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Cafe Firenze (920 Beatty Street)

Cafe Firenze (920 Beatty Street) opened earlier this month at the edge of Yaletown at Beatty x Smithe Street. Although the name indicates a cafe, a more accurate description would …

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Thierry Patisserie (1059 Alberni Street)

Thierry Patisserie is also a chocolaterie and cafe, offering a variety of hand-crafted chocolates made from artisanal dairy products, and an assortment of French pastries, macarons, croissants and madeleines. Everything is made daily using fresh seasonal fruits and premium chocolate ingredients.

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Trafiq Cafe & Bakery (4216 Main Street)

By Joanna Lee, Modern Mix Vancouver Writer Trafiq Cafe (4216 Main Street) is a small coffee shop/bakery located on Main Street, a neighbourhood which has seen revitalization over the past few …

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Modern Mix Monday – The Salty Tongue Cafe

Looking for something to do? Every Monday morning, we present to you “Modern Mix Monday”, a brief but link-filled one-liner review of our past weekend loaded with suggestions to inspire you for your next!

I went to Salty Tongue Cafe (213 Carrall Street) and was pleased to find yet another affordable but “something different” / “check this place out!” cafe in Gastown. Although the cafe-front is fairly small (but not tiny), with the blue and white Salty Tongue logo on glass, the interior of the cafe was spacious with the typical Gastown decor of wooden beams and brick walls. A loong table spanned the entire length of the cafe; it reminded me of the dining halls at highschool orientation/camping trips.
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Get a piece of paper and check off what you want – from different types of bread (sourdough, etc.) and meat (turkey, roast beef, etc.), to sauces and dressings (ie. cranberry, dijon mustard, etc.) and veggies (onions, peppers, etc.) and cheese and build your own sandwich for only $6.95! Pre-built sandwich options were also available as well as a selection of soups and baked goods. As for the food quality – it wasn’t great. The sandwich was much too dry – it would have been better if they could toast it pannini style and melt the cheese. However, a sandwich is a sandwich and you can’t screw it up too badly. Conclusion? The Salty Tongue is a good place to eat at when it’s your turn to suggest a cool place to eat at but don’t have high expectations for the food.

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Les Faux Bourgeois

Les Faux Bourgeois (663 East 15th Avenue) is a dimly lit French restaurant located in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood by Fraser and Kingsway. The restaurant is a partnership between the former co-owners of Jules Bistro in Gastown and Go Fish near Granville Island. I have had my eye on the place before it even opened its doors and I extremely excited to finally visit Les Faux Bourgeois for dinner last night. When we went, the 50-seat restaurant was completely full and bustling, with a few empty seats at the bar. The rustic and relaxed feel to the place makes it unpretentious French dining despite the restaurant’s seeming success. A chalkboard marked the “poisson du jour” and wine glasses were abundant at every table. It was a pleasant surprise to still be seated comfortably with a fair-sized gap between us and the next table. A few tables were left open for walk-in’s and even those were constantly being filled.
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I had previously been turned away for weekend sittings, and have read only positive reviews about Les Faux Bourgeois. Perhaps these two things raised the bar just a bit because I was disappointed by what I ate. The fausse nicoise ($10) was overdressed with vinegariette, while the lamb tenderloin ($18), although tender, was too salty and there was nothing special about the french fries. The bread for the table was cold and hard. Despite all this, I must admit I would still return for another visit. Considering the value, location and atmosphere of the place, it is worth a second shot.
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They are now open on Sundays for dinner, and just recently opened their Cafe side, which serves local organic and fair-trade coffee in the day time.

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Modern Mix Monday – Bean Around the World

Looking for something to do? Every Monday morning, we present to you “Modern Mix Monday”, a brief but link-filled one-liner review of our past weekend loaded with suggestions to inspire you for your next!

Exam season is upon us. If you are still a student at UBC, sometimes it can get boring studying in campus libraries. On Saturday afternoon, my friend and I decided to study at Bean Around the World instead. The cafe on 4456 West 10th Avenue is a cozy, mid-sized café with forest green and dark red walls which correspond to its easily recognizable logo. Wooden tables and stools are scattered throughout the front half of the café, while low couches and a fireplace take up the back. He ordered a medium (16 oz.) chai tea latte for $4.35, while I got a chicken teriyaki wrap for $5.50, grilled “panini-style”. We spread out our textbooks, binders and notebooks on a large, wooden table and felt comfortable spending the entire afternoon studying leisurely without feeling like we were “taking up space”. In fact, there were other students there as well. The only distracting aspect of studying here is how the door opens every few minutes for customers and you can hear the loud traffic and rain from outside.
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For those of you who live a little further East, there are two other Bean Around the Worlds on Main Street as well as other cafes on Granville, Cambie and North Vancouver (to name a few).

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