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Espresso Mi Vida

Posted by Jackie Pal / Listed on September 12, 2013 / review policy

Espresso Mi VidaEspresso Mi Vida in the Junction is easy to miss but this hidden gem, tucked quietly into a strip mall near the local No Frills, has been serving up sustainable, affordable and made from scratch Latin inspired dishes since 2008.

There's a contagious charm to Espresso Mi Vida. Spanish tunes stir in the background, their staff congenially moving to the beat as they prepare their food with precise detail and passion. They've even mastered the perfect burrito grill, timing it right down to the last second.

Espresso Mi VidaWe start with the Chicken Mole Empanada ($3.25). The pastry dough is crumbly and the chicken moist, stewing in its cocoa spices. Their in house Mango Hot Sauce is the perfect accompaniment: sweet, tingly and loud in flavour. If the numbing side effect fades, don't fret, you can buy it for $3.25, like all their other homemade sauces.

Next up we opt for their most popular burritos. First the Green Egg ($6.25), which is not to be confused with Dr. Seuss's variety, but equally as much of a tongue twister in flavour. Two eggs scrambled with spinach, onion, brown rice, cheese, avocado and salsa verde. There's nothing stingy about this burrito.

Espresso Mi VidaThe Chimi Chicken ($8.00) is the perfect medley of flavour and texture. The chicken is hand pulled, dressed in a robust chimichurri sauce. It's joined by a generous helping of creamy avocado spread, black beans, brown rice, salsa fresca and cheese oozing out from the sides. This is unmistakably the most incredible burrito I've had the pleasure of eating.

Espresso Mi VidaThe Traditional Ecuadorian Tamale ($4.25) has pleasant texture but the corn overpowers the other ingredients.

Espresso Mi Vida
Just before we pay the bill I notice, conveniently located next to the cash, the Alfajores ($2.50): a fluffy short bread cookie filled with just the right amount of dulce de leche, and sprinkled with coconut and icing sugar. I have to resist buying a second.

Espresso Mi VidaEspresso Mi Vida is open Monday through Sunday for breakfast and lunch.

Discussion

16 Comments

Steve / September 12, 2013 at 08:59 am
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This review is missing just one thing...

An Address!! The Junction is a big place.
Poster above is an idiot / September 12, 2013 at 09:05 am
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Please tell me you don't have children Steve. I'd hate for your stupidity to spread.
Marianne / September 12, 2013 at 10:01 am
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Try their Kale salad with their home made dressing! Also for gluten free foodies, the black bean brownies.

http://espressomivida.blogspot.ca/
Are they open at 10am? / September 12, 2013 at 10:01 am
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I want all of this food, now.
Sandman / September 12, 2013 at 10:23 am
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Wow!?! I had no idea this place existed?

Walked by the area a million times, eat next door at the PHO place next door.
DavidP replying to a comment from Steve / September 12, 2013 at 10:32 am
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It's right next to the article...on the right.
Ashton / September 12, 2013 at 11:04 am
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PALEO BREAKFAST - AMAZING!
alice / September 12, 2013 at 11:31 am
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The food is amazing but the owner treats the staff like shit.
Squint replying to a comment from Steve / September 12, 2013 at 11:40 am
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Check your facts before you get your panties in a bunch. Re-read the page if you need... *hint* keep an eye out for a map!
tnt replying to a comment from Steve / September 12, 2013 at 01:05 pm
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Jerrrrrrrrryyyyyyyyyy!
Steve / September 12, 2013 at 04:48 pm
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Apparently some posters are too narrow minded to consider that when the first comment was made the map and address weren't in fact there.. Oops!
Karen / September 13, 2013 at 12:44 am
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Great article. I can't wait try out other items on the menu!
Marianne replying to a comment from alice / September 13, 2013 at 10:05 am
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The food is amazing. Wholesome, fresh, and the owner is kind hearted and very respectful and fair with her staff. I worked there and was treated really well.
splattergirl replying to a comment from Steve / September 13, 2013 at 06:11 pm
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lol I can tell where it is without even looking at the map above and I am not exactly from that neighbourhood (who lives nearby or is there often will know anyway even if smart enough not to notice the map)
Guadalupe / September 14, 2013 at 09:02 am
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I been working for 3years, and ILove my boss, she is a really nice person ,work in Expresso Mi Vida is Like a family
Jane / September 14, 2013 at 09:56 am
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I am absolutely addicted to the Chimichurri Veggie Burrito. Wonderful place - my favourite Junction eatery.

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