Eat. Sip. Shop

A few saturdays ago a few girlfriends + I met up for brunch at Homer St. Cafe + Bar. I found this gem last summer commuting back + forth to work by bike (on the corner of Homer + Smithe). I don’t know why it took me this long to actually try it out, but the interior alone left me planning my next visit! Craig Stanghetta perfectly designed the space to look as if you’re dining in the heart of France. The use of mosaic tiles, reclaimed wood, and unique fixtures truly make this spot charming + one of a kind in Vancouver. Add in the delicious food + wonderful service, and you have yourself a new favourite.

I ordered the roast of the day, pork belly + sausage served with 2 eggs, potatoes and rye bread. So good.

I’ll be back to check out the dinner + bar scene. I’m told it’s one not to be missed. Have you been!? What’s your favourite spot in Vancouver, let us know by using the hashtag #eatsipshop


Homer St. Cafe + Bar
898 Homer Street
Vancouver BC
V6B 2W5
604 428 4299




happy friday, everyone! i’m pushing myself out of a major funk this week and I figured sorting through + sharing a few of my favourite snippets over the last month would bring some positivity around:)


+ working with and overseeing a great group of designers –  i feel incredibly lucky to work with people who push me to be my best self
+ reading (and completely agreeing) that as designers we’re responsible for the impact our work has on society
+ morning runs becoming routine again
+ eats with some of the best people. including a truly special guy;)

*not pictured: my sister purchasing her ticket to come visit !!! major plus!!

have a lovely weekend!



Happy hump day! And Thanksgiving eve, one of my favourite holidays! Delicious food, family, friends, warm fuzzy feelings – what’s not to love!?! Canada celebrates theirs in October. And with my family a couple thousand miles away, I decided to host round two, American style, tomorrow night:) A guest list of sixteen people and a teeny, tiny apartment – it’s going to be a fun one! I’m excited to kick back + hang with my wonderful bunch but only after preparing a turkey first (wish me luck!! – it may get messy…;)

Before I head off, Kendra  + I finished up the Vancouver guide we’ve been promising all of you and it’s ready for download! click here to check it out!!!! Enjoy!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow!!! Cheers!



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It’s hard to believe we started this series a year and a half ago!!! There was a lot of talk about putting together a guide along the way that would be available for those interested in seeing our Vancouver favourites. And finally in one week, it will be available for download!!!

The guide will feature a compilation of our most loved eateries + boutiques we’ve visited over the last 18 months.  Kendra + I  had so much fun shooting this promo video over the summer!! One of the best parts about working together on this project has been the relationships we’ve made with the wonderful, small business owners. Hearing their stories, checking out the BTS – all of it has been so uplifting + inspiring!! It’s also given us an excuse to be out + about exploring this beautiful city:) Without further ado, here’s our little promo video – a guide to Vancouver gems, which will be ready for download here next Wednesday!!!


**Special thanks to Coco et Olive, Meadow, 33 Acres, and Greenhorn Espresso Bar !!

Commercial Drive is known for it’s impeccable coffee, but who knew they’re serving up Vancouver’s best sandwiches!? While searching for a bite to eat with a colleague a couple months back, someone suggested we try a sandwich at La Grotta Del Formaggio. We did. Delicious, fresh, and all for $6 – Sold! Of course a stop with Kendra for eat. sip. shop was next in order:)


The shop carries a delectable selection of cheeses, olive oils, imported Italian treats, pasta – basically a market taken right out of a small Italian town + placed on Commercial Drive.

loads of capocollo, pesto mayo, provolone cheese, artichokes, roasted red peppers, eggplant, olive oil + vinegar – grilled to perfection!


There isn’t any seating inside as it’s more of a deli than a restaurant, but there are plenty outside – bundle up + enjoy!

ps: after finishing your sandwich, walk next door to Fratelli Bakery and indulge in their sweets. No meal is complete without dessert.. :)



La Grotta Del Formaggio
1791 Commercial Dr.
Vancouver, BC


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I’ve always been the kind of girl that insists on bringing healthy lunches into work. But man was I slacker this summer! It’s so much easier to agree to beers + cookies in the park, right?! Quinoa & mixed salads can only satisfy you for so long!!! Well, so I thought. Kendra & I stopped by Tractor, a cafeteria-style restaurant in Kitsilano for a dinner mainly consisting of salads. There were about 12 different options, and absolutely nothing boring about any of them! Who has a hard time choosing a salad!?! this girl.  I recommend the quinoa, blueberries, butternut squash, basil and mint salad:) It has restored my motivation in concocting quinoa dishes once again. Hop on over to Kendra’s blog for the full scoop!



We’re back to our series after a short hiatus + couldn’t be more excited to share this incredibly yummy + cute bakery with you! Over the summer I met Uli, the sweet owner of SweetSalt at the grocery store. She offered me a sample of apfelkuchen & it instantly took me back to my days in Germany. They’re very serious about their baking over there! Anyway, you don’t have to jump on a plane to treat yourself to delicious bread + pastries!! Head over to Fraser St. + 19th Ave and there sits a family-focused bakery and café, SweetSalt.


a heavenly assortment of German pretzels and Brötchen – I took a few to go for sandwiches during the week. (they didn’t make it through the weekend;)


We hung out in the back while the baker prepared traditional plum scones from scratch! Mmm!


Kendra was really into the German pretzel roll:)


The apfelkuchen was just as delicious as I remembered earlier this summer!


If you haven’t made it over there yet, do so! And if you have kiddies, even better!! They offer baking classes for the little ones. I’m a pretty big fan of their genuine family-focused values + of course their willingness to share their traditional German recipes with us:)

Guten Appetit!

3497 Fraser Street