Cafe Royale

First thing in the morning we decided to check out a cafe that is located in the iconic Hotel Saskachewan in downtown Regina. When we arrived it was busy, but to our surprise it is super small. We were excited to walk around this historic hotel.

The Interior

It is a very small location with only enough tables for eight people and it has a large bar on the right hand side of the shop. They have a limited selection of food options and drinks which is really nice, it wasn’t hard to decide what to have.

The Drinks

Once we took a look at their limited menu we decided on a couple drinks.

I ordered a Flat White for $4.50 and it was really good and flavourful. Which was really nice since sometimes it is a harder drink to make. They were serving Phil & Seb coffee. 

My wife ordered the Very Berry Smoothie for $6.75 and it was delicious. They made it with apple juice instead of orange which didn’t change anything. It was nice to see that the barista selected each strawberry individually for the drink. Such great care in making the drink.

My daughter ordered a Domo London Fog for $4.50 and it was really good with great flavour. It is made with a powder mixed with milk instead of a tea bag. She said she got all the same flavours as you would if you made it with a tea bag.

The Service

The barista was very friendly and inviting. My wife talked to the front desk person in the hotel about the ghost stories in the hotel, he said that you never hear the same story twice which is a strong belief that the hotel is haunted to some extent. 

The Hours

Monday to Friday – 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Saturday to Sunday – 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Parking

There is parking across the street in front of Victoria Park and today it was free but during the week you do have to pay for parking.

Last Words

This is a really cool location and would recommend anyone to check it out and have a drink at this independent cafe. 

The Copper Kettle

When we got to Regina we were looking for a place to eat and this place popped up in our searches. The food looked really good and the location was really nice, it is located in downtown Regina across from Victoria Park.

The Interior

We decided to sit outside since it was such a nice evening so we really didn’t get a chance to look inside, but my daughter took a quick look and a couple photos. The patio was nice with five tables and three of them including us were taken. It was nice to sit across from the park and be able to people watch, the only downfall was that there were a bunch of flies and wasps due to the flowers that they had around the patio. As I was trying to keep the wasps away from my wife as she is allergic to them, I managed to get stung twice. 

The Food

There was quite a few menu options that they had so it was very difficult to choose what to eat. They have a great selection of vegetarian options as well as regular options too. After we had given our order to our server she brought a plate of hummus and cut pita to the table, they give it as a complimentary snack while you wait for your food.

I ordered the Bonanza Burger for $20 and it was really good but really messy. Unfortunately it came with mushrooms even though it didn’t have any on the menu and I don’t like mushrooms. The fries were really good and the meat was seasoned really well. 

My wife ordered the Linguine Pollo Mondo for $20 and it was delicious. She said it had really good flavour and it was super saucy which was a huge bonus. Overall it was really good.

My daughter ordered the Shrimp and Scallops Linguine for $20 and it was creamy and good. She said she wished the tails were off the shrimp and that the scallops had more flavour. It was also a little too saucy for her liking.

The Service

It wasn’t very busy and after we got our food our waiter disappeared completely. My daughter had to go and find someone to be able to get a take home package and the bill. When the waiter came with the take home package they didn’t bring the bill and we had to wait an additional ten minutes for the bill. The service was super disappointing.

The Hours

They are open everyday from 10:00 AM until Close. It seems like close can be at any time.

Parking

There is parking all along the street on the one side. On the weekends there is two hour free parking and during the week you will have to pay.

Last Words

Unfortunately due to the service we would not be willing to visit this business again. If they would have told us our waiter was new and was unsure of the procedures we would have had a different discussion, thankfully the food saved this review. 

Evolve

While we were driving through Moose Jaw we decided to check out a place located in downtown. It was a really great location with a bunch of windows that let in a ton of natural light.

The Interior

With all the windows the didn’t need any additional lighting which was nice. There was a bunch of tables for seating and on the left side of the shop there was their counter and bar and at the back of the cafe is where they had their kitchen where they made a bunch of their food options.

The Drinks

After looking at their menu they have both coffee and non-coffee options that are really good prices. When we looked over everything we decided on a couple options.

I ordered a Pour Over made with their single origin Peru beans for $3.10 and it was a little more acidic than I would have liked. Overall it was pretty good for a pour over. They had a selection of 12 different beans to choose from.  

My wife ordered a Raspberry Italian Soda for $3.15 and it was refreshing and delicious. She only wished that it was a little stronger with the raspberry flavour.

My daughter ordered a Mint Oreo Frappe for $4.75 and it was delicious. She only wished it was blended a little more since there were chunks of ice that kept getting stuck in the straw.

The Service

Everyone was very friendly, they did mention to us that they were closing shortly when we arrived which was great. We didn’t stay too long, just long enough to take some notes before heading back on our way.

The Hours

Sunday to Monday : Closed

Tuesday to Saturday : 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Parking

There was some parking on the side of the building but otherwise we couldn’t see any other parking that was available.

Last Words

Since Moose Jaw is so small, there is a limited number of coffee shops to visit and I feel like if we would have shown up early in the day there would be more options of everything. Unfortunately when we arrived everything was being put away and it was hard to get a feel for the place.

Urban Ground Coffee

While we were driving through Swift Current we decided to check out Urban Ground Coffee, it is located in downtown Swift Current. It wasn’t very busy when we got there, but while we were there a bunch of regulars came in and grabbed their beverage and headed out.

The Interior

The decor was modern and simple which was very nice. The seating was comfy with a nice conversation area in the back of the shop. In the front there were tables for sitting and on the left side of the shop is where the bar was with all their drinks that you could get.

The Drinks

After looking over their very extensive menu and I mean that in a nice way, there was just so many different options to choose from, it was really hard to decide what to get.

I ordered an Iced Spanish Latte for $4.85 and it was delicious. It had really good flavour and it was really smooth. They use Fratello coffee. They also served Red Barn Roasters which is a local guy. Before I left, I bought myself a bag.

My wife ordered an Iced Black Tea Lemonade for $3.40 and it was delicious. They use Numi tea which is one of her favourite teas. She said it was really good and was super refreshing.

My daughter got a Coconut Mango Milkshake for $4.75 and it tasted like a Pina Colada. They have a menu of flavours that you could mix and match so I decided to go tropical. The girl said that she had a Vanilla Blue-Raspberry and it tasted like Bubblegum. Mu daughter said she would try that one next time.

The Service

The staff was very friendly and knew everyone who was walking in. When it slowed down we talked a little with Blyth and Eliza and they suggested some places that we should check out on the rest of our trip which was really nice. 

The Hours

Monday to Friday : 7:30 AM – 10:00 PM

Saturday : 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Sunday : Closed

Parking

There was a bunch of parking on the street on both sides. The best part is it was free parking.

Last Words

Next time we are through Swift Current we would definitely stop and visit this amazing shop and their amazing staff.

Zucchini Blossom Market and Cafe

We decided to check out a new place in Medicine Hat and it was absolutely amazing. It is a super cute little place off the beaten path, but we were so happy that we visited. They have been around for 16 years, but only 6 years in the location that we visited. 

The Interior

They have a bunch of seating inside with the bar and kitchen at the very back of the shop. On the left by the bar they have a little market with a bunch of different items for sale. My daughter picked up some Vanilla loose leaf tea that they had for sale. It was nice to see that they have a bunch of different items available for purchase as well as all of their products as well. There was a variety of seating at tables, a raised table for working, and there is even a covered patio out front.

The Drinks

After reviewing their menu we decided on a couple drinks as well as some snacks.

My daughter and I ordered the Latte for $4.50 (M) and $5.50 (L) and it was very smooth and delicious. They both had really good flavour, my daughter made a comment that it smelt really strong but it didn’t taste as strong as it smelled. 

My wife ordered a ZB Fizzy Lemonade for $4.00 and she said it was delicious. They make everything for this drink from scratch and you can really tell by the way it tastes. My wife said it was “another level with the fizz”.

The Food

All their food looked absolutely amazing so it was really hard to deicide what we wanted to snack on. Everything was made in house. 

I had the Queen Elizabeth Date Cake for $5.00 and it was amazing! It was delicious and we said it was way to good for the Queen. It was so good that we bought two more pieces for the road.

My wife had a Macaroon with Cranberry, Almonds, and Apricots for $4.00 and she said it was delicious. You could taste all the flavours in each and every bite. 

My daughter had a Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie for $2.00 and it was delicious and soft. The cookie had great flavour and she was thrilled that it was soft and not hard.

We also got a Bag of Morsels for $6.00 for the road. 

The Service

Everyone there was very friendly and helpful. We talked to Melanie and she was very friendly and answered all of our questions that we kept asking. It was busy with people who knew where they were located, Melanie said it was a lot of regulars who have been supporting the business for years.

The Hours

Monday to Saturday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Sunday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Parking

There was parking along the street out front. If it was really busy you would have to park a little ways and walk over. 

Last Words

From now on when we go to Medicine Hat or driving through we will be stopping at our new favourite cafe, Zucchini Blossom Market and Cafe. You guys should definitely check them out.

The Colombian

We had to make a stop at The Colombian before heading home to pick up an item for our amazing giveaway. This location is really cool and if you were not looking for a coffee shop, you would probably miss it. There is a giant sign in the front that says Coffee so that might help a little.

The Interior

When you walk in there is space for seating followed by their counter and then in the back they have their roaster where they roast all of their beans. We were just grabbing and going so we didn’t stay to check out everything. They have a wall of merch for sale, if we would have had a little more time, I think I would have grabbed a hat or some more beans for me.

The Drink

Since we were there I decided to get a Latte for $5.50 and it was very smooth with a delicious and pleasant aftertaste. They were using a Colombian and Brazilian blend of beans. 

The Service

The staff were friendly and nice. They allowed us to check out the entire shop while we waited for our drink. We realized at the back they had their roaster which was really cool.

The Hours

They are open Monday to Friday from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Weekends from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Parking

There is parking out front and then some on the surrounding streets.

Last Words

When we are back in Edmonton we definitely want to go and find their Coffee Truck. They have a truck that moves from spot to spot and the only way to find it is to look at their Instagram for The Coffee Mule. We will for sure be finding that truck!

Credo

We decided to check out a place located in downtown Edmonton called Credo, they have a couple locations but this one looked really cool. When we arrived the road was shut down and they were have a farmer’s market that we were excited to walk around.

The Interior

It was a small location with really high ceilings and a nice patio in the front. At the back of the shop there was their counter with snacks and their drink menu. They had a bunch of different option that you could choose from. We found out that Detour roasts for them using their name for the beans.

The Drinks

We looked over the menu and grabbed a couple drinks, unfortunately we forgot to take a picture of the drinks since we just started walking the market.

I ordered an Iced Latte for $5.00 and it tasted really good. You could taste the coffee more than just the milk which was really nice.

My wife and daughter ordered Iced Tea’s for $4.00 each. My daughter had a Jasmine Green tea which she said it could have used more flavour, since there wasn’t any real flavour. My wife had a Citrus Tea with hints of Ginger which was nice without being overpowering. 

The Service

The staff we talked to was friendly and helpful.

The Hours

Monday to Friday: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Saturday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Sunday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Parking

Parking was a little difficult to find since the road was closed. I’m sure it would be easier to find if the road would have been opened.

Last Words

This place is really cool and we would recommend you check this place out.

Rogue Wave Coffee Roasters

While we were in Edmonton there was one place we knew we had to visit no matter what, Rogue Wave Coffee Roasters. While at Sought x Found one Saturday we met a friend of Caleb’s who owned his own cafe and roaster in Edmonton, his name is Ply. He is called the Coffee Chemist by Edmontonian’s and we knew we had to check his place out.

The Interior

They are located in an Industrial Area of Edmonton and have short hours, so we had to make sure we made it there in the hours he was open. His location has a bunch of retail products for sale and then along the one side there is room for a little seating. Due to COVID we sat outside on one of the few tables that were available outside.

The Drinks

After looking at the limited menu (due to COVID) we decided on a couple beverages that we were excited about.

My daughter and I ordered an Iced Latte. It was super delicious and had really great flavour. He was using the Colombian for the espresso which allowed the drink to go down so smoothly.

My wife ordered their summer drink, the Elderflower Lemonade. It is made with a house made Elderflower syrup and it was absolutely delicious and refreshing on this warm day.

The Service

Everyone there was super friendly and amazing. It was nice to chat with Ply for a little but as well when it died down a little. He said business had been busy, but there are slower days, just like every business right now. Everyone we talked to was very knowledgeable about everything in the shop which was really helpful and made it easy to ask about the different kind of coffees.

The Hours

Monday-Wednesday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Thursday-Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Saturday from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Parking

There is a bunch of parking out front in the lot. 

Last Words

Next time we are in Edmonton we will make sure that we stop by and get some more coffee and so that I can finally get a Pour Over from Ply when we visit next.

The Nook

We decided to check out this place called The Nook located in downtown Edmonton. It is located on the corner of a business block. They are off the beaten path so unless you know about this place, you would drive right by without even knowing it was there. 

The Interior

It is a really big location with a bunch of seating on the outside patio and in the inside there is a bunch of tables that you can sit and enjoy your snack and beverage. Right now they have all their tables socially distanced so that you can still eat in. The space is very bright and open, they have storks hanging from the roof which is beautiful. At the far end there is a counter with food and coffee, also where you pick up the beverages from. There is a great atmosphere and everyone was very welcoming.

The Drinks

Their drink menu had quite a few items to select from. After looking it over, we decided to try a couple drinks.

I ordered a Latte for $4.50 made with Roasti Coffee Roasters. It was very delicious and smooth. I have never had this roaster before and I was excited to try them out.

My wife ordered a Vanilla Steamer for $3.50 and it was delicious and amazing. She said it had a subtle vanilla flavour which was great.

My daughter ordered a Honey Milk for $3.25 which was delicious and sweet. There was a nice honey taste to the milk, she said that some of the honey had settled to the bottom which was slightly sad, but once mixed with the milk it was good.

The Food

After looking through their menus we decided on a couple different food options.

I ordered the Grilled Cheese with Bacon and Egg for $9.50 and it was made with back bacon. It was a really delicious sandwich with the added egg and bacon with the grilled cheese. I would definitely get this again.

My wife and daughter ordered the French Toast with apples and maple syrup for $14.29. It was really good, and it had three slices of bread with apples and whipped butter. The maple syrup addition was delicious. They both said it was really good and that they would order it again in the future.

We also ordered a Sweet Rhubarb Muffin for $3.10 which was delicious and had great flavour. It comes with whipped butter and the addition to the muffin was delicious.

The Service

Everyone we talked to was friendly and very helpful. We talked to the owner and she was very nice and friendly. It was great to see how much she cares about her business and the people that visit her establishment. 

The Hours

Wednesday to Friday – 8:00am to 2:00pm

Saturday – 9:00am to 3:00pm

Parking

Since it is downtown there is parking all over the streets, you will have to pay for parking though.

Last Words

We will be definitely have to visit The Nook again in the future so that we can try some of their other menu items that sounded absolutely amazing.