Grounds for Coffee

After our stop at Storm City I had my daughter google how close we were to Grounds for Coffee, when she said that we were only 500 meters aways, I said we should go for a walk. Little to our knowledge that they are known for their Cinnamon Buns, there is even a sign outside saying “Best Cinnamon Buns in the City”. All of a sudden we were excited.

The Interior

There was not as many tables as what we thought there would be, there was a couple of table along the wall, one in the front window and the smallest table ever which is the table we sat at. The whole left side when you entered was where the cinnamon buns and snacks were located.

The Drinks

Even though we had just had a caffeinated beverage not that long ago we decided to try some of Pedro’s coffee, he is a local roaster located in Richmond. I had never heard of Pedro’s prior to this trip to Vancouver.

I ordered a 16oz Latte for $4.05 which had really good flavour. The coffee had some notes of chocolate and something else a bit sweet.

My wife ordered a 12oz Hot Chocolate for $4.70 which had lots of chocolate but it wasn’t overly sweet. When you see a ton of chocolate on a hot chocolate it gets you worried that it might be too sweet, but it was actually amazing.

My daughter ordered a 12oz Caramel Apple Cider for $3.85 and she said that it had a nice caramel flavour. You got a whole cinnamon stick to stir your beverage with as well.

The Food

When you walk in you get the best smell ever of cooked cinnamon buns so since they are know for their cinnamon buns we decided to get a couple. They were a lot lighter than the cinnamon buns that people are used to. It was very delicious. I wish I hadn’t ate earlier as I could have devoured one of these cinnamon buns myself, instead my wife and me split one.

The Service

The employees were very friendly. It was a very busy location, people constantly coming in to get drinks and a cinnamon bun then leaving to head on their way. We were also really excited to see that they use Sugar Cane straws instead of plastic, big bonus for them.

The Hours

Daily 7:00AM – 6:00PM

Parking

There is a bunch of street parking and you will have to pay as well, you cannot park in front as it is a bus zone.

Last Words

I would stick to getting a 16oz which is their medium, because we found out that their large which is 20oz, it’s huge. We were interested so we asked. Other than that we would definitely head back and get more cinnamon buns in the future. We were also pleased to see that they just opened their second location on Commercial. Congrats.

Storm City

One of the places that we really wanted to visit while in Vancouver was a nice little shop just off of Broadway was Storm City. They are known for their Cream Puffs, they are normally available after 10:00 am but today we were lucky and they were already out.

The Interior

It is nice and open with all windows on the two sides. There had tables lining all the windows and then in the middle there was a big communal table that you could sit at. All the tables by the windows were laptop free zones, the big communal table was the only location were you could use the laptop. On the roof there was a stripe of bright yellow paint which was nice to all the white they had in the location.

The Drinks

After reviewing the menu we decided to get a couple beverages to start out our day.

I ordered a Latte made with Timbertrain Caliber Blend. Cost: $4.60. It had really great smooth sweet flavour. Timber train is one of my favourite roasters. 

My wife ordered an Assam Tea Misto for $4.60. It was absolutely delicious and it was not overly sweet which is just the way she likes it.

My daughter ordered a Vanilla Latte for $5.20. It was really good, it had just enough vanilla flavour that you could taste it.

The Food

Since they are known for their Cream Puffs we got a Vanilla one for $4.50, it had amazing vanilla flavour and the cream was so refreshing.

We also got an Earl Grey Scone for $4.00 which had amazing earl grey flavour, it was delicious. We got a Bacon Cheddar Scone for $4.00 which was absolutely amazing, you didn’t even have to add any butter to the scone.

We also got a Cheese and Fig Jam Sandwich for $5.00 which was really good, love the fig and the addition of two kinds of cheese. Lastly we got a Cranberry Coconut Cookie for $1.25 and it was a shortbread type of cookie so it was really delicious but very sweet.

The Service

The employees were really friendly and we noticed that it was very very busy. So many people kept walking in and getting their drinks and food items to go. The vibe was really chill and there was no rush which was really nice as well, there was no one rushing you to leave when you were done either.

The Hours

Monday to Friday: 7:00AM – 6:00PM

Saturday and Sunday: 8:00AM – 6:00PM

Parking

There is a bunch of street parking and since you are in Vancouver you will have to pay.

Last Words

I know that next time we are in Vancouver we will have to stop by and see what new kinds of Cream Puffs they have available. They were so good, make sure if you are around to stop in and try one.

C Market Coffee

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After dinner we decided to have a coffee, so we drove out to Coquitlam to C Market. They just opened on April 9 and they are still in their Grand Opening phase.

The Interior

You walk into a wide open location with beautiful simple modern design. When you first walk in there is a little room on the right where they roast their own beans. Walking in smelling the amazing aroma of beans is an experience in itself. There is roughly 13 tables scattered around the open location with the bar across the back.

The Drinks

The menu has some amazing beverages and it was a little bit of a challenge to decide what we wanted to have.

I ordered a Pour Over with Ethiopia, Guji, Uraga for $6. It was really good made with a light roast. I enjoyed a couple Vegan Orange Cranberry Almond Biscotti ($4.25) and they were a delicious addition to the pour over.

My daughter ordered a Toasted Marshmallow Latte for $5.70. It was really cool, they put marshmallow fluff around the rim and toast it so it is lightly brown. They serve the drink with a couple graham crackers as well.

My wife ordered a Chai Latte for $4. It had really amazing flavour and it was the perfect size after eating the meal we had.

After seeing a bunch of people order a very pretty drink, we decided we had to try it too. The amazing drink was called a Lemon Blue Butterfly for $6. It was a beautiful tricoloured drink that was very refreshing. We definitely recommend it especially with heading into summer.

The Service

Everyone working was very friendly and very helpful. We asked a couple questions about their drinks and food and they were very accommodating in answering us.

The Hours

Monday to Saturday: 7:30AM – 10PM

Sunday: 8AM – 9PM

Parking

It is located in a strip mall so there is a bunch of parking located around the cafe.

Last Words

We would love to go back and order some food as everything that was coming out of the kitchen looked absolutely amazing. If I hadn’t just had a really big meal, I would have ordered some of their food. Next time.

Wendel’s Bookstore and Cafe

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We stopped in Fort Langley on recommendation by a friend to visit Wendel’s Bookstore and Cafe. It is located in the historical part of Langley, and it felt like stepping back in time visiting this unique cafe.

The Interior

It is located on the corner of Glover and Mavis. When you enter the shop, to the left is a bookstore and to the right is the cafe. There is multiple tables outside of the cafe on both sides. The bookstore is full of new and old books alike. The inside of the cafe has a couple tables and cases of baked goods to enlighten your taste buds.

The Drinks

After a quick look at the menu we ordered our beverages.

I ordered a Latte made with Oat Milk for $5.55 and it didn’t taste good at all, so I took it back and they made me a new Latte with regular milk and it tasted much better. Originally it tasted like the oat milk and espresso were two different flavours and didn’t go together at all.

My wife ordered a Vanilla Tea Misto for $4.65 and it was the perfect sweetness. If you enjoy a tea with a subtle sweetness made with Mighty Leaf tea, this is the tea for you.

My daughter ordered an Sweetened Iced Tea for $3.15 and it was delicious. Very refreshing.

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The Treats

When you look in their display case and see some amazing treats we decided to try a couple. We ordered a slice of NY Cheesecake for $5.50, a slice of Bee Sting (sponge cake, bavarian cream, and a coconut, almond, honey crunch on top), and a tiramisu cup for $4.75. Everything was really good, I would go back and try some of their other baked items.

As well as treats, they have food menu that looks really good as well.  All the food coming out looked very good and well portioned.

The Service

The staff was very friendly and it was very busy with lots of people. Everyone sitting outside with us were very friendly and their dogs were absolutely amazing. A very dog friendly cafe.

The Hours

Monday to Sunday: 7:30AM – 10PM

Parking

There is street parking everywhere, but good luck finding a spot. It was very busy.

It is well worth looking for a spot to park you won’t be disappointed.

Last Words

While we were enjoying our snacks, a train came through, it was a block away and it was flying through the little town. They honked the horn and it was so loud, amazing, but very loud. I would go back and try their food, because everything we seen looked absolutely amazing.

Bold Pizzeria

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We drove all the way to Kamloops and was in serious need of food. When we searched for what  were the best places to eat, Bold Pizzeria popped up in our search. After taking a look at their menu we decided to head on over.

The Interior

This location is attached to the mall, but there is a separate entrance on the outside to enter. There is around 20 tables and you can watch them make your pizza right in front of you. At the tables, there is pizza boxes ready if you plan on taking some of your pizza home with you.

The Food

There is so many amazing options that you can select from. After looking over and reading all of the amazing descriptions we decided on a couple pizzas.

We started with the Bruschetta for $10. It comes with house made bread sliced really thin, drizzled in balsamic. The bruschetta had chunky tomatoes and large pieces of garlic mixed together. It was really delicious.

We got a Prosciutto Arugula pizza and added red onion to it for $16. The house made tomato sauce was absolutely delicious. It felt so light and it was cooked perfectly.

We also got a Fungo Formaggio for $16.50. It was so delicious, the mushrooms were cooked so perfectly. The addition of garlic sauce and cooked gouda was so delicious.

The pizza was not greasy at all and that thin crust was absolutely amazing!

After the meal we decided to try some desserts. They have have trio of desserts for $12. We had the Pumpkin Caramel Cheesecake, the Chocolate Gelato, and the Creme Brûlée. The Pumpkin Caramel Cheesecake was so delicious, the subtle hint of pumpkin with the caramel was amazing. The Chocolate Gelato was very rich and full of chocolate. The Creme Brûlée was the best we have ever had, great vanilla flavour with perfectly toasted sugar on top.

The Service

Our server Mack was so awesome, the staff was all very friendly. They really care about your experience and they were not pushy about you leaving. They are very attentive to everything you are asking and help you make a decision.

The Hours

Monday to Friday: 7AM – 4PM

Saturday to Sunday: 7:30AM – 4:30PM

Parking

Since the location was a mall, there was a ton of parking everywhere.

Last Words

We would go visit Bold Pizzeria again in the future to try a couple ore pizzas. Now that I think of it, we have to drive through Kamloops to get home, so maybe lunch there is in the future.

Moustache and Go

Before leaving Kamloops we decided to visit a coffee shop a friend recommended to us. We drove to old Kamloops and found Moustache and Go.

The Interior

This location is long and skinny with only a couple of tables along the one side. On the opposite side is the coffee bar. The first table when you walk in had a ton of older gentlemen sitting there with moustaches. So I felt like I needed to have a moustache before walking in. As we sat there to enjoy our drinks, it got busier and busier.

There is some really interesting decor including a hand painted mural on one wall and a wood panel design on the other.

The Drinks

After looking over their menu we decided on a couple drinks. I also grabbed myself a Butterscotch Trail Mix cookie for $3 that was absolutely delicious. It had really great flavour.

I ordered a Latte for $4.76 it was really good. They use 1936 Fernwood Espresso from Victoria.

My wife ordered a London Fog for $3.80 and it is not overly sweet which is the way my wife likes it.

My daughter ordered a Strawberry and Cream Rooibos tea for $2.62 and it had an amazing aroma as it was steeping. Once it was ready, it was really delicious.

The Service

The employees were really great and very chill. When we were half done our teas they offered to give us more water to enjoy the tea a little longer.

The Hours

Monday to Sunday: 7:30AM – 5:30PM

Parking

There is a bunch of street parking and by their second shop Red Beard mere steps away there is a parking lot.

Last Words

I would like to visit Red Beard cafe as it is affiliated with Moustache and Go. It is even easier because it is literally less than 50 ft apart. It is really cool and I cannot wait to head back through to try this cafe.

Purcell Coffee

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To start off our Burning Coffee Tour, we stopped in Golden for a caffeinated beverage. There were a couple places we were looking at and then decided on Purcell Coffee located in downtown Golden.

The Interior

When you walk in, there are a couple tables and a giant family style table. In the back there are some shelves with product on them. There is also a roaster in the back of the shop and they roast all their own beans. They sell lots of coffee and tea supplies.

We found it strange that they had a couch with the back to the main door. We personally don’t like sitting with our backs to a door, so we thought this was a little strange.

The Drinks

After reviewing their menu we decided on a couple of drinks.

I ordered a Latte for $4.20 and it was a very light tasting coffee even though they use a medium dark espresso called Midnight D’oro.

My wife got an Iced Chai for $4.52 and we were very pleased to see that they use compostable straws. The flavour of the chai was classic, and it was very good.

My daughter had a Mudslide for $5.67 which is a Mocha with Irish Cream Syrup. It was very good, but the Irish Cream syrup was very light almost non-existing.

The coffee beverages were very hot which was absolutely amazing, we have never had a coffee this hot from an independent coffee shop.

The Service

We found that the service was a little slow, but it looked like there was a new girl being trained. On the other hand we were in no hurry either.

The Hours

Monday to Friday: 7:30AM – 5:30PM

Saturday to Sunday: 8AM – 5PM

Parking

There is street angled parking all along the front of the shop.

Last Words

This is a very unique little coffee shop located in downtown Golden, if you are driving through I would stop and try one of their unique beverages.