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Review of Connected Minds Café & Roastery: Our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee

Author: Shirley & Mike Wong

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Connected Minds Café & Roastery is more than a little hole-in-the-wall coffee destination. It’s Stop 120 of our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee.

“I wipe the spots off of the mirror.”

-Jewel (“You Were Meant For Me”)

Sunday morning at Connected Minds Café & Roastery, we think we’ve dropped by someone’s home. And surprised them in the middle of their housework. That’s because mid-sip of our coffee, we’re interrupted by the loud roar of a vacuum.

Glance sideways, owner Lynn Hearn has hauled out a shop vac. With quick movements and efficient maneuvering, she directs the suction at some stray coffee grounds around their in-house roaster. Minutes later, she’s done and we hear the wheels on the vacuum roll away. Continue reading Review of Connected Minds Café & Roastery: Our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee

Review of Buddha-Full (Northwoods Village): Our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee

Author: Shirley & Mike Wong

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Vegan and gluten-free looks beautiful – almost aspirational – as witnessed by Northwoods Village’s new Buddha-Full. It’s Stop 119 of our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee.

“Now where did you find her.”

-INXS (from “Beautiful Girl”)

A week ago, the second location of Buddha-Full opened in North Van’s Northwoods Village. You could say this plant-based eatery is a local triumph of values.

You see, vegan and gluten free can sound limiting – and maybe a concept that’s hard to grasp – to some traditional meat-eaters. But that’s changing with a growing movement. Simply meaning, more people want to eat healthy and delicious food in an appealing space.

And Vancouver cafés are getting very good at filling this void. You’ll find they’re dialing down the hippy-dippy, and turning up the idea that eating conscientiously can be sophisticated, approachable, and dare we say, stylishly aspirational.

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