Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Café Le Falco

I finally made it to Cafe Le Falco with my coffee buddy C! This café has been on my list forever, but the hours make it really challenging for a working professional. They're only open Monday to Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.

Le Falco is located by metro Laurier on Ave Gaspe in an industrial and artsy area. The café is a bit out of the way, but once we made it there we stayed for a while!

The warehouse set up is very cool - industrial yet modern with a large open space. I liked the giant world map mural and the bicycle hanging above the long table. Le Falco has food options like Japanese rice bowls, as well as baked goods and coffee.

They use a Syphon coffee maker which is essentially a vacuum coffee maker. It brews coffee using two chambers and is based on the expansion and contraction of water vapor. Read more here. I enjoyed my syphon coffee and lemon poppyseed loaf. While I probably won't get a chance to go back, I'd recommend a visit here if you can make the hours.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Vortex Cycling in Virginia

New year, same me. At the end of every year, I love to sit down with a notebook and reflect on the past year. It's also my favourite time to try to pinpoint items in my life that I want to improve on for the upcoming year. A recurring theme to improve on has always been health and fitness.

Over the Christmas holidays I had the pleasure of trying out an indoor cycling class at Vortex in Tysons. Hands down, this is one of my favourite fitness classes that I've ever tried! The music was so great, and the instructor we had was so motivating. It was such a fun hour of fitness! I felt like I was dancing on the bike, but we also took some free weights to work our arms as well.

At the end of the ride, we had a chance to sit down at the café with the owner. It was a great way to relax and unwind. I had a delicious filtered coffee, and Alan had a pour over. The coffee was from a local D.C. roaster and was so good! Vortex's café offers all sorts of coffee and healthy snacks to fuel up before the class, or re-energize after the workout.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

My 2018 Book List

Happy New Year!! Wishing you all a very healthy, happy and prosperous 2018!

As some of you may know, I challenged myself to read 50 books in 2016 and continued that challenge in 2017. Unfortunately I was not able to finish 50 books last year but I did manage to read 39 great ones!

I've decided once again this year to challenge myself to read 50 books. My goal is that 25 of them will be from the Time's All Time Top 100 List. I plan to continuously update this post as I finish these books, and I'll mark the Time's books with as asterisk.

You can follow me on goodreads here in case you're interested to see my ratings! Thanks for stopping by!

1. Freakanomics by Stephen D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

2. The Good Goodbye by Carla Buckley

3. I'm Fine...and Other Lies by Whitney Cummings

4. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey *

5. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

6. What If? by Randall Munroe

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Café Perko

I discovered another cute café with my friend C in Villeray called Café Perko. This is literally the perfect study spot!!

The owner opened this café because when she was a law student, she spent all of her time studying in coffee shops. She found herself either at a big chain coffee shop with expensive and terrible coffee, or small independent coffee shops where the coffee was great but the space was small, and the hours were not conducive to night owls. That's where the idea of Perko was born: a big enough coffee shop, open late, with good wifi and most importantly good coffee and good food at reasonable prices!

Perko offers everything from coffee and pastries to salads and sandwiches. They even have chargers that they can lend you if you forget yours - free of charge! One of the coolest perks about this café is their printing corner. They offer notepads, paper, pens, and envelopes! Finally, they even have a conference room with a large TV available for rent by the hour.

I absolutely loved the cozy and comfy vibe here, not to mention the motivation I felt being surrounded by so many focused students that were plugged in and working away! I suspect you need to come early if you want a table to work on because it was was packed when we got there on Saturday afternoon! Nevertheless, we loved our coffee and were so glad we discovered this spot.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Better Buzz California

Better Buzz is a Californian coffee shop with a few different locations around the San Diego area. I discovered this café while vacationing in Pacific / Mission Beach. Alan and I ordered acai bowls for breakfast and I got an amazing cappuccino while Alan got "the best coffee ever". This was basically an Americano with hints of vanilla creamer. We loved our breakfast and the coffee helped fuel us for a day of exploring!

The cafe had an awesome open air concept and we sipped the coffee by the window while enjoying the nice warm breeze. The vibe was very "Californian cool" with surfers strolling in without shoes and shirts, just in their bathing suits, to grab their morning coffee! What a life they live!!!

I really enjoyed this cafe and have already recommended it to a friend who visited California not long after me. If you find yourself in the area, make sure to stop into one of their 7 locations!

Life is better buzzed!


Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sunny San Diego

Hi friends! I'm back from an amazing vacation in San Diego. Some of my highlights included surfing at Pacific Beach, hiking the Valido Trail in Laguna Beach and Torrey Pines, strolling around Balboa Park, relaxing on Coronado Beach, watching the sun set at Sunset Cliffs, and crossing the border by foot to Tijuana, Mexico.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Café Reine Garçon

Café Reine Garçon is a new discovery thanks to the 2017 Indie Coffee Passport. This quaint café is located in the Plateau area. I loved the décor - a mish-mash between antique furniture and new pieces. It's a very quirky but fun and creative atmosphere! There is a mix of everything including couches, bar stools, large tables and outdoor seating. I enjoyed some chill music and a relaxed ambiance while catching up on my travel journal! I also noticed a stage near the back which they sometimes use for local artists to perform!

I chose a chai latté which was delicious. Even their mug and coasters were vintage chic! They have such a great collection of plants and book and little nic nacs everywhere. This is a great spot to have a coffee, grab a snack and to watch some local performances!