I don’t like coffee. I know that’s a sentence that makes most Vancovuerites do a spit take, but there it is. I’ve never acquired the taste and I don’t really like the buzz. I do like tea though, and in particular I love a good London Fog.
Otherwise known as an Earl Grey Latte, the London Fog was reportedly invented in Vancouver in the mid/late 1980s and is a mix of earl grey tea, steamed milk, and vanilla syrup. Yes, you read that right, the London Fog was invented in our fair city, and in some places is even called a Vancouver Fog. Neat!
Almost any cafe will make you one, and most of them are good, but here are three spots to get a really nice one in the city.
Propaganda Coffee in Chinatown does a lovely fog. In particular, they manage that ratio of vanilla to earl grey flavour just right.
Chambar on Beatty St. does two great things. First they use a really flavourful loose leave Earl Grey tea. I forgot to ask where it came from but it was just lovely. Second, they hit that perfect sweet-but-not-too-sweet
Crackle Creme in Chinatown is a place you need to check out just because they’re a creme brûlée restaurant. Yes, a restaurant that exists for creme brûlée. They also do a great London Fog to go with those brûlées, too. It’s sweet-but-not-too-sweet, just the right temperature, and just the right amount of foam, and just the right amount of vanilla.
So there you go, three great spots for a London Fog in Vancouver. Agree? Disagree? Have a different spot you love? Let me know in the comments or on twitter!