After discovering Luzzara Coffee Bar earlier in the year, Sarah and I have found ourselves down there on a regular basis. Well, Sarah more than me, but then again she works down the street. With a strong focus on coffee, something we both love, and quality simple meals, it’s a fantastic place to find yourself during the day. So, even though the menu isn’t large, I figured it would be a good time for the locals (that’s you) to learn a little more about the lady behind this shop. Plus, between conversations, you can fulfill your scooter fantasies next door at Top Gear; and who’s never dreamed about pretending to a scooter champ
Luzzara Coffee Bar, Owner
How would you classify your cooking style?
Artistic, like most artists I’m creative and playful. I tend to cook pretty healthy, whole foods with strong flavor and simple combination’s.
Who taught you how to cook?
My Mom. I’m an artist at heart, so cooking is often as creative a process as painting (I use recipes as inspiration, don’t often follow them to a tee)
What are 5 kitchen ingredients/tools you can’t live without?
Basil, a good knife, espresso machine (I’m just as much a coffee geek as a foodie), sundried tomatoes and cheese
When did you realize that this was your passion? And do you have any passions outside of cooking?
Cooking has always been a passion, but I think my passion more then cooking is making people happy. I love the feeling of a good conversation and people leaving my establishment with a smile on their face. Therefore, a boutique coffee shop that sells food and coffee and has a side of good conversation is me what I was meant to be doing.
What is your biggest culinary guilty pleasure, something the foodies would maybe frown upon?
For sure, Poutine, fries, cheese and gravy… YUM.
When feeling under the weather, what comfort food do you create?
I love chicken and rice, more often then not I make a stir fries. Also after many years of working at a movie theatre I have become obsessed with popcorn.
Is there anywhere you would like to live and work for additional culinary influence?
ITALY, hands down. Some of the worlds best food and coffee. Ideally I would like to spend a couple of weeks in Italy learning about food, coffee and roasting coffee, perhaps next winter.
Are there any food trends on the horizon you would like to work with?
I love salads, so some of the treads that I really like are exotic fruit in salads or simple things like figs. But for me simple is better a simple dressing on a salad filled with fresh leafy greens and fresh basil… delish.
Anything you want your customers to know, that they may never hear?
I’m one of the most positive people I know, I hate using cliché statements, but with a smile and determination your day can turn around.
Luzzara Coffee Bar
10011 82 Ave
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