When you come across a coffee shop that has copper pans hanging from the ceiling and white marble, it’s hard not to go back. DALINA is one of those places. Situated in the heart of Chinatown, at Main and Georgia, the Italian-inspired café is a hybrid one-stop shop for coffee, quick meals, and hard-to-find groceries.
Serving up a menu of local-ingredient filled salads, sandwiches and more, you can stop here for breakfast, lunch or dinner. If you’re that kind of person, they’ve also paired up with Krokodile Pear to serve you juice on the go.
My days off lately have been pretty glorious thanks to moving to a new(ish) city and being able to explore a bunch of restaurants and spots to feature on the blog. This week I ventured over to the Mt. Pleasant neighbourhood, which I’ve never really had the chance to wander since moving home to Vancouver. Let me tell you! I think if I had to pick an area to live in Vancouver, it would be this one. With a lot of new shops and places opening up, it would definitely be at the top of my list.
Anyways, I decided to check out Glory Juice Co. because I am constantly on the hunt for a good smoothie bowl. Upon entering the brick-walled bodega I was immediately impressed with the décor (think marble backsplash and drop pendant lighting) and found myself ogling the menu. I ordered an Organic Tropical Bowl and three juices to try over the week. Needless to say the bowl was delicious. Included in the mix were frozen Acai berries, mango, blueberries, fresh bananas, pineapple, mint, and bee pollen topped off with their amazing nutty GF in-house granola, made from the leftover Almonds they use to make their own almond mylk (and, it’s all GF and 100% organic).
In addition to this location they’ve set up shop in Kits as well as a place in Arbutus Ridge. They also deliver all around Vancouver and West Vancouver and offer a series of juice cleanses. I would recommend the Mt. Pleasant location if you want a nice place do work on your laptop (they have Wifi), plus they have very friendly staff!
Tell me, where do you like to go on your days off?
There is (almost) nothing more satisfying than biting into a freshly steamed Bao Bun. I get excited just thinking about those perfectly textured doughy buns. Last week, in an attempt to satisfy my Bao cravings, my best friend Ali and I went to Gastown’s Bao Down for lunch. We ordered four different Bao Buns, and concluded the top two to try are the Bao Chicka Boa Boa (Chicken) and the YVR (Ahi Tuna) Bao Buns. Also required are the Miso Sweet Potato Fries that you can have on the side to share with a friend.
A great place for a quick lunch, this bodega features window stool seating at the front, and additional seating above the kitchen. It’s a walk-up to the counter and order your own food kind of joint and it’s a great spot to get your quick Bao fix. If you are looking for a more fancy Bao spot I would recommend Bao Bei, located on Keefer Street in Chinatown. A popular dinner spot amongst Vancouverites, go here for Chinese fusion small plates and really fancy cocktails (Blake Lively recently ‘grammed the place stating it was ‘the best meal in Canada’).
What’s your favourite place for Bao?