Posts Tagged ‘Soups’

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

LOST AND FOUND CAFÉ

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33 W Hastings Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 559-7444

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

Twitter: @LostFoundCafe

Advice: Free wifi, ask the staff for the code. Watch the event board and their twitter for upcoming events.

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Over the years I have visited well over a thousand cafes in cities around the globe, in each city I have sought out the cool and hip cafés where creativity can flourish. This café reminds me of some that I had previously visited, and this one is in our backyard so to speak. It’s a large space, exuding creative energy, from a moving film at the back of the café to the art on the walls, funky tables and chairs in different areas around, an indoor picnic table perfect for the hideaway on the side, with couches up front. The menu features a selection of sandwiches, salads, soups and more. Coffees and other beverages, all the food is made from scratch, breads baked fresh each morning, friendly staff and more!

Espresso Macchiato

Espresso Macchiato

Vegetarian Sandwich

Vegetarian Sandwich

I had my usual beverage of choice which is an Espresso Macchiato ($2.75) along with the Vegetarian Sandwich ($7.50) on a large house-made spinach, feta bun that was filled to the rim with cheese, sliced cucumbers, tomatoes and many more vegetables, delicious goodness on the soft bun. With each of the sandwiches they offer your choice of freshly baked bread (their bread is actually in the form of these large buns) and each comes with a side dressed salad.

I will be returning very soon as this is one of those places that I could call my home away from home!

Review by: Richard Wolak

TRACTOR FOODS

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1903 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: 604-222-2557

Web: www.tractorfoods.com

Twitter: @tractorfoods

Advice: You can get half salads and sandwiches, option to add proteins to almost any dish for an extra charge.

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Finding a go to spot with healthy food options that’s organic using locally grown and produced items could be a challenge sometimes. Enter Tractor offering a wide range of salads, sandwiches, soups and stews.

Kale Salad

Kale Salad

Roasted Red and Yellow Beets Salad

Roasted Red and Yellow Beets Salad

Beef Short Rib Sandwich

Beef Short Rib Sandwich

Chicken Sandwich

Chicken Sandwich

I lunched here recently with a friend and started with the flavourful Kale Salad ($3.25) with granny smith apples, julienned radicchio and white balsamic vinaigrette; along with the tasty Roasted Red and Yellow Beets Salad ($3.25) with green beans, pistachios, goat’s milk feta, and walnut vinnaigrette. I shared a ½ of the outstanding Beef Short Rib Sandwich ($9 whole) with Portobello mushrooms, tomato, arugula, and smoked gouda on multigrain; along with ½ of the Chicken Sandwich ($9 whole) Rossdown Farms free run organic chicken breast, tomato, fennel, basil, provolone on cranberry bread.

Braised Beef Short Rib Stew

Braised Beef Short Rib Stew

Moroccan Chicken Stew

Moroccan Chicken Stew

Next I had outstanding Braised Beef Short Rib Stew ($8) with porcini mushrooms, followed by a taste of my friends Moroccan Chicken Stew ($8) with chickpeas.

Double Chocolate and Pistachio

Double Chocolate and Pistachio

There wasn’t much of a dessert selection on the menu, though I did try some of their delicious Double Chocolate and Pistachio ($3) gluten-free cookies to end my meal.

This is a great new addition to the neighborhood for that healthy and quick lunch or snack to eat in or to go!

Review by: Richard Wolak

TRUFFLES CAFE

5151 Oak Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-505- 4961

Web: www.trufflesfinefoods.com/café

Twitter: @trufflesfoods

Advice: Located inside the Visitor Centre at VanDusen Botanical Garden.

With its floor to ceiling windows over-looking Livingstone Lake and the Woodland Garden, this casual café is located inside the VanDusen Botanical Garden’s new ‘Living Building’ Visitor Centre. Small tables and chairs scattered about the room as well as comfy lounge chairs and a couch add to the café’s casual ambiance.

Half Sandwich, Pasta Salad and Coleslaw

Everything in Truffles is made from scratch with fresh, local ingredients. In addition to muffins and scones; breakfast fare includes croissants, breakfast parfaits and breakfast burritos. I was in for lunch sharing with a friend and had a half of a Baguette Sandwich ($7 regular size) along with a Pasta salad ($5) and their delicious Coleslaw ($5) that is made with a touch of coconut.

For lunch, they also offer a hot daily special and two fresh-made soups along with an array of assorted fresh salads, paninis, sandwiches, filled croissants, fruit salads and desserts. In addition to drip coffee, there are espresso beverages, juices and organic teas.

Review By: Richard Wolak

PHAT YALETOWN

 

1055 Mainland Street, Vancouver

Tel:  604.684.6239

Web:  http://www.phatdeli.com/

Twitter: @PHAT_Yaletown

Advice: Private room in the sports bar is a hockey lovers paradise. Get the Phat-Size sandwich and take home the other half.

Any of my visits to New York, Montreal or LA, have always resulted in visiting a Jewish deli for a Smoked Meat or a Pastrami sandwich. After a bit of banter over twitter and friends nudging me to get to PHAT in Yaletown, I joined up with Rachel Fox for a Smoked Meat dining adventure. What we discovered was a Smoked Meat paradise in our backyard so to speak, their smoked meat is prepared in Montreal and smoked in their deli in Vancouver and it’s the leanest type of meat which for us West-coasters makes us happy! PHAT has been serving up sandwiches, soups, salads and more for years, about a year ago they expanded doubling in size and adding a sports bar which looks more like a hockey wall or room of fame.

Skinny Matzo Ball Soup

Reuben Sandwich

Poutine

Coleslaw

I had the heart-warming Skinny Matzo Ball Soup ($4.25) which is made with one matzo ball, you can get the Phat size with two matzo balls in a chicken soup broth. Next was the delicious Reuben Sandwich ($11.99 phat size) with smoked meat, served on toasted Marble Rye with Saurkraut & Swiss Cheese along with the best Kosher Dill pickle; I shared the Poutine ($6.50) with phat fries along with the Coleslaw ($2.50) and for a refreshing beverage had a Limonata ($2.60). They have got bagels and bagels with lots of tasty toppings, breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night, here you can even get a bagel and a beer!

Review By: Richard Wolak

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