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Hear’s My Soul Cafe

This is going to be a really short blog. On Saturday morning we decided to drive down to the East Village to check out Hear’s My Soul Cafe. We arrived at 11am to find the cafe closed. Some of the windows were open but no sign of anybody inside.

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Since we couldn’t check this place out, we headed over to the Simmons Building to go to Sidewalk Citizen Bakery. We went and had breakfast and walked by Hear’s My Soul Cafe to find it still closed.

Maybe we will check this place out on another day. I was disappointed that we couldn’t check this place out. It looked like a cool little place.

Inglewood Night Market 07-08-16

On Friday night we headed down to Inglewood to check out the Night Market. As we walked through the market, we seen some of the same vendors from the last market but we also seen a lot of new vendors there.

One of the vendors I did stop and talk to was the mobile cart of KaffeeKlatsch. They were selling their Cold Brew Coffee. The girl that was working the cart explained the cold brew process to me. Never having it before I ask to sample the cold brew. It was pretty good but not really my cup of coffee. I am more of a latte kind of guy but are interested in trying new things.

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At the market they had a live band playing outside, they were really good.

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We then continued walking, making our way down to Gravity Cafe. We decided to go in and get a cold beverage. As we entered we noticed that there was a group inside Gravity playing instruments and singing. They to were really good.

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We ordered an Iced Chai Tea Latte and a Iced Dolce. Both drinks were really good. This was the first time my wife had ever had an iced chai tea latte. She loved it. We sat out on the patio and did some people watching. It was a beautiful night down in Inglewood.

The next Inglewood Night Market is August 12/16. Make sure you come down and check it out.

Cafe Blanca

Sunday morning, we headed down to Eau Claire to check out a place called Cafe Blanca.

Cool place with a very modern flair and yet is very laid back. There is a small stage with a piano on it. On part of this stage there is a bunch of cushions for you to sit or lay out on. The whole environment is very relaxing. They also have a bunch of inspirational quotes on the walls.

The have open mike nights, comedy nights as well as they have guitars just sitting there just in case you feel like doing some jamming while enjoying a beverage.

The menu is not overwhelming, very easy to read.

Today we had the London Fog, my wife said it was best one she has ever had. Cafe Blanca is known for its Siphon Coffee, so I decided to try one. They are not cheap but well worth the money. If you are indeed a lover of coffee, try this, you won’t regret it.

The girl serving us suggested the Ethiopian blend, again don’t be in a hurry, the process takes about 5 – 6 minutes to get your coffee. The girl making our drinks was excellent, she explained what she was doing through the whole process. Everything is very precise, she weighed the water, and she weighed the coffee. She let me smell the ground coffee before she started. At the end she had me smell the grounds and the pot of coffee. Last thing she did was give me a small cup of the same coffee the was brewed the traditional way. The siphon coffee is so much smoother and had a lot more flavour and not bitter. This was an excellent choice and I would strongly suggest you have one when you come here. This method is from the 1800’s seen a lot in Japan. After enjoying this coffee, I immediately called my son to talk to him about this as he is a huge black coffee guy. The next time he is in Calgary, I will be bringing him here.

We didn’t try any of the food today, but we will next time.

The staff here were excellent to deal with and extremely friendly. Even after I was done my drink, the girl came over to our table to follow up with me on how everything was and what I thought about the siphon coffee.

On July 11, we are going back for the comedy night they are having. Should be fun. I look forward to our next visit.

Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters

On Saturday we were out for a drive and thought, let’s take a drive down through the East Village on our way to Bridgeland. We came across Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters as we drove by the old Simmons Mattress Building. It’s amazing this building is over 100 years old.


The Simmons Building is right on the river walk in the East Village. This whole area has been revitalized and looks amazing. There were a ton of people on bikes, people walking all over, I even seen a guy sleeping in one of the chaise lounge chairs on one of the patios along the river.

Decor is outstanding, exposed brick every where, all exposed beams, industrial vibe with a great ambience. At the back of the store was an old safe that was being used as a storage room. Across from the sales counter there is a place where they roast coffee beans. Again it is all open with huge garage door like windows.

It was an extremely busy place, everyone coming in looked pretty happy today but why wouldn’t you be happy, they were getting a caffeinated beverage.

 

There is two other restaurants in this building as well, Charbar is right beside P&S and Sidewalk Citizen Bakery is located on the back side of the building over looking the Bow River. All three business seem to work well in this great old building.

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Once I walked outside the back of the building I seen there was a really cool roof top patio, but unfortunately it was closed for a private function. After leaving the building we did walk down the river walk and came across some cool artwork along the walk.

We didn’t sample any of the food today but we did enjoy a couple of beverages. we ordered the Dolce and their version of the London Fog. It had a different taste as it was sweetened with caramel instead of vanilla.

For those of you in a hurry, you may want to try out the Phil & Sebastian Express. It is a quick service cart that they put outside on the river walk on nice days. On the not so nice days it is upstairs in the Simmons Building.

Sorso Coffee Social

Sorso Coffee Social is located in Airdrie on the corner of Yankee Valley Blvd and 8 Street SW.

This is a very cool place. The interior has a rustic charm to it, the front counter looks like it was made with some repurposed wood. There are several tables and pretty comfy chairs, which is a bonus.

I thought the kids area was a good idea, it even has a table there for parents to sit at. Great idea.

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They also have an area at the back of the shop that can be closed off with a huge barn door if you wanted to have a meeting or for a larger group. The table looks like it would seat 8-10 people. Another good idea.

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Sorso has a huge patio with lots of tables and a variety of seating arrangements. Again with comfy chairs. They also have a few picnic tables on the patio. Another cool idea that these have thought of is they have a dog run attached to the patio.

This is a place I could see sitting at for hours just relaxing while enjoy my beverage with my family/friends. The staff doesn’t make you feel rushed like some of the other places I have been. Speaking of the staff, the girls that were there this morning were very friendly and patient. Great Job!!

I think I have talked enough about the shop, I should tell you that we ordered the London fog and a Local Honey Latte. Both drinks were excellent and hot. We did have to request they be served in glass mugs. The drinks seem be taste better in glass mugs vs. paper cups.
They use Rosso Roasters has their House Blend and I read that they have guest blends as well which rotates through. Next time I will be checking out the Guest Blend. The Oprah picture was our number so they knew where to bring our breakfast.

The also serve a huge assortment of teas and serve an assortment of Kombucha.

 

We also order the Egg Mac Daddy breakfast sandwich. It is similar to a egg mcmuffin style sandwich but a million times better. Our sandwich’s has candied pepper bacon, an egg which was perfectly cooked and a tomayo sauce, which was excellent and paired well with the sandwich. I am not sure what tomayo sauce was but it was really good.

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I noticed over in the corner that Sorso also sponsors a child.

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If you were looking for a cool place to check out at night, Sorso has an assortment of wines and beers.

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It is only 15 minutes from Calgary and well worth the drive.

Euphoria Cafe

Tonight we were sitting around after dinner and decided to head out for a beverage. Euphoria Cafe is tucked away in a little strip mall in Varsity Estates in NW Calgary just in case you aren’t sure where this place is.

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It’s not a huge place but a great place to go for a coffee or whatever else you are into. Their menu has a wide assortment of hot drinks such as specialty coffees as well as juices, smoothies, gelato and bake goodies. They are also known for their waffles as mentioned in one of my previous blogs. Staff are always great to talk to, and very helpful.

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This is the third or fourth time we’ve been here now and have not been disappointed with our choices. The first time we were here was during the YYC Hot Chocolate Festival, my wife wanted to try the Blue-Beary Hot Chocolate. My wife absolutely loved it.

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Last couple of times I was here I had the Hedgehog Machiatto, and this time I had the Spanish Latte. My wife has stayed true to the London Fog. All of our drinks have been excellent. On one of my previous visits I tried the Bulletproff coffee which was suggested to me by a customer that was ordering one for himself. It to was a good drink.

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Tonight the Cafe was extremely busy, lots of people and varying age groups. We seen a few people with their laptops out doing stuff. They do have WiFi. Tonight we sat outside to enjoy our drinks.

So if you are in the neighbourhood or even if you are not, take a few minutes and make the drive to check this place out. It is worth the drive or a ride on the LRT.

Baya Rica Cafe

Baya Rica Cafe is located in Bridgeland in a converted old house with a Costa Rican flair. They had some cool Costa Rican masks on the walls. I remembered seeing masks like these we were in Costa Rica. There is very little parking near by, we had to park a couple of blocks away and walk. We were there fairly early so we couldn’t imagine going there later in the day. The girl that helped us was very friendly and patient with us.


Today we ordered the London Fog and a Caramel Latte. The London Fog tasted pretty good, but my Caramel Latte was lacking caramel flavour. My other issue with the drinks was that they were served in to-go cups, which seemed strange because we were having breakfast there. I am thinking the barista messed up as I seen other drink orders being served in glass mugs.

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As mentioned above we ordered breakfast, we ordered the daily special which was Sweet Potato Waffles with fresh fruit. The waffles were really good, they had an interesting but good taste because of the sweet potatoes. The fruit on the waffles was an assortment of fresh berries. So good.

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I also noticed that roast and sell coffee beans.

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Overall we had a pretty good experience at Baya Rica Cafe. I would suggest trying this place out. There is also lots to see and do down in Bridgeland, so definitely worth the trip.