53 W 5th Avenue, Vancouver
After our fulfilling meal at Benkei, we had about an hour to kill before meeting a friend. As R and I were driving away, we passed by a nice relaxing cafe, which was only a couple blocks down. Since we had the time, we decided to go in for a drink.
Terra Breads cafe had a huge selections of bread and pastries. They also had a huge back kitchen that is constantly bringing out new batches of baked goodies. The cafe itself was also very spacious and bright. I loved their patio too, with the sun shining (that day), it looked like the perfect place to relax the afternoon away.Although some of the bread/pastries looked drool worthy, we were simply too full for food. R went for a Americano which was just under $2. Once again, I won't comment, as I dislike coffee. I went for a tea instead, a fruit tea called Fruit Tisane (~$2.50). Since I had it 'for here', it came in a tea press. To be honest, I don't really like tea press, because even if you do push the tea to the bottom for easy pouring, but it's still there infusing into the hot water, so the tea flavor will slowly become stronger as time pass by. Anyways, back to the tea, it smelled fruity with a bit of acidic after taste. However this was easily corrected with a bit of honey.
I just could not passed up on this yummy looking apple pecan cinnamon bun ($2.25), so before we left, I had to grab one. The dough was softy and airy with a just the right amount of sweetness and moisture. This cinnamon bun was also loaded with pecan, which is a big plus. There also a bit of raisin as well, but no apple anywhere in sight. I couldn't detect any apple flavor as well. Since I typically love apple flavors, this was kinda disappointing for me. Regardless, it was still a very good cinnamon bun.
In the end, I am far more impressed with their pastries than their drinks. In fact they had a few that I can't wait to try out, such as the blueberry bread and the tomato pesto focaccia. Unfortunately all 3 locations are far away from me, but I will definitely come back when in the area.