Saturday, March 20, 2010

Shopping on 4th and coffee at Thomas Haas

Today, Tristan is 16 months old and I wanted us to do something fun outside. We were all not feeling the greatest so running was out of the question. We have been meaning to go to Kitsilano to do some shopping for awhile but something always came up. Since Tristan was sick and wasn't eating much anyway, it seemed like the perfect time to get out and enjoy the sunshine a bit.

We had a great day. We finished our chores early and Tristan had a good nap. We headed to 4th Avenue and shopped at places like Hip Baby, Crocodile Baby, and then we trekked over to West Broadway and had coffee at Thomas Haas. I heard so many great things about Thomas Haas through friends on Twitter and since we were in the neighborhood, I just had to try it.

The place definitely met my expectations. Elegant chocolates, great selection of well presented pastries, and a buzzing atmosphere. The croissants were delicious and their cafe mocha was divine. It was one of the best mochas I have had, if not the best. The croissants were $2.50 and the mocha was $4. Considering how pricey everything else was, this seemed like a good deal. The cakes and fancy tarts were all $5.50 each but they were quite small. A small piece of chocolate was $1.10 each. The shop is the closest thing I have seen to a real French p√Ętisserie in Vancouver. It was definitely in the right neighborhood and was super busy when we were there.

After our coffee break, we went looking for bath toys and found some at the Toy Box. Then we went to Kids Books and bought Tristan Good Night Vancouver and a couple of other illustration books. Our final stop was at Capers because I wanted to buy some Jerusalem artichokes (a.k.a sunchokes). We ended up buying some plain Mount Royal bagels too (our favorite brand) for Tristan to munch on. We had a productive shopping day and we all had a good time. Tristan got to exercise his legs too. He likes to push the stroller or hold both of our hands while walking :)

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