Sociality House

Today we decided to go and check out a newer cafe that just opened down on 17th AVE SW called Sociality House. They are located in the old Blame Betty building. Which means that they are an old house with the coffee bar on the main floor with a meeting space located upstairs. It is a really cool location for sure.

The Interior

When you walk in the door you are greeted by a “living room” style seating with a bank of seating and a large window. In the middle of the main floor by the stairs is the coffee bar with a small shelving unit with mini market items for sale. In the back of the main floor there are a couple tables, a big comfy chair, and then to the right there was a couple big chairs and a bathroom. Upstairs they have another “living room” style seating area with a couple couches at the front of the house and then followed by a couple tables. At the back of the house they have a big family style table which is centered in the room. It is really beautifully designed. There is a great flow between the rooms and they used each little nook and cranny for showcasing market items for sale. All the furniture located in this location is also for sale, if you are interested then you would just talk to one of the staff members. 

The Drinks

They have a limited menu which is really nice to see, so after looking over the menu we each got a drink.

I ordered a Latte for $5.50 and it was really good. They are using Monogram coffee which is good. I wished it was a little stronger coffee flavour, since I did find it a little weak for my liking.

My wife ordered a London Fog for $5.00 and we were very excited that they use Jagasilk tea. It is the best for London Fogs. This was a very exciting moment for my wife and daughter when they found out.

My daughter ordered a Hot Chocolate for $5.00 and it had really good chocolate flavour. She only commented that she wished it was hotter.

The Service

The staff that worked that day were very friendly and helpful. We asked quite a few questions and they answered each one without hesitation. 

The Hours

Monday to Sunday – 8:30am to 5:00pm (Winter Hours)

Parking

Since you are located on 17th AVE SW there is only street parking on either side of the street and you will be paying no matter where you park.

Last Words

If we are down on 17th in and around that area we would definitely stop back in here and grab a beverage while walking around.

IYYCBURG

This new burger shack just opened not that long ago up in Sage Hill and we had seen some of their social media and it looked amazing. When we decided to head over it was their grand opening and it was busy which was always great to see. They have a really nice corner position up in Sage Hill, it does look like they may have a little patio available in the summer.

The Interior

When you walk in there is a couple tables with a long high bar on the right side of the restaurant. Behind the couple tables to the left there is a counter to take orders and then the kitchen is located behind that, if you wanted to you could watch them make your burgers right in front of you. 

The Drinks

Since we seen that they had milkshakes we had to try a couple.

My wife ordered a Strawberry Milkshake for $6 and it had real strawberries in it. With the addition of strawberry puree it tasted really great.

My daughter ordered the Oreo Milkshake for $6 and it was so good. She said that there was chunks of oreo inside the milkshake as well. It was amazing.

The Food

Since they have a small menu (which was nice to see) it made it easy to choose what we wanted to get.

I ordered the Double Burger for $9 and it was light and delicious. It had tons of toppings that you could choose from. I ordered it with a side of onion rings, they were really good we just wished they stayed hotter.

Unfortunately on this trip my wife and daughter just had some onion rings. 

On our next trip my wife and daughter ordered Single Burgers with fires and a poutine. The poutine is really delicious and we have ordered it every time since this trip.

The Service

Everyone there is so friendly and very helpful when we talked to them. They were able to suggest toppings for the burgers that they thought would work with what we were feeling. They are very friendly.

The Hours

Monday to Saturday – 11:00am to 9:00pm

Sunday – 11:00am to 8:00pm

Parking

They are located in a strip mall business area so there is a bunch of parking all around this restaurant. 

Last Words

As you seen above we have been back a couple times since this original visit. We will be visiting them whenever we want a light and delicious burger with an amazing poutine. Plus the milkshakes are really good as well. Make sure you visit their location in the North or in the South. 

Amplified

Just down the street from Hello Toast there is a cafe called Amplified. It is attached to the Kamloops Public Library which we thought was really cool. They have really cool neon lights in the front windows on either side of the entrance as well. 

The Interior

When you enter there is a bunch of table around the big bar across the centre of the cafe. They had a pretty big menu which was nice to see, there were drinks for everyone. Just past the bar before the front windows they had shelving that had a bunch of coffee for sale. 

The Drinks

After looking at the menu, we decided to get a couple drinks and then sit outside on the patio.

I ordered a Pour Over for $6 and it was made with Sought x Found coffee which was funny. I drove all the way to Kamloops to have a Sought x Found coffee. They did a really good job.

My wife had a Peach Pear Fruit Smoothie for $6 ad it had really great flavour. It was made with Dr. Smoothie which is always really good.

My daughter ordered a White Velvet Frappe for $5.75 and it tasted like a Vanilla Bean Frappe from Starbucks. Sorry to say that Amplified’s was SO much better than Starbucks. Here is was creamy and delicious. 

The Service

The staff were friendly and was able to suggest a coffee for us to purchase before we left. 

The Hours

Monday and Friday – 7:00am to 5:00pm

Tuesday to Thursday – 7:00am to 8:00pm

Saturday – 8:00am to 5:00pm

Sunday – 8:00am to 4:00pm

Parking

There is parking on either side of the street and again you will have to pay again. 

Last Words

When we are in Kamloops we would probably stop by and get more coffee or grab another drink.

Hello Toast

Last time we drove through Kamloops we drove by this little cafe and knew when we came back through we had to stop here. So this was the time. We were so happy to be able to try this place. They were busy, but their hostess, Grace, was amazing. She kept checking in and letting us know that our table was almost ready and overall she was just amazing.

The Interior

We didn’t really go inside since we sat on the patio since it was a really nice day. There was a bunch of tables on their patio all shaded by the trees. My daughter did take a peak inside to look at the specials on the board. It was a huge wall displayed board on the right side of the interior and then the bar and kitchen were on the right with a bunch of tables on the left side of the restaurant. 

The Drinks

I ordered a small latte for $4.50 and it was really good, I believe it was made with a dark roast. Both my wife and daughter ordered a London Fog for $4.75 each which were okay, they were sad that it was made with Twinnings Tea. They really wish cafe’s would pay a little more for really good tea since they use really good coffee. 

The Food

The menu had a bunch of items that sounded amazing and all the food that was coming to the tables looked amazing so we were excited to try some delicious food. 

Both my wife and I ordered the Full Smoked Backed Bacon Benny for $16.50 each. It was excellent and the bread was delicious, the eggs were cooked perfectly. The hollandaise was really good and they gave lots of it which was awesome. We also really loved the seasoning on the potatoes.

My daughter ordered the Full Smoked Bacon Benny for $16.50. It was amazing and the bacon was crispy which made it even better. All my daughter could say was ‘Yummy!’. She had all the same comments as our food as well.  

The Service

The staff were amazing, we ended up talking to the owner when we paying and she said that this is a family run business from the beginning, there is multiple generations working here. They have very quick turnaround for the tables and the are absolutely amazing all around. 

The Hours

Monday to Saturday – 7:30am to 2:30pm

Sunday – 8:00am to 2:30pm

Parking

There is street parking on either side of the street and you will have to pay for parking, but if you have forgotten or need to add time there is a parking machine right in front of the restaurant.

Last Words

Whenever we head through Kamloops we will be stopping here for sure. We had the best experience and the most amazing food so it is a no brainer that we will be visiting again. 

Beachcomber

One of the main reasons for coming to Gibson’s was to visit one of my favourite shops, Beachcomber. I have loved their coffee for a while now and I was super happy that we could visit here. They have such a nice location above the main street and they are at an elevation that you can see the water from their front door. Such a nice view for sure.

The Interior

When you walk in there is a bank of tables on the right and the bar is on the left. In the front window they have a bench and shelving that has a ton of product for sale, but no prices. In their showcase today they had Deadly Donuts and boy or boy they were flying out of there for sure.

The Drinks

It was not very hard for us to decide what we wanted to drink since they have a limited menu, which is very nice, no need for a ton of options.

I ordered a Latte for $4.50 and it was a dark roast that kicked you in your face. It was very strong but had very good flavour.

My wife ordered the London Fog for $4.50 and it was made with Wise Monkey tea, which we know is very weak tea, so my London Fog was very weak with not much flavour.

My daughter ordered a Mocha for $5 and it was delicious. She said it had amazing flavour and it was really good that it came with whipped cream.

The Service

The staff were friendly and it was busy so it was nice that they were able to make it a great experience even though they were crazy. It was so great that we were able to ask questions and get answers without feeling like an inconvenience.

The Hours

Daily – 7:00am to 5:00pm

Parking

There was parking all around the cafe on either side of the road and it was all free parking.

Last Words

If we are back in Gibsons in the future I would for sure head back and get a beverage and pick up some coffee. If I cannot make it back then I would for sure order more of their coffee beans online and have it shipped to me. 

Molly’s Reach

We decided to get up early, catch a ferry and head over to Gibsons to check out a couple cool places there. Our first stop right off the ferry was to Molly’s Reach. I am so glad we got there when we did because it seemed like everyone that was on the ferry went there first as well. If you don’t know about Molly’s Reach here is a little backstory… 

“There are Beachcombers fans on every continent. From 1972 until 1990, audiences across Canada and around the world tuned in to watch a quirky comedy-drama unfold in the out-of-the-way town of Gibsons, on the coast of British Columbia. Life was simple there – it revolved around boats, logs, and cups of coffee at a local diner called Molly’s Reach. Nowadays you don’t have to be a beachcomber to eat at Molly’s… the same welcoming atmosphere that put Gibsons on the map.”

This was a show that I watched when I was younger and when we were in Vancouver last time we were talking about heading over to Gibson and this time we were able to come. I was and will forever be a Beachcomber.

The Interior

All over the walls there is memorabilia from the show Beachcomber, there are news articles, pictures, signed pictures, and lines from the show. They have a bunch of tables surrounding the kitchen and coffee bar. It was so nice sitting on the water with the windows being able to open and the flower boxes sitting outside. It was a great experience. 

The Food

After taking in everything around us we decided to order some food.

I ordered the Stacked Breakfast for $13 and it was really good. The bacon and eggs were cooked perfectly and the potatoes were amazing. 

My wife ordered the Holy’s Hash Bowl for $18 and it was really good. It looks small but it was very filling. The potatoes were delicious and they had a ton of meat in this little bowl.

My daughter ordered the Smoked Pork Benny for $17 and she said it really good. She said that she wished it came with toast or potatoes, just something a little extra for that price. She also said that the hollandaise was really good. She was sad that she didn’t get her fruit cup like it said on the menu.

The Service

Everyone working was very friendly and helpful. We only commented that we got our food before our drinks and we had only ordered juice, which we thought was strange. The atmosphere is absolutely amazing.

The Hours

Wednesday to Sunday – 8:00am to 3:00pm

Parking

There is only street parking since it is located on a corner in lower Gibsons, thankfully all the parking is free.

Last Words

We will definitely be heading back to Gibsons in the future so we can stop at Molly’s Reach and then see what else Gibson’s has to offer, or just stop here and then catch another ferry to the next island.

Pittie Coffee

While searching for coffee shops to visit for this trip my daughter came across Pittie Coffee. After reading about what they stand for she said we had to visit. They are a coffee shop that support a local shelter in Vancouver to help rescue, care for, and adopt pitbulls in the area. It is such an amazing cause. Read more at www.hugabull.com.

The Interior

It is a very long and skinny shop with the bar on the left and seating on the right. The bar showcased the different food items they had available followed by a big menu board with a small board showcasing the seasonal beverages. On the open walls they have pictures of all the different pitbulls that in and around the area. We soon found out that the owners have a pitbull as well.

The Drinks

They use coffee beans from Aeba so I was interested and had to get a beverage.

I ordered an Iced Latte for $5.90 and it was really refreshing and had really great flavour. I was quite shocked since I didn’t know how the beans would taste, and sometimes when it is a small roaster it tastes way different.

My daughter ordered the Strawberry Latte for $5.70 and to her surprise there was no coffee in it at all. She said it tastes like strawberry quick. It was very refreshing and had great strawberry flavour.

The Service

The girls working were friendly but very quiet, which was fine since we are still in COVID times and I didn’t expect them to be super chatty.

The Hours

Monday to Friday – 9:00am to 5:00pm

Weekends and Holidays – 9:00am to 6:00pm

Parking

Since they are located on Main Street there is only street parking and you have to pay for it.

Last Words

We might stop by again in the future if they have new and exciting beverages that we could try.

Roaster Central

Before I begin this blog let me start by saying that we tried to visit this location on our last trip to Vancouver, but we got way to busy and was not able to. So I am so happy that this time we were able to. My daughter found this shop online and said we had to visit no matter what, she said that I would drop my jar when I seen something, and let me say my jaw definitely did drop.

The Interior

When you first walk in it is very much a showroom with a bunch of coffee merchandise that you can purchase to improve your home brewing bar. We headed to the right of the main wall and found some more amazing product… then I turned and I seen it. A wall of 30 or more grinders with each a different coffee that you can try before you buy. They work on a donation, so you can try up to three different kinds made either as a pour over or espresso. It was an amazing concept that we just had to try some. 

The Drinks

After looking at each and every coffee that they had available, twice, we decided to try three different ones that we have never had before. 

We tried a pour over from Harken Coffee, Smoking Gun Coffee Roasters and East Van Roasters. Each of them had such a different flavour and the characteristics were delicious.

I could have walked out of there with so much product and so many bags of coffee, but I held back and only got two when we left.

The Service

The young man that was working was very friendly and personable. He was very knowledgeable about all the coffee that they had on display and was able to help us narrow down our selections since we had originally picked six different coffees to try.

The Hours

Monday to Friday – 8:00am to 6:30pm

Saturday to Sunday – 9:00am to 5:30pm

Parking

There is a small lot out front of this store front which was really nice to see.

Last Words

I feel that we will be visiting again since I would like to see if they rotate their coffee and put in new ones that I have never heard of. I also would like to go back and see if they have any other product that I would like to purchase. 

Hutch Cafe

While we were driving around Calgary we came across this new cafe located downtown by the Peace Bridge. They had just opened and when you enter it is like a grand entrance. We felt very under dressed because everyone had suits on and we walked in with our street wear. Overall it was all good, because they said it was all good, we accept all here.

The Interior

The interior is very grand, to say the least, the purple suede chairs and oversize tables with the beautiful drapes. You feel very royal walking into this cafe. They have a huge bar at the back of the shop when you walk in, then on either sides of the family style table (that was holding sellable goods now) there were a bunch of tables. It is very beautiful.

The Drinks

After reviewing the menu, I was very excited to see that they were serving Syphon Coffees here, so to my excitement I ordered one of them for $8. It was good, the only comment we made was that we wish they served it in a glass instead of a tin cup because the tin changes the flavour of the coffee.

My wife and daughter ordered an Anastasia Tea Latte for $3.80 each. It was very good, it had a great bergamot flavour. We said when we go back we would ask for it to be made without the addition of vanilla syrup.

The Food

While we were there we were looking over their food menu and decided that everything sounded so amazing we were going to order some food.

I ordered the House Made BLT Sandwich for $16. It was extremely delicious, it was very hardy and it had amazing flavour. They have a house made mustard aioli which really added something extra to the sandwich. 

My wife ordered the French Onion Soup for $11. It was delicious and it had the perfect amount of cheese on the top, meaning they didn’t over do it. The broth was rich and had amazing flavour, the onions were cooked perfectly. The only sad thing is my wife burnt her tongue, which she didn’t mind because it was so delicious.

My daughter ordered the Wild Mushroom and Truffle Butter Toast for $18. She said it was amazing with the mushroom medley that they used, and the peached eggs added such a creaminess to the toast. She only commented that she wished it was hotter. 

The Service

The staff were super friendly and were very open to what we had to say about the coffee which was really nice. They answered all of our questions and made us feel fancy for the short time we were there.

The Hours

Tuesday to Sunday – 9:30am to 5:30pm

Monday – Closed

Parking

There is only street parking located all around the cafe and unfortunately it is some of the more expensive in Calgary.

Last Words

We are planning on heading back there in the new year for some delicious beverages and beautiful and amazing food items. I cannot wait to see how they have grew their menu and emerge items.