable broth
2 c. kale, chopped
8 large eggs
1/4 c. parmesan, grated
1/4 c. milk
salt and pepper

1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a cast iron skillet or nonstick (oven safe) pan, heat 1 teaspoon of oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and saute…

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Eating at John’s Place in Victoria B.C.

I’m a fan of John’s Place. I often take friends and family visiting from out of town here. It’s always classic comfort food and not too pricey. The deserts are fantastic, and usually there is a $2 desert. Portions are BIG.

Bound to Cover Just a Little More Ground

If you are a little hungry while visiting downtown Victoria, British Columbia, please wait a few hours until you are starving and then go eat at:

John’s Place Restaurant
723 Pandora Ave
Victoria B.C.
Reservations accepted

The food and the staff are the foundation of the experience at John’s Place.  Comfort food is served in large, flavorful portions.  This is a classic diner where old food standards have been taken to a new creative level. The portions are large and the prices were very reasonable compared to other places we visited in Victoria and Vancouver.  Visitors are greeted with warm hospitality as well as a kind, fun spirit that is genuine and not a contrivance that one often finds in tourist towns.  

The Wall of Photos

The restaurant is fairly large with high walls covered in framed pictures and posters.  Many of the images relate to Detroit baseball and hockey. One can see a 60’s theme in the selection of posters.  The pictures will give your…

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