Sunday Breakfast: Coffee and Empanadas


I didn’t use to drink coffee; years ago when I’d inevitably find myself at a Starbucks, I’d get tea or their caramel apple cider if I wanted a treat.

I can’t pinpoint exactly when I started drinking coffee, but it was after I moved to the Pacific Northwest where coffee, like the ocean that binds us, is part of our culture.

Still, I’m not a huge coffee drinker, but I like good coffee, and one of the best coffee shops in the city is next to my workplace, so once or twice a week I’ll go in for a latte and watch the baristas work the Chemex and AeroPress.

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We got our very own Chemex for Christmas, and discovered a simple and classic way to brew really good coffee.
We also found a whole subculture of passionate Chemex users and thousands of websites, posts and videos dedicated to the Chemex – here are step-by-step instructions on how to brew with the Chemex from Portland’s Stumptown Coffee, and this fun brew guide (video) from Cartel Coffee.


Coffee on Sundays for me usually means there’s a break in the weather and I get to go outside and enjoy the sun after breakfast.
It’s a quick breakfast… pour-over coffee with frothy almond or coconut milk, and empanadas for sustenance.

The empanadas are still hot, just out of the oven when I go by to pick them up at the little empanadas place on Denman – it’s called House of Empanadas, and they have many savoury and dessert varieties of empanadas.

And that, is one of my best quick and out-of-the-door Sunday breakfasts!

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