Posts Tagged ‘Cafe’

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

MATCHSTICK COFFEE

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213 East Georgia Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-336-0213

Web: http://www.matchstickcoffee.com/

Twitter: @MatchstickYVR

Advice: Sit at the communal table and meet others.

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Known for their popular hip café and coffee roastery in East Van, the passionate owners have created yet another center of place to foster conversation and community. Located in the heart of Chinatown, it’s a cool set-up of a café with large communal wooden tables for sharing, bright and open with a large selection of seats. Chef Trevor Pruegger is manning the beautiful oven in the back for baking breads as well as a variety of baked goods from scones to croissants, cookies to muffins and more.

Espresso Macchaito

Espresso Macchiato

Latte

Latte

Cookies

Cookies

Croissant

Croissant

Scone

Scone

Muffins

Muffins

In time for my usual 3pm afternoon coffee, friends Tammy and Brent joined me to share some treats, pretty much trying all on offer. I had an Espresso Macchiato, while Tammy had a Latte and Brent a Pourover Coffee. We then indulged in their sourdough croissant, a spelt and a chocolate chip cookie, a cranberry and a pear muffin as well as a savoury scone.

You will also find a selection of entrees for lunch or an early dinner along with beer on tap. Don’t forget to strike up a conversation with the like-minded people sharing your table.

Review by: Richard Wolak

BASHO CAFÉ

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2007 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-428-6276

Web: http://bashocafe.com/

Twitter: @BashoCafe

Advice: closed Monday and Tuesday.

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I love cafes that mix the owners heritage which in this case is Japanese. On the edge of East Village this family-run cafe is headed by Hiroshi and Miju Kawai, and their daughter, Moeno who have created a cozy paradise. The star of the warmly decorated 16 seat room is the communal table for customers to share. The family welcomes everyone to their place “Basho” where they have made most of the furniture and pottery themselves.

Tray of snacks

Tray of snacks

I visited over the weekend for some afternoon snacks, served to me on a tray, each snack which I had ordered individually was delightful. My favourite was the delicious and moist Matcha White Chocolate Brownie ($2), I also had a Matcha Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookie ($1.75) and a Gomai Miso Cookie ($ .50) to go along with the Espresso Macchiato ($3) made with hand-picked, organic coffee beans from Handworks Coffee Studio.

The menu offers the usual espresso beverages as well as a large assortment of house-baked Japanese inspired treats, most are miniature in size which are similar in size to what you would find in Japan. You will also find some unique dishes for lunching such as the Tuna Tataki which I can’t wait to try on my next visit.

Review by: Richard Wolak

TIGERS DRINK HOUSE

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505 East 15th Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: 604-428-8844

Web: n/a

Twitter: @TigersCafe

Advice: Selection of board games available to play.

Reuben Sandwich

Reuben Sandwich

Espresso Macchiato

Espresso Macchiato

 Carrot Walnut Cake

Carrot Walnut Cake

Hidden away on the edge of Mount Pleasant is this small café where owners Maciej and Kie are creating their community. Both live in the neighborhood, creating a space for people to enjoy by day and soon by night. Inside you will find an espresso bar along with a selection of house baked goodies that include muffins, loafs and more. I had the toasted Reuben Sandwich ($7) delicious and lean, it is made with corned beef from J. Beethoven’s New York Corned Beef Connection; I also had an Espresso Macchiato ($3.25) made with locally roasted Elysian Coffee Beans; along with a slice of their moist Carrot Walnut Cake, the perfect indulgence.

Maciej Rotecki

Maciej Rotecki making my espresso macchiato

The menu board not only features a daily brew, it also includes a matcha green tea latte and Royal milk tea, a Japanese staple and one which is part of Kie’s heritage. You will find a selection of sandwiches and other savoury dishes to enjoy. You may be looking for an escape and may be inclined to sit at one of the popular window seats or may want to have a seat at a table to play a board game or read one of the English or Japanese books. You may even be inclined to strike up a conversation with Maciej as I did. This is a great spot to enjoy an escape off of bustling Kingsway, connect with them on instagram and the spot to go if you live nearby.

Review by: Richard Wolak

MP SOCIAL

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3245 Fraser Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 620-8922

Web: http://mpsocial.ca/

Twitter: @MPSocialCafe

Advice: Great specials offered daily including a $5 special.

Espresso Macchiato

Espresso Macchiato

Rice Krispy treat

Rice Krispy treat

This neighborhood go to spot was apropos for my visit on a recent walking adventure. The café has high ceilings, and seating surrounding the espresso bar of this bright spot. I had my usual bevy which was an Espresso Macchiato along with a heart shaped half pink iced Rice Krispy treat. They feature locally roasted Rocanini Coffee Roasters as well as Social Coffee & Tea Co espresso on the bar.

You will find a selection of sandwiches, along with baked goodies and a full line of espresso beverages to accompany your treats.

Review by: Richard Wolak

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