The End of her Roaring Twenties...

Klee turned 29 about a month ago.

The end of her roaring twenties began with a Mexican-themed party, complete with build-your-own-tacos, lots of cerveza, and a mariachi band to serenade her to the end of her second decade. It was a spectacular event - a surreal one to witness. The usual quiet of the neighbourhood was, for a few hours that evening, filled with the sounds and spirit of what I have always imagined Mexico to be. What a way to ring in the end of one's twenties!

These photographs are about a month overdue, but I post these now because Klee will be noticeably absent from the cafe as she embarks on a mushroom-picking journey for part of the summer.

I mean... Mushroom-picking. Mushroom-picking!

I've a friend who does this every single summer, and I've heard of his adventures. You are in the middle of nowhere. You have to have a few months' worth of food and supplies to tide you over during your entire journey. It's backbreaking work - hard work... but extremely fulfilling and lucrative once you get the lay of the land. Of course, I am oversimplifying this. It'll be interesting to hear of her travels when she returns, because I have romanticized the very idea of mushroom picking in the wild in spite of my dear friend's stories of the hardships one can encounter in the great unknown.

We look forward to your safe return, your stories, and your photographs, Klee! Be safe, stay fed and hydrated, and may the mushroom gods impart upon you bountiful harvests. We, at the cafe, will miss you dearly! Come back soon!

Happy Travels, Klee!!!
With love, from your family here at Le Marché St. George.

Photographs: Issha Marie

Campesino details... and a simple iced tea (non)recipe.

It's our summer pop-up's final five days! The shop changes a little every single day as we sell out of certain items and bring in new inventory. These final few days will be bittersweet, but this will give us more fuel and inspiration for our next pop-up. Our last day as Campesino also falls on Mother's Day, so if you are still on the hunt for something to give to your dearest mum, drop by the store, or treat her out this Sunday to a visit to the cafe downstairs and the shop upstairs.

We will end this post with a simple (non)recipe featuring Le Troupeau Bénit, a tisane we have sourced from Quebec, handcrafted with a variety of flowers and spices by the nuns of Le Monastère Vierge Marie la Consolatrice. It makes the most refreshing iced tea, and is a perfect beverage to serve on Mother's Day.

Le Troupeau Bénit Cold Brew

1 litre of cold, filtered water
3-5 grams of Le Troupeau Bénit

Infuse the tea in cold water inside a water carafe overnight in your refrigerator. Strain out the leaves the next day and serve in champagne flutes or tea cups.

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Words and Photographs: Issha Marie

Our first weekend in Campesino

The team has worked long and hard for months to bring our version of Campesino to Vancouver, and the fruits of that labour were most certainly reaped with the overwhelming positive response and turnout from our first weekend!

The first day left the pop-up looking a little barren, but rest assured the pop-up will continue to evolve over the course of its two-week run as we bring in more edibles, clothing, jewelry, and ceramics, so make sure to check back often. New stock will be updated at our online shop as well, for those of us who cannot make it to Vancouver for our annual summer pop-up.

Below are some of the photos I took the day before the pop-up opened to the public. I was unable to take photographs on the first day of the pop-up due to an incredibly packed house; it was madness! But it's a good kind of mad; lots of positive energy and vibes, sunshine, and friendly faces both familiar and new.

Thank you to all of those who came to support us this first weekend and we hope to see you throughout this pop-up's entire run and beyond!

Words and Photographs: Issha Marie