1. Sorry about the rain;
2. You must find Vancouver to be so expensive!
As to the first point, I would simply say that I had lived in London for five years, and generally everyone surmised that I would survive winter in Vancouver. Also, I am from the most expensive city in Australia, so I know a thing or two about insane expense. With the most recent West Australian mining boom blowing the cost of living out of proportion, I'm used to spending a lot of money on a meal or a night out. It's true, Vancouver is not cheap, but at least you can go out for lunch or breakfast for under $15 - even less if you lay off the coffee.
I want to love Heirloom, I really do. The menu is creative, the space is lovely, but can they justify their prices? I think they're really pushing it. For steal cut oats, tea and a very small tip, I forked out just over $20. I enjoyed it, but it definitely wasn't worth that much. But there are plenty more dishes on their menu I want to try - and I'm a sucker - so I'll probably be back.