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Forty Ninth Parallel Café & Lucky’s Doughnuts

Click to add a blog post for Forty Ninth Parallel Cafe & Lucky's Doughnuts on Zomato It’s a hipster cafe, but unlike the one on Main St., the teal colour and the sliding glass (which are open during warm weather) gives it a brighter warm feel. The patio and marble tables with simple metal chairs reminded me of a bit of Europe.
Sadly, they didn’t have Rooibos, so I ended up with Chamomile as the other other option for caffeine free tea was Peppermint, which I’m not a fan of.

idearabbit-49parallel_kits3idearabbit-49parallel_kits2idearabbit-49parallel_kitsThe tea $3.50 order came with a mug, tea pot, spoon and wooden tray with grooves to keep the things in place. The place was kept clean with fast service and a place with character.

idearabbit-49parallel_kits4Sheepie had the coffee and doughnut combo. I forgot if it was $3.50 or $3. Either way, a good deal.
Unfortunately, not having Rooibos tea is a killer for me…but otherwise, a very nice cafe.

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Calhoun’s Bakery Cafe

Calhoun's Bakery Cafe on UrbanspoonThis large spacious cafe is open 24-7. You’ll often find young adults with their laptops studying or working away on a project. My coworker loved the place, and my friend recently recommended going for dessert, so I went for a late night snack with Sheepie on a Friday. The place was nearly full, though they don’t take advantage of every space in the place with more tables and chairs. It’s the hipster scene and again, I’m not really into all this hipster trend.

idearabbit-calhouns idearabbit-calhouns2 idearabbit-calhouns5We both had a slice of cake, mine was Cookies and Cream $5+ with Rooibos tea and Sheepie ordered the Chocolate Fudge $5+ with the $2 House Cofffee. As we went around the back to get the utensils for our cakes, the counter had grey dish bins which were overflowing with dirty cups and plates. When we left to put away our own dirty dishes later on, the pile had just accumulated. Gross.

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The bathroom reminded me of some of the vandalized Berlin cafes. It wasn’t clean either. Yuuuuuck.

As with many ‘hipster’ places, the tables, chairs, plates and cups are quite random.

My Cookies and Cream was way too thick, rich and sweet and only ate a third. Sheepie who has the sweet tooth could not even finish it cuz he said it was terrible.

My tummy was not happy the next day, but can’t really say it was from the cakes for sure. Sheepie didn’t feel all that well after the cake either.

The staff was very friendly though. However, I wont ever be returning!

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Coco Et Olive

Coco Et Olive on UrbanspoonOn a nice summer day, after eating lunch at Zipang Provisions, a group of about 10 of us went to Coco Et Olive. Most seats inside were taken, so we went out to the parklet around the corner. Besides, it was extremely hot and humid inside the cafe, despite the door being always open and there were some fans on.

idearabbit-cocoetolive idearabbit-cocoetolive2 idearabbit-cocoetolive3 idearabbit-cocoetolive4Mmmmm!! Rooibos Iced Tea!

As many cafes on Main Street, this was yet another hipter-ish cafe. Serving drinks in mason jars, it is the place to go for your trendy drink. I ordered a Vanilla Rooibos Iced tea (cold drinks are 50 cents more). It was really refreshing and I loved that it wasn’t sweetened. Tasted so good in a thick glass jar out in the sun. My friend took a sip and remarked ‘beautiful’ (taste) and Sheepie who’s got the sweet tooth called it bland and weak. Lol. I liked it just the way it was.

Service can be a bit slow, but they are friendly and were very accommodating of our big group. I’m not really into the hipster trend, so not sure if I’d come back, especially when it’s like a sauna inside. However, good they have refreshing teas.

Second Time

It was rainy February late Saturday afternoon. Like in the summer, this cafe never seems to have good ventilation or a comfortable temperature. It was quite stuffy with the entire cafe full. Crowded tables with mismatched chairs and tables with very little room in between seemed to attract customers – surprisingly, all were females.

Sheepie brought a long a group of about 10 people. We had to wait around for tables to open up. Two of them left as they weren’t happy with the crowd (apparently, someone was rude to them). Anyways, if you’re a regular reader, you know I’m not a fan of crowded, loud places. I couldn’t hear a lot of the conversations, and most of us seemed to be sweating in the stuffy heat. idearabbit_cocoetolive5

I had the Rooibos tea latte. It was a good size and foamy, but nothing can be compared to my favourite Rooibos latte from Waves.

My friend really liked the mug (different from mine) he had for his latte.

I return to this cafe because of Sheepie, but I wouldn’t on my own.

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