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Kookoo Cafe – Brookline, MA

October 1st, 2012 · No Comments

Good coffee so far seems a bit hard to find in Boston. It’s easy to find coffee, but there doesn’t (yet) seem to be the kind of coffee culture that you see in Portland or Seattle here. So a friend who knows food suggested we meet for a quick coffee here. Good news: Kookoo does […]

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Tags: Baked Goods · Boston · Cafe · Coffee

Bridgehead Coffee – Ottawa, ON

October 16th, 2010 · No Comments

While in town for a course, I had to seek out good coffee – Ottawa doesn’t have much of a reputation as an amazing food town, but come on – with as many office workers as it has downtown – there absolutely has to be good coffee. And it turns out, there is. Bridgehead is […]

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Tags: Cafe · Coffee · Ottawa

Caffe Ladro (Pine St) – Seattle, WA

October 8th, 2010 · No Comments

While Seattle is probably best known for Starbucks, at least on the West Coast it is known for its great coffee scene. We’ve looked around before but haven’t committed to a city-wide coffee search. At least this trip we got a bit of a better idea what’s going on by searching out some of Seattle’s […]

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Tags: Cafe · Coffee · Seattle

Ladurée (Champs Élysées), Paris – France

May 19th, 2010 · No Comments

For ages now we’ve been going on about how great the macarons are at Pierre Hermé while we haven’t been giving the other challenger, Ladurée even a chance. This is like seeing Joe Frazier go at a heavy bag and saying that he’s the best boxer in the world. It’s like seeing a Picasso and […]

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Tags: Cafe · Coffee · dessert · France · French · Paris · Western Food

Thomas Haas (Kitsilano) – Vancouver, BC

November 16th, 2009 · No Comments

Amazing. Not only does he produce the best pastries that I have had in North America – and better than many I have had in France, but he has replicated his business in North Vancouver and opened a Kitsilano branch. He will be busy. Saturday morning – about 11:30 (late start) – we pick up […]

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Tags: Baked Goods · Brunch · Cafe · Coffee · dessert · Favorites · Vancouver

Medina Cafe – Vancouver, BC

November 11th, 2009 · No Comments

Wednesday – Remembrance Day – mid-week brunch with M. Medina has been open for a while, and is owned by the same folks that own Chambar – and located right next door to the same. I’ve heard legendary stories about Medina’s brunch and waffles, so even though we knew we’d have to wait, we thought […]

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Tags: Brunch · Cafe · Coffee · Vancouver

librerie.coop & Eataly – Bologna, Italy

November 9th, 2009 · No Comments

This was probably my favourite store in Italy. It’s inside an old church that has had its inside torn out and about 4 floors of books and restaurants installed. It’s a huge bookstore, with at least 3 restaurants – one for sandwiches, one for pasta, and one that is a wine bar (there may be […]

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Tags: Bologna · Brunch · Cafe · Coffee · Favorites · Italian

Wicked Cafe – Vancouver

August 8th, 2009 · 1 Comment

There really only are two places in Vancouver for truly great coffee: 49th Parallel Roasters and Wicked Cafe. The people here really love coffee. They import Intelligentsia coffee (often referred to as the best coffee in the U.S.) from Chicago and they’ll either pull you one of the best ristrettos in the city, or sell […]

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Tags: Cafe · Coffee · Vancouver

Gene CoffeeBar – Vancouver – Main Street

June 21st, 2009 · 2 Comments

Gene – the local coffee shop on Main Street is located in the quirky thin corner building at the corner of Main and Kingsway. An almost all-white space – named apparently for their carpenter? – it definitely appeals to the hipster Main Street crowd. There aren’t too many coffee shops these days that you can […]

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Tags: Cafe · Coffee · Kid-friendly · Vancouver

Julien's Patisserie – Halifax, NS

June 10th, 2009 · No Comments

We’d all love for our cities to have a Pierre Hermé or a Thomas Haas. Well, if you look hard enough, pretty much every city has someone (probably from Europe) who has opened a bakery, and is putting their passion into pastry. Didier Julien and his family and team at Julien’s are doing just that […]

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Tags: Baked Goods · Coffee · Halifax · Kid-friendly