Tag Archives: coffee

Joined At Last: Starbucks Brings La Boulange Baked Goods On Board

Spring 2013 saw Starbucks acquiring French inspired San Francisco chain, La Boulange Bakery and Cafe, as mentioned in my post, “San Francisco Houses of Kick Starts.” Fast forward a few months later and we’re already seeing La Boulange product line in Starbucks shops across Washington state. I was happily surprised to get the same great […]

San Francisco Houses of Kick Starts:

Best place to grab a power meal to go (0r eat in if you have a moment): La Boulange Bakery & Cafe. I was later informed by a San Franciscan that Starbucks had just acquired this locally loved chain and the quality of the goods remains the same thus far (would like to know if […]

Beaucoup Bakery & Cafe’s Croissant Affair

The name of this cozy bakery and cafe is already a dead giveaway of its French influence of pastries and coffee. But, what makes this establishment extra special is its mix of Euro-styled iron and marble interiors with regionally sourced ingredients, from syrups to coffee. It doesn’t stop there, if you’re looking for a special […]

A Vancouver Treat – Worth Every Crumb

Despite having to adjust hours and going without supplies for customers on its 2nd level at the beginning, it seems the Last Crumb is paying attention to the needs of its customers and has delivered adjustments in hours and sundries on the second in very short order. Everyone loves a shop that listens to the […]

Local Comfort Food Hot Spot: Crème de la Crumb

A commuter’s institution, Crème de la Crumb is an excellent pit stop for prêt à manger breakfast and lunch staples. Let the waft of the vanilla bean aroma of sumptuous cream cheese icing atop the soft cinnamon buns lure you into this gourmet boutique. Friendly distractions include butter scones, gourmet sandwiches, artisan soups and toasty beverages.  […]

Thierry Pâtisserie Café – A Taste of France

If you’ve never been to France, but wanted a piece of the experience in Vancouver, Thierry delivers. Its part cafe, part confectionery and part pastry shop experience is created by French Chef, Thierry Busset (of 3 star Michelin, London restaurant’s Gavroche and Marco Pierre White, fame and touted by Gordon Ramsey for his pastry making […]

Bel Cafe – Proper Departure From the Downtown Coffee Standard

It’s nice to know that there is a proper coffee shop at the epicenter of the shopping district of downtown Vancouver. Proper means full service at the Rosewood Georgia Hotel, just at the corner of Howe and Georgia, beside Hawksworth Restaurant (a spinoff of the restaurant). The decor is contemporary and comfortable, but, I’m wondering […]

Seattle’s Secrets Series: The Baked Variety

Seattle might be known for its coffee industry, but there are probably just as many bakeries offering toasty warm goods to accompany your Seattle’s Best. Here are a couple of shops worth a visit if you ever find yourself in Downtown Seattle: Dahlia Bakery – Best Breakfast – Delectable croissants and breakfast sandwiches on the […]

Coffee Connoisseurs Like Siphon Brews

Many epiphanies, ideas and posts have been born over a latte or Americano and now I can add siphon coffee to my list of inspirations. Aaron of Kafka’s Coffee and Tea (kafkascoffee.ca) on Main St. showed me how serious coffee is made with a siphon while sharing tips and and bit of history for this […]

Local Apps: A Foodie’s Dream

Craving for a burrito or Japadog? The lunch hour crowd got you in a rush?  In need of caffeine on the go? Some of Vancouver’s latest apps for your smartphone could come to the rescue. With a diverse choice of street food now available, thanks to the City’s initiative that started last year (learn more […]