Until public-transit officials make our dream of commuting to work by rollycoaster a reality, we'll have to settle for the adrenaline rush of traditional pick-me-ups. Percolate perkiness with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of café fare and drinks at House of James.
House of James's newly expanded coffeehouse, tucked inside the 30-year-old book shop's spacious interior, brews Canadian-roasted Fratello coffee, scoops out 16 gelato flavours, and serves a light menu of salads, sandwiches, and pastries made from fresh ingredients. Skillful baristas can craft lattes ($3.50), mochas ($3.85), and other bean-based brews from Fratello coffee or can blend fruit smoothies ($4.05) using real fruit and blenders trained in the finest purée academies of France. For solid-food cravings, the café serves up such offerings as a broiled chicken melt ($6.99) and a southwest chicken wrap doused in chipotle barbecue sauce ($6.99). Meanwhile, 16 flavours of Italian gelato ($4.02/single scoop, $4.91/double) stand by to supply a happy ending. A steady procession of live local bands, book signings, and farm auctions passes through to keep eyes and ears entertained while mouths sip and chew.
2743 Emerson St.
Abbotsford, British Columbia V2T 4H8