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Review of Starbucks Reserve (Mount Pleasant): Our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee

Author: Shirley & Mike Wong

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The new Starbucks Reserve café in Mount Pleasant aims to show slow brew is an eye-opening experience to mainstream coffee drinkers. It’s Stop 116 on our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee.

“It’s a start, a work of art.”

-Public Enemy (from “Fight the Power”)

Mount Pleasant’s new Starbucks Reserve café opened a week ago. It’s unique in that it’s a project of Starbucks “firsts”. That is, it’s the first Reserve Bar in Vancouver and Western Canada – and the first and only Starbucks in Canada to have the reputable Black Eagle espresso machine.

Looking back, this used to be your regular Starbucks. Then they closed and took a sledgehammer to a wall which separated them from a grocery next door. In the same way, it seems this chain is hoping to knock down the mainstream Vancouver coffee drinker’s perception of what Starbucks is all about.

It’s a retail test of survival, opening in a neighbourhood already densely populated with independent coffee shops. Continue reading Review of Starbucks Reserve (Mount Pleasant): Our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee

Review of Lisa Lou’s Chocolate Bar: Our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee

Author: Shirley & Mike Wong

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A life-changing Caramel Pecan Brownie at the new Lisa Lou’s Chocolate Bar in Strathcona. It’s Stop 94 in our weekly Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee.

“We are so small between the stars, so large against the sky.” 

-Leonard Cohen (from “Stories of the Street”)

A staffer asks us to taste a square of their lemon and coconut chocolate from the new Lisa Lou’s Chocolate Bar. She cheerfully explains this flavour goes by the name Lily, as part of their current lineup of hipster vegan chocolate bars. In fact, each delicious flavour is charmingly dubbed with boys’ and girls’ names.

Come here and see a shelf crammed with chocolate bars ($5 each): call them Pete, Frank, Marc, Sue, Ruth. If I had a choice, I’d like to hang out with Joan. She’s a tropical combo of mangoes and cashews. Makes me think of a luscious Joan Harris, sunning on a tropical getaway with her lover on the final episode of Mad Men.

Then again, I like the sound of Marc. He’s like an after-hours cocktail – loosened, rumpled tie and all – of almonds, bourbon, malt. That’s all well and good for those that like the bad boy Don Draper of the bunch. Continue reading Review of Lisa Lou’s Chocolate Bar: Our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee