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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.

 

 

Eastside Culture Crawl – Bits, Bites, Beer & More On The Crawl

18 Nov

foodimageFor all those participating in this year’s Eastside Culture Crawl which is taking place November 17- 20, 2016, we have a few thoughts on where to stop to refuel. We know from first hand experience all that walking on the Crawl makes you hungry and thirsty and the opportunity to put your feet up for a bit, is a welcome one.   With that in mind, we thought we would set out some delish spots to check out for a bite, refreshment or more.  As the Crawl covers a great deal of ground, we have set it out by geographic area. Since our experience has been to pick a general area to concentrate on and stop in at a number of artists within walking distance.

Hastings Sunrise

In Hastings Sunrise, there is no lack of choices along the stretch of East Hastings. Some great options include Roundel Café, Jackalope’s Dive and Red Wagon Café for brunch for starters. For coffee, we’d hit Platform 7 Coffee. Of course, for lunch or brunch, Tacofino Commissary is a no brainer anytime. If you have a hankering for something sweet, well a couple of great options include Black Rook Bakehouse and East Village Bakery.

Grandview Woodlands

If you are wandering in the Grandview Woodlands area, you could start with breakfast or lunch at Scandillious at 25 Victoria Drive. Looking for coffee? We’d hit Pallet Roasters.  If it’s a stop for beer or a cocktail, check out Parallel 49 Brewing, Doan’s Craft Brewing, Storm Brewing or Odd Society Spirits.  Looking for something sweet, well the Pie Shoppe on Powell Street at Victoria has that covered off with a selection of handmade chocolate from Melt Confections on hand along with their amazing pie. If you are looking for dinner after the Crawl, Bistro Wagon Rogue that has casual French fare and it’s located right next to the Pie Shoppe on Powell Street.

Commercial Drive

On Commercial Drive you have a plethora of options whether it’s coffee, cocktails or a bite.  We couldn’t even begin to name them all, but a few that come to mind include Moja’s Coffee, Continental Coffee, The Drive Coffee Bar and Turks. For the perfect sandwhich to go (and big enough for two in most cases), we recommend La Grotta del Fromaggio. While there, we highly suggest a stop into Fratelli Bakery next door. If it’s brunch you are looking for, Havana Restaurant and is one of many great spots on the Drive. Just up the street you have Biercraft which also serves brunch and a great selection of beer.  Of course just a quick walk from The Drive down Venables is Uprising Breads for a great coffee and snack spot. Oh and we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention a favourite spot for licorice lovers, the Licorice Parlour.  If you are looking for pizza on The Drive, there are a few options Famoso, Lombardo’s, Marcello’s and just off The Drive on Victoria Drive is a personal favourite Via Tevere Pizzeria.

Strathcona/Railtown

Well there are some delish stops in this general area including the Settlement Building in Railtown which is a great spot for brunch before you start or a glass of beer or wine during or after. Les Amis du Fromage is hosting a Pop Up Shop with the Salty Cookie Company this Saturday, November 19th. So if you  have a sweet craving, we do encourage you stop by.  If you are looking for dinner after Ask for Luigi is in the area as is the MacKenzie Room directly across from Oppenheimer Park and The Heatley not far down the street.   If you wish to make a stop for coffee, the Wilder Snail in the heart of Strathcona is a quaint option.

Clark Drive

This is a developing area which we expect will be changing more in the coming years. Right now  it’s home to Strange Fellows Brewing which is featuring Moving Art as part of the Crawl, so beer and art under one roof. For coffee, check out Agro Roasters at Frances Avenue on Clark Drive. For sushi and something quick and reasonable, Fujiya at the corner of Clark and Venables. Of course, Yolks Breakfast at East Hastings has breakfast all day to fuel you and if it’s beer you are after Callister Brewing just off Clark on Franklin Street is a collaborative brewery which always has some great art on hand all year long.

Which every way you slice it and where you decide to Crawl, get out and see some great art!

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Prado Café Is Hosting A Holiday Pop Up Shop In The Fraserhood December 16

9 Dec

PradoCafeHolidayPopUpPrado Café is hosting a Pop Up Shop at their new location at 4208 Fraser Street on Wednesday, December 16th. They are featuring a great line up of local makers and artisans.  Some of those that we hear will be on hand include Black Candle Society which makes natural soy wax candles, Rish Jewellery with some beautiful jewellery such as those pictured below,  Cheile Skincare with natural skincare products, KM Tremills author or Great Lands & Fated series, plus White Pineapple Co. with some delish Christmas baking as well as Mixers & Elixirs with tart and sweet natural drinking vinegars.  The Pop Up Shop happens from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm on Wednesday, December 16th.   What a great way to shop, no crazy malls or parking. Stop by grab a coffee and leisurely wander between the various artisans on hand. All the while, you are supporting local makers and your local economy. We think it’s pretty win win.

Photo Credit: Rish Jewellery

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Social Yoga The Café Series Begins At Railtown Café Sept. 3rd

31 Aug

TheCafeSeriesIf you are an early bird and love yoga, an upcoming series of sessions with Social Yoga just might be for you.   The Café Series begins on September 3rd at Railtown Café, 397 Railway Street and runs for 4 weeks.   Classes run from 6:15 am – 8:15 am on Thursday, September 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th and yes coffee is included. The class does have a maximum of 8 people so if this appeals to you, best be quick, space is limited. Cost is $100

River District Farmers Market May 30 to October 10

28 May

RiverDistrictMarketRiver District is hosting a Farmers Marketing starting this Saturday, May 30th. You can find this market at 8683 Kerr Street next to Romer’s Burger in SE Vancouver on the Fraser River.   The market will run from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.   You can expect to find many great local products at the market including produce, plants, baked goods, handmade goods, works by local artisans and live music.  We understand a few vendors on hand for the first market include Rocky Point Ice Cream Food Truck, Baguette & Co. and Stir-it-Up-Bike Caffe which if you haven’t seen is a pedal powered Caffè that uses Organic Marley Coffee. Stir-it-Up often has gluten-free snacks on hand so be sure to ask.  If you are not familiar with this area of Vancouver, the market is located at the foot of Kerr Street, one block South of SE Marine Drive and is easily accessible by car, bike or transit. The market will run every Saturday until October 10th.

The Weekend Café Class Social Yoga At Pallet Roasters

16 Dec

TheWeekendCafeClassWell if you are an early bird, then you might enjoy the new Social Yoga that begins on January 10th at Pallet Roasters, 323 Semlin Drive, in the Hastings Sunrise area.  Classes run from 7:30 – 9:30 am on Saturday, January 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st and include breakfast and freshly roasted coffee.  The class does have a maximum of 6 people so if this appeals to you, best be quick, space is limited. Cost is $120. Or if you prefer, you can check out The Café Class running on Thursdays at 6:30 a.m. at Railtown Catering & Café starting January 8th for 4 sessions for $100. If you’d like more information or to register, visit the Social Yoga. Of course, these classes would make a great gift for the yoga and coffee lover in your life.

Coffee Lovers Unite On August 21st At The Rio Theatre

18 Aug

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All coffee lovers you are invited to the Rio Theatre this Thursday, August 21st for the Vancouver premiere of the documentary a Film About Coffee. The film examines what defines specialty coffee and takes audiences around the world from farms in Honduras and Rwanda to coffee shops in Tokyo, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco and New York. You will see coffee through the eyes and experiences of farmers and baristas. The film offers an overview of all elements including processes, preferences and preparations as well as traditions old and new to create the best cup of Joe.  This Thursday’s premiere is being brought to you by the Rio Theatre and Parallel 49 Roasters.  For those wishing to taste as well, there is a VIP Tasting Session at 6:30 with limited spots available and $18 tickets. Doors open for the film at 7:00 pm and shows at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $13 in advance or $15 at the door.

 

 

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