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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 Dalina: Our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee

Author: Shirley & Mike Wong

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We’re at the new Dalina: a glitzy one-stop shop for local suppliers in Chinatown. It’s Stop 97 in our weekly Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee.

“Choose the perfect time.”

-Pet Shop Boys (from “Opportunities”)

Sitting at the window of Chinatown’s glitzy new Dalina, which just opened Saturday, we spot a young man strolling by with his Starbucks coffee. He spots us, then glances down at his paper cup. We recognize that look: that would be coffee envy.

The green mermaid’s stock has been declining, and maybe that’s just a lagging indicator of Vancouver’s caffeinated attitude. In the years writing this blog, there’s one distinct evolution that has been noticeable. That would be the fading popularity of big chain coffee.  Continue reading Review of Dalina: Our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee