Review of Finch’s Market: Our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee

Author: Shirley & Mike Wong

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Finch’s Market is a neighbourhood fixture in Strathcona, the heart of East Van. It’s Stop 123 of our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee.

“All the way across town.”

-Green Day (from “When I Come Around”)

Finch’s Market, if you haven’t been, hides in one of the most fascinating and historic parts of Vancouver – that would be Strathcona. Although this neighbourhood is transforming, you’ll still find something rare here: the oldest, untouched houses in the city.

It’s early morning, so we head out on a walk. We head for the dotted line of the Union-Adanac bike route, an easy two blocks south. Listen and there’s only fragments of sound. Birds nesting, bike wheels spinning, a squeaky gate opening. Continue reading Review of Finch’s Market: Our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee

Review of Handworks Coffee Studio: Our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee

Author: Shirley & Mike Wong

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The new Handworks Coffee Studio in Burnaby will make you feel like you’ve entered a time warp. It’s Stop 122 in our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee.

“You’re plugging into me.”

-Serena Ryder (from “Electric Love”)

At the new Handworks Coffee Studio this hazy summer day, we drowsily sip our hot drinks, listen to music. We watch the owners’ little girl peer at us curiously, eyes dark under heavy bangs on a bowl-cut. She darts under chairs, tables, making her own game of hide-and-seek.

Suddenly, Mike’s finger points to an old gramophone on a shelf. I hear him say in surprise: “Is music coming from that?”

Despite appearances, it’s not a vintage item rescued from a garage sale. A modern invention, called a Bluetooth Gramophone, actually uses wireless technology. Only deceptively fashioned to look like something snatched from a bygone era.  Continue reading Review of Handworks Coffee Studio: Our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee

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