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Happy Fathers Day to all the fathers out there. This morning we went to a little joint on Hastings and Sperling in Burnaby. The best part about this place was there was no line to be seated today, so we where able to walk right in.

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As we were being seated the hostess let us know that there will be a little wait for the food because the kitchen is a little behind. It was nice that they let us know before we were wondering where our food was.

In total there was 12 tables, 2 waitresses, and a fountain coming out of the wall. The decor was very Roman with pieces of art on the walls inspired by Greek mythology.

To drink we ordered Orange Juice, a Caramel Machiatto, a London Fog, and a coffee. When you ask for milk with the coffee, it comes frothed… My son says it is a ‘Game Changer’ it is such a nice touch to the coffee. My wife said that this is the sweetest London Fog that she has had by far. The only sad part was that the orange juice was not freshly squeezed, it was just out of a carton.

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As for the food we ordered a classic Benny, the Standard breakfast with ham, the Standard breakfast with sausage, and a Greek omelet.

It was nice to see that this place was very busy, there was a lot of people coming and going. There was a lot of families here, it’s nice to see people bringing their fathers for Father’s Day.

Everything was absolutely delicious and this would be on my list to visit again in the future.

Campagnolo Roma

Last night we went out for dinner to an amazing little Italian joint on Hastings and Garden. It is right across the street from Red Wagon, home of the pulled pork Jack Daniels pancakes.

We waited 30 minutes for a table which wasn’t crazy for a Saturday night. What we could see from outside the food looks amazing.

It is very hard to find parking so if there is more than one of you, one could get your name on the list while one parks, that way you don’t have to wait to long for a table.’

There was a group of 6 before us and there was a table open for 10 and it had been open since 7:15, and by 7:50 when we got our table it was still open. At 8 the giant party arrived and even then there where still people missing from the whole party.

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The host was very nice and kept us well informed about when our table was looking like it was going to be ready.

We ordered the bruschetta which had a sausage paste instead of a tomato purée. It had cute little edible flowers on top. It was delicious.

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We ordered spaghetti with spicy tomato sauce, risotto with walnut purée, contadino pizza, and a diavolla pizza. The risotto was something my wife had never had before and it was so good with the walnut purée. The contadino pizza had spring onions, scamorza cheese (cows milk), radishes, grilled garlic scrapes, and added prosciutto. The diavolla pizza had sausage, tomato, chili, oregano, provolone, and I got it without the green olives. Everything was amazing.

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For desert we ordered their take on strawberry shortcake and a soft serve chocolate ice cream. To accompany these wonderful desserts we also ordered an espresso, a latte, and an americano.

This is definitely a spot that I would like to come back to.

Mandolin’s Bagel & Coffeehouse

On Friday morning, we left Kamloops and headed West to Merrritt, BC. There we came across a cool little place called Mandolin’s.

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There was some interesting art on the walls and very comfy seating areas. My wife absolutely feel in love with one of the sofas, so much that she talked about breaking in and stealing the sofa.

Mandolin’s had a very western eclectic vibe and an old time feel, but not too old. At one end there was a huge screen door that reminded me of a small time feel in the olden days.

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We ordered a London Fog and a Caramel Machiatto both in this Supremo size… It was HUGE! They were delicious.

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We ordered the breakfast bagel melt, it was delicious and tasted very fresh. I’m sure they used all fresh ingredients.

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It was a nice relaxation moment after the long drive that we had gone through up to that point. It was also nice that they offered free wifi.

Caffe Divano

This afternoon we decided to stop at another cafe and we decided Caffe Divano it is located in Burnaby on East Hastings. This location does not have very much parking available, the lot behind the cafe is very small and busy and not good if you drive a F150.

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The cafe was very crowded, there was everyone from students (free wifi) to families. It seemed like it would be a great place for students to come and study on a wet and rainy day like today.

 

Caffe Divano had a nice selection of sandwiches and snacks, including a homemade Oreo, homemade lemon coconut macaron, and a banana muffin. This time we didn’t order any snacks.

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For the beverages we ordered a Spanish Latte, a Chai Tea Latte, and a Matcha Latte. The Spanish Latte was very delicious and warming. The Matcha Latte was very green, it was good but don’t drink it till the bottom because there was chunks of unmixed matcha (my daughter spat it out and was shocked). The Chai Tea Latte was very good even with the added Vancouver umbrella water, but there was a lingering spice taste. After the incident with my daughters drink, my wife didn’t drink hers to the bottom and to her surprise there was a thin layer of chai.  Once I started to drink my Spanish Latte I decided to try and designing with foam, but I think I’ll keep my day job.

You might ask about the Vancouver umbrella water… There was a slight situation with an umbrella, my daughter, and the rain. My daughter went to move the umbrella and some of the Vancouver rain came down the umbrella all over the table and a little went into my wife’s drink. It didn’t change anything. It’s just water.  Here is the culprit.

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Caffe Cittadella

This morning we decided to stop at a cafe in East Vancouver on Ash and 7th Ave.

This is the coolest little coffee shop I think I have ever been to. It is an old historic house that has been converted into this coffee shop.

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Walking in the people were very friendly. There was an small selection of food and drinks, but that is all they needed.

We ordered a London Fog and two Spanish Latte’s. If you are wondering what a Spanish Latte is, we wondered too. We were told that it is a normal Latte with condensed milk added, so there is no need to add sugar or cream. We found it very rich and had a creamy texture, it was a nice change to the normal Latte’s that we order.

We also ordered some tasty breakfast snacks which included a lemon coconut square, a cranberry orange scone, a banana chocolate chip muffin, and a pistachio orange biscotti.

There was a very artistic picture that we found when we were getting up to leave our table.

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The main floor had four tables and a nice patio off the main area, when we were finished our drinks and snacks we decided to venture upstairs. There was more seating and a very nice little patio which had a nice two seater table.

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Jitters Caffe

Walking along West 4th in Vancouver we found this cool little shop. The decor is a little eclectic and there is some very interesting art on the walls. Their menu is very interesting due to the fact that they serve beer, food, coffee, and even milkshakes.

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The place was so busy that we couldn’t even get seating. I do wish that they had a patio, with it being such a beautiful day in Vancouver it would have been nice to sit on a patio and enjoy our crafted beverages.

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We ordered a London Fog, an Iced Vanilla Latte, a Frappucino, and two regular coffees. Everything was very delicious. The London Fog came with cinnamon on top which was very strange but it still tasted good. The Iced Vanilla Latte was delicious, and the Frappucino even came with ice cream and espresso shots, it was so nice and refreshing on this hot day.

Unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to take pictures of our drinks because we got them to go. I can honestly say the snacks that they have there looked so good.

Lazy Loaf & Kettle

Lazy Loaf is just off Parkdale Crescent NW along with other small shops and restaurants.  It’s near the ice cream shop – Lic’s (another cool place to check out).  They do have ample parking but it fills up, as it gets quite busy.

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When you walk in you see a display of fresh baked cakes, squares, cookies, and bread. You then stand in line and move towards the cashier. They have a fairly large menu with lots of options. I noticed they offer soups, salads and pastas as well as they have typical breakfasts in the morning. You then proceed to order your food and drinks. It felt like ordering at Starbucks or Tim Horton’s. Once we ordered we were given a number and went to find a table. There was ample seating available so you’re not stuck waiting for a table. Once we sat down, the one thing I noticed was the amount of kitchen noise we heard.

 

A few minutes later, one of the staff call out your table number and then you go up and pick up your drinks.

We ordered the Eggs Benedict. It wasn’t bad, but honestly we have had better. The eggs looked like they were cooked in a home-style egg poacher because they were all the same shape and size. They definitely weren’t cooked in a pot of salt water. Potatoes were good and the bowl of fruit was really good. We also ordered a Chai Tea Latte and a Vanilla Latte. Drinks were very hot and very good.

Despite our breakfast experience, I would like to go back and try the lunch menu as we did see a lot of sandwiches coming out later during our visit and they looked outstanding. Fresh bread and fresh ingredients.

The area I felt that ruined our Lazy Loaf experience was dealing with the girl on the till, she was not very friendly and honestly made us feel like “make your damn decision and get moving.” I am hoping she was only having a bad day. All the other staff we dealt with we found very friendly and helpful.

Before we left we ordered a couple of squares, as they looked delicious. We ordered a lemon square and Turtle square. I had read that their multigrain bread was outstanding and weighed about 2 lbs. I had some of the bread for dinner tonight and it was really good.

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