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January 31, 2018

New Year, New You!

How about a compromise instead….
The New Year seems to be the time people choose to turn a new page. Most look at January as the start of positive changes + the end to bad habits. We put high expectations on ourselves which is further enhanced with the repeated tag line: New Year, New You. The question is, are we setting ourselves up to fail?

Change is a process. Most unhealthy habits took years to develop, so it only makes sense that they take time to break. It is hard to maintain new routines if they are very different than what has been the norm in everyday life. And besides….what is wrong with the old you!?  We think you should focus on tiny steps + compromise instead.  Perhaps eat healthy during the week, but allow a small treat on the weekend. Or commit to the gym a few times each month but park further away from your destination to squeeze in some extra walks everyday. Being too rigid in your goals is a sure way to help foil your resolutions + besides, don’t we all deserve a break now + then?

No matter your approach to obtaining your goals, we have something waiting for you.  Whether it be the five servings of fruit + veggies in our Fruit + Veggie Smoothies, or the decadent chocolate in our Classic + Toasted Coconut Hot Chocolates, the decision is yours! And if you decide to grab a smoothie during the week + a specialty hot chocolate on the weekends, we won’t tell!

Here’s wishing you all a happy, healthy New Year full of adventure, successful resolutions + compromise!

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December 21, 2017

Making a Difference

One cupcake at a time…

On Wednesday, November 29th, CKNW radio held a live broadcast from the Fairmont Hotel to raise funds for the CKNW Orphans’ Fund. This was the 40th Annual pledge day and this year the broadcast assisted in raising an impressive 1.3 million dollars! This special children’s charity provides grants to thousands of children in BC living with special needs. The broadcast is a live conversation with some of the most influential philanthropists in Vancouver who appear as guests during the day. Their thoughtfulness inspires listeners to give generously + get involved in their community. Every appearance is aimed at bringing attention to the charity and to inspire those around us to make a positive difference.

Take Five Café was proud to be invited to this live radio broadcast.  Each year, we support the campaign through the sales of Pink Cupcakes with all proceeds going to the CKNW Orphans’ Fund.  Over the past eight years, over 12,000 cupcakes have been baked + sold with a total donation of just over $14,000!! That’s a lot of cupcakes. And we can’t wait to make even more next year!

Take Five Café is proud to support such an important cause and hope you will consider doing the same. Watch for us in February 2018 when our cupcakes make their comeback! 2018 will mark the ninth consecutive year involved with the charity – we hope you’ll be a part of it.

For more information on the CKNW Orphans’ Fund: CKNW Orphans’ Fund

 

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October 24, 2017

Antioxidants in Disguise!

Have that stuffy, coughing, aching feeling?…

Then we have a tea for you! Our new Elixo Tea is made with stone ground rooibos tea leaves, ginger, citrus, all natural honey crystals + cayenne pepper.  It also includes camu camu berries, an Amazonian fruit with very high levels of all natural Vitamin C. The antioxidants in Elixo helps fight colds while the ginger + citrus are known to boost energy…. cayenne pepper adds to the flavour but is also great for clearing sinuses! But with so many great medicinal properties, does Elixo Tea taste good?!

Elixo Tea is surprisingly delicious! The citrus base adds a bit of tartness while the sweetness from the honey crystals keeps the bitter away! The cayenne pepper is not over powering, but does add a peppery bite at the finish. Combined with a hint of ginger, the flavour will rev up the palate + energize your senses.  This tasty tea truly is a cup of antioxidants in disguise!

Visit us at Take Five Cafe + experience the tasty health benefits of Elixo Tea!

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September 26, 2017

Stone Ground Tea
Our New Fall Favourite!

Everyone loves the slow days of summer. It’s a time for vacations, longer evenings + the skies are brighter. But there is something about the falling leaves of Autumn that makes us realize, we are ready to move on. More than the excitement of returning routines, the fall brings new episodes of our favourite shows, new activities to try + new fall favourites to enjoy! And Take Five Café is doing just that! Sharing new flavours!

Introducing our new Stone Ground Teas. Made from stone ground black teas from India, our teas are blended with organic cane juice + other natural ingredients to produce amazing flavours! Our classic London Fog has bergamot + all natural vanilla, while our Authentic Chai includes spices like ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves + cardamom. And why is stone ground tea so special? Because instead of soaking the leaves in hot water + removing them, the tea leaves are ground into a fine powder + whisked into your beverage for sipping. Natural nutrients in a cup – our cup of tea!

Visit us at Take Five Cafe + discover the magic of Stone Ground Tea!

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August 29, 2017

Simple Supper Salads

The lovely summer weather is not only perfect for eating outdoors, but it’s a great excuse to focus on simple suppers!  And with so many options available a summer salad is hard to beat. All salads can be turned into a meal by simply adding chicken, fish, tofu, egg or noodles….not only are they delicious but they are easy + don’t require hours standing in front of a hot stove.  All you need is a little creativity, fresh ingredients + your favourite dressing.

At Take Five Café, simple salads with fresh, local ingredients are one of our summer favourites. Come in + grab a quick Italian Bean Salad Cup or Quinoa Salad Cup for a healthy lunch on the go. Or if you’re in the mood for something more filling, try our Chicken Caesar Salad or Chicken Spinach Salad. It doesn’t matter which option you choose, at Take Five, our salads are a win win!

Below is a popular Take Five recipe….add your favourite other protein + turn this side salad into a meal:

Quinoa Salad

2 cups leafy greens (your choice)
½ of each chopped red + yellow peppers
½ cup black or white quinoa
¼ cup cubed feta cheese
½ cup Cherry tomatoes cut in halves
Fresh basil leaves
Drizzle of fresh lemon juice
Salt + freshly ground black pepper

Wash + rip 2 cups of your choice of greens (romaine lettuce, iceberg, butter, kale, radicchio). Chop ½ red pepper + ½ a yellow pepper (the 2 colours add pizzazz to your salad). Add ½ cup of halved cherry tomatoes. Add ¼ cup cubed feta cheese and a small handful or fresh basil leaves.

Prepare quinoa according to your recipe. (For extra flavour, use chicken stock to prepare instead of water) Add cooled, cooked quinoa to your salad

Drizzle with a little olive oil + lemon juice. Add salt + freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Salads and Patio

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July 27, 2017

Steeped Iced Tea – A Specialtea!

All things iced are refreshing when hot! But all things iced are not created equal!

Our teas are steeped fresh resulting in teas with a deep aromatic taste. They are then blended in house with other flavours to create unique + delicious iced tea recipes. Choose from Mango Iced Tea or Hibiscus Berry Iced Tea. Add lemonade for a twist or create your own spin…just ask our baristas.  And if you don’t find a version that quenches your thirst; you can always enjoy a glass of our Strawberry Lemonade. Either way, we have your thirst covered!

Visit us + grab a steeped iced tea or lemonade blended with ice. Nothing beats a refreshing cool drink on a hot day!

Iced Teas

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June 15, 2017

Cold Brewed Coffee – Worth the Wait!

 

Latte, espresso, macchiato, Americano….just when you thought you tried all our options, we are pleased to announce that Cold Brewed Coffee has come to Take Five Cafe!

What is cold brewed coffee? Well, to start, it is not iced coffee!  To create our Take Five cold brew, ground coffee beans are steeped in cold filtered water for 24 hours. Yes! 24 Hours!!  The extended brewing time allows for the flavour of the coffee to be extracted from the beans leaving bitter compounds behind. As a result, cold brewed coffee seems sweeter producing an extremely smooth, flavourful cup of highly caffeinated coffee. They say good things come to those who wait + when Cold Brewed Coffee is properly steeped over a longer brewing period the results are magic!

Cold Brewed Coffee can be served over ice, or steamed until hot.  When the cold brew is steamed, it activates the oils in the coffee + pours as creamy foam with an equally creamy, unique flavour. Flavours can also be added creating some delicious variations like Caramel Truffle, Tuxedo(coconut), French Vanilla  + more. We think Cold Brewed Coffee taste exceptional + hope you do too!

Curious? Come visit us + give Cold Brewed Coffee a try. Now served at all of our nine locations.

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May 16, 2017

There’s a Latte Changes with our Coffee!

Introducing our new fresh roasted, Southern Italian coffee blends that are roasted in a traditional Italian fashion. This is how we take you South, one sip at a time!

Capri – Southern Italian Espresso
The Capri blend is roasted medium-dark + masterfully blended to achieve a velvety-smooth flavor profile. This roast produces magnificent crema + represents the essence of what espresso should taste like. Hints of fresh-baked bread +almonds pair with a dash of natural, earthy undertones to create a blend that is sure to satisfy the most discerning palates.

Abruzzo – Medium Roast Coffee
This medium-bodied Central Italian blend offers a delicate aroma + clean taste, with subtle nutty undertones. Abruzzo finishes with a soft, yet bright + savory flavor profile that leaves you wanting one more sip.

Campania – Dark Roast Coffee
Campania is our darkest roast – deep and robust, with hints of cocoa + honey. Bold, but not overpowering, this coffee has a rounded flavor profile that lends to a pleasant taste + satisfying sweetness.

 

Posted in Coffee

April 13, 2017

Bringing the South to You…
One Sip at a Time!

So we all know how the saying goes: April Showers bring May flowers. But what happens when January, February + March showers just brings on more showers? While it’s true that continuous rain can have some negatives effects for some, we thought it much more beneficial to focus on the positives:

              • In every movie or song, it’s always better to be dancing or singing in the rain.
              • Without rain there would be no rainbows!
              • Puddle jumping would be impossible without rain!
              • Lots of rain means no water restrictions!
              • Rain is a great excuse to stay in bed watching t.v.
              • Everything stays green!
              • The patter of rain drops is a soothing sound.
              • Rain teaches us to appreciate the sun!

And finally….when you have no one to blame, you can blame it on the rain!

We hope this rain doesn’t have you down but if it does, visit us + enjoy our new fresh roasted, Southern Italian coffee blends. The beans are roasted in a traditional Italian fashion. We like to think we are taking you South, one sip at a time!

 

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March 27, 2017

Introducing our First Ever
Vegan Muffin

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You don’t have to be Vegan to enjoy this new addition. You’ve been asking + we’ve been listening! We are excited to introduce our first ever Vegan muffin: Cherry Chocolate. Cocoa is combined with all the right ingredients and cherries + walnuts are added to create a moist, chocolatey, delicious combination! Come in + try one today. Pairs well with our new medium roast Abruzzo coffee – a savoury profile that boasts a nutty undertone.

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