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!






Friday, August 11, 2017

Le Brûloir



Hi friends!

The Indie Coffee Passport is coming to an end in just a few days. I’ve almost finished my visits for this year and am so excited to share all of the discoveries in the coming weeks – better late than never right?! 

Today I’m excited to share one of my favourite spots – Le Brûloir. This cozy café is located in Ahuntsic, just a short bus ride away from metro Sauvé, or a short 15 min drive from downtown. This café was also on the list last year and I still consider it to be one of my favourites!

The food is always amazing at this café. I arrived just after lunch time with my coffee buddy C, but most of the food was already gone to my dismay!! I ended up ordering a chicken panini with kim chi in it. It was so creative and I was pleasantly surprised with the spicy and the cheesy flavours bursting in my mouth!!!

The coffee is absolutely delicious. I had an equally balanced cappuccino with the perfect ratio of milk to espresso and just the right creamy smoothness. We sat on the patio and sipped our coffee after our lunch. I finished my cup so fast - a true testament to what a great café this is!

Can't wait to come back and visit again!





Friday, July 28, 2017

Canmore's Café Books



Hi Everyone! I'm back from my amazing family vacation, and I can't wait to share with you the cutest café we discovered in Canmore, Alberta.

Café Books is an independent store selling new and used books and gifts. It also houses a tea room in the back! They have regular author events with international and local writers. There is some outdoor seating in the front of the store, and you can order coffee, tea, and pastries right outside. Once you walk through the main shop, you find a cute little tea room with all of the used books. This hidden gem houses a variety of books. My cousin E and I got lost for a while going through the collection, and we both left with 2 great finds.

The tea room was so cozy and welcoming. I loved that it housed antique furniture and china. It was way to hot to have a cup of tea but we really enjoyed visiting this spot. What a great find in the heart of the Canadian Rockies and in the middle of the Canmore town centre!



Thursday, July 20, 2017

Alberta

This was my first time visiting Alberta! Some of the trip highlights included taking a dip in the Banff Hot Springs, hiking around Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, exploring the Athabasca Glacier in Jasper and screaming yahoo at the Calgary Stampede!