Caffe Artigiano Yaletown, Vancouver

After lunch, we walked around the neighbourhood to look for a place for coffee. We walked up and down the street only to find Blenz and Starbucks. But Whitney would prefer something else.

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We walked further and found Caffe Artigiano on Davie Street.

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The place was small, with a few small round tables.

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Angie bought us the coffee, thank you Angie. Continue reading

Steveston Bakery, Richmond

This is a rare occasion where Ben and I went to a bakery cafe. Our initial plan was to have coffee at McDonalds in Steveston Village before our morning walk. We were not aware that the McDonalds there had closed. So, we went to Steveston Bakery.

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We had the small coffee which allows one free refill. It is strange that the large coffee does not have the free refill.

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Ben had the Pizza Bagel with Ham while I had an Almond Croissant. Ben likes savory food even for breakfast except for “kaya toast” that he enjoys at home.

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Credit card is accepted here. Continue reading

Waves Coffee in Metrotown, Burnaby

Ben has some office work to prepare before his business trip. So, we went to Waves Coffee near Metrotown for coffee and he can work on his notebook.

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This location is popular with young adults who come here for coffee and internet access. The row of high seats facing the windows are occupied by young people with their notebook in front of them because there are power points under the tables.

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This place was busy on a Saturday. Our drinks takes a while to be prepared.

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Ben had latte while I had mocha. The drinks are rich and creamy. Both drinks cost $9.14.

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Ben does not like pastry for breakfast. So, we snuck in a Bahn Mi from Tung Hing Bakery on the way here to share.

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Steveston Bakery, Richmond

It’s been a while since Polly and I met up for breakfast. She managed to find some time on a Friday morning to meet up with before she goes to work.

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We had breakfast at Steveston Bakery. We like the small coffee shops and stores in the Steveston Village. Polly ordered the breakfast special burito as she was really hungry this morning. It was freshly made with scrambled egg, cheese and some crispy bacon. A hearty breakfast for $3.95.

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We also shared some sweet treats. Almond Chocolate Croissant is $2.40. This has a creamy almond filings. Continue reading

Tim Hortons on Steveston Hwy, Richmond

On one of the day that Ben was on vacation day off, we wanted to go out for lunch. But it was still early, like 10:30AM and it will be too early for lunch.

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So, Ben decided to kill some time at Tim Hortons. Ben really likes the new dark roast from Tim Horton. Since we will be eating in, we got the mug to save some paper cups. The dark roast is really smooth.

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We also shared a new item on their menu which is Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Muffin. The muffin itself is not very sweet. You get the sweetness from the chocolate chips and a bit of icing on the muffin.

Two medium coffee with a muffin came to $4.95.

This location is quite busy.

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Living Cafe in Steveston Village

Time flies as summer is almost gone. Kids are back to school and we are back to our routine.

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Polly and I met for cake meet at this new cafe in Steveston Village, at 12240 Second Avenue.

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At a glance, there seems to be not much of sweet treats; just some muffins and cookies. The server told us that there are more to the menu and showed us a printed menu.

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You can click on the photos to have a larger view.

Since Polly and I just wanted something light; we just ordered some muffins and a brownie.

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The first muffin is a Lemon Blueberry Muffin. The muffin is $3.50 each. This was alright; moist. Continue reading

Pane e Fromaggio on 10th Ave W, Vancouver

Polly and I had cake meet at Pane e Fromaggio for another lady’s day out.

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I had a hard time trying to recover the photos taken since 31st May as my notebook’s hard disk is dying. I had been painstakingly and patiently copying out my pictures from my dying notebook. I’m currently using a notebook on loan, so there will be no photoshopping for the pictures, i.e. I cannot place the chowtimes logo on my photos.

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Pane e Fromaggio is a nice little cafe, not many seats though.

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There is a good selection of sandwiches, cakes and desserts.

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Here is a glance of what we had. Continue reading

Diplomat Bakery on London Road, Richmond

It’s been a long while I have not been back to Diplomat Bakery. Polly and I met up for cake meet again after a long break at Diplomat Bakery which is one of our favourite place.

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It was an exceptionally cold, wet and windy spring day. So, both of us had a bowl of hot soup. The small chicken gumbo was $2.99. It was filled with vegetables like tomatoes, onions and okra and had cubes of chicken with rice. It was slightly spicy and great for the cold weather.

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Each of us also had a piece of Napolean as it is not sharable. It was very messy eating it as it crumbles and the cream and icing sugar gets all over your lips. But it’s a very luscious dessert. It is $2,75.

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We also shared a Butter Croissant which is topped with sliced almonds and icing sugar. I think it was $2.99. The server offered to warm it up in the microwave for us. Continue reading

Nooch Snack & Grill across Richmond City Hall

Updated 2nd February 2013: This restaurant is closed.

Marian, Lorna and I met up for lunch at Nooch Snack & Chill recently on an impromptu basis. We just made the arrangement in the morning and met up for lunch. I like impromptu meet ups for small group. It’s much easier to arrange.

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We went to the Nooch Snack & Chill across the Richmond City Hall on No. 3 Road. Parking is very limited at the rear of the restaurant. I went with Lorna and parked at Richmond Center and did some shopping there before we walked over for lunch. I got a pair of shoes at good price as Sears was having 50% discount during that time.

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The restaurant is bright and clean. The bean bags section looks like a good spot to chill out with friends.

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The dining area is spacious. I do not like restaurant with tight seating area. The random black and red chairs add contrast to the mostly white tables and chairs.

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We started off with a Nooch Chef Salad. We were given a few choices of cheese and Marian opted for feta. The salad is made with quinoa, black bean, grape, cabbage, lettuce, sweet peppers, pear, carrot and walnut. This healthy salad costs $11. Continue reading

Bel Cafe at Hotel Georgia, Vancouver

Polly and I managed to get together once on a Saturday morning for breakfast.

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e met up at the Bridgeport station and took the Canada Line to Vancouver City Center station. From there, it was just a  short walk to Hotel Georgia. We had breakfast at Bel Cafe which located at the corner of Hotel Georgia.

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We were there quite early, just before 9 am on a Saturday morning. It was not busy at that time. But, by the time we were about to leave, the place was full.

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The decor is modern and sleek.

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The above were the items we shared. Continue reading