3433 Commercial Street, Vancouver
Tel: (604) 336-9423
Advice: Open daytime hours only.
An emporium featuring their Flourist brand of different types of flour and grains to stock up on; along with a café which is the spot where they showcase what’s on offer. I love how they offer up recipes online for many of the baking products they sell in the café. Customers can purchase their flour and grain products from their website store or inside their physical store in East Vancouver.
I’ve tried several of their items inside the café over several visits, though I haven’t tried any of their PEI it’s for my home cooking or baking. The Savoury Galette featured spinach and other vegetables; loved the Chickpea Salad; along with the Hummus on Toast. They bake all the different breads in house, and I have also tried their tasty Cinnamon Toast; Beans on toast; Pressed yogurt toast and the Cheese Dream.
They operate a full espresso bar as well featuring local coffee purveyors, here I had an Iced Americano and go with the coffee I have had the delicious Cookie Slab, Brownie Slab which is full of nuts; as well as their Hazelnut jam cookies and classic Flourist cookie.
I like how they offer a variety of cooking classes for people to attend and to learn in a group setting, this strengthens their brand and focus while dictating their customers about their wholesome flours and grains. The Flourist brand was created by co-founders Janna Bishop and Shira McDermott who also feature fresh flour stone-milled on site, and sourdough bread baked daily
Flourist has earned a reputation and community following for promoting Canadian farmers, supplying traceable, farm-direct Canadian grains and beans for restaurants and retailers, and operating Vancouver’s first and only artisan flour mill. For foodies this is a dream come true as they showcase many cookbooks for browsing, provide recipes to tempt your home cooking and baking and feature many cookbook authors who may be visiting the area through talks and classes.
Review by: Richard Wolak