April 27th, 2013. Spring Break In The City!

the betty (the burrard hotel)

the betty (the burrard hotel)

 

 

 

 

Good morning, Vancouver! It’s spring break!  It’s a typically rainy day, but that’s not going to stop us from making the most of it!

the betty (the burrard hotel)

the betty (the burrard hotel)

 

 

 




Another reason why I love The Burrard Hotel is that it has this incredibly sweet café attached to the lobby that has Blenz coffee and tea, very delicious looking baked goods and treats and is licensed for wine! The white and wood interior and teal and yellow accents make it that much more chic 😀

the betty (the burrard hotel)

the betty (the burrard hotel)

 

 

 

 

In keeping with the rest of the hotel even the café offers cheeky little sayings and touches 😉  What’s not to love!  Makes starting the morning even more fun!

 

 

 

*Update (Jan. 22nd, 2015): The Betty has been re-vamped and is now The Container.

March 23rd, 2013. Capstone Tea & Fondue 

 

capstone tea & fondue

capstone tea & fondue

 

 

 

  Since we couldn’t sit down for teas and treats at Soirette we headed over to Capstone Tea & Fondue on Robson instead.  Nab just started working here as the manager and I wanted to be supportive of his new job.
 
 

capstone tea & fondue

capstone tea & fondue

 

 

 

With a clean, white and green color scheme and plenty of efficient seating space for a small cafe. Capstone offers variations of tea and tea lattes to accompany the chocolate and cheese fondues.
 

capstone tea & fondue

capstone tea & fondue

 

 

 

Since we’re sweet, we went the sweet route with the Chocolate Fondue Sampler 😉  The café states that they offer 56% semi-sweet Blegian dark chocolate for dipping.
 

capstone tea & fondue

capstone tea & fondue

 

 

 

 

I was surprised to find out that all their pastries and baked goods are made in house.  Delicious little biscuits, moist cakes, I probably could have just eaten a whole plate of just that!
 

capstone tea & fondue

capstone tea & fondue

 

 

 

 

The fruit is your usual fare.  The grapes were slightly difficult to dip because it was so slippery and the skewer kept bouncing off, but I loved the strawberries and pineapple 😀
 

capstone tea & fondue

capstone tea & fondue

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also ordered an add-on side of the ice cream truffles and cheesecake truffles!  
 

capstone tea & fondue

capstone tea & fondue

 

 

 

 

 

  The fun part was the different kinds of toppings we could roll our fondue dipped treats in!  Compliments of the house 😀

capstone tea & fondue

capstone tea & fondue

 

 

 

 

 

The chocolate had a sort of sheen and coated the items well. We were definitely having fun dipping and noshing on the abundance of goodies!

capstone tea & fondue

capstone tea & fondue

 

 

 

 

 

 

I worried that the ice cream truffles would melt too quickly, but it didn’t turn out to be a problem 🙂

capstone tea & fondue

capstone tea & fondue

 

 

 

 

 

How much fun did we have?  Lots of fun!  The establishment was constantly busy the whole time we were there and the atmosphere was nice and cheerful 🙂  We had  really fun time!

 

 

Chicco Coffee & Dessert Bar

December 14, 2013

March 2nd, 2013. Chicco Coffee & Dessert Bar

 

chicco coffee & dessert bar

chicco coffee & dessert bar

 

 

 After our delightful izakaya dinner we were in a bit of a daze…but ever determined to make the most of the night I steered us to Chicco Coffee & Dessert Bar just a few blocks up on Robson for some dessert!  May as well go full on and make it a Japa-night!

 

chicco coffee & dessert bar

chicco coffee & dessert bar

 

 

 

 

My favorite little dessert place on Robson with exquisite treats!  Even though this place has been here for so long because it’s understated and so tiny I find it goes overlooked, which is why it’s so fun bringing people here!  Despite the tiny space and almost NO seating when you are lucky enough to snag one of the handful of wooden benches available you are good to go 😉

 

chicco coffee & dessert bar

chicco coffee & dessert bar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Always excruciating trying to decide on what to have because everything looks so good!

 

 

 

chicco coffee & dessert bar

chicco coffee & dessert bar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We ordered a couple of Lattes and went with the tried and true Green Tea Truffles as well as the Green Tea Parfait!

chicco coffee & dessert bar

chicco coffee & dessert bar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The parfait is this gorgeous layering of soft, delicate sponge cake, cornflakes, green tea jelly, and whipped cream topped off with a scoop of green tea ice cream, sweet red bean, rice cakes, green tea marshmallow and a green tea “biscotti”.  Decadent, crunchy, creamy, chewy: a textural symphony!  

chicco coffee & dessert bar

chicco coffee & dessert bar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t let this pretty thing fool you, though, it’s a hefty portion and can require 2 to finish it off!  Richard and I made a valiant effort to polish it off and do it justice!

chicco coffee & dessert bar

chicco coffee & dessert bar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We just couldn’t resist an extra bit of decadence and what goes better with coffee than velvety smooth melt-in-your-mouth truffles dusted with matcha!  A wonderful accompaniment 🙂

chicco coffee & dessert bar

chicco coffee & dessert bar

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a great night out eating with a great friend!  As always, such honest and real conversation, delicious eats and so much joy!  Thank you, Richard 😀

 

 

February 19th, 2013.  Luncheon @ La Spaghetteria (New West)

la spaghetteria

la spaghetteria

 

 

 

  I was meeting a couple former colleagues at Spaghetteria for lunch.  It had been a while since I’d last seen them and Ms. V had coupons to this place located on New West’s foodie street aka 6th Street.

la spaghetteria

la spaghetteria

 

 

 

 

  This is obviously an older establishment on this well loved street and when I arrived I was almost lost because the store front was going through some renovations.  But find it I did.

la spaghetteria

la spaghetteria

 

 

 The interior definitely could use an update what with the sun faded plastic table cloths, the dusty looking vases and fake flowers.  Everything about the place reads out-dated…including the food.  I wasn’t wowed by the obviously frozen seafood in the pasta, the bland  sauces and the “meh” single-noted-ness of the dishes.  

 

la spaghetteria

la spaghetteria

 

 

 

 

I hope that with all the renos they also update the food!

(Mocha Latte)

Tea Latte Shots! @ DAVIDsTEA

November 11, 2013

February 6th, 2013.  shots shots shots shots~!!!
tea latte shots

tea latte shots

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

  Who makes a great shot of tea latte?  That would be me 😉  Today we have some Chocolate Orange shots with soy milk and a dab of agave and cocoa whipped into the milk with a sprinkle of cocoa on top.

 
tea latte shots

tea latte shots

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The peaks on the foam, the inherent richness of the pu-erh, the velvety chocolate curls… delish!  Shooting these back will make your afternoon more delightful 😀

Caffe Divano – Port Moody

November 3, 2013

January 14th, 2013. Jenn Day 

 

caffe divano port moody

caffe divano port moody

 

 

 

 

  Snow day!  A nice quite time at a coffeeshop sounds like a good way to enjoy it 🙂  Going out to Caffe Divano on my last day being 28!

 

caffe divano port moody

caffe divano port moody

 

 

 

 

 

  Deliciously rich and creamy Spanish Latte and housemade Spinach and Feta Scone 😀

First Latte of the Year!

November 1, 2013

January 1st, 2013. Happy Birthday to the Best Sister Ever! 

 

starbucks latte

starbucks latte

  After enquiring into several places I was finally able to find a place that was open for brunch on New Year’s Day!  Special day, special birthday; what better way than to celebrate it with a special meal!

  Since Red Wagon doesn’t take reservations we put our names down and then went across the street to Starbucks for our morning coffee fix and to wait out the super long line 🙂

November 15th, 2012. Studying Tea w/ a PSL 

 

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin Spice Latte

 

 

  Studying hard for my new job at DAVIDsTEA!

 To help me along, my favorite, PSL, and some good music in my ears 🙂

November 3rd, 2012. Macaron & Coffee Day~  

thierry chocolaterie patiserrie cafe

thierry chocolaterie patiserrie cafe

It’s been too long since Richard and I hung out and did something foodie related.  He mentioned that he’d never been Thierry as of yet…. so on this rainy, drab day we skytrained it downtown for some French indulgence!

I think Richard was a little overwhelmed by all the wonderful choices at the patisserie, so with a little help from me we got the Chestnut Cake (hazelnut sponge+chestnut mousse+chocolate galacage).

thierry chocolaterie patiserrie cafe

thierry chocolaterie patiserrie cafe

Along with that we got an assortment of Macarons (pumpkin, vanilla and lychee).

A latte for me, an Iced latte for Richard, and getting down to some nitty gritty real talk.  The best conversations happen around yummy food 🙂  Thanks, Richard for treating me to coffee and for being the few really open and transparent people I know.  Love that about you!

Starbucks x 2

September 2, 2013

September 5th, 2012. Starbucks x 2 

starbucks

starbucks

 

Hello~~~ Pumpkin Spice Latte!  What would autumn be if there were no pumpkin flavored items?  The PSL has been one of my absolute favorite drinks since Starbucks first started doing them….so much so that my girlfriend Alisa and I text each other when we’ve had our first PSLs of the season 🙂

starbucks

starbucks

 

 

 

 

But this gorgeous indian summer weather is sticking around so I also powered through the day with yet another drink…an Iced Salted Caramel Mocha 🙂  Cuz you know, I’m on the whole salted caramel train ;D