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Review of Spade: Our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee

Author: Shirley & Mike Wong

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The new Spade café on Commercial Drive is the sweetest latecomer this year – and the most recent project by Sammy Piccolo. It’s Stop 136 on our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee.

“A little gambling is fun.”

-Lady Gaga (from “Poker Face”)

Commercial Drive’s new Spade café breaks late out of the gate this year. But if you’re looking for the inside track, they’d be anything but an underdog.

As the latest ace-up-the-sleeve by Vancouverite Sammy Piccolo – owner of Prado Café – Spade might be his winning card. Continue reading Review of Spade: Our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee

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