Food & Drink

Starbucks – registered gift card rewards

Practically everyone I knew got at least one Starbucks gift card for Christmas! Here is a reminder of what you can get by registering your Starbucks giftcard…

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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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Modern Mix Monday – AGRO Cafe on Granville Island

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!

Just like 49th Parallel Coffee is flooded with tones of baby blue and brown, the color scheme of ARGO Cafe (1363 Railspur Alley) consists of autumn tones of orange and brown. I went to the Granville Island cafe on Sunday afternoon and thought the lofty, industrial look of the venue was a trendy cafe to lounge at. I ordered their organic dark hot chocolate while my friend got an unsweetened matcha latte, both of which had a swirly leaf pattern “drawn” into the foam.

From their website:

Our aim is to provide the people of Vancouver with organic, fair trade coffee, at a great price and in a great location. Our cafes are relaxing, modern environments that help tell the story of the variety of places coffee originates. Our walls are flooded with projected images of our farmers in Kenya, helping to both educate and stimulate while you enjoy your coffee.

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Food & Drink

Modern Mix Monday – Beans

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!


It’s been a while since I’ve done anything on Cambie Street so when I went on Friday afternoon, I was pleased to walk by and discover a whole bunch of cafes and independent shops, despite the Canada Line Construction. I went to Beans Coffee Shop (3365 Cambie Street) and asked the barista for his recommendation. (I order Chai Tea Lattes alllll the time and wanted something different). He made me a a London Fog (half tea, half steamed milk) but instead of Earl Grey Tea, he steeped a strawberry tea instead. It smelled super good but it was slightly bland – perhaps next time I will add in some honey or sweetener instead. Was it worth my $4? Probably not but it’s always great to support local coffee shops!
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Additional perks include free parking at the back and wireless internet – both of which we took advantage of!

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Modern Mix Monday – 49th Parallel Coffee

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!

On Saturday, I went to 49th Parallel (2152 West 4th Avenue) for coffee. 49th Parallel is a local (Burnaby) coffee roasting company which supplies coffee beans to buyers all around the world and is founded by the same guys who brought us Caffè Artigiano. I have only been to 49th Parallel twice, but it’s a great meeting spot to take a break from shopping along West 4th. Last time I ordered the Blue Earl Grey which came in a cute, baby blue teapot. This time, I ordered off the menu, a Chai Tea Latte.

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Events & Lifestyle

“Coffee” Film Premiere on Davie Street

Coffee was an incredibly “Vancouver” film with scenes shot at several local hotspots, including scenes from Bean Around The World and JJ Bean. With constant references to Vancouver culture, perhaps you can spot yourself personified in one of the ten vignettes. I counted at least three mentions of yoga and brief references to Spanish Banks, Burrard Street and Shoppers’ Drug Mart and an overall “gay-friendly” feel (can you spot the rainbow flag in the background with Ed & Geraldine in Part 2/10? Or the over excitement of Patricia in Part 6/10 about her gay best friend?)

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