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What’s Good This Week April 19

Temperatures are rising in Vancouver, but by the weekend should cool off and we may even see some rain, so get out on those patios today and tomorrow! If you love oysters you’ll want to pack your bags for the Okanagan’s Osoyoos Oyster Festival, but there’s plenty to do around town should travel not be on the agenda.

Osoyoos Oyster Festival

Osoyoos Oyster Festival – April 20-24

The oyster festival was created to give oyster farmers a bit of a break, while entertaining locals and visitors in the shoulder season. The weather is always sunny, and just a little bit crisp, and the room rates are reasonable.

This year, World Champion Oyster Shucker Patrick McMurray, AKA “Shucker Paddy,” will make a special appearance to shuck fresh oysters for guests. McMurray is also owner of The Ceili Cottage Restaurant in Toronto, ON.

Over the course of the festival, guests can sip Canadian wine, craft beer and spirits, paired with delicious oyster creations from local chefs. A number of new events are planned for this year’s festival, including an International Oyster Night, featuring internationally-inspired oyster dishes; and the Under the Sea brunch at Watermark Beach Resort. info

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Sakura Tea Service at Urban Tea Merchant

Celebrate the spring season and the blooming cherry blossoms in Vancouver with the Sakura Tea Set. Presented on a beautiful glass platter, this afternoon tea includes delightful Japanese inspired tea-infused savouries and sweets.


The Fisherman and the Forager – Sunday, April 24th

Sunday Supper Series is at back at Pentola and feeling as light and fresh as the crisp Spring air. Local seafood and locally foraged vegetables will be the main ingredients in this month’s ‘a la familia’ Sunday Supper. Chef Travis Mccord is inspired by the fresh Spring weather to bring you mouth watering fare with Italian flare. Expect fresh fish, morels, spot prawns and hand made pastas. Look forward to a delectable dinner composed of at least 8 courses with the option to have bubbles perfectly paired by Wine Director Christopher McFadden. Call 604.642.0557   |   info@lapentola.ca

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Sample White Asparagus and German Wine at Bauhaus

Bauhaus patio is now open!  head to Gastown for by for a glass of wine, a cocktail and a bite and take advantage of our beautiful spring weather. Don’t miss the schnitzel and white asparagus with a crisp glass of German Riesling or Pinot Noir.


Comedy and Cocktails at Theatresports 

To complement Vancouver TheatreSports™ League’s (VTSL) improvised parody, Throne and Games – A Chance of Snow, Paul Belsito, bar manager of VTSL’s Neil Macrae Bar & Lounge, has created a trio of tasty potions inspired by the characters and locations in the popular HBO TV series.

Value-priced at $8 these special T&G (not G&T) cocktails are available only through the run of Throne and Games – A Chance of Snow, April 7 – May 28.  Neil Macrae Bar & Lounge is a convenient place for theatre patrons to meet for pre or post-show drinks. Patrons can also take their beverages into the theatre with them to enjoy during the performance. vtsl.com.

Mothers Day Gifts For Food Loving Moms


It’s time to treat your Mama right this mother’s day. While you may not want her to spend any time in the kitchen on that special day, she’s certainly going to want to get in their quickly once you give her one of these amazing foodie gifts.

From the top left to right:

1) All-Clad Copper Core 2Qt Saucepan SALE $179.95 at Cookworks.

2) The Beasty Box from Urban Digs is a “nose to tail” butchery box. We source locally produced meat from small scale farms like our own that practice sustainable farming methods. $175

3) Northern Divine Caviar 

4) Epicure Mini Baker$17 – grab a set of 6-8

5) Lost Inhibitions Wine from Church and State – because even your mother has to let her guard down sometimes!

6) New Roots Cookbook – Inspired Plant Based Recipes

7) Preserves from Vista D’Oro 

8) Tea from The Urban Tea Merchant

9) Millifera Bees Honey local honey

10) Weber Grills new Weber Q 1200

11) Moe’s Home Collection Ring 3 Tier Pedestal Stand $75

Mother’s Day Tea Service Features at The Urban Tea Merchant

roses mothers dayIndulge your mother with an enchanting treat with The Urban Tea Merchant’s Mother’s Day Tea Service. Featuring a splendid selection of handcrafted tea-infused tea sandwiches, petite savories, and delightfully luscious sweets. Offered in the tea service is an optional sparkling Tea Cocktail infused with TWG Tea.

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Also offering the Mother’s Day Brunch Service which includes a delightful selection of brunch services to choose from including the decadent Eggs Benedict. Offered in the tea service is an optional Tea-Infused Mimosa infused with TWG Tea.

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Each mom will receive a 50g TWG Tea gift to take away. There is no better way to show your love and appreciation for the most important woman in your life.

This special Tea Services is available at our Downtown Vancouver Tea Salon on Friday May 10th, Saturday, May 11th and Sunday, May 12th

Seating Times: 

Mother’s Day Brunch Service 

9:30am – 11:00am

11:30am – 1:00pm

Mother’s Day Signature Tea Service 

11:30 – 1:00pm

1:30 – 3:00pm

3:30 – 5:00pm

5:30 – 7:00pm

Please call to reserve 604-692-0071
The Urban Tea Merchant
1070 West Georgia Street, Vancouver



Moon Festival Tea Service & TWG Tea Traditional Mooncakes

For the for the month of September Urban Tea Merchants will be featuring the Moon Festival Tea Service for Two which will include two TWG Tea Mooncakes!

Moon Festival Tea Service – $38 per person

petit-chou and Weekend in St Tropez Tea” butter


miso-maple glazed sable fish in butter lettuce

Lapsang Souchong Tea chicken salad cone

smoked salmon ribbon with ponzu jelly

Weekend in Hong Kong Tea pork dumplings with ginger dipping sauce


TWG Tea mooncake

signature tea truffle

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Silver Moon Tea infused watermelon strip

with assorted seasonal fruit

Visit our Afternoon Tea & Tea Services page to choose from a larger selection of our Tea Service

Reserve for your Tea Services today!

Online at www.urbantea.com or contact our Downtown location

1070 West Georgia Street – 604-692-0071

Celebrate Mother’s Day Tea Services at The Urban Tea Merchant

Friday, May 11th, Saturday, May 12th and Sunday, May 13th

Honor your mom on Mother’s Day and indulge in some of TWG Tea’s most delicate and elegant teas. Whether you choose to have a special tea party at home with your mom, or visit The Urban Tea Merchant for our Mother’s Day Tea Services, spending time with your mom is the best gift she can have.

Mother’s Day Signature Tea Service – $48 per person (View Menu)
Pamper your mother with an enchanting treat with The Urban Tea Merchant’s Mother’s Day Tea Service. Featuring a splendid selection of handcrafted tea-infused tea sandwiches, petite savories, and delightfully luscious sweets. Offered in the tea service is a sparkling TWG Tea cocktail infused with Sweet France Tea.

Each mom will receive a 50g TWG Tea gift to take away. There is no better way to show your love and appreciation for the most important woman in your life!

Seating Times: 

11:30am – 1:00pm  

1:30pm – 3:00pm 

3:30pm – 5:00pm

5:30pm – 7:30pm 

Mother’s Day Brunch Tea Service – $36 per person (View Menu)

Treat your mother for a morning brunch tea service at The Urban Tea Merchant. Our special brunch service will include a TWG Tea-infused mimosa, a fresh scone with devon creme and jelly, and a choice between eggs benedict, oeufs brouilles, or Scandinavian smoked fish.

Each mom will receive a 50g TWG Tea gift to take away. 

Seating Times:

9:30am – 11:00am

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**All Mother’s Day Tea Services includes a $6.00 credit towards and TWG Tea

Call to reserve 604-692-0071


Valet Parking Available (Offered at Italian Kitchen on Alberni Street)

Literary Tea Service by The Urban Tea Merchant

Join Shrabani Basu and other writers for high tea following Shrabani Basu’s reading. Spend an hour in conversation with fellow bibliophiles while enjoying an immaculate Indian-themed afternoon tea service by The Urban Tea Merchant. The Urban Tea Merchant’s Tea Sommelier, Reza Nasooti, will do a small presentation on tea. He will explore some of the finest Indian teas and blends included in the afternoon tea service for tasting.

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The tea menu includes four fine Indian teas: Tiger Hill (Nilgiris), Royal Darjeeling (First Flush Darjeeling), Maharajah Darjeeling (Blend of First & Second Flush Darjeeling with sweet spices) and Indian Night (black tea with piquant spices). Accompanied by finger sandwiches, petits fours and macarons.

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Sweetheart Afternoon Tea at The Urban Tea Merchant

Love is in the air and what better way to experience it than a Sweetheart Afternoon Tea with your ‘special’ someone.  Remember when we first learned as children to share our love and friendship with all the people around us on Valentine’s Day with magical messages to each other such as ‘Will you be my Valentine?’ Well, this magical ritual lives on and on and we want to offer you a sensory experience through The Urban Tea Merchant’s Sweetheart Afternoon Tea.  The Sweetheart Afternoon Tea is all part of our Love Story of Tea at The Urban Tea Merchant throughout the month of February. But does it have to end there?

To share the love, there is a special tea gift to every person who has our Sweetheart Afternoon Tea in our Salon de Thé.  

1070 West Georgia St. Vancouver
Phone: (604) 692-0071

G3 – 825 Main St. West Vancouver
Phone: (604) 926-3392
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Urban Tea Merchant Holiday Tea Special – $19

The Urban Tea Merchant’s Holiday Afternoon Tea Special features tastes of sugar and spice and everything nice! (Until Dec. 31)

 Along with an assortment of our delicious signature tea sandwiches, we have added a traditional roast turkey breast tea sandwich.  The Urban Tea Merchant’s seasonal scone is a cranberry spice with ‘Noel Rouge’ tea-infused devonshire cream. 

The Holiday Afternoon Tea Special is topped off with ‘Noel Vert‘ tea-infused shortbread cookies, dipped in white chocolate, petits fours, a parisian macaron and a chevron strawberry.

To complete the celebration of this simple pleasure, we include a pot of THEODOR Noel tea – your choice of black, green, rooibos or white – a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, citrus fruits and bitter orange. This gastronomic tea & food pairing is indeed a pleasure!

Come and join us, share the joys of conversation with friends and family at The Urban Tea Merchant’s Salon de Thé as we all celebrate this season with some simple luxuries. 

Joyeux Noel

The Urban Tea Merchant – New Flagship Store Opens in Vancouver


Excusive Tea Brands, Retail Gifts, Home Decor and Fine Dining in the heart of downtown

Contact: Karinna James, Co-owner
The Urban Tea Merchant
Mobile 778-688-5396

This week, downtown Vancouver will be introduced to a new concept in retail shopping, dining and service with the opening of The Urban Tea Merchant, a three thousand square foot store on West Georgia and Alberni Street offering a unique blend of food and beverage, retail, home decor and, say owners Karinna and Tom James, a sensory experience!

As the exclusive North American distributor for the luxury French tea line, Thé Ô Dor, The Urban Tea Merchant will carry the complete line of the beautifully packaged hand blended aromatic teas as well as a wonderful collection of fine harvest teas, all purchased by weight. The retail shop will feature unique European home decor merchandise, gifts, china and glassware with an interesting selection of tea related products including tea pots and kettles, as well as Charbonnel et Walker chocolates and imported French macarons. Additionally, the retail store will offer a tea consultation counter where guests can taste and choose their preferred blends.

The Urban Tea Merchant is also home to Vancouver’s first Salon de Thé, a 30 seat tea salon offering exquisite afternoon teas, light lunches and petit plates in a separate dining area, and a Thé et Chocolat Bar, offering en route (to go) classic teas, tea lattes & chilled tea infusions as well as chocolates and scones.

Chef du Salon Phong Vo has created a menu that offers four types of afternoon tea services; the Signature Afternoon Tea, a selection of savouries and desserts; a West Coast Afternoon Tea with beautifully crafted canapés that include BC smoked salmon, imported cheese, fresh fruit and sweets all garnished with edible flowers, and a Petit Afternoon Tea, which samples both sweet and savoury items. The Urban Tea Merchant’s Salon de Thé also serves a Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea (for children 12 and under) with hot chocolate, small sandwiches and sweets. Perfect after an afternoon concert or before a holiday favourite like the Nutcracker Ballet or Sugar Plum Ball.

Lunch items, with recipes that incorporate tea infusions, include a quiche trio, beef tenderloin with white truffle mash puree, poached salmon or duck breast as well as more casual items like beef pot pie and macaroni with trois fromages.

The Urban Tea Merchant opens this week, December 3rd, 7:00 am until 7:00 pm with expanded hours through the holiday season. Summer time will see a courtyard tea garden on the Alberni Street side. Reservations for lunch and afternoon tea are available at 604-629-0071.

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The Urban Tea Merchant – Downtown Vancouver
1070 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V6E 2Y2
(Entrances also located on Alberni Street, across the street from Coast restaurant,
and through lobby of the Grosvenor Building)

The Urban Tea Merchant – West Vancouver
825 Main Street, Park Royal Village
West Vancouver, BC V7T 2Z3
Thé Ô Dor (Tay oh door)