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Temper Chocolate & Pastry 1st Anniversary

Steven Hodge - owner

Steven Hodge – owner

On February 19, I attended the 1st year anniversary celebration at their bakery café in West Vancouver.

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Guests enjoyed sparkling wine, chocolate covered strawberries, cheese and crackers along with some cakes and chocolate truffles.

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Temper Pastry is located at 2409 Marine Drive, West Vancouver and you can call them at 604-281-1152 and follow them on twitter @Temperpastry

Thank you to our photographer Michelle Hondl for capturing the afternoon so well.

By: Richard Wolak

DOUGHGIRLS BAKE SHOP

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3322 Shrum Lane, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 333-5474

Web: http://www.doughgirlsbakeshop.com/

Twitter: @DoughgirlsBake

Advice: Join the line-up for delicious treats. Take ‘n Bake selection of entries for takeout.

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Located in the Wesbrook Village neighborhood close to the UBC campus is a star studded bakery café that is full of unique delectable treats. I have visited a couple of times since Rose Concepcion and her partner Thuy Kelp opened their popular bakeshop. This is a sweet spot filled with baked goods will all sorts of names and with that comes so many stories.

Double Chocolate Ranger Cookie

Double Chocolate Ranger Cookie

 Annie Oakley cookie

Annie Oakley cookie

Lemon almond shortbread

Lemon almond shortbread

On my first visit I enjoyed some of their baked goods treats, the Double Chocolate Ranger Cookie, the Annie Oakley cookie and the Lemon almond shortbread.

Tuna Sandwich

Tuna Sandwich

Lunar Coconut Puff.

Lunar Coconut Puff.

Espresso Macchiato

Espresso Macchiato

On the next visit, I was in for lunch having a delicious Tuna Sandwich a Mediterranean inspired mix of tuna, aioli, veggies, and preserved lemon on organic Pioneer Grain Bread, served with spinach salad, along with an Espresso Macchiato and a Lunar Coconut Puff. In addition to their sandwiches, salads, baked goods which include red velvet cupcakes, organic almond croissants, hello Dolly’s, Danishes, cookies and more; they also offer a selection of house baked breads.

Turkey Pot Pie

Turkey Pot Pie

Additionally they offer a selection of entrée dishes which are frozen to take and bake at home, which is what I did tasting a multitude of selections, my favourites were the Turkey Pot Pie made with Rossdown Farms free-range turkey and veggies simmered in a veloute sauce and encased in a flaky pie crust; along with the Butternut Mac ‘n Cheese made with a Four cheese macaroni studded with roasted butternut squash; and the King Ranch Casserole of layered tortilla, Rossdown Farms chicken and green chilli-cheese casserole which was delicious.

You will find a pastry case filled with treats that change by the season for your indulgence, as well as a full espresso beverage line-up and other beverages.

Review by: Richard Wolak

BLACK ROOK BAKEHOUSE

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2474 East Hastings St, Vancouver

Tel:(604) 563-5094

Web: http://www.blackrookbake.com/

Twitter: @blackrookbaker

Advice: Open Monday – Saturday.

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A true neighborhood bakeshop that’s community oriented shines bright in the heart of the East Village. Owned by Dana and Mark Blundell, who have been baking up a wonderful array of treats since they began. You will find all sorts of baked goods, cakes, pastries, pies, quiches and more. On the beverage side of things they support the local roasters by featuring both Salt Spring Coffee as well as Agro Roasters and you will find a full line-up of espresso beverages along with teas to round out the liquid offerings.

Don Ho Ukelele Hawaiian Muffin

Don Ho Ukelele Hawaiian Muffin

On my most recent visit I had the delicious tropical Don Ho Ukelele Hawaiian Muffin as well as one of the Ginger cinnamon cream Whoopies. Love the unique names they have for all of their goodies, looking forward to returning to try one of their oooey gooey cinnamon buns.

Review by: Richard Wolak

BATARD BOULANGERIE

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3958 Fraser, Vancouver

Tel: 604-506-3958

Web: http://www.batardbakery.com/

Twitter: @batardbakery

Advice: Communal tables for sharing, prepared foods for takeaway.

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In France bread usually comes out of the ovens in the afternoon when people are heading home from work. Notable Bread baker Chris Brown (co-owner) and Bruno and Sally Born (co-owner also of Finest At Sea) are baking breads which are available by the gram or the slice all day long, with most of the loaves baked in the afternoon for people to take home fresh for the dinner table. Asides from the rustic breads, they are also baking all sorts of baked goodies including cookies, croissants, brioche and more!

Veggie Gratin on Levain

Veggie Gratin on Levain

Gibralter Coffee

Gibralter Coffee

Kouign Amann

Kouign Amann

Salted Chocolate Rye Cookie

Salted Chocolate Rye Cookie

I visited for lunch having the Veggie Gratin on Levain, an open faced sandwich with grilled vegetables and melted cheese. I then had a Gibralter Coffee, along with some treats including the tasty Kouign Amann made with layers of almonds and butter and a delicious Salted Chocolate Rye Cookie! The menu also features soups, salads, tartines and sandwiches; along with a takeaway section featuring preserves, prepared meals, cheeses and more.

Beautiful paintings line the brick adorned wall, large communal wooden tables available for sharing, the space is open and bright. Fraserhood is shining with this new bakery café, grab a book and settle in with a coffee and some treats!

Review by: Richard Wolak

PALLET COFFEE ROASTERS

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323 Semlin Drive, Vancouver

Tel: 604 -255 -2014

Web: http://palletcoffeeroasters.com/

Twitter: @PalletCoffee

Advice: Open daily.

This East Village café and coffee roastery has been a community hub since opening last summer. Run by passionate owners Sharif Sharifi and Shane Dehkodaei, you’ll find their Benchmark of perfection on order with each espresso beverage coming off the bar.

Cortado

Cortado

Double Baked Chocolate Hazelnut Croissant

Double Baked Chocolate Hazelnut Croissant

Espresso Macchiato

Espresso Macchiato

On my latest visit I had a Cortado and a delicious Double Baked Chocolate Hazelnut Croissant on previous visits I have always had my standout Espresso Macchiato of which is served here with an extra shot of espresso on the side.

You will find a selection of house-baked croissants, almond croissants, savoury scones, sweet scones, brownies and more; as well as sandwiches and more! The café features their roastery which can be seen through the large glass windows, the café seats 16 people with seating upstairs and on the main level. They have drip coffee as well as pour overs, along with their line-up of espresso beverages featuring their own house roasted Benchmark Espresso.

Review by: Richard Wolak

DANICAS BAKED COFFEE BAR

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556 Beatty Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 336-3554

Web: http://www.danicascafe.com/

Twitter: @danicascafe

Advice: Reservations suggested for brunch or large parties.

Chocolate Pecan Pie

Chocolate Pecan Pie

Espresso Macchiato

Espresso Macchiato

Wild Smoked Salmon Frittata

Wild Smoked Salmon Frittata

Cinnamon Bun

Cinnamon Bun

A charming cozy café named after the owners grandmother in Croatia who made everything from scratch, the walls are adorned with photos from the golden days where the family had grown up. The coffee bar serves Elysian roasted espresso along with a diverse tea selection, baked goods are front and centre on the bar to tempt. They strive to make everything from scratch here where most is organic. I have visited on a couple occasions, afternoon treats with a friend to share the home-made and delicious Chocolate Pecan Pie with vanilla ice cream, along with enjoying an Espresso Macchiato ($3.50). I then returned dining solo for brunch having the outstanding Wild Smoked Salmon Frittata ($15) with dill, feta cheese and cherry tomatoes served with hash browns and fresh greens; along with one of their Cinnamon Buns ($3.50) house made, warmed with an orange glaze topped with crushed pecans.

The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and brunch daily, soon to serve dinner, they are licensed and you may want to enjoy a beer or a glass of wine to accompany their line-up of savouries. The desserts and baked goods are all tempting, this is a spot with wonderful ambience that you are going to want to visit often.

Review by: Richard Wolak

First Taste of Elysian Coffee in Mount Pleasant

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I toured the new Elysian Coffee that opened in Mount Pleasant on the southwest corner of Ontario and 7th, this impressive café and roastery took 15 months to build. They have their own roastery on site with a 1950 cast iron 22kg Probat coffee roaster (from Germany), for roasting their coffee. There is also a large café with communal seating, a large bakery in the back, and a cupping room.

Espresso Bar

Espresso Bar

Alistair Durie and Robert Goble are the men behind the successful Elysian Coffee operation that has been evolving since day one 15 years ago. They have had a couple of cafes in operation for the past years in Kitsilano and in Fairview, now a move to their flagship facility.

The Cupping Room

The Cupping Room

22kg Probat coffee roaster

22kg Probat coffee roaster

I’ve been a fan of their coffee and cafes since they opened years ago. Knowing Alistair for thus many years, he is a true perfectionist and so passionate leading not only his company but the ever evolving local coffee industry.

Espresso Macchiato

Espresso Macchiato

Elysian Coffee is located at 2301 Ontario Street in Vancouver and is open daily.

By: Richard Wolak

CAFÉ CAVA

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1860 Marine Drive, West Vancouver

Tel: 604-925-2503

Web: http://cafecava.com

Twitter: @CafeCaVaWestVan

Advice: Reservations suggested at lunchtime.

French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

Beef Braised Brisket

Beef Braised Brisket

Goat Cheese Soufflé

Goat Cheese Soufflé

Plum Tart Tatin

Plum Tart Tatin

The beautifully euro French appointed room is filled with chandeliers, and paintings which is the perfect backdrop to the French inspired menu. My friend, pastry chef Steven Hodge joined me for dinner and a great conversation. We each had the delicious and hearty French Onion Soup ($10) with gruyere cheese, croutons in a delicious broth. We then shared the outstanding 10 hour Beef Braised Brisket ($23) with Israelli cous, caramelized onion and arugula; we also shared the Goat Cheese Soufflé ($16) with vegetable ragout; along with the Plum Tart Tatin ($10) topped with vanilla ice cream for dessert.

The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, you will find a creative cocktail list, beer and wine rounding up the menu along with the full espresso beverage line-up with delicious coffee.

Review by: Richard Wolak

DARCY’S CAFÉ

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4462 W 10th Ave, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 336-6399

Web: http://www.darcyscafe.ca/

Twitter: @darcysvancouver

Advice: Open daily and later on Friday nights.

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This West Point Grey neighborhood eatery offers delicious treats from early morning to late afternoon. They offer a Playspace area filled with toys, books and crafts for children to keep them occupied while you enjoy their baked goods, desserts, sandwiches along with a full selection of coffees and teas.

Hummus Vegetable Sandwich

Hummus Vegetable Sandwich

I visited for lunch having their Hummus Vegetable Sandwich along with some cookies to go.

This kid friendly café is providing healthy, sustainable, local food, featuring organic coffee and organic Namasthe tea. Every Friday night from 7:30pm – 10:00pm is dessert night, a chance for those with children to come and meet others while enjoying some of their handmade desserts such as cakes, cheesecakes, tiramisu, tarts, cream brulee, puddings, and so much more!

Review by: Richard Wolak

ABODE RESTAURANT

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1223 Robson Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604.688-1411

Web: http://www.aboderestaurant.ca/

Twitter: @ABODERestaurant

Advice: Takes reservations.

Crispy Parmessan Cauliflower Poppers

Crispy Parmessan Cauliflower Poppers

Moroccan Braised Lamb Shank Curry

Moroccan Braised Lamb Shank Curry

A large an inviting room situated off of bustling Robson, the décor is inspired of mid-century design with warm tones of walnut and Calcutta marble, lots of banquets and communal tables throughout. There is a coffee bar for the morning, a bar area as well as the dining room where they serve breakfast, lunch, dinner thru late night. Chef Tannis Smith has retooled the menu offering many comforting classics with her unique spin. I visited for dinner on my own, having the Crispy Parmessan Cauliflower Poppers ($11) with a couple of tasty dips! To follow I had the Moroccan Braised Lamb Shank Curry ($22) a light tomato based house made blend of ginger, garlic, cumin, jalapenos, cinnamon, a mix of smoked paprikas and spices. Served on Pomegranate dirty rice.

The all-day menu features a good selection of appetizers as well as salads, handhelds along with seafood and a selection of pasta dishes.  There is also an extensive brunch menu filled will sorts of dishes including Marilyn’s Omelet, Horizon Hash and Handle Your Scramble.

Review by: Richard Wolak

MAIN STREET HONEY SHOPPE

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4125 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-879-6052

Web: http://www.mainstreethoney.com/

Twitter: @mainstreethoney

Advice: Order at the counter.

The Honey Breve Stinger

The Honey Breve Stinger

Honeybee Honey Cake

Honeybee Honey Cake

It’s a honey shoppe and it’s a café which features a variety of house-baked goods that are made with their own local honey. There is a full line-up of espresso beverages which also features several of their honeys. One of the delicious beverages that I have tried is The Honey Breve Stinger made with local buckwheat honey and locally roasted Republica coffee. Their Honeybee Honey Cake is a wonderful treat on it’s own made with their honey.

You’ll find shelves and shelves filled with many varieties of honey, infused honey spreads, as well a large selection of accessories. On the café bar side you will find several different types of baked goods and desserts where honey plays a starring role.

Review by: Richard Wolak

AU COMPTOIR

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2278 W 4th Ave, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 569-2278

Web: http://www.aucomptoir.ca/

Twitter: @Au_Comptoir

Advice: No reservations, open 8am-10pm Wednesday – Monday. Closed Tuesdays.

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Bonjour! Walking into this classic Parisian café with it’s well dressed good looking servers who for the most part are fluent in French, encompasses this French bistro experience which you are going to enjoy. Owned by friends, Maxime Bettili and Julien Aubin, they have talented Executive Chef  Daniel McGee running the kitchen who has been cooking French food for much of his career. They have created a beautiful space for diners to enjoy with a nice bar up front and a large kitchen in the back for the chefs to do what they do best, cook up classic French dishes with modern twists. There is a rotating pastry case featuring a selection of French desserts that is replenished throughout the day which is going to tempt you to indulge.

Pane Chocolat

Pane Chocolat

Espresso Macchiato

Espresso Macchiato

Leek Tart

Leek Tart

 The Duck Confit

The Duck Confit

I visited for weekend brunch, starting off with a delicious Pane Chocolat that was flakey and just perfect, along with a Espresso Macchiato which was served with a delicious financier along side. I then had a delicious Leek Tart with feta cheese, fricasse with lightly salted potato chips; followed by The Duck Confit with potato and apple hash which was outstanding, delicious flavours and tender duck with a hint of apple, this dish usually comes with a poached egg on top, I had mine without the egg.

You’ll find different menus for weekday breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch which is going to make you want to dine there all day, eat French food and sip on coffees and wine!

Review by: Richard Wolak

LA CUISSON CAFÉ

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2050 W 41st Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 558-2589

Web: https://www.facebook.com/pages/La-Cuisson-Cafe/142054755871323

Twitter: @LaCuissonCafe

Advice: Reservations requested for afternoon tea and afternoon coffee service.

Mandheling Syphon coffee

Mandheling Syphon coffee

Iced Drip Coffee

Iced Drip Coffee

Espresso Macchiato!

Espresso Macchiato!

Strawberry Cheesecake

Strawberry Cheesecake

Tuna Waffle

Tuna Waffle

Caramel Macchiato, Mille Feille and a Florentine

Caramel Macchiato, Mille Feille and a Florentine

Hidden off the beaten path in the heart of Kerrisdale is a wonderous gem. Specializing in Syphon Style coffee brewed with their own freshly roasted coffee beans, this elegant café features sandwiches, waffles and other savouries along with home-made desserts, an espresso bar along with Afternoon Tea and Afternoon Coffee service. Owned by Jason Hsu who has had an interest in coffee culture for much of his life, his wife makes all the wonderful desserts that highlights the cafes offerings. I have visited a couple of times, the first visit I had tasted a selection of coffees including the Mandheling Syphon coffee, the Iced Drip Coffee, and an Espresso Macchiato, as well as a piece of their Strawberry Cheesecake. The following visit I had the Tuna Waffle which was a more like tuna salad that complemented their homemade savoury waffle, followed by a Caramel Macchiato, and some sweet treats that included the Mille Feille and a Florentine topped with almonds.

The coffee and tea selection is quite extensive, this a wonderful spot to take friends or to enjoy an afternoon escape. I am looking forward to visiting soon for Afternoon Tea!

Review by: Richard Wolak

MOMENTO COFFEE HOUSE

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577 Great Northern Way, Vancouver

Tel: 604-828-5282

Web: www.momentocoffeehouse.com

Twitter: @momentocoffee

Advice: Check out the private space upstairs for meetings. You’ll want to sit upstairs at the long table.

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Taking creativity to the next level, their newest café is the star of the new multi-university campus at Great Northern Way. From the colourful sign out front to the colourful numbers on the menu board inside to the cool seating inside the 2 level café, this is a place that has been well thought out. The owners built out most of the café on their own including the beautiful hand made hard wood floors and wood panel walls finished with 100 year old barn wood, everything has a story including the lighting. There are 3 community tables one that is a 10 ft section of a bowling alley converted to a table underpinned with turn of the century radiators, and a 32 foot mezzanine counter facing south.

Espresso Macchiato

Espresso Macchiato

Then comes the coffee, the full on espresso bar features Bows & Arrows Handcrafted coffee, along with the espresso beverage line-up that you know there is also a Flat White and Long Black. You will also find their Pour Over, French Press as well as their popular Louisiana Ice Coffee. The café menu is filled with great eats as well including Empanadas from The Patty Shop, sandwiches, scones, cookies and more. I had my usual Espresso Macchiato, here it was served in a cool short mason glass jar, presentation goes along way and they get it.

Bring your laptop, write a book, or gather your thoughts, and enjoy your East Van Momento experience.

Review by: Richard Wolak

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

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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

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