Coffee: Discovery in Vancouver BC

Trying to make an attempt to find the local coffee places when I travel.  Starbucks is consistent, I’ll give them that.  But one care tire of it.  So here is Discovery Coffee, just a quick walk from the hotel in Vancouver.  And once again, indulged with a molasses raspberry muffin.  DELICIOUS.  Not too sweet at all.

Smarshmallows

Our food adventures are less adventurous these days.  So a bag of churro smarshmallows is pretty exciting.  We took a walk to the Starbucks and picked up a bag at a new market on the same block.  I have my doubts whether it will survive, but at least we caught it before it closes!

And it was warm enough for iced coffee.

I’m not sure she was a huge fan of the marshmallows, though she did love the bottle of water with the straw.  It can be easy to please a 2 year old.

The Train to Highwire Coffee

S really wanted to ride the train.  So we took a little trip via Bart 4 stops up the line to Rockridge.  Coffee at Highwire, thumbprint cookie for me, palm tree sugar cookie for her.  We’re always up for trying new coffee.   She was quite entertained with the lobsters at the fish place, and she mentions them daily.  Sadly, she’s already got the look of a zoned out commuter on the train.

Our Little Whirlwind

Every year I really plan on getting someone to take professional pictures.  And every year we end up just taking some shots on some weekend in December when I NEED to get those cards in the mail.  It’s even harder now that S is on the move.  Half the shots are blurry, or she’s running away, or I get the side of her face.  Here’s to another year of someone keeping us on our toes.

At least she’s smiling in 2016, not sure she had as much fun with the photo shoot in 2014:

Happy Hanukkah!

It’s-It. I love Factory Stores

We had to stop.  We were driving by.  I’ve bought these ice cream sandwiches at Safeway, but the Factory Store had more flavors.  Yes, it’s just an ice cream sandwich, but there is just something about it.

We learned that there are no seasonal flavors, the pumpkin is available all year long and they can make 100,000 a day.  There are no factory tours, but you can buy them for $1.50 a piece.  We shared 2 different ones – traditional and a cappuccino.  The one thing about that traditional one is that the cookie was actually crispy.

Mast Brothers LA

Just a quick drive to the LA Mast Brothers location on a recent trip.  It was really in the middle of no where LA.  A bunch of warehouses.  But there it was.  The transaction was quick:  6 bars and 1 little bar to eat that night.  I knew what I wanted.  We’ve had such a tough time finding it on the West Coast, especially in San Francisco.