Sheepie and I have been coming to this cafe for a while. Sheepie loves donuts, so we started off with Timmy’s donuts. Then it was Breka. Then moved onto Cartems. Now it’s consistently 49th. He can’t get enough of them, lol.
Forty Ninth Parallel Cafe & Lucky’s Doughnuts is a hipsterish cafe on the corner of Main and 13th. It’s always bustling with people chatting, on their laptops or reading a good book. I especially like the booth (which there is unfortunately only one of), that gives you a nice private table and seems to bounce of the sounds of the crowd away. The four sofa seats are nice, especially during the winter time when the fireplace is burning. It’s very cosy, but the noise level can be quite high for my comfort level, hence liking the booth and sofa area, not just for physical comfort.
They have a variety of Lucky’s doughnuts, but you don’t really know what they’ll have that day. I’m not so much of a doughnut person, so I’m super picky. I only get the Glazed or Long John. While Glazed is most often available, Long John is not. But they are really good. I really like the texture of their doughnuts. They have gluten-free choices as well, and I was about to order them once but didn’t when I found out that they were made from almond flour. So if you’re allergic to nuts, better stay away from gluten free doughnuts and some of their regular donuts that have peanuts or nuts on top.
You can get a combo coffee and any doughnut for $5. The service is always pretty friendly. Everyone seems pretty laid back.
They stop making new doughnuts for the day at 7pm, so go early if you’re wanting good selection!
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Sheepie and I and a couple of friends wanted to check out the fireworks in Whistler for New Year’s Eve. Not surprisingly, all the restaurants in Whistler were fully booked out, or were charging outrageous amounts for a NYE dinner. We decided to stop by Squamish for dinner instead, but it was still hard to find one that had tables available and weren’t doing a NYE course dinner special. We finally came to Shady Tree pub which we have gone to previously and had a pretty good experience.
Their NYE special dish was the Steak and Lobster Tail for $18.95. Everyone one of us ended up ordering it – with a different rareness to their steak. It was a fabulous deal – who could resist?
The portions were pretty decent for the price, and we were pretty full by the end. The lobster, unlike many lobster you may have wasn’t chewy. Instead, it was plump, juicy and flavourful. I wish I could swap out my steak for another lobster, as I’m not much of a steak eater. My meat was more raw than what I imagined a ‘well done’ to be. Later on, we figured that maybe one of my friends got my well done, and I had her medium rare.
Some of us dessert, they had Kahul, Lava Cake and Tiramisu. We all got to try a bit of everything. Everyone said they liked the Kahul the best, but I enjoyed the Tiramisu the best. I guess I’m just more into creamy desserts.
The service was pretty good despite being NYE. I think this will become our regular stop if we want a nice sit-down meal between trips to/from Vancouver and Whistler. It’s easy to find, right of the highway.
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