Most Photogenic Cafes in Vancouver

If you’re going to have coffee or tea, why not choose a cafe that snaps a good shot for Instagram?! #foreverpostingfoodandcoffee

Here are the places that I think look best in photos, from the tables to the latte art. No explanations are needed, you can tell just by looking at the images below! I’ve provided the address of each cafe and a link to their websites in the cafe names.


1.Bel Cafe

Rosewood Hotel Georgia, 801 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC

2.Buro Coffee

356 Water St, Vancouver, BC

3.Dalina

687 Main St, Vancouver, BC

4.Prado Cafe

Various Locations, visit their website for all of them!

5.49th Parallel (Kitsilano)

2198 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver BC 

6.Gene Coffee Bar

2404 Main St, Vancouver, BC

7.Matchstick

4807 Main St (at 32nd Ave) Vancouver, BC

8.Olive & Ruby

2839 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC 

9.Small Victory

1088 Homer St, Vancouver, BC 

10.Greenhorn Espresso Bar

994 Nicola St, Vancouver, BC

11.Rocanini 

Location 1: 115-3900 Moncton Street, Richmond, BC

Location 2: 5631 West Blvd, Vancouver, BC  


Give this post a like if you want to know more of my “best spots” in Vancouver! I will be updating this as I discover new cafes but I hope I helped you in taking your Instagram feed to the next level 😉 Until next time…

xoxo,

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Best Tea & Macaron Spots in Vancouver

I am a tea and macaron fanatic and if you feel the same way then these places are for you! I’ve been drinking tea since elementary (decaf back then of course) because of my Grandma. To this day I still get excited to open up her gigantic tea drawer when I go over to her house. I like my tea sweet with a little bit of half and half and a macaron is the perfect little treat to pair with it. If you’re in Vancouver or just visiting, check out some of these spots, they will not disappoint!


1. Soirette 

This tiny cafe is stunning inside and serves everything from single macarons and tea to high tea and cakes! Every time I go here I order the plate of 6 macarons because there are just too many to choose from!

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2. French Made Baking

When I was in high school this was my go-to spot when I was craving macarons and tea. I would even get surprise deliveries of their macarons in between classes from my oh-so-sweet boyfriend! It was just a few blocks away from my school and I was in love with their teeny-tiny macarons. This little cafe is definitely Paris inspired and serves small meals like crepes and sandwiches as well! They have a pretty good selection of loose leaf teas and their regular lineup of macaron flavours are to die for. This is also the place to go to if you want to attend baking classes!

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3. Thierry

In the heart of downtown Vancouver, Thierry is a cozy spot specializing in handcrafted chocolates, pastries, and of course macarons! Unlike French Made Baking, Thierry’s macarons are slightly bigger but oh so delicious to taste. Their other chocolate delights are amazing and their chai tea latte is SO GOOD.

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4. Faubourg Paris

This spot screams Paris, and that’s exactly what they want you to feel like when you step through their doors. Their bakery and cafe items are all freshly made and their macarons are just perfection. Faubourg is also right in the heart of downtown Vancouver and a great spot to stop at in between shopping.

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5. London Heritage Farm Tea Room

This spot is a little farther out from Vancouver but it’s a classic tea room that’s worth trying out. I have only ever been here for high tea, and always with my Grandma, but I’m never disappointed. The tea room is in the original London Heritage Farm house, a beautiful white home located right on the Fraser River. Wedding photo shoots are often held here and from the windows of the house you can sometimes see them taking place. This is actually where I took my Prom photos with my boyfriend! They turned out lovely.

6. Adorabelle

Also a little ways out from Vancouver, located in Steveston Village, Richmond this tea room is only a few years old but resides in an Old Courthouse that was built in 1925. You wouldn’t be able to tell from the inside though! The ceiling of the team room is a blue sky and a ground view of the eiffel tower. It’s as if you’re sitting right below it! Adorabelle also offers gluten free options for their baked goods and high tea, making it a great place to go to for all. My favourite tea here is “Paris” and although they do not have macarons, their house made baked goods are amazing.

7. Ladurée

Ladurée is another very Parisian house full of tea, pastries, and macarons. Their traditional macaron recipe makes for an even tastier treat with your tea! The house itself is quite beautiful and adds to the overall experience when you walk in.


If there are other macaron and tea spots that you know of I would love to try them out! Comment below or use my contact form here. I hope you enjoy these sweet spots!

xoxo,

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Banana Quinoa Pudding

If you’re groggy in the morning and don’t always have enough energy to make yourself a nice wholesome breakfast then this pudding is perfect for you. It’s easy to prepare and can be refrigerated for a few days, making for a few mornings with a yummy no-effort breakfast! This will surely get you excited to wake up.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa
  • 4 cups coconut milk (can be substituted for rice milk or whole milk)
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. Rinse and drain the quinoa. Bring the water and quinoa to a boil in a saucepan over high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat, cover, simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. Blend together the milk, bananas, sugar, and salt in bowl of a blender or food processor until smooth. Pour the milk mixture into the saucepan with the quinoa.
  3. Place the pan over medium heat. Cook and store until the mixture becomes thick and creamy (5-10 minutes). Remove from heat. Stir in the butter and vanilla.
  4. Serve warm or refrigerate and serve cold.
  5. Garnish with dried cranberries, flax seeds, raisins, or fruit!

This recipe makes 8 servings but can certainly be split or doubled.

If you try out this recipe and like it let me know!

xoxo,

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Healthy-ish Breakfast Ideas

You’ve probably read a dozen different articles about healthy breakfast ideas like I have and then only tried one or two of them. But today I’m going to share with you my tried and true healthy breakfast ideas! (The ones I’ve actually made, tried, and enjoy that is.) The even better part is that they’re super easy to make!

Banana Quinoa Pudding


This pudding is to DIE FOR and when you substitute regular milk for coconut milk, it tastes like heaven. This is an easy pudding to make in a batch and store in the fridge for a few days. I personally like to garnish my pudding with flax seeds, dried cranberries, and raisins. You could even add honey if you have more of a sweet-tooth 😉 You can read my recipe here.

Avocado with Fried Egg & Toast


This is a classic. I could eat this for days, and I’m being serious. A quick prep meal full of nutrients and protein is perfect before a long and busy day! I like to pair my avocado and egg with a wholewheat or 12-grain bread, but my absolute favourite bread is sourdough.

Granola with Coconut Milk


This is also a super quick breakfast, not so much to run out the door with, but definitely to scarf down when you’re in a rush! My favourite granola of all time is Nature Path’s Pumpkin Flax granola. This mixed with Silk Original Coconut Milk is delicious!

Chocolate Coconut Milk Breakfast Shake


Even though I always make sure that I have a breakfast meal before leaving the house, sometimes I do find that I have only a few minutes to prepare something. A breakfast shake is the way to go when I’m out of time and about to run for the bus. This is not a blender type of shake because it’s actually a pre-made powder that you add milk to! I like to drink the Nestle Carnation Breakfast Essentials Powder in chocolate flavour and mix it with Silk Original Coconut Milk. The great thing about this shake mix is that it contains the major nutrients that you need for the day (protein, calcium, iron).

Strawberry Compote & Vanilla Protein Pancakes


What would a breakfast idea list be without protein pancakes?! Here it is. I am not down to mix up a made from scratch pancake batter so I opt for Aunt Jemima’s Original Pancake & Waffle mix and add a scoop of protein to the batter. While my pancakes are on the stove I grab a handful of chopped strawberries (frozen or thawed), a 1/2 cup of water, 2 tablespoons of sugar and throw them in a pot. I let the water come to a boil and the strawberries begin to thaw and create a sauce. After 5-10 minutes of the strawberries simmering the compote is ready!

Peanut Butter & Banana on Toast


Now this is definitely something you can dash out of the house with in your hand! It’s as simple as whole grain toast, all natural peanut butter, and sliced banana.

Honey & Oatmeal 


I’m not a huge fan of oatmeal but when I do eat it I like it sweet. Adding honey or brown sugar to plain oatmeal definitely makes a difference. You can even mix in coconut milk to add a little more flavour! This one is sure to make you full though!

Try out some of these breakfast ideas and let me know how you like them!

xoxo,

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Trip to Ontario

As you may know, I was recently in Toronto for four days on a trip for my Rodan+Fields business. Before this trip I had never been outside of the Pearson International Airport so this was extra exciting for me because I love exploring new places, especially big cities! I’ve been to Los Angeles multiple times and I can honestly say that Toronto to me felt like a colder Canadian version of it. The freeways, the big city, the lights, the billboards, you so many things! In just four days I was able to visit and experience dining at different restaurants, get a feel for the people, and gain loads of experience from exhibiting at the Toronto Congress Centre.

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Where I Stayed

The Toronto Congress Centre is closer to the airport than downtown, and therefore my Dad and I decided to stay at a hotel in Mississauga. It was a 10 minute drive from the Congress Centre so it gave me a little more time to sleep too! Our hotel was nice but unfortunately we didn’t have much down time there except for late in the evenings. Besides our washroom fan not working, it was a good stay. The highlight of the hotel was definitely breakfast in the morning though… it’s my favourite meal of the day. Orange juice, waffles, omelettes, bagels, tea mmm.


Where I Dined

3 nights equals 3 dinners at 3 different places, woo hoo! On the first night, right after my Dad picked me up from the airport we headed over to Tuckers Marketplace and boy was I hungry! This award winning buffet restaurant served us well, and the food was all very tasteful. I ate a plethora of foods but the top 3 for me were the mediterranean kale salad, cranberry quinoa salad, and butter chicken tortolini. The service was great as well and despite the huge crowd of people we walked into at first, our wait time was only about 20 minutes! I highly recommend Tucker’s for buffet style lovers.

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Tucker’s Marketplace

On Sunday night we met up with my Aunt whom I had never even met! This was the dinner that I had been looking forward to the most because it was right downtown just a couple blocks away from the CN Tower (photo-op!) and I was curious about my Aunt. From the way she was reviewing the restaurant we were about to dine at I could tell that she too was a foodie! She introduced us to the restaurant Figo  and when I insta-searched it I could tell it was going to be nice AND it fit my theme on Instagram (score!). The restaurant was actually beneath the building my Aunt lives in so we were able to park for free (double score!). You can read my full review of Figo here.

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Figo Toronto

Monday night, my last night in Toronto sigh, ended in mounds of sushi and Japanese food at 168Sushi in Mississauga. I can’t complain though, I seriously have an obsession with Japanese food. This all you can eat was SO GOOD. First of all, our menus were actually iPads; no servers took our order! This was insanely cool, especially because each item said $0 beside it and we could add to our “cart” as many items as we wanted (AYCE was a fixed price obviously). The only extras were drinks, and I ended up ordering a “Chocolate Monkey” but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I wished I would have. I also ended up devouring 15 whole pieces of salmon sashimi, my FAVOURITE, and a bunch of other menu items. I found it easier to eat a variety of different foods because the servings were actually smaller than usual. So I highly recommend this restaurant for those of you that can never decide what to order at a restaurant. You can try them all here! They have quite a few locations around Ontario too!

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168 Sushi

Toronto Gift Fair Experience

You’re probably wondering what I was actually doing in Toronto so now I’ll spill the details.

What the Toronto Gift Fair is All About

The TGA is a trade show for manufacturers, importers, exporters, wholesalers, distributors, and suppliers to showcase their products or services to certified retailers and buyers. The show has attracted an international audience over the years and is the top national gift fair and largest trade fair in Canada.

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How It Happened

My Dad owns a furniture company, E9 Luxury Living, and since he is a wholesale distributor he often travels to different cities around the world to exhibit his product. I have also worked with him a number of times as a Sales Associate, my favourite being at the Las Vegas Summer Market 2 years ago! I’ve gained loads of experience from working with him, and therefore he suggested that I travel with him to Toronto to exhibit my Rodan+Fields products. He had a gigantic booth at this show and he generously gave me a corner piece of it to do my own thing. He rocks.

What I Was Doing

As a Consultant for Rodan+Fields my Mom and I can run our business however we want to, so exhibiting our product and business opportunity at the TGF was an experiment to determine whether or not doing shows was good way to get our business out there. My Dad set up a smaller booth for me at the corner of his so that I would be able to showcase all of the Rodan+Fields products and speak with retailers and buyers. My hopes in exhibiting were to attract buyers and retailers with an established clientele and customer base. In doing this I would share with them the opportunity of displaying R+F products in their stores for their customer base to see, ask about, and order online. This would be a way for business and store owners to take advantage of what they have already built and make an extra income. At the end of the day, I think that doing the show was good for me and my Mom’s business, and it also enabled me to practice speaking about our product and opportunity. The only downfall doing this show was the fact that it was a “gift show” rather than a beauty or pharmacy show which we may have done better in. But I’m just happy we were able to test the waters out anyway.


My flight home was quite tiring, arriving at 2:30am Toronto time was not fun. Yet I managed to shower, unpack, and get a full 8 hours of sleep before work the next morning. Now that is efficiency my friends.

Overall my trip to Toronto was a memorable and eye-opening experience. I learned new things about my business, improved my people skills, and got to spend quality time with my ever so hard-working Dad. He’s my inspiration, if you’re wondering 😉

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My booth setup!

Until next time TO!

xoxo,

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Restaurant Review: Figo Toronto

During my business trip in Toronto, I had the pleasure of dining at the lovely Italian inspired restaurant, Figo. My experience was so wonderful that I just had to create an individual review for it! From wood-fired pizzas to made-from-scratch pastas, Figo has got it all.

Design & Decor

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The restaurant itself was stunning and as a lover of flowers (especially roses) the rose ceiling decor made the experience 100x better.

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I love white and Figo was decked out to the nines in white, ivory, and cream coloured furniture and decor. You can only imagine how in love I was when I first walked in. The windows had gigantic rose decor as well and it just added to the elegance of the restaurant.

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Figo had an open kitchen concept and the detail-oriented arch was beautiful. You could smell the different spices, sauces, and plates that they were making, which only made me hungrier!

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The bar shared this arch design and although I was there in the evening when it was dark outside, the bar was lit up quite nicely. The warm lighting throughout really contributed to the overall charm of the restaurant.

Service

If the service isn’t there, then I’m not going back but our waiter was extremely polite and consistent in making sure that we had enough water, that our table was clean, and that plates were cleared immediately upon finishing a dish. 10/10 service in my opinion. You could say that I will be going back the next time I’m in TO! Probably to try out their brunch though 😉

Food

Now on to the serious stuff, the FOOD! First of all, who doesn’t love Italian food, even Italian-inspired cuisine? At the time we were dining, Figo was offering a “Love Winter” set menu for $55, and for cuisine like this I thought it was a pretty good deal! My Dad went for the set menu, but I opted for the traditional menu items. I went for the Zucchini Fritti appetizer and the Tortelli pasta as my entree.

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Zucchini Fritti

The Zucchini Fritti was a heavenly combination of thinly sliced and deep-fried zucchini drizzled with a lemon cream and honey. It melted in my mouth, and it was quite a large serving too! I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for an appy to share at Figo.

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Tortelli

The Tortelli pasta was equally delicious, if not more. It seems that I always choose a menu item with butternut squash in it! This tasty dish was a bowl of freshly made butternut squash and ricotta ravioli drenched in melted butter and topped with sage. Out of all the butternut squash ravioli that I have tried (there are quite a few different ones) I loved this one best and it was probably because it was made from scratch in the restaurant and had that fresh, quality taste to it.

Finally, dessert. As you could probably assume, I was quite full by the time dessert rolled around, but I still went for it! That’s something I get from my Dad, never skip out on dessert, duh. I chose the lesser route and got two scoops of gelato and a cookie. Yup, that was the lesser route unfortunately. I got the chocolate and maple gelato and a chocolate dipped chocolate raisin cookie! Honestly, I only ate the chocolate gelato, but I have to say it was rich and mouth-watering good.

So overall, my experience at Figo was very memorable and delectable! This place is definitely Instagram worthy, but better for photos during the day because of the windows surrounding it. If you’re out in Toronto, head over for brunch on the weekend or lunch/dinner any day of the week!

xoxo,

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