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New In Town: The Narcissus In Port Town

14 Feb

IMG_1834We recently stopped in to check out The Narcissus located at 1701 Powell Street (at Commercial Drive). This was the space formerly occupied by Kessel & March and you will still see the sign affixed to the building.  This is a beautiful bright spot that features great coffee by local Agro Roasters, delish baked goods and some art dotted throughout along with a bookcase along one wall. Service was excellent, the atmosphere cozy and bright with a second floor above if you want a bit of privacy.  You can find The Narcissus on Instagram. Stop by on  February 14th to check out a Valentine’s Pop Up from Noon to 5:00 pm.  The Narcissus is open Sunday to Wednesday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm and Thursday to Saturday from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm. Did we mention they also serve wine and beer?   If you haven’t been down to this area of Powell Street lately, we highly recommend you take a wander.  This stretch of road boasts many great spots including the Bistro Wagon Rogue, The Pie Shoppe, Trans Am Restaurant, Aleph Eatery, Odd Society Spirits, Doan’s Craft Brewing and JJ Bean Coffee to name a few.

 

 

New In Town: Lupii Café – Vancouver’s First Zero Waste Café

10 Aug

lupii_logoWe would like to introduce to Vancouver’s first zero waste café, Lupii Café. Lupii Café is located at 7743 Champlain Crescent in Champlain Heights. This husband and wife team have assumed the location of the former Champlain Video a long standing part of the community in Champlain Heights. This is a very unique space and is set up to be a community gathering space on many levels from the long table in the back of the café for a bit of privacy to the comfy chairs when you first walk in next to a small library and kids toys. The owners of Lupii Cafe feel strongly in supporting community which is evidenced by their passion for local. Their coffee comes from East Van Roasters, produce from local farms including Hop On Farms down the road on Marine Way in Burnaby and Krause Berry Farms in Langley. Everything is from within British Columbia. It should come as no surprise then, that they are big supporters of ‘ugly fruit’ especially when it comes to making smoothies. If you haven’t heard about ‘ugly fruit’, it is an idea that started in France in which ugly and disfigured fruit is sold at a reduced price to help reduce food waste. Their passion for local includes supporting local artisans. You will find a small display area that features some locally made items such as Raw Soap & Skincare, Basic Design, Wood Shop Products and the beautiful art work on display.

Lupii Café strives to be a zero waste café which certainly has had its challenges for the owners, but they seem to take each one on and find a creative solution.  Everything in this café has been recycled, upcycled and reused.  On walking in the cafe, we noticed some tables that had a very unique design, but that looked familiar. We learnt it was flooring from a basketball court that had been flooded out at Stratford Hall off of Commercial Drive and had to be removed. When you walk up to the counter for your coffee or smoothie, you will see many pieces from the display of the former Champlain Video. If you are looking for items to go such as a coffee, smoothie or salad, there are no take out containers. What you can do is put down a $2.00 deposit on a mason jar and bring it back to get your $2.00, or you can reuse it.

The food offerings at Lupii Café are vegetarian with gluten-free and vegan options. They also have a regular supply of sweets on hand which change depending on what is in season. Plum squares were on offer when we stopped in, but we hear their Whoppie Pies are pretty popular as is their cheesecake. They also offer salads and wraps. When you pay for your purchase, you will notice there is a tip jar. Take note though, Lupii Café owners are proponents of the living wage so instead the tip jar is used for community events. Lupii Café is open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm save for a stretch from August 20th to September 1st when they are doing Holiday Hours from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. We invite you to stop by and check out this unique community space.

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New In Town: Bâtard Boulangerie & Cafe Moderne Comes To The Fraserhood

30 Jan

Batard2We would like to introduce you to the newly opened Bâtard Boulangerie & Cafe Moderne located at 3958 Fraser Street.  This is a French style bakery brought to you by  Chris Brown of Rise Artisan Bakery and Bruno and Sally Born restaurateurs and owners of Finest at Sea.  This is a great addition to the Fraserhood. Outside of the amazing French style sweets and excellent coffees, there is the bread. Big levain loaves and dense rye breads that you can purchase by the 100 grams instead of a large loaf.  They also carry a great selection of Farm House Cheeses and a selection of French cheeses from Les Amis de Fromage and charcuterie from Oyama Sausages.  You can also expect to find Chris Brown’s award winning artisanal marmalades “The Bitter End”.  These are truly heavenly marmalades.

Bâtard Boulangerie is perfectly situated on Fraser Street next door to Graze Restaurant which is next to Earnest Ice Cream between 23rd and 24th Avenue.  Now, does that not make for a delicious block we ask?  The 100 year old space they renovated is beautiful, cozy and makes for a great meeting spot. And as of June 2015, Bâtard Boulangerie is now open 7 days a week from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm. Batard3

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