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Crepe & Cafe

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

Customers Come First for New Owner

Crepe Cafe Dunbar 3500 w41stDiljeet Taheem is the proud new owner of Crepe & Café located at the corner of West 41st Avenue and Collingwood Street. He took over the established business last June and is quickly winning over customers.

Originally from Delhi, Diljeet followed his brother to Vancouver in 1990. He holds a Masters degree in Economics in addition to a diploma in Microcomputer Business Applications. He worked at the Vancouver School Board for a number of years and currently owns a design, printing and sign making company called Jasonbel Creations Inc. in addition to operating Crepe & Café.

His passion for cooking began at an early age. Diljeet explains, “I liked to watch my mother preparing food.”

Crepe Cafe Dunbar Diljeet Parminder TaheemDiljeet had been looking to purchase a coffee shop for two years when he discovered Crepe & Café was for sale and felt it was a perfect fit. Diljeet wasn’t looking for a formal dining experience and knew a franchise would not suit him. He was determined to operate an independent business where he could apply his creativity and make the business his own.

Cleanliness is high on this owner’s list of priorities so he started by giving the restaurant a full makeover. All of the counters were replaced and the floor was refinished. Tiffany-style pendant lights hang over counter and a number of chandeliers are mounted throughout the dining area. A black industrial open ceiling is balanced with white walls and artwork. He also replaced all of the furniture. Diljeet smiles when he reports a little boy commented on the comfortable new chairs.

Not being French or having run a restaurant did not deter the new business owner. The former owners trained him. He says, “I learnt from them but I did not stop.” He mentions his chef friends also shared their knowledge. Diljeet took to the challenge in an academic fashion and threw himself into researching French cuisine. He makes frequent references to the importance of technique.

“Cooking techniques are the same around the world with minor variations.” Diljeet Taheem

When it comes to crepes, Diljeet drew from his experience with the dosa, a type of pancake commonly made in southern India, which share similarities.

Crepe Cafe Dunbar interiorHis wife Parminder works alongside him in the kitchen; she prepares the crepes while Diljeet brews coffee and bakes.

Diljeet hasn’t changed the menu but he has improved it. He has added an organic salad to the crepe plate without increasing the price. He says, “I want to make sure my customers receive quality and value.”

On the menu you will find savoury crepes known as galette made with buckwheat flour. A number of fillings are available including eggs with Black Forest ham and Swiss cheese, smoked salmon with organic spinach and Swiss cheese, and chicken with red onion, tomato and Swiss cheese.

Sweet crepes include lemon and sugar, Nutella and banana, sugar with butter and cinnamon, and an assortment of jam fillings. Gluten-free crepes are also offered. Grilled sandwiches and wraps are very popular with the lunchtime crowd, and the fresh baked goods (including almond cookies and croissants) are a perfect accompaniment to enjoy with a variety of organic coffees (latte, cappuccino, espresso, Americano), organic teas (Diljeet says he makes an excellent chai latte), and other hot comfort drinks (hot chocolate and steamed milk).

When Diljeet sets himself a goal he won’t stop until he masters it. For example, he wanted to improve the coffee sold at Crepe & Café. He says, “I used my research skills to learn everything there is to know about coffee.” From using quality beans to the art of grinding, pressing and percolation, he says, “I technically fixed the coffee brewing process and have passed this knowledge on to my staff. The quality has to be there for the price.”

Diljeet strives for a personal experience. He says, “I want it to be like a home.”

Honest opinions are of utmost importance to Diljeet; he makes a point of personally serving new customers and asking how they enjoyed their meal. “My goal is to have them respond with a wow,” Diljeet says. One of his proudest moments to date was when he asked for feedback from a French couple – they were so impressed with their experience they asked Diljeet if he has spent time in France (he hasn’t).

Treating his customers with respect and courtesy comes as second nature to Diljeet. He likes to pull back customer’s chairs and is always happy to assist senior customers by holding the door.

When asked what he is finding most satisfying about operating Crepe & Cafe, Diljeet replies without hesitating, “What I am learning and using in my business. Knowing the café is improving and that people like the changes is very satisfying to me.”

Crepé & Cafe
3500 W 41st Avenue
Vancouver BC V6N 3E6
Telephone 604-566-9787

Skinworks

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Anti-aging is the buzz word of the day. Magazines promise the “best anti-aging beauty tips.”  Doctors’ offices display posters offering treatments to restore a youthful appearance. Slowing down the aging clock is no longer just for celebrities, nor is it only for women as more men are joining the queue.  It is a personal choice; some take Jamie Lee Curtis’s natural approach to aging, while others opt for medical assistance.

When you reach your 30s often the first signs of sun damage, skin deflation and wrinkles start to surface.  If you opt for cosmetic dermatology or plastic surgery you need to find a physician who you can trust to best meet your needs.  Skinworks offers the safest, most current and suitable treatments available in a supportive and professional environment. Their clients give them a huge vote of confidence; Skinworks has been voted Georgia Straight’s “Best Place for Cosmetic Surgery” for three consecutive years.

Skinworks was founded by Dr. Frances Jang and her husband Dr. Nicholas Carr, two highly respected experts in their fields who have over forty years of combined experience in their specialities.  Both doctors pride themselves on maintaining their education and skills at the highest standard.

The beautiful spa-like clinic is relaxing with soothing colours and woodwork and is set up to accommodate both doctors with a number of treatment rooms. The private operating room is accredited by The College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C. and is staffed by a fully trained, highly skilled and dedicated team of operating room professionals.

In addition to Dr. Jang and Dr. Carr, Skinworks has a team of approximately 30 staff including Dr. Dick Lee (Anesthesiologist), registered nurses, laser clinicians, patient coordinator, operations manager, marketing coordinator, and customer service assistants.  The Skinworks team is very loyal; many of them have been working at the clinic for a number of years.

Dr. Jang specializes in cosmetic dermatology. A respected educator and spokesperson, she is committed to teaching medical students at UBC as well as other doctors in the community.  Dr. Jang makes regular appearances on local television programs, radio shows and has been interviewed by many Canadian health and fashion magazines.  She focuses on anti-aging procedures, wrinkle reduction, sun damage, rosacea treatment and scar correction.  Her top treatments are Botox, dermal fillers and she is renowned for her artful techniques in facial sculpting.

Dr. Jang is committed to offering her patients the very best in skin care and invests in continuous training and equipment to provide these services. This includes being at the forefront of advanced laser technologies, as well as treatments and skincare products designed to reverse the effects of aging and sun damage. She attends important international medical conferences in order to stay abreast of the newest treatments and technology.

Dr. Carr is a leading specialist in cosmetic plastic surgery. He is a Clinical Associate Professor and the Head of the Division of Plastic Surgery at UBC, and works several days a week out of Vancouver General Hospital.  At Skinworks he offers plastic surgery consultations in many areas including, but not limited to, breast enhancement and reduction, eyelid surgery, tummy tucks, nasal surgery, and liposuction.

His approach is to treat each patient like a member of his own family. Dr. Carr offers the best of plastic surgery technology combined with his own experience as to what really works and what is most appropriate for the patient.  He takes the time to ensure his patients understand all surgical options, what to expect and how much “down time” they will have.
Visit the Skinworks website to view a variety of before and after photos to see the physical results.   Based on your wish list, and through a private consultation, Dr. Jang or Dr. Carr will prescribe a customized treatment program to match your expectations, lifestyle and budget to attain the results that you are seeking.

Dr. Jang (Dermatology)
3568 W. 41st Avenue
604-737-7100
Dr. Carr (Plastic Surgery)
3578 W. 41st Avenue
604-733-9711
www.skinworks.ca