MRI trumps crepes… news at, well, now.

The MRI truck schedule has unexpectedly changed again, and it looks like they’ll be at the hospital until some time in October. Whereas this is amazingly good news for people who need the benefits of an MRI, lovers of crêpes at the hospital will need to duck down to Burde Beans for their fix. It’s a 4 minute drive, at most. Just head down Redford to Anderson, turn left, go 2 blocks. There you are, we’re on the right. See you there!

Schedule for 23 to 29 September is as follows, subject to change. Location is still Burde Beans all week as no alternatives have been arranged yet. Blame the management.

  • Sat/Sun 23-24 Sept: CLOSED. Meetings and trailer needs a bit of work.
  • Monday 25 Sept: 09:30 to 14:00 and (maybe) 18:00 to 20:00. Will close earlier if the jam session folks aren’t hungry.
  • Tuesday 26 Sept: 09:30 to 14:00
  • Wednesday 27 Sept: 09:30 to 14:00
  • Thursday 28 Sept: 09:30 to 14:00
  • Friday 29 Sept: 09:30 to 14:00

That’s it really. After this week I’ll have a better idea of which weekdays I’ll be closing, and I’ll try to open at least one day during the weekend.

Real schedule 16-22 Sept

At the moment we’ll be at Burde Beans all week, since the hospital has the MRI truck.

  • Mon: 09:30 to 14:00 and 18:00 to 20:30
  • Tues: closed
  • Wed: 09:30 to 14:00
  • Thur: 09:30 to 14:00
  • Fri: 09:30 to 14:00

We’ll try to open earlier, but can only guarantee 09:30. If people are coming by we’ll stay open later. Closed Tuesday as I have to go deal in person with bureaucracy in another city.

Giving up… on vegetable oil

The traditional seasoning for cast iron surfaces in Bretagne is called “lardigel”. It is a mix of rendered pig lard and egg yolk. When carefully heated, this transforms into a polymerized non-stick surface that is quite durable. This has worked for hundreds of years. Yes, quite literally.

For the past three years I have tried to cater to the vegan and hardcore vegetarian clients by using the “other” seasoning, vegetable oil. Not as durable, but works for some. Unfortunately, it’s not working for me. I’m having to re-season my billig every 100-200 crêpes, instead of every 1000-2000 that lardigel offers. This extra workload is proving to be too much.

So as of the next seasoning (today or tomorrow), I’ll be going back to lardigel as my cast iron seasoning product of choice. I apologize to those who find this objectionable, but I really can’t afford to do it any other way any more.

In scheduling news, we’re open today (Thursday) until 12:30 then reopening from 17:30 to 20:00. Same again on Friday. Saturday we might be at the Glenwood centre for the Toy Run, but having trouble connecting with the organizers. More later.

Schedule 13-17 September

OK, decisions made (mostly). I’ve decided to split the opening times so that I can cater to the “late breakfast / lunch” crowd (hopefully), and to the “let’s try one of those wonderful galette for dinner” crowd.

The schedule is, as always, subject to change. Check blog/facebook/twitter or just text/call if you’re thinking of heading down:

  • Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 13,14,15 September:
    • Burde Beans. 09:00 to 12:30, and 17:30 to 20:00
  • Saturday: to be determined. Maybe Toy Run if something can be arranged. Otherwise, just 09:00 to 12:30 at Burde Beans
  • Sunday: 09:00 to 12:30 at Burde Beans. Probably.
  • Monday/Tuesday: closed again.

So now you know where to get your crêpes and galette fix.

Fair aftermath

So the Alberni Fall Fair was an unqualified success. Lots of people got to try my food, lots of positive comments (thanks!), and got to meet lots of really cool people. Whose names I’ve already forgotten, sorry! But they were great people! I hope to be back next year.

Today (Monday) and Tuesday I am CLOSED. I need a couple of days to recover from the fair.

The schedule for the upcoming week is unsettled. I won’t be at the hospital since the MRI truck is in town. Also, they’ve changed the schedule so that it’s now parked at the hospital for three weeks at a time. It’s great for Port Alberni, not so great for crêpe fans. We’ve been looking at the grounds for an alternative location, but there’s really no room anywhere else at all level for me up there. Looks like I might just have to not be there for three weeks at a time.

I’m kinda-sorta planning to open at Burde Beans on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Hours still to be determined. I’ve also been asked to park the rig at other locations, so need to organize that. Overall, the schedule hasn’t been set yet, but I *will* be open Wednesday at Burde Beans. Just check back here for times.

Will post more when I know more. Until then, thanks again to everyone who came by and enjoyed my offerings!

It’s a Fair schedule

We’ll be open again at the Alberni Fall Fair, starting Thursday at 17:00.

Unfortunately, the long break from Bistro Breizh for moving to Port Alberni (which is done, I now live here!) means there’s some stuff that needs work. Such as re-doing the seasoning on the billig (crêpes griddles), and other preparatory work for Thursday. So we can’t open before that.   Also, since we need to set up earlier than that, we’re unfortunately not going to make it to the hospital this week either.

The Fall Fair food schedule is:

  • Thursday 17:00 to 23:00
  • Friday 15:00 to 23:00
  • Saturday 12:00 to 23:00
  • Sunday 11:00 to 16:00

We might be open a little earlier on some days, depending on requests. We probably won’t be open later!

The schedule for the rest of September will be posted once I’ve recovered from the fair. We won’t be open Monday or Tuesday, Sept 11 or 12. After that, we’ll see.

For those, like me, who didn’t know where the fair is, just follow all the yellow signs. From Johnston (aka “the highway”), take Gertrude/3rd/Stamp/whatever-the-heck-it’s-called-there, turn left on Rogers, turn left on 10th Ave. From Redford, turn north on 10th Ave. Once on 10th, go to Hollywood St and turn right. Better yet take public transport because I have a feeling there’s not going to be much parking available!

Here’s a map: