Dine Out Vancouver Festival – Yaletown Brunch Crawl 2017

Another weekend of Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2017 means another pair of Brunch Crawls presented by Vancouver Foodster.

This weekend, East Village and Yaletown neighbourhoods were explored. We participated in the Yaletown Brunch Crawl to take a look around our home ‘hood.

Hoping the rain would hold off, we started off the morning at Rocanini Coffee near BC Place.  The coffee house offered a Rum Latter to kickstart Brunch Crawl; espresso, steamed milk and rum flavouring. I opted to have mine without espresso, as a steamed milk with rum.  A rich, soothing sip to warm the soul.

 

 

I’ve walked past Living Produce Aisle, on Hamilton Street, many times and Brunch Crawl took us to visit the unique green grocers. The Urban Cultivator outlet grows fresh microgreens for many local restaurants and merchants. In addition they serve the greens themselves for their housemade smoothies and salads, like the Green Dream and Peanut Butter Cup Smoothies and MicroGreen Salad cup they served for Brunch Crawlers.

Next, while not exactly typical for Brunch, House Special offered a plate of Vietnamese dishes. The trio were more traditional flavours than House Special normally presents but were a perfect lunar New Year offering. Congee Noir; black and white rice porridge topped with housemade Chinese donut, boudin noir sausage and house made XO sauce.  Vietnamese Festival Cake; sticky rice roulade with pork, 5-spice sausage, mung bean, cucumber, pickled cabbage & celery. Steamed Glass Dumpling; banana leaf wrapped tapioca dumpling, filled with ground pork, salted shrimp, pork crackling and red chili with nouc cham dipping sauce.

Ganache Patisserie, plated a sweet ending to the food offered for Brunch Crawl Yaletown.  The French Patisserie presented a quintet of their favourite pastries; a flaky classic croissant, croissant aux bleuet-mures (blueberry enveloped in croissant dough), Goyave Citron Mandarine (citrus cake topped with fruit), Madeline and Macaron.

 

To wrap up the morning Brunch Crawl, a hot cuppa tea at Teaja hit the spot.  Offering a tasting of Double Cream Earl Grey sweetened with honey and coconut milk or Vanilla Rouge, a flavoured Rooibos tea. My Earl Grey nicely closed this weekend’s Brunch Crawls.

There’s still one more weekend of Vancouver Foodster Brunch Crawls before Dine Out Vancouver Festival comes to a close; Robson Street/West End on Saturday and Commercial Drive on Sunday.

Prado Cafe opens in Gastown

Photo 2015-04-01, 17 03 37Last week, a bit of Commercial Drive came downtown as Prado Cafe opened its new Gastown location.  The 100 West Hastings (at the corner of Abbott) location finds its place on the renewed block of Hastings opposite the Woodward’s complex.

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Owner Sammy Piccolo (r) & Pastry Chef Reiko Cunningham

The bright and stylish shop features the same great selection of Parallel 49 coffee beans for your coffee beverages created by owner and champion barista Sammy Piccolo.  If coffee isn’t your thing, rich drinking chocolate and teas are on the menu. Photo 2015-04-01, 17 28 18 A rotating selection of sandwiches and baked goods round out the experience at Prado Cafe. With lots of seating and complimentary wifi, the Gastown location is an oasis in neighbourhood.

The Commercial Drive Prado Cafe continues to be a fixture of that neighbourhood and the expansion doesn’t end in Gastown, look for a Cedar Cottage/Kensington location to open later this spring.

 

 

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Opening day crowd at the Prado Cafe Gastown

Prado Cafe Gastown – 100 West Hastings
Phone: (778) 379-4315
Opening Hours: 7am-7pm (Mon-Fri)  / 9am-5pm (Sat-Sun)

CONTEST: WE Coffee Roasters

“Made by coffee lovers for coffee lovers” is the slogan at WE Coffee Roasters and upon meeting proprietor William Chu, you can certainly see that the slogan rings true. William is indeed passionate about coffee and making sure that every bean, every cup and every sip is perfect. Freshness in everything they do is paramount. Starting with selecting the best Grade 1 green Arabica coffee beans from around the world, roasting small batches of individual beans throughout the day to create their own blends and brewing each cup to perfection. William and his roaster, Michael, keep a watchful eye over each batch of freshly roasted coffee, testing them for flavour before mixing them to ‘make sure the beans sing together like an orchestra’. After the roasting it’s over to the team of baristas to brew the ideal cup. The perfect temperature steam, the patient pour-over Chemex system cup, just the right amount of crema are all parts of team’s training. The baristas compete in many coffee and barista competitions to keep up with current trends and expand their knowledge base.

William’s passion for coffee took root in Taiwan where he studied the science and art of coffee, then upon returning to Vancouver he began WE Coffee Roasters in 2010. Vancouver is a haven for coffee drinkers with many firmly entrenched big name chains that have created a strong coffee culture amongst locals. The goal of WE Coffee is not to challenge the established big name chains for market share but to be an alternative for those looking for an artisanal cup and a neighbourhood location to call their own.

The cafe itself is a warm and inviting location to luxuriate over your cup of coffee, a freshly house baked morning pastry or lunchtime salad and panini. Perhaps the best bite of all is one of WE’s signature handmade waffles; crispy and soft, served with fresh fruit, chocolate sauce, whipped cream and ice cream, one of the best I’ve ever eaten. The attention to detail in everything at WE Coffee Roasters makes each visit special and whether you’re quickly passing on your way to work or catching up with friends over lunch you’ll find something to your liking.

CONTEST: WE Coffee has kindly provided two bags of freshly roasted beans for you to experience your own taste of WE at home. A bag of Supreme Espresso and a bag of West End Blend are up for grabs. Just leave a comment and tell us what is your favourite coffee drink or tweet “I want to win my morning #coffee from @jminter. Brew at home w/ freshly roasted beans from @WECoffeeInc #contest RT wp.me/p1Y6NB-1QT” On Friday April 19th we’ll randomly contact a winner to get their beans. (To ensure the freshness of the beans, the winner must be able to pick up the beans in person in Vancouver)

WE Coffee Roasters is located at 1696 Robson Street, in the West End of Vancouver BC
Phone: 604.566.9988 Email: info@wecoffeeroaster.com
Hours: Monday – Friday 6:00am – 9:00pm Saturday/Sunday 7:00am – 9:00pm
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