The GOODS from Prado Cafe
Vancouver, BC | We are seeking an experienced, charming Barista to join our friendly team. If you are passionate, enthusiastic, have over 2 years in the coffee industry and are looking for long-term work, we’re looking for you to join us on Commercial Drive. Please forward your resume and cover letter to sammybarista [at] gmail.com. Learn more after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from La Mezcaleria
Vancouver, BC | La Mezcaleria is looking to bring a strong Bartender and a hardworking Bar Back onto the team. The former must have a minimum of 2-3 years experience behind the bar the following qualities: hard working, fun, fast, smart, creative and the know-how to make delicious, balanced drinks. This is a great place to work and a great team. If you fit the bill, we’d love to meet you! Send your resume and cover letter to kelly [at] lataqueria.ca. Compensation: industry standard + tips. Learn more about us after the jump… Read more
We’ve invited Commercial Drive’s outstanding Prado Cafe to join the Chocolate & Caffeine section of our GOODS program as a recommended place to relax with a cup of awesome. They are now proud members of Scout, and as such we will be sharing their news and employment needs on our front page in addition to hosting a page for them in our archive of local and independent goodness. We thank them for their support and for making the neighbourhood a more caffeinated to be.
The GOODS from La Mezcaleria
Vancouver, BC | La Mezcaleria’s family is growing and is now offering 2 positions on our team! We need an incredible Bartender and a vivacious Host. Both are full time positions and are needed immediately. These positions are demanding and are key elements to our family. We need organized, passionate and tenacious personalities who will represent our brand with pride and love. Are you up for the challenge? 3+years experience required, spanish an asset. Please send your resume & cover letter, with topic heading referring to position you are applying, to info [at] lamezcaleria.ca. Learn more about us after the jump… Read more
1938 Commercial Drive | Vancouver, BC | V5N 4A7
Telephone: 604-255-5537 | Email: info [at] pradocafevancouver.com
Web: www.pradocafevancouver.com | Twitter | Instagram
Hours: Monday–Thursday: 7am–9pm | Friday–Sunday: 7am–8pm
Owner: Sammy Piccolo
ABOUT PRADO CAFE
Nestled on Commercial Drive and cornered with 4th avenue, gazing at you behind the large glass windows, you will find Prado Café, owned by none other than 4-time World Barista Championship finalist, Sammy Piccolo. The youngest of the 49th Parallel brothers takes his coffee VERY seriously, we weigh our coffee dry and again once it has been poured to confirm the coffee has been extracted correctly, to ensure that each cup is just as balanced as the last. Whilst his older brothers are perfecting the roast and taking care of business, you’ll find Sammy here delivering you a precise espresso and guaranteeing his families coffee is served to you perfectly.
But we have more than just coffee to brag about – All of our baked goods and brunch options are prepared and cooked in-store and we have a range of vegan and gluten-free goods available every day. Prado are pproud to provide a range of O5 loose-leaf tea, authentic chai and traditional matcha. Throughout summer 2014 we will have a community parklet being built at the front of the café for everyone to enjoy, customers, neighbours, visitors – everyone is welcome.
Much like our coffee and tea, our staff are a diverse collection from around the world. They are happy to help you with any questions you may have with purchasing a bag of beans, brewing coffee at home or even with just recommending a cookie. Our friendly little crew is here 7 days a week, grinding you coffee on one of our FOUR grinders, cooking brunch, baking cookies and serving smiles. Next time you’re on the drive, please stop by because we would love to make your day!
by Ken Tsui | It’s early in the afternoon at Commercial Drive’s La Mezcaleria and Chef Alexander Cruz is getting ready to feed his crew after hours of preparations for the coming dinner service. Today, he’s making chilaquiles. “It’s a Mexican lunch classic,” says excited co-owner Ignacio Arrieta, who can’t wait to dig in himself.
Cruz begins by putting a big pot of red guajillo pepper sauce on the stove. As it begins to heat up, he whisks a big bowl of eggs, pouring them into a satisfyingly sizzling hot pan before folding in a healthy dose of refried beans. Meanwhile, bar manager Pablo Schor is making fresh orange juice, Arrieta is setting the table, and the rest of the night’s staff begin to trickle in for the staff meal.
With the sauce now bubbling, Chef Cruz ladles it over each plate and nestles big spoonfuls of refried beans next to crispy totopos (corn tortillas) before garnishing them with sour cream, raw onion, cheese, and fried eggs.
Chef Cruz calls his duo of cooks out of the kitchen as everyone gathers around the table to eat and crack a few jokes. Once the crew mops the last of the guajillo pepper sauce from each of their their plates with bits of bread, they hop back to work preparing for the evening’s onslaught.
After several years of pop-up events and temporary locations, The Found & The Freed has finally found a fixed address: 706 Victoria Drive. That’s the old Scott’s corner store on the corner of Victoria and East Georgia, so it has great character. We recently stopped by on their first day of operations and found the place predictably full of interesting bits and bobs, including an ancient alligator’s head, a collection old and beautiful Vancouver-centric pennants, a stuffed California Quail, and all manner of other vintage fascinations besides. It was great to see owners/curators Ainsley McIntyre and Lindsay Burke in such a terrific location. It really does suit them. Take a closer look below. Hours: 12pm-7pm Thursday & Friday, 11am-6pm Saturday, and 11am-5pm Sunday.
The GOODS from La Mezcaleria
Vancouver, BC | Are you vivacious, energetic, organized, and confident? We need you! Our Host is the first face of La Mezcaleria and therefore incredibly important to us. You will represent our brand, our family and our vibe. This is a demanding position. Are you up for the challenge? 2+ years of experience is a must, and Spanish is an asset. Please send your resume and cover letter to info [at] lamezcaleria.ca and learn more about the company after the jump… Read more
This gallery of Alley Chairs can be found in our new HOODS section. It was curated by Nicole Arnett, an invaluable friend to Scout. It documents (invents) the dramas that explain the abandoned alleyway chairs and sofas of East Van.
Delivered piping hot in an impervious molcajete bowl (made from volcanic stone bowl), the queso fundido with chorizo at La Mezcaleria on Commercial Drive is a delicate but delicious operation. If you bring children to it, they will require assistance. The best way to eat it, according to managing partner Ignacio Arrieta, is to fork it out in coalesced globules (that might burn a hole through lesser metals) and smear it onto the provided tortillas which you then mount with guacamole and squirt with chile de arbol salsa. Pair yours with either a Michelada or a Margarita, and have yourself a very swell evening.
1220 Commercial Drive | Vancouver, BC | 604-559-8226 | www.lamezcaleria.ca
The GOODS from Cannibal Cafe
Vancouver, BC | Want to be at the helm of serving the BEST gourmet burgers in the city? The Cannibal Cafe is looking for an executive chef with a minimum of 3 years experience. We are currently in the process of expanding our brand with another location opening in late fall. We’re looking for the right candidate to organize and maximize the productivity of our kitchen staff through strong, effective leadership and management, while overseeing the day to day control of labour and food costs. This position requires the highest level of organization, work ethic and a high execution of product quality, presentation and creativity. An in-depth knowledge of labour and food costing for restaurants is a must for this position. Please email your cover letter and resume to: thecannibalcafe[at]gmail.com. Read more
The GOODS from La Mezcaleria
Vancouver, BC | We looking for dynamic and highly motivated experienced servers. This is a great opportunity to be a part of our family. Located in the hub of Commercial Drive, La Mezcaleria is an authentic Mexican restaurant with a vivacious energy and the drive to succeed. We are seeking strong servers who will work late nights Fridays/Saturdays and are flexible to cover shifts when needed. If you have a passion for Mexican food and want to be a vital part of our team, please send your cover letter and resume to info [at] lamezcaleria.ca. Spanish is an asset. Serving it Right-certified and 3+ years experience. Lear more about La Mezcaleria after the jump… Read more
The aptly named Commercial Drive is the most popular street in Grandview-Woodlands, a wh. It got its start in Vancouver’s own beginnings as a lengthy trackway for dragging felled logs down to the waterfront. An 1890′s streetcar line connecting New Westminster to Vancouver ensured its rise as a small business high street, and eventually earned it its name-change from Park Drive to Commercial Drive. It had it ups and downs between the wars as its peripheral blocks were filled in with houses, and it wasn’t until the 1950′s that its present day cultural character would begin to metastasize. Post-war Italian immigration and an increasingly heavy Italian business presence on Commercial Drive would result in the area garnering its “Little Italy” moniker. Later immigration from Portugal, the Caribbean, and Southeast Asia added more diversity to the mix, as did a slow but vital trickle of artists, musicians, and politically activists. A distinctly permissive counter-culture had a lock on the neighbourhood by the 1980′s, and despite the creep of gentrification it has never really let go. Today, Commercial Drive is one of the most vibrant and culturally exciting streets in the city. A walk of its length, from Venables to Broadway, is always a enlivening breath of fresh air.
On Commercial Drive at the moment (our HOOD palettes are ever-changing), we’re seeing several shades of incense amalgamated into one dun brown; high quality marijuana; Prado coffee tri-colour; aspirational Italian male Ferrari red and yellow golf shirts; yoga mat lavender; VW Type 2 van rust; Joe’s Cafe rainbow (six colours); summer day sidewalk.
LOTS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN AWESOMENESS AT ATTIC TREASURES
CUSTOMERS SHAZAMMING WHATEVER RECORD IS SPINNING AT AUDIOPILE
PLENTY OF GROWN-UP SUPER PRIVATE FUN TIME TOYS AT WOMEN’S WARE
SHOP KEEPER & CAFE OWNER SENSITIVITY TO “OUTSIDE FOOD AND DRINK”
BLACK VELVET PAINTING COLLECTION AT LITTLE MISS VINTAGE
SAUSAGE AND FISH SMOKE ON CAR FREE DAYS
THE CONSTANT THREAT OF HACKEYSACK
THE INTOXICATING INCENSE SMELL INSIDE (AND OUTSIDE) OF PARANADA TRADERS
HAPPY HARMLESS PEOPLE SMOKING MARIJUANA LIKE IT WAS LEGALISED IN THE REAGAN YEARS
BEDOUIN WORLD TRANCE WIZARD YOGA*
THE TIMELESSLY GARISH INTERIOR OF CAFE CALABRIA
HOMELESS DOGS IN NECKERCHIEFS GUARDING A LIQUOR STORE
MIDNIGHT MOVIES AT THE (LICENSED) RIO THEATRE
EVERYBODY WEARS PATCHOULI TUESDAY
BEER FETISHISTS SCHOOLING SERVERS AT BIERCRAFT
PEOPLE PEOPLE WATCHING THE PEOPLE WATCHERS ON THE PATIO AT HAVANA
SUNDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ AT TANGENT CAFE
MIDDLE-AGED ITALIAN MEN GOSSIPING OUTSIDE ABRUZZO CAPPUCCINO BAR
SKATEBOARD WHEEL VENDING MACHINE AT BLVD SKATESHOP
SCHNITZEL SANDWICHES AND GERMAN CHEESECAKE AT ANDY’S BAKERY
PAPUSAS FROM RICONCITO SALVADORENO
SAINT HONORE CAKE FROM FRATELLI’S BAKERY
THE FALAFEL AT DONAIR TOWN
WING WING CHINESE SAUSAGES FROM SOUTH CHINA SEAS TRADING CO. (ON VICTORIA DR.)
AL PASTOR TACOS AND COLD, SPICY, TAJIN SPICE-RIMMED MICHELADAS AT LA MEZCALERIA
COLD WHITE WINE AND FRESH OYSTERS AT MERCHANT’S
“LEMMY” POBLANO BRUNCH AT BANDIDAS
DIY ITALIAN SANDWICHES AT LA GROTTA DEL FORMAGGIO
UK-STYLE FISH & CHIPS AT WINDJAMMER’S
PEANUT BUTTER CUP AT BUMP & GRIND
BOMBER BEER AT BIERCRAFT
PROPER SAMOSAS AT SWEET CHERUBIN
HEATHER’S BUTTERMILK LOAVES AT UPRISING BREADS BAKERY (ON VENABLES ST.)
AUTHENTIC NEAPOLITAN PIZZAS AT VIA TEVERE (ON VICTORIA DR.)
COFFEE AND SUNDAY BRUNCH AT PRADO CAFE
EASTER COOKIES AT ELIZABETH’S BAKERY
JERK CHICKEN AT RIDDIM & SPICE
SPAGHETTI & RIBS AT NICK’S SPAGHETTI HOUSE
MONKEY’S LUNCH SMOOTHIES AT ETERNAL ABUNDANCE
- The name “Grand View” is said to have originated from a hand-painted sign located on First Avenue in 1892.
- Commercial Drive started as a skid road for logs en route to the old Hastings Mill on Dunlevy.
- Ice hockey can be played year round at the Britannia Rink.
- Following World War II, many of Vancouver’s Italian-Canadian population migrated from Strathcona to Commercial Drive, leading to its nickname as “Little Italy”.
- In the Blvd Skateshop there is a gigantic photo reproduction of the 1986 Thrasher Magazine cover that put Vancouver’s skateparks on the world’s skateboarding radar. It features a young Chris Miller tucking a frontside air over one of the hips at Seylynn Bowl in North Van.
- Early Squamish settlers identified the southern section of Grandview-Woodland as Khupkhahpay’ay, which translates to “cedar tree”.
- Trout Lake (or Blackie’s Lake as it was originally called) is the only lake in the city of Vancouver.
* NOT A REAL THING