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

Author: Shirley & Mike Wong

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Alchemy Coffee in North Van is launching a coffee program that hopes to compete against Vancouver coffee shops. It’s Stop 141 on our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee.

“Tryin’ to stay hip.”

-Billy Idol (from “Eyes Without A Face”)

The new Alchemy Coffee is in a part of North Van that’s very familiar. Just across the street, I used to exhibit and rent out my paintings for years at this beautiful little art gallery. For some reason, days that I was scheduled to drop off art were always pouring rain. That meant I would carefully wrap my canvases in a tarp, then hurriedly dodge traffic to cross busy Lonsdale Ave. Continue reading Review of Alchemy Coffee: Our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee

Review of The Workshop Vegetarian Café: Our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee

Author: Shirley & Mike Wong

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A chef at The Workshop Vegetarian Café putting final touches on avo toast. This eatery charmed us with their intimate atmosphere and homespun eats. It’s Stop 102 on our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee.

“Imagining the world has stopped.”

-The Rolling Stones (from “Get Off My Cloud”)

At North Van’s newest, The Workshop Vegetarian Café, we push open the door. It feels like we’ve come home, greeted by our favourite kind of welcome: a seductively mouthwatering, intense fragrance.

We have to ask the chef behind the counter – aproned and sporting a Yankees ball cap – what the heck he’s making. He looks up, a finger points to a giant pot steaming on the stove. Inside, a homemade broth simmers, which surely must accompany their popular handcrafted ramen and udon. Continue reading Review of The Workshop Vegetarian Café: Our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee