Posts Tagged ‘Cafe’

SATE BAKERY

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2879 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Tel: 604-725-8400

Web: www.bakerysate.com

Twitter: @BakerySate

Advice: Go early for the breakfast pastries as they come out of the oven.

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Patisseries have been opening in many neighborhoods around the city, now foodies need not look further on the drive as Pastry Chef/Owner Eric Ho has recently opened an indulgent bakery cafe. Featuring an array of house-baked croissants, cream puffs and other baked goodies, you will also find house-baked breads, pastries, cakes along with sandwiches, and more. With his background as an Electrical Engineer for 13 years, Eric has always had a passion for baking and making pastries, he decided to make a career change and he took a 6 month baking program at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts.  His wife is an Accountant who took an interior design course at night and designed this beautiful café. The couple recently opened this stunning bakery café on the drive.

JJ Bean Espresso Puffs

JJ Bean Espresso Puffs

Chocolate Croissant

Chocolate Croissant

Espresso Macchiato

Espresso Macchiato

I visited for some afternoon treats, having the delicious JJ Bean Espresso Puff a choux pastry filled with JJ Bean espresso and custard, with a streusel top and when you order one it is actually served as two; a Chocolate Croissant and an Espresso Macchiato. I also tried the Matcha Black Sesame Slice which was delicious and I can’t wait to return for yet another slice as well as more of the espresso cream puffs. You’ll also find a full espresso bar beverage line-up, teas and cold beverages. If you like to watch bakers in action there is an open glass window to view the making of these beautiful treats.

Review by: Richard Wolak

LITTLE MOUNTAIN COFFEE

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4895 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 875-0700

Web: n/a

Twitter: n/a

Advice: Located close to Queen Elizabeth Park.

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This neighborhood café is family owned and run with the community in mind. You will find a full line-up of espresso beverages featuring local roaster Republica Coffee Roasters, along with baked goods from local bakeries Black Rook Baking and Cadeaux bakery that include muffins, croissants, cookies and bars. You will also find a full line-up of gelato flavours which are locally made by Dolce Amore.

Espresso Macchiato

Espresso Macchiato

I had an Espresso Macchiato on my recent visit siting on their hidden outside patio, which is a great spot to enjoy some quiet time in the neighborhood. This is one of those hidden gems you find in neighborhoods around the city that your friends never told you about.

Review by: Richard Wolak

BELGIUM PLACE

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1598 West Broadway, Vancouver

Tel: 604-336-6858

Web: http://www.belgiumplace.com/

Twitter: @BelgiumPlace

Advice: Don’t share the waffles, best to eat solo and take the rest to go if you can’t finish in one go.

Veggie Croque Monsieur

Veggie Croque Monsieur

Almond Chocolate Waffle

Almond Chocolate Waffle

Liege Waffle

Liege Waffle

For a taste of Belgium you don’t have to go too far as this spot is waffle heaven on the corner. This is the place to indulge in delicious home-made traditional Liege waffles and you have lots of options including going the savoury route or enjoying some sweet toppings for those humble treats. I had one of the Veggie Croque Monsieur Sandwiches ($6.50) with special Belgium chimay cheese & caramelized belgian endives which was very good for lunch, then I indulged with two of their Belgian Liege Waffles the Almond Chocolate Waffle ($4.80) crunchy and chocolatey heaven; followed by the plain Liege Waffle ($3.80) which was good as well, just undressed so to speak!

You will also find a selection of hot and cold Baguettes, salads, soups, quiches along with a full espresso bar beverage line-up! On the waffles side of things, they do offer both the Brussels (thinner and lighter waffle) as well as the Liege (thicker and more dense) which is my favourite!

Review by: Richard Wolak

FLOAT ON GF BAKESHOP

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4384 Fraser St. Vancouver

Tel:  604-767-3733

Web: http://www.floatonbakeshop.com/

Twitter: @floatonbakeshop

Advice: Closed Mondays.

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For the many who either have wheat allergies or are seeking gluten-free baked goods, owners, Shael and Tobin opened up this cute gluten free bakeshop and café a couple of months ago. Shael, who was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, was forced to adapt her baking skills by learning to use gluten free flours and alternative ingredients in her recipes, she worked as head baker previously at another gluten free bakeshop in the area. This café is bright and charming filled with tables and chairs that will remind you of eating at grandmas, they are fun magazine for reading and art adorning the walls.

Chocolate Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich

Chocolate Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich

 Flatbread Pizza

Flatbread Pizza

The bakeshop is filled with all sorts of treats, from tarts to muffins to cakes and lots and lots of cookies that look so good, you are going to want to try them all. I had one of their delicious Chocolate Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches, along with one of the Flatbread Pizzas topped with goat cheese and walnuts. They are also making frozen treats such as their Popsicles made with coconut milk and fruit, I had the Raspberry Lemonade, they also make many other flavours.

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There is a full line-up of Elysian Coffee espresso beverages, ice tea, a kids menu, and lots more tempting treats, I cannot wait to return to try their Comfort Cookies as well as the Cornflake Marshmallow Crunch which look divine.

Review by: Richard Wolak

SWEET BAKE SHOP

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1141 Mainland Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-424-8800

Web: http://www.sweetbakeshop.com/

Twitter: @SweetBakeShop

Advice:  Custom cakes can be ordered by request.

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From wedding cakes to cupcakes, it’s all about creating treats that people love. This bakeshop is all pink, from the décor to the mixers and even the packaging, it’s girly and it’s simple. Tessa Sam is the founder/owner who started baking back in 2010 after leaving her career in radio broadcasting. You’ll find whole cakes to go or slices of cake to eat in or out, cupcakes, cookies, and a whole more.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich

Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich

Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwich

Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwich

Double Chocolate Cupcakes

Double Chocolate Cupcakes

I indulged in a Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich which was a delicious treat, I also tried a Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwich and one of their Double Chocolate Cupcakes. You’ll also find a selection of coffees available to go along with the treats.

These are treats that are going to be a hit at any party, or dinner table!

Review by: Richard Wolak

CAFÉ FORTY ONE

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5750 Oak Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 563-4141

Web: http://chabadcatering.com/cafefortyone/

Twitter: @cafefortyone41

Advice: Closed Friday night and Saturday. Free underground parking available with validation.

Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad

Smoked Salmon Sandwich

Smoked Salmon Sandwich

 

Chocolate Croissant

Chocolate Croissant

JJ Bean espresso

JJ Bean espresso

Located in the heart of the Oakridge neighborhood, the dairy focussed café has Chef Menajem Israel Peretz creating flavourful dishes from soups, to salads and sandwiches to desserts along with dinner specialties and Sunday brunch. Everything in the cafe is made from scratch and all the baking is done in-house. I was in for lunch where I had a delicious Quinoa Salad ($12) filled with eggplant, cucumber, red onion, and more; along with a Smoked Salmon Sandwich ($10) a baguette filled with smoked salmon, cream cheese and red onion. I also had one of the delicious Chocolate Croissants ($3.50) and a JJ Bean espresso ($3.50).

You can get fresh baked Challahs on Friday’s, and I am sure you will be able to order special meals to celebrate all the Jewish holidays. For Jews and non-Jews alike this is a restaurant you are going to want to visit in the neighborhood. I am looking forward to a return visit to try their brunch menu for their Challah French Toast and Cheese Blintzes.

Review by: Richard Wolak

Pallet Coffee Roasters Tasting

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I attended the family and friends preview recently before the café opened. Located in the East Village neighborhood, they are roasting their own coffee on site, baking their own baked goods and serving all in their café. I loved the split level room and the set-up, from the espresso bar to the roastery in the back. Indulged in some treats, trying the house-baked White Chocolate and Cranberry Scone, a Double Baked Almond Croissant and enjoyed a Espresso Macchiato.

Espresso Macchiato

Espresso Macchiato

Almond Croissants

Almond Croissants

Croissants

Croissants

Pane de Chocolate

Pane de Chocolate

Brownies

Brownies

Savoury Scones

Savoury Scones

White Chocolate and Cranberry Scones

White Chocolate and Cranberry Scones

Selection of house-baked croissants, almond croissants, savoury scones, sweet scones, brownies and more.

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Seats 16 people with seating upstairs and on the main level. Serve mostly single origin coffees; five roasts and one espresso. They have drip coffee as well as pour overs, etc, and they have a La Marzocco “Strada” espresso machine on the bar.

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In the warehouse they have a micro-roaster.

Owned by: Sharif Sharifi and Shane Dehkodaei.

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Pallet Coffee Roasters

323 Semlin Drive (at East Hastings)

Hours: Monday-Friday 8am to 3pm & Saturday 9am to 5pm.

http://palletcoffeeroasters.com/

Twitter: @PalletCoffee

Instagram: palletcoffee

By: Richard Wolak

LEAR FAYE ESPRESSO KITCHEN

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2270 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 484-9371

Web: n/a

Twitter: @lear_faye

Advice: Talk to the Baristas and learn more about the fine art of espresso.

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Our coffee scene continues to thrive when cool cafes such as Lear Faye excels in creating community. I wrote my first book about coffee and cafes over 20 years ago in Vancouver, the scene has grown immensely ever since. Owned by brother and sister, Jess and Dolly who both have quite the background in the local coffee movement. This café has further elevated the coffee scene on the drive. The hydra espresso machine is only one of 3 of it’s kind in North America, they welcome baristas who are top notch in their game to come and pull shots and join their community as they create a wider community of patrons.

Grilled Cheese

Grilled Cheese

Espresso Macchiato

Espresso Macchiato

I loved the wooden handles on the espresso machine, turns out they were custom created locally by Doug Warren who also created some of their other wooden fixtures. The origin of the name Lear Faye is not only derived from both of the owners middle names, but its a celtic family name that means “Of the Meadow Shining Brightly”. I have had the Grilled Cheese ($8) with gruyere & Caramelized Onion on sourdough, with my addition of fig jam and it was delicious. I have also had my usual go to bevy an Espresso Macchiato ($3.50). In addition to a full line-up of espresso beverages, you will also find cream sodas, tea and other drinks. There are custom made sandwiches for breakfast and lunch as well as a selection of baked goods including some gluten-free options.

This is a café you are going to want to visit, another hangout to add to the growing number of great cafes in our city.

Review by: Richard Wolak

STIR COFFEE HOUSE

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101-5085 48th Avenue, Delta

Tel: (604) 940-8005

Web: http://stircoffeehouse.com/

Twitter: @StirCoffeeHouse

Advice: Open daily

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Located in the heart of Ladner village, this coffee house is the hub for the community, evident on a Sunday morning when the staff greet each customer by name. Serving up 49th Parallel coffee, you will find a full line-up of espresso beverages along with baked goods from local bakeries that include muffins, scones. Croissants, cookies and bars.

Espresso Macchiato

Espresso Macchiato

I had an Espresso Macchiato on my visit last Sunday after I visited the Ladner Village Farmers Market. The room has a great vibe with its brick walls and tables made of reclaimed wood. Look for art shows and more happening at the cafe.

Review by: Richard Wolak

CAFÉ AL MERCATO

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2215 Marine Drive, West Vancouver

Tel: 604-922-4334

Web: n/a

Twitter: @CaffeAlMercato

Advice: Sit at the communal table.

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This Italian style café and market is filled with a large selection of fresh baked goods, such as breads, muffins, scones, cakes and cookies as well as an array of freshly made sandwiches, soups, pastas and pizza along with homemade gelato. I loved the long wooden communal table as well as the big windows, coated cement floors on the inside and the red Muskoka chairs on the patio.

 Truffle Mushroom Pizza and the Panzanella Salad

Truffle Mushroom Pizza and the Panzanella Salad

I had the special pizza of the day, Truffle Mushroom Pizza ($4) and the Panzanella Salad ($5) both were delicious and made for a great combo. The café also features Italian inspired coffees, desserts and pastries.

The owners of Mangia E Bevi Ristorante on the South side of the street opened this café directly across the street to welcome the community by day. There is a large deli section featuring fresh cheeses, meats and sauces for cooking at home. Looking forward to a return visit to try one of their desserts.

Review by: Richard Wolak

MOLLI CAFÉ

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1225 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-336-6554

Web: not yet

Twitter: @MolliCafe

Advice: No reservations.

One of my favourite cuisines is Mexican, I love the flavours of the varied types of dishes from the many different regions that make up their culinary landscape. In recent years, many new Mexican eateries have opened serving dishes from their home regions, we are fortunate in this city. Owned by chefs Rafael and Bernice who are both equally passionate about serving Mexican inspired dishes from their home country. Both are experience chefs who have worked in the top kitchens in Vancouver restaurants for the past few years before deciding to open their own.

Pollo Torta

Pollo Torta

Conchas

Conchas

Cortado

Cortado

I had the delicious Pollo Torta ($8.75) with pulled chicken, cheddar cheese, avocado, tomato, chipotle onions and cilantro along with one of their house baked Conchas a delicious bun topped with a crunchy icing sugar of sorts and a Cortado made with Moja coffee. The menu features a selection of Tortas, Tacos, Quesadillas, Soups, Salads, baked goods along with a full espresso beverage line-up.

Watch for an expanded menu down the road featuring different types of mole, and more specialty dishes.

Review by: Richard Wolak

TWO DAUGHTERS BAKERY

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121 E 1st Sreet (rear), North Vancouver

Web: http://twodaughtersbakeshop.com/

Twitter: @TwoDBakeshop

Advice: Closed Sunday and Monday

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Coconut Mini Donut and  Ginger Lemon Sandwich Cookie

Coconut Mini Donut and Ginger Lemon Sandwich Cookie

Located off the alleyway between 1st and Esplanade this one of a kind bakery features a full range of gluten -free goodies. Founded by the mother of the two daughters, Lisa Reichelt bakes all the wonderful treats catering to those who either have wheat allergies or are seeking gluten-free baked goods and the many who love her baking. You will find cookies, donuts, scones, loafs and breads and so much more. I had a #glutenfree Coconut Mini Donut and a Ginger Lemon Sandwich Cookie filled with lemon creme, both delicious. They feature local North Van roaster Moja Coffee and you can enjoy your coffee and treats on their outside patio.

If you love baking or have a friend who loves the craft, from time to time they offer Gluten Free Baking classes, so keep an eye on their website for details. Looking forward to a return visit to try one of their Chocolate Chip cookies!

Review by: Richard Wolak

CRACKLE CRÈME

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245 Union Street, Vancouver

Tel: 778-847-8533

Web: http://cracklecreme.com/

Twitter: @cracklecreme

Advice: Closed Monday & Tuesday

Liege Waffle topped with Earl Grey Ice Cream

Liege Waffle topped with Earl Grey Ice Cream

Espresso Creme Brulee

Espresso Creme Brulee

Bailey’s Creme Brulee

Bailey’s Creme Brulee

Vanilla Creme Brulee

Vanilla Creme Brulee

Caffe D’Arte Espresso

Caffe D’Arte Espresso

Dessert lovers will be in heaven at this Crème Brulee and Waffles emporium where chef/owner Daniel Wong creates a variety of house-made crème brulee and more. Liege Waffles that can come plain or be topped off with his house-made ice creams. The dessert café also features Caffe D’Arte espresso beverages along with cold drinks. I have visited a couple of times where I indulged in a made to order delicious Liege Waffle topped with Earl Grey Ice Cream, I have also had a few of the crème brulees including the Espresso, Vanilla and the Bailey’s which was my favourite hands down. Of course an Espresso went hand in hand pairing it up with the desserts. Generally the creme brulee are $5 each, the ones that feature liquor are $6 and the ones that are a little bit smaller and made for takeout are $3.75. The waffles are $3.75 plain, add a scoop of the house-made ice cream for an extra charge. This is a great spot for an afternoon treat as well as an after dinner dessert.

Review by: Richard Wolak

FRESH PRESS COFFEE

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#121-4940 No. 3 Road, Richmond

Tel: (604) 787-3028

Web: https://www.facebook.com/FreshPressCoffeeBar

Twitter: @FreshPressCafe

Advice: Order at the espresso bar.

Espresso Macchiato

Espresso Macchiato

Sometimes you find a gem of a café that is hidden off the beaten track and it becomes that spot where you trek to escape. This is one of those spots which I discovered, hidden inside the corridor of a strip mall which is off the busiest street in Richmond. The café is small with 10 seats inside and more outside, it’s stylish with it’s seating and coffee bar where they serve a full line-up of espresso beverages made with locally roasted East Van Roasters coffee. I had my usual beverage of choice which is an Espresso Macchiato. You will also find cookies, other baked goods and East Van Roasters famous chocolate bars. Take your laptop or a book and enjoy your escape!

Review by: Richard Wolak

A.G.R.O. Roasters

Blake Hanacek - founder/owner

Blake Hanacek – founder/owner

I have been a fan of their coffee for quite some time ever since frequenting their Yaletown café. Blake Hanacek founded the roastery in October 2006 first establishing the Yaletown café, eventually he grew his company with a café on Granville Island and more recently opening a roastery and café in Strathcona.

Blake Hanacek roasting coffee beans

Blake Hanacek roasting coffee beans

With AGRODEV as a springboard and partner A.G.R.O. Roasters has fulfilled the increasing demands of coffee lovers who are continuously looking for high quality coffee that upholds–but is not compromised by–an ecologically and socially conscious approach. They service this demand by religiously practicing their Crop2Cup approach and utilizing our partnership with AGRODEV.

We met up at his Annex Cafe & Roastery, a refurbished industrial space in an East Van that houses their 12KG roaster, the Annex Cafe, and Cupping Lab.

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Blake guided me thru a tour of his roasting operation and we enjoyed a few coffees together starting off with my favourite coffee beverage which is an Espresso Macchiato.

Espresso Macchiato

Espresso Macchiato

This Espresso Macchiato  was made with an espresso blend that featured Sumatra (semi washed), natural Ethiopia, washed Gautamala and a washed Peru.

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From crop to cup they operate sustainably. When buying their coffees, consumers can rest assured that their coffee was produced sustainably, regardless of certification. The farmers that they work with are using ever evolving technologies to ensure that their product is grown sustainably and we facilitate these changes whenever possible. Our locations also operate sustainably in energy use, waste disposal, transportation and everything we do.

Guatemala Villaure Pacamara

Guatemala Villaure Pacamara

Blake then brewed an Aero presse with his Guatemala Villaure Pacamara.

Ka'u Coffee

Ka’u Coffee

He then made us a pour over of the Ka’u Coffee (semi washed).

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ka'u Coffee

ka’u Coffee

Roasting coffee is as much science as it is art. Focusing on the science when first profiling a new coffee, the art then comes out in the cup.  Rigorous profile notes mean nothing if the unique origin characteristics of the coffee are not highlighted. Cupping every batch provides a framework and reference, as we feel you are only as good as your last batch. Relying on sight, smell, and manual controls allows the coffee to show where and how it wants to be roasted. As their name implies (Agricultural Growers Resource Organization), their approach is founded on the importance of education and learning. Grounded in science and global in scope, starting as an international NGO, Blake told me they want the farmer to be the primary topic of conversation–the roaster secondary. Sustainability and accessibility are perhaps the most vital components of their approach. All other efforts on our part are trivial unless our coffee and philosophy is accessible to anyone and everyone who wishes to share in our passion.

A.G.R.O. Roasters is located at 550 Clark Drive in Vancouver. You can follow them on twitter @agro_roasters

By: Richard Wolak

RADICLE JUICE

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3088 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 879-2639

Web: http://radiclejuice.com/

Twitter: @RadicleJuice

Advice: Reuse and recycle buy picking up one of their glass tumblers.

Calm

Calm

Knockout

Knockout

With more than just juice, this juicery is both stylish and bright with high ceilings, seating upstairs and on the main level. You’ll find a menu filled with all sorts of fresh juices, smoothies, juice shots and acai bowls all with creative and catchy names. I’ve visited a couple of times already since their recent opening, had the Calm ($6.50 for 12oz) juice with pineapple, jalapeno, cilantro, lime, cucumber, celery in one of their cool tumblers which was the perfect energizer; on the other visit I had the delicious Knockout ($7) smoothie with chia, dates, cinnamon, kale, almond butter, banana and almond milk.

The menu is well thought out, with the right ingredients and combinations making it easy for you to choose your concoction or better yet ask one of the knowledgeable staff for guidance. I am looking forward to more return visits as I want to try the Farmer’s Barrel, Heavy D and Cassanova!

Review by: Richard Wolak

PAPPAROTI

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1505 Robson St., Vancouver

Tel: 604-336-2867

Web: www.papparoti.ca

Twitter: @PappaRotiCanada

Advice: Order at the espresso bar.

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Known all over Asia and the Middle East, this is their first location in Canada, the café opened recently featuring their buttery, coffee-caramel coated buns. It’s an almost around the clock baking process for the twice baked buns which are baked fresh throughout the day. The café is large and spacious, with a nice wooden communal table in the centre.

Coffee Bun

Coffee Bun with caramel

Coronation Chicken Sandwich

Coronation Chicken Sandwich

orange juice

orange juice

Espresso Macchiato

Espresso Macchiato

Since it is all about the buns, I enjoyed my Coffee Bun with the caramel topping which is served on the side. There are all sorts of other toppings available including Cream Cheese, Local Organic Jams, Fresh Fruit, Nutella, Kaya, Maple Syrup, Honey, Whipped Cream, Ice Cream, Dark or Chocolate. On another visit I had the Coronation Chicken Sandwich which is made for them by Chef Tony Marzo, I have also had a fresh squeezed orange juice as well as an Espresso Macchiato.

You’ll find the usual range of espresso beverages made with JJ Bean, a selection of cold drinks with the star attraction being the coffee buns.

Review by: Richard Wolak

BEYOND BREAD

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3686 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: 604-733-3931

Web: http://beyondbread.ca/

Twitter: @bbbcafe

Advice: Check out their website for oven times for your favourite breads.

Apple & Brie Sandwich

Apple & Brie Sandwich

Grilled Cheese

Grilled Cheese

Espresso Macchiato

Espresso Macchiato

Known for their outstanding breads, this artisan bakery and café is more than just bread. With a communal table and seating in the café they are serving a wide variety of unique sandwiches on their house-baked breads. I have visited a few times after discovering their bread which I had at The Farmer’s Apprentice. I absolutely loved the Apple & Brie Sandwich on the Fig & Walnut Bread with crisp organic apple, double brie organic greens and local honey drizzle; along with the Grilled Cheese melted aged cheddar between slices of grilled garlic potato bread. I have also had an Espresso Macchiato.

There are some amazing sandwiches, soups, baked goods that include croissants, scones and muffins along with a full line-up of espresso based and other beverages. Then there is the outstanding bread which sells out fast each day, so I would suggest that you get there early or call them to put a hold on your favourite loaf.

Review by: Richard Wolak

CARTEMS DONUTERIE

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534 West Pender Street, Vancouver

Tel: (778) 708-0996

Web: www.cartems.com

Twitter: @Cartemsdonuts

Advice: Never share these donuts. You can get boxes by the dozen.

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Donuts have always been the best friend to a cup of coffee, they have also been the start for many people in their morning routine or part of that afternoon snack. Cartems was founded locally by Jordan Cash, he was the guy who dreamt up the concept, along with his partner Rajesh Narine they created not only some great tasting donuts, they have also become the new leaders in the local donut game offering up some interesting flavours.

Smores, Canadian Whiskey Bacon, Granola

Smores, Canadian Whiskey Bacon, Granola

Blood Orange Glazed and a Coffee

Blood Orange Glazed and a Coffee

Maple Walnut

Maple Walnut

They make well over 40 different flavours, I have tried the Earl Grey, Mexican Mole, Triple Chocolate, Smores, Canadian Whiskey Bacon from their cake donuts selection as well as the Blood Orange Glazed and their amazing Maple Walnut from their yeast selection and I have had others at parties and such.

Known for sourcing ingredients locally, they have set the stage for what sets them apart from the others, now it is about keeping up with the newest and greatest flavours they make! Keep an eye on their growing collection in their instagram gallery.

Review by: Richard Wolak

RAIN OR SHINE ICE CREAM

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1926 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: 604-428-7246

Web: http://rainorshineicecream.com/

Twitter: @rainorshineYVR

Advice: Closed Monday’s. Visit on Tuesday’s for Taco Tuesday.

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Since I love ice cream, I am always looking to try the new scoop shops and I am also quite curious on the flavours offered. Josie Fenton and her husband Blair Casey founded this Kitsilano scoop shop which stands on using local ingredients, of the highest quality and are community driven. For both of them it was their first venture outside of their teaching and finance careers yet for both their careers have fueled their passion for making some of the best ice cream around.

Coffee Ice Cream

Coffee Ice Cream

Brown Butter Snickerdoodle and the vegan Coconut Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

Brown Butter Snickerdoodle and the vegan Coconut Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

On the first visit I had a scoop of their Coffee Ice Cream and on the 2nd visit I had the Brown Butter Snickerdoodle and the vegan Coconut Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream!  They offer a selection of what they call their “Keepers” which features their most popular flavours; along with the “Seasonal Flings” where you will find special seasonal ice creams based on what’s being grown locally or what’s current which may include a seasonal beer or other type of offering. They also offer an enticing selection of toppings that’s going to further your tastebud exploration. I am excited to see what this dream team comes up with in terms of flavours in the months to come, and I’m betting that if you have a favourite flavour and want to see it on the menu, you may want to follow them on twitter and pass along your suggestions.

Review by: Richard Wolak

CAFFÉ CITTADELLA

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2310 Ash Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-568-5909

Web: http://www.caffecittadella.com/

Twitter: @caffecittadella

Advice: Make sure you have your coffee to stay that way you get a chocolate on the side.

Espresso Macchiato and Lime, Coconut Bar

Espresso Macchiato and Lime, Coconut Bar

I have fond memories of a café I used to visit years ago in my travels, a café in a house. Here it’s almost as if you were in a house in a café, and it’s a unique cafe in a charming character two level house with seating situated throughout along with a nice seated outdoor patio. I have visited numerous times for an Espresso Macchiato ($3.10) and various baked goods, yesterday I had a gluten-free, vegan Lime Coconut Bar ($3.50)

You will find a full line-up of espresso beverages along with an extensive selection of baked goods from cookies, to all sorts of bars, to pies, croissants, scones and more. They have an excellent selection of gluten free, dairy free, wheat free and vegan treats to satisfy everyone’s craving. The cafe also offers a variety of sandwiches and other cold drinks.

This is one of my go to spots when I am in the area, you should visit if you haven’t yet.

Review by: Richard Wolak

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