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Valentine’s Day Sweets Round Up

Valentine’s Day Treats Around Vancouver

There’s a few sweets about town that I can’t help but wish I could indulge in, but I’m going to save my calories for dinner, as we’ve got a chef coming in to cook for us and the men looks superb! These items are definitely calling me though.

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Grounds For Coffee – Heart Shaped Cinnamon Buns


Beta 5 Chocolate – Cream Puffs

Temper Chocolate

Temper Chocolate – Chocolate Hearts

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Thomas Haas – Cookie and Chocolate Box


Ganache Patisserie – Cakes

Valentine's Day

TWG Tea – Mon Amore Tea and Macarons

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Notte’s Bon Ton Bakery – Chocolate Hearts


AND here’s a healthy choice for those who are watching what they eat this Valentine’s Day Zazubean -Nudie – Extra Dark Chocolate with Coconut Sugar instead of cane sugar.

TWG Valentine’s Day Menu and Treats

TWG Valentine’s Day – Take Time For Tea

Got plans for Valentine’s Day yet? On Friday we checked out Chef Cliff Hohl’s latest menu at TWG Tea and left very impressed with just how gorgeous and delicious the TWG Valentine’s Day menu was. I love doing afternoon tea here (TWG was previously the Urban Tea Merchant) as it gives me the chance to chat with a friend over a selection of fine tea, and what is always delightful treats; this meal was the perfect excuse to cozy up and catch up on a rainy afternoon.


The menu begins with a Bain de Roses Tea-infused sparkling wine cocktail and followed by the Mon Amour Tea, a black tea blended with yellow blossoms and sweet notes of quince, known as the sacred fruit of the Goddess of Love. How perfectly romantic! You could also go for an iced tea made with a blossom-infused green tea if you would like something cold, and we tried both as well as a sorbet-infused tea.


The main course is a plate almost too pretty to consume, a perfectly-seared pan-seared scallops complemented by a dashi broth infused with a white tea and served wtih steamed garden vegetables and garlic Korean brown rice; so very precious!


Dessert is just as stunning, a Bain de Roses Tea infused mousse and raspberry confit, served with scoop of Vanilla Bourbon Tea infused ice cream and fresh berries. As I am on a diet of sorts, preparing to fit into my wedding dress, I just had a bite, and that was very difficult.

One thing I managed to confuse was pouring the remainder of the broth into my tea, which made for an interesting cup of tea broth, I don’t recommend this, but do highly recommend the meal!

On until February 14 for $65 per person. TWG

Open Daily 10:00am to 8:00pm




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)

Urban Tea Merchant Year of The Dragon Afternoon Tea Service

To honour the Year of the Dragon The Urban Tea Merchant is offering a unique afternoon tea service in their downtown location at 1070 West Georgia Street, Vancouver.   From January 16 – January 31 Chef Michael Batoux has crafted tea infused items, along with some versions of the traditionally served items and there is even a TWG tea-infused fortune cookie with a prediction for you for 2012.  My cookie contained the message “Adopt the pace of Nature: her secret is patience” – a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson. Seemed fitting as I always need to be reminded to slow down (whether I will or not is another story altogether).

In November of last year, The Urban Tea Merchant initiated a partnership with TWG Tea and now this luxury brand is offered exclusively at their tea shops. Along with traditional teas, TWG Tea infuses their tea with fruits, flowers and spices from around the world.  TWG Tea also offers tea pots candles and tea gift sets for everyday treats and gifts, so do include some time to peruse the storefront.

The tea on the tasting table was the Timeless Tea a black tea blended with hibiscus and other flowers, fruity and light.  The service itself comes with  chilled TWG Tea Jasmine Pearls tea and the Jade Dragon Tea, a rare fine harvest tea from leaves hand plucked just at the right time of the year.  This full bodied green tea has smoky earthy notes, a bit of sweetness and natural astringency.  It retails for $116 per 100 grams.  This afternoon tea is a good opportunity to try this luxury tea without the extra cost, and normally a charge for pricier teas is added.

For a more reasonable cost, The Urban Tea Merchant carries the  Haute Couture Jade Dragon tea from TWG Tea.  This attractive package is offered for $36.99 per 100 grams and is a combination of the Jade Dragon Tea and some other green and fruit teas.  Pictured above at the top is the Jade Dragon rare tea, and below the Haute Couture Jade Dragon so you can compare the leaves.  Below is the Haute Couture Jade Dragon tea package.  It does not come with the gold dragon, so you’ll have to get that somewhere else!

The tea service begins with a mango sorbet, full of ripe fruit flavours, refreshing your palate for the kaleidoscope of flavours to come.

On the savoury tray you will find  Peking duck & plum sauce wrapped in a crepe, cucumber, watercress & cracked black pepper sandwich, an open faced smoked salmon with wasabi mayo & soy jelly, Tiger Hill Tea-infused egg salad sandwich, petit tea-infused chicken salad cone & petit savory tart, baby shrimp & chopped apple served in Chinese spoon, Boursin cheese mousse with crisp endive & candied walnut and wagyu beef carpaccio with horseradish foam.  All items had obviously been made fresh as there was no trace of them drying out, which can occur when tea items sit too long.  The items are a refreshing change from just mini-sandwiches, which are the norm at most tea houses.  Including tea infused egg and chicken salad took the food and tea pairings up a notch, and the addition of Asian flavours tied the tea concept in with the Chinese New Year.

For sweets the tray included a tea-infused macaron, chocolate dipped dragon fruit, chocolate truffle, petit fours, fresh exotic fruit, and the Matcha tea-infused fortune cookie, as well as a fresh baked scone served with devon creme & jam.

Despite the fact I had not had lunch and had consumed a rather small breakfast, I had to pack the entire sweet tray to go, less a couple pieces of fruit I nibbled on.

The Urban Tea Merchants staff come from a variety of cultures, and speak numerous languages in case you have out of towners, or want to brush up on your French or perhaps Japanese.  Their onsite tea sommelier, Reza Nasooti, is frequently on site in case you have any intricate questions about the tea program or teas, and even if you don’t I would suggest introducing yourself as he always has some interesting tidbit of information to offer.

While the Year of the Dragon tea is only on until January, check back for the Valentine’s Tea Service and their unique Cherry Blossom tea.