Easter Sunday in Vancouver turned out in the best possible way: sunny and just hot enough that sitting on the patio wasn’t an insane thing to do.

The women in my family love Provence Marinaside in Yaletown. We come here for birthdays, Mother’s Day, and yes, sunny Sundays. We always come for brunch, which I’ve always considered to be the best meal of the day. Plus, it’s by the water so how can you not love it?

Provence Marinaside view from the patio of the water and blue sky with wispy clouds

We started with an Antipasti platter ($5 per item) consisting of the decadent Pissaladière(caramelized onions, anchovies and black olives on a pizza crust), light and refreshing Prosciutto Wrapped Bocconcini, and perfectly cooked and creamy Risotto Balls (with mozzarella centre and sweet tomato sauce).

Anyone else addicted to cheese? And prosciutto? Gah.

Provence Marinaside mozarella ball wrapped in basil and prosciutto

My absolute favourite thing on the menu is the Croque Monsieur Eggs Benedict ($14). Everything about it is perfect to me. From the soft poached eggs to the gruyere and black forest ham open faced sandwich nestled below… it’s my little piece of heaven on a plate.

Croque Monsieur eggs benedict from Provence Marinaside with hashbrowns and fruit

Oh man and when my eggs get runny? Yeah, I’m that girl who gets all giddy about it.

Eggs benedict on an open faced croque monsieur. The egg yolk is running.

Where do you love doing Sunday brunch?

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