During the winter at Stomping Grounds Coffee House, guests can look over the steam of their coffee cups and out toward a rolling meadow surrounded by ranch-style fences. The windows and walls are rolled away during the summer, leaving the shop open to the warmth of Osprey Village.
Whether hunkering down or enjoying a breath of fresh air, guests can dig in to specialties such as fresh juices, organic coffee, housemade turkey chili, ham-and-swiss sandwiches, and locally made pastries. The eatery fires breakfast specialties for early risers, and it also arranges catering platters for large parties.
Since 1997, Big River Brewing Company has created its craft beers on the banks of the historic Fraser River. At the brewer's restaurants, you can pair their 8 distinctive brews with hearty pub food. In some cases, that pairing is taken care of for you?the chicken burger is marinated in Sidewheeler blond ale, and there are beer-braised onions, crisp bacon, cheddar cheese, and a special sauce on the Big River classic burger. Sauces are another specialty here?a cajun basil pesto amps up the chicken quesadilla; meanwhile, Frank's red hot sauce coats the brewhouse wings and the fingers of everyone who eats them. The Coquitlam location has an open kitchen, so you can watch at the chefs incorporate ales and lagers into their dishes and sauces.
The philosophy at Jazen Tea is pretty straightforward: Use fresh ingredients to create refreshing and healthy drinks. Every day, the staffers brews their teas from high-quality Taiwanese leaves and infuse the concoctions with fresh fruits?never using powdered mixes. Inside the colorful shops, they serve up smoothies topped with housemade whipped cream alongside other invigorating elixirs, such as the Treat-N-Sip, a blend of iced milk, caramel, honey boba, and egg pudding.
Catering to thirsty lips and empty stomachs, Wired Monk boasts a menu full of caffeinated beverages and delectable light meal options. Beat morning moodiness back into hibernation with hearty breakfast sandwiches and bagels, such as the bountiful breakfast bagel bedecked with egg, cheddar, ham, and tomato ($5.35), or rise like obedient dough to freshly made scones and muffins baked daily in-store. For lunchtime noshes with brawn, choose the chicken-cheddar-chutney panini ($8.95) or the fully stacked mediterranean-veggie sandwich ($7.95).
Lelem' Arts and Cultural Cafe was named for the Kwantlen word for house?or a place to gather. Indeed, the cafe exudes a vibe of creativity and collaboration. A large round table sits in one room, smaller round tables in another. There, people chat over craft beer, local wine, or cups of coffee from Vancouver-based JJ Bean. Should they need some inspiration, all visitors need to do is look to the walls. There, they might find paintings or masks, some of which may be for sale and all of which come to life when no one is looking.
Beyond artwork and cultural programs, the team at Lelem' showcase local organic foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The menu emphasizes homemade breads, soups, and local meats from the Fraser Valley.
Within The Fireside Coffee's cozy shop, which is warmed by the flames of its namesake fireplace, baristas steam signature lattes, pour drip coffees, and plate a variety of pastries. In addition to lattes infused with about 25 different flavours, the café slings steamy soups and paninis as pressed as a steamroller's tux. The staff also inspires celebration with seasonal drinks and treats, which guests relish while soaking up sun on the patio or cozying up in plush armchairs indoors.