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Tea Day at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

tea cup2On December 15, 2013 the garden celebrates tea day In the Hall of One Hundred Rivers from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.  

Take a break from holiday shopping (or do some here) and learn the history, philosophy and cultural traditions of tea, or paint some tea cups of your own.

Libre Collection of Tea Glasses from LibreTea will be showcasing their awesome tea on the go cups. Find out about raw, organic and infused honey to complement your drink with Vancouver Honeybees.

Eight Treasures shop will showcase their signature tea blends to delight your senses! Sample some teas while you check out beautiful books and unique artisan wares.

For more information:

education@vancouverchinesegarden.com
604-662-3207 ext. 205

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I have a thing for the ritual of afternoon tea.  Something about taking a break and snacking on mini this and thats alongside a good pot or two of tea just does it for me.  It’s an especially good time to catch up on friends happenings, spill a little gossip and all this comes without a hangover.  This spring when Tracy Stern SALONTEA  opened South Granville, I and other tea lovers had another spot to enjoy the process at 3010 Granville Street.

Sarah Ambrose is the woman behind this boutique.  She saw SALONTEA President, Tracy Stern on Bravo Television and was drawn to the story of the tea and tea parties. She contacted Stern, they formed a partnership and she now distributes the extensive selection of teas, accessories and tea beauty care throughout Canada as well as running the tea boutique.

The tea house has more than a dozen estate blended teas and customers can enjoy daily tea service alongside baked goods sweets, salads and sandwiches.  Also available at the boutique: signed-copies of Tracy Stern’s popular book, ‘Tea Party: 20 Themed Tea Parties with Recipes for Every Occasion, from Fabulous Showers to Intimate Gatherings’.

www.salonteacanada.com

Hours: 9AM – 6PM Monday – Friday

10AM – 6PM Saturday
10AM – 5PM Sunday
Holiday hours are updated accordingly

The room is bright and airy, filled with brilliant orange and pink and balanced out with a good slap of white.  I sampled a number of items they put together for me.

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Scone selection (changes seasonally)- house made cheddar cheese, raspberry and white chocolate or raisin scones served are all served with with Devon Cream and jam

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Salontea Canada

Sandwiches include:

Vegetarian on Multi Grain – lettuce, Swiss cheese, avocado, tomato, cucumber, red onion and salt and pepper with light mayonnaise as a base

Ham and Swiss on Multi Grain – thin sliced black forest ham layered with slices of Swiss cheese served with a grainy mustard spread, lettuce, tomato and cucumber

Steveston Blend on Croissant – Grilled chicken, artichoke, chopped gherkins, red onion and tangy, grainy mustard vinaigrette

 Salmon Salad Wrap – Sockeye salmon, green onion, freshly chopped dill, thin sliced red onion, light mayonnaise, lemon zest and lemon juice

Curry Chicken Salad on Croissant – grilled chicken, green onion, freshly grated ginger, red onion, light mayonnaise, curry spices and fresh cilantro

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Salads on the menu:

Quinoa Greek Salad – the perfect, healthy take on a classic Greek dish

Coconut Mango Chick Pea Salad – an Ambrose family favourite that is surprisingly filling, fresh and tasty!

Sarah’s Spring Mix – spinach, goat cheese, almond slivers, seasonal fruit slices tossed in our house vinaigrette

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Great selection of teas served up in modern glasses.
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Lots of sweets including:Mini Cupcakes (assorted flavours)Macarons by Kitchening With Carly (assorted fresh seasonal flavours and monthly special tea-infused Macarons exclusive to SALONTEA made using loose tea)Cheesecake bites (change daily) Delicious bite-size morsels of cheesecake goodnessLemon Bars – lemon bars topped with fresh seasonal berries

Brownies – chocolate caramel brownies to satisfy your sweet tooth ($3.50 each)

Mini Mousse (currently featuring a mango and white chocolate mousse with fresh mint and raspberries in an individual cup)

Salontea also hosts tea parties and has special Tea Party-only menu ideas 

  • Smoked Salmon Pinwheel with fresh dill and cream cheese
  • Pickled Ginger, Cucumber and watercress, sour cream
  • Mini curried chicken croissants
  • Mini ham and Swiss cheese sandwiches on ciabatta
A perfect place to stop in and take a break from shopping, unwind, catch up with some friends and grab a lunch or have your own little tea party.

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Salontea Canada

I have a thing for the ritual of afternoon tea.  Something about taking a break and snacking on mini this and thats alongside a good pot or two of tea just does it for me.  It’s an especially good time to catch up on friends happenings, spill a little gossip and all this comes without a hangover.  This spring when Tracy Stern SALONTEA  opened South Granville, I and other tea lovers had another spot to enjoy the process at 3010 Granville Street.

Sarah Ambrose is the woman behind this boutique.  She saw SALONTEA President, Tracy Stern on Bravo Television and was drawn to the story of the tea and tea parties. She contacted Stern, they formed a partnership and she now distributes the extensive selection of teas, accessories and tea beauty care throughout Canada as well as running the tea boutique.

The tea house has more than a dozen estate blended teas and customers can enjoy daily tea service alongside baked goods sweets, salads and sandwiches.  Also available at the boutique: signed-copies of Tracy Stern’s popular book, ‘Tea Party: 20 Themed Tea Parties with Recipes for Every Occasion, from Fabulous Showers to Intimate Gatherings’.

Vancouver SALONTEA hours are 10am to 7pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 5pm weekends & holidays.

The room is bright and airy, filled with brilliant orange and pink and balanced out with a good slap of white.  I sampled a number of items they put together for me.

Salontea Canada

Scone selection (changes seasonally)- house made cheddar cheese, raspberry and white chocolate or raisin scones served are all served with with Devon Cream and jam

Salontea Canada

 

Salontea Canada

Sandwiches include:

Vegetarian on Multi Grain – lettuce, Swiss cheese, avocado, tomato, cucumber, red onion and salt and pepper with light mayonnaise as a base

Ham and Swiss on Multi Grain – thin sliced black forest ham layered with slices of Swiss cheese served with a grainy mustard spread, lettuce, tomato and cucumber

Steveston Blend on Croissant – Grilled chicken, artichoke, chopped gherkins, red onion and tangy, grainy mustard vinaigrette

 Salmon Salad Wrap – Sockeye salmon, green onion, freshly chopped dill, thin sliced red onion, light mayonnaise, lemon zest and lemon juice

Curry Chicken Salad on Croissant – grilled chicken, green onion, freshly grated ginger, red onion, light mayonnaise, curry spices and fresh cilantro

Salontea Canada

Salads on the menu:

Quinoa Greek Salad – the perfect, healthy take on a classic Greek dish

Coconut Mango Chick Pea Salad – an Ambrose family favourite that is surprisingly filling, fresh and tasty!

Sarah’s Spring Mix – spinach, goat cheese, almond slivers, seasonal fruit slices tossed in our house vinaigrette

Salontea Canada

Great selection of teas served up in modern glasses.
Salontea CanadaSalontea Canada
Lots of sweets including:Mini Cupcakes (assorted flavours)Macarons by Kitchening With Carly (assorted fresh seasonal flavours and monthly special tea-infused Macarons exclusive to SALONTEA made using loose tea)Cheesecake bites (change daily) Delicious bite-size morsels of cheesecake goodnessLemon Bars – lemon bars topped with fresh seasonal berries

Brownies – chocolate caramel brownies to satisfy your sweet tooth ($3.50 each)

Mini Mousse (currently featuring a mango and white chocolate mousse with fresh mint and raspberries in an individual cup)

Salontea also hosts tea parties and has special Tea Party-only menu ideas 

  • Smoked Salmon Pinwheel with fresh dill and cream cheese
  • Pickled Ginger, Cucumber and watercress, sour cream
  • Mini curried chicken croissants
  • Mini ham and Swiss cheese sandwiches on ciabatta
A perfect place to stop in and take a break from shopping, unwind, catch up with some friends and grab a lunch or have your own little tea party.

Urban Tea Merchants for Mothers

A SWEET TASTE OF SOPHISTICATION FOR A BELOVED MOTHER

TWG Tea, the world’s finest luxury tea brand, has created a multi-sensory experience with their array of divine creations to pique your mother’s taste buds and heart strings this Mother’s Day. Inspired by beauty and elegance, TWG Tea’s collection radiates a luxurious aura that is fit for a queen. 

Bain de Roses Tea

In the month of May, the roses of Grasse come to bloom, enveloping Provence with an incomparable and luxurious perfume. Masterfully blended by TWG Tea, this sensual Darjeeling is a magical union of extraordinary roses and hints of vanilla and sweet spices. Show your gratitude for mother’s feminine touch with this outstanding tea. 

Bain de Roses Tea Scented Candle

Combined with a secret bouquet of black tea, heady notes of white sandalwood, warm vanilla and fresh grapefruit, Bain de Roses exhales a passionate and dramatic elixir as sweet as a rose macaron.

TWG Tea Design teapots

The TWG Tea Design teapot represents the convenience of modern functional features and the pleasure of serving tea in the classic beauty of an exclusive TWG Tea design. A high-quality polished stainless steel warmer with an inner felt lining envelope the porcelain teapot and keep the tea warm for one hour. All the porcelain teapots come with an especially designed removable filter which allows the leaves to unfurl and to develop their fragrance during the infusion. This teapot is perfectly suitable for all tea varieties.

TWG Tea Morning Teacup & Saucer

The TWG Tea tea wares are crafted in luminescent bone china and beautifully shaped to perfectly accommodate any tea selection. Emblazoned with the stylish TWG Tea insignia, this collection is the perfect tableware to grace a modern yet timeless tea table.

Vogue Teacups

The Vogue Teacups are made of the one of the finest porcelains in the world by the most renowned artisan in Russia. This exceptional design features an original hand painted pattern available in red, yellow and cobalt.  The classic shape with a hint of modernity of these chic teacups will accompany perfectly the most elegant tableware.

 Tsarina Collection                                                

Summer Palace Collection

Lacquer Tea Trays and Russian Porcelain Tea Sets

A stellar collection of tea sets deserve an equally exquisite vessel. For the perfect hostess who entertains her friends and provides a sanctuary for her family through lovingly-brewed tea sessions, give the gift of a feminine accent of tea time glamour, one that would rival a royalty’s finest. These lacquer tea trays are perfect to display prized tea sets, hand-crafted by Russia’s most renowned porcelain masters and inspired by ancestral designs. Highlight the trend-setting taste maker in every mother with these fashionably stylish tea accessories.

Mother’s Day Tea Service

 

Indulge 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 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. This special tea service is available from May 11th to May 13th at our Downtown Vancouver Tea Salon.

About The Urban Tea Merchant

The Urban Tea Merchant is a luxury retail company offering fine tea, tea ware and lifestyle accessories, founded in 2004 by Karinna & Tom James.

The Urban Tea Merchant is proud of their exclusive distribution partnership in Canada with TWG Tea, the finest luxury tea brand in the world. Tea enthusiasts can now discover the finest array of TWG Tea blends at any of The Urban Tea Merchant locations and partnership venues.

They are celebrating their launch of TWG Tea in their flagship Tea Salon and Boutique, located midtown Vancouver on Alberni Street, “Vancouver’s Mini Rodeo Drive” where customers can experience the selection of the more than 200 TWG Tea blends.  TWG Tea is also available for purchase and shipped anywhere in North America through The Urban Tea Merchant website, www.urbantea.com.

About TWG Tea

TWG Tea, the finest luxury tea brand in the world, was established in Singapore in celebration of the island’s great history as a trading post for fine teas.  The company has three tea boutiques and two tea salons in Singapore and a newly minted salon and boutique in Jiyugaoka in Tokyo, Japan. TWG Tea is honoured to be the premier tea supplier to the finest hotels, restaurants and international airlines, and currently retails at multiple locations across the globe including its new tea counter at Harrods in London and at Dean & DeLuca in Madison Avenue, New York.

TWG Tea has cultivated exclusive relationships with tea cultivators who offer the company privileged access to harvests from their renowned gardens worldwide. With a passion to share its expertise with tea lovers all over the world; TWG Tea also offers a wide selection of signature modern tea accessories in addition to creating single estate and specially blended teas. For more information on TWG Tea, its tea products and tea accessories, please visit www.twgtea.com.

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.

http://www.urbantea.com/


 

 

IT’S TIME FOR TEA

IT’S TIME FOR TEA – 2011 Canadian Coffee & Tea Show in Vancouver this Weekend Takes tea to a whole other level

It may be a coffee town, but Vancouver restaurants and consumers are some of the highest tea consumers in the country – and it’s not your grandmother’s tea

Whether it’s about the health benefits of tea, the variety of tea or how naturally they pair with food, tea has captured the interest of savvy food and wine professionals, and consumers have never been more interested in consuming tea.

This weekend (Saturday, Oct 1 – Monday, Oct 3) tea experts, food and wine professionals and tea enthusiast are invited to ramp up their knowledge of tea and take in some of the knowledge needed to be a Tea Sommelier.

Highlights include “Do you think you can be a Tea sommelier?” Blind Tasting Panel;  

Tea 101, first series in Tea Sommelier certification; Tea Sommelier exam challenge.

 

A Tea sommelier, much like a wine sommelier, can create food pairing, has knowledge of caffeine levels, flavours and, like a wine expert, can taste country of origin, type of tea and flavour profiles.  A Tea Sommelier is certified by the Tea Association of Canada, and is a trained and knowledgeable tea professional that is well versed in all aspects of tea. They have a thorough understanding of tea and its history, processing methods and preparation styles. A Tea Sommelier can interact with anyone on the subject of tea and has a strong ability to make recommendations based on consumer needs.

Much like a wine expert does, they take into account the ideal tea to drink with food, after a meal or on its own. Tea sommeliers work behind the scenes as well creating the perfect tea list to compliment a menu, training staff how to serve the perfect cup of tea and how to assist their guests in choosing the tea that’s right for them.

 

With that in mind, the Tea Association of Canada, with George Brown College in Toronto, developed a Tea Sommelier course a few years ago. The certification ensures a person is an expert on the growing and cultivating of tea; the terroir or place of origin of international teas; can judge quality in tea and flavour profiles that ensure they can match tea to the individual consumer palate, and to foods – much like a wine sommelier. Available in Vancouver at VCC, the certification is broken into eight levels and is attracting food service professionals, tea industry and passionate public, who can take the course in individual levels or complete the entire series of course, pass a final exam that includes a blind tasting, and receive a professional Tea Sommelier certification.

In Vancouver the Tea Sommelier certification courses are offered at Vancouver Community College but at next week’s Canadian Coffee and Tea show, those who want to take their tea knowledge that much further can.

Highlights

The Gong

In honour of host tea countries China and Kenya, a giant Chinese gong is sounded as it welcomes participants to the various tea events at this year’s Canadian Coffee and Tea Show in Vancouver.

TEA SOMMELIER EVENTS

Do you think you can be a Tea Sommelier? Blind Tasting Panel

Monday, October 3rd  1pm – 2pm

No Charge

 

The general public, industry and wine sommeliers are invited to challenge the tasting portion of the Tea Sommelier exam. We put 20 students of tea, tea drinkers, tea lovers and wine sommeliers at a table and challenge them to a tea cupping. Much like a blind wine tasting, panelists must try to name the type of tea, style of tea, country and place of origin from a selection of unmarked teas lined up in front of them.

Tea 101

October 1st and 2nd – 11 am to 3 pm

The first of eight culinary college courses that takes you to professional tea sommelier status is being offered right at the Coffee and Tea show this year. The four week course has been deconstructed into an intensive two days.  Led by Toronto’s Shabnam Weber, Tea expert and Tea Association of Canada’s Board Director, the course on its own is an excellent Introduction to Tea and may be used as a credit towards your Tea Sommelier designation at applicable colleges offering the program.  (Vancouver, Calgary. Edmonton, Toronto) – Course cost is $399

Details and registration   http://www.coffeeteashow.ca/home/certified-tea-sommeliers/

Tea Sommelier Exam – Challenge

Saturday, October 1st 1pm – 3pm

Vancouver Community College – Room numbers #401, #401 #330

Cost of Exam Waived – Participants must meet criteria (must have been in the tea industry for 2 years)

Tea experts are invited to sit the Tea Sommelier exam at the Coffee and Tea show. For those who have extensive knowledge of tea, flavours and origins and have studied courses, this is a rare opportunity to test their knowledge and if passing, leave with the certified Tea Sommelier designation. Register by contacting Riley Richman, Tea Association of Canada: 416.510.8647 ext #2 or rileyr@tea.ca

Sakura Spring Festival at Urban Tea Merchant

Poems, such as this Haiku, are written praising the delicate Cherry Blossom flowers, which can be seen as a metaphor of life itself, luminous and beautiful yet fleeting, momentary and temporary.  The Japanese tea ceremony, Chanoyu (cha-no-yu – meaning ‘hot water for tea’) compliments this time of Spring to also celebrate beauty and even the mundane aspects of every day life. 

This year, The Urban Tea Merchant’s Sakura Festival and Sakura Afternoon Tea will be fully participating in the celebrations of Spring. In Japan, people gather in great numbers to hold feasts under the flowering trees.  As the most beautiful Cherry Blossom trees begin to bloom in our Tea Garden at our Alberni Street location and along the walkway in The Village at Park Royal in West Vancouver, The Urban Tea Merchant will be ‘feasting’ with music, dance and a beautiful Sakura Afternoon Tea. We are featuring Hanami Imperial, green tea delicately perfumed by Sakura Cherry Blossoms. Our Salon de Thé will be a perfect setting to make connections with friends and family and to welcome Spring. Come and experience Chef Taura’s newest creation – Sakura Afternoon Tea.  On Saturdays during the month of March, in both of our locations, treat yourself to an Afternoon Tea Service and listen to Japanese Flutist Alcvin Ryuzen Ramos, (shakuhachi musician), or watch the Japanese Cherry Blossom Dancers organized by Akemi Komori, or relax with the beautiful sounds of harpist Janelle Nadeau. (Reservations are highly recommended for the times of these special events). You could also simply enjoy a Sakura Afternoon Tea and witness the amazing show Nature offers with the blossoming of Cherry Blossom trees. Whatever you decide, please reserve as space is limited.

The Urban Tea Merchant is pleased to work with the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival to raise funds for planting even more Cherry Blossom trees around our beautiful city. We will donate $1.50 from every Sakura Afternoon Tea sold in the months of March and April to this very worthwhile community legacy. 

Sakura Festival Events at The Urban Tea Merchant

Every Saturday from 2:00 – 4:00 pm between March 12 – April 2 we present you special performances at our Salon de Thé to celebrate the welcoming of spring.

Vancouver – Alberni Street

March 12: Japanese Flutist
March 19: Harpist
March 26: Japanese Cherry Blossom Dancers

The Village at Park Royal

March 12: Japanese Cherry Blossom Dancers
March 19: Japanese Flutist
March 26: Harpist

For a special experience why not reserve your Sakura Afternoon Tea during one of our Sakura Festival Events.  Call now because seating is limited.

Salon de Thé reservations limited to your choice of any Signature Tea Service (per person) during the Sakura Festival Events.

French Inspired Tea at Provence

Le Grand Thé Makes A Refreshing Break

When most people think of ‘afternoon tea,’ the traditions and quaint tea-rooms of England pop to mind. However, there is another, more seductive version of this elegant mid-afternoon break – the French salon de thé. In France tea is très chic. From great food emporiums, to the most venerable cafés, tea is served every afternoon. Imagine yourself enjoying your favourite cuppa in the elegant surroundings of Angelina’s or Fauchon, even Marcel Proust’s epic In Search of Lost Time was triggered dipping a madeleine into a cup of tea.

For the past six years, long before afternoon tea took off as the popular respite it has currently become in Vancouver, Provence Marinaside and Provence Mediterranean Grill have been serving Parisian-style Grand Thé. Like all good things, Le Grand Thé evolves and changes over time. Available from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Le Grand Thé includes an assortment of both savoury and sweet selections plus tea or freshly brewed drip coffee for only $20. Those seeking a truly French experience may wish to include a glass of Kir Royale or bubbly – priced by the glass starting from $7.00.

The only decision you have to make is what kind of tea you prefer. Provence’s list includes an assortment of eight premium organic and flavoured teas. You may opt for traditional Organic English Breakfast or Organic Earl Grey or decide to be daring with Organic African Nectar or perhaps choose a soothing Marrakech Mint or Camomile Citrus. If tea is not your thing, then Provence always has a pot of fresh-brewed drip-coffee on the go.

Once your beverage is chosen, it comes accompanied by a two-tiered stand laden with palate-pleasing French-style nibbles. The savoury selection includes: Sweet Bell Pepper Marmalade Crostini, Smoked Salmon Profiteroles, Prawn and Cucumber Canapé, Tomato and Bocconcini Brochette with Balsamic Drizzle plus a mini Fig and Prosciutto Quiche. The lower level includes the sweet temptations: Madeleines (lemony and oh so Proustian), Parisian macarons (not to be confused with coconut macaroons. These are the heavenly French confection of flavoured pastry crème sandwiched between pillows of meringue. One bite and they become an addiction!), Orange Lavender Shortbread (very Provençal), a Chocolate Truffle Square and the ‘pièce de résistance’ – a tiny, perfect Petite Tarte au Citron. A small pot of crème fraîche and Bonne Maman preserves complete the extravagance

Provence also offers a selection of separately priced espresso drinks and luxurious hot chocolate for those who prefer beverages other than tea or drip-coffee.

The next time you are feeling over-scheduled and harried, take time to indulge in Le Grande Thé. You’ll leave restored and ready to face the world again. C’est une bonne idée, n’est-ce pas?

Provence Mediterranean Grill (Point Grey) 4473 West 10th Ave., 604.222.1980
Provence Marinaside (Yaletown) 1177 Marinaside Crescent at the foot of Davie St., 604.681.4144
www.provencevancouver.com

Savoury
Sweet Bell Pepper Marmalade Crostini
Smoked Salmon Profiteroles
Prawn & Cucumber Canapé
Tomato & Bocconcini Brochette
Fig & Prosciutto Quiche

Sweet
Parisian Macarons
Madeleines
Orange Lavender Shortbread
Lemon Tartlette
Chocolate Truffle Square
Crème Fraiche & Bonne Maman Preserves

Beverage Selection
Organic Breakfast
Organic Earl Grey
Organic African Nectar
Tropical Green Tea
Marrakesh Mint
Chamomile Citrus
Vanilla Bean
Ginger Twist
Brewed Drip Coffee

$20.00 per person
includes tea or freshly brewed coffee

Bubbly -By the glass
Kir Royale 7.00
Brut Gold Label NV Blue Mountain Okanagan B.C. $10.00
De Venoge Brut Cordon Bleu Sélect France $20.00

The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – The Princess and the Tea

Take Tea at the Castle in the Heart of the City

Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, The Princess and the Pea, your royal court awaits at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver with the launch of The Princess and the Tea promotion. Beginning May 1st, 900 West will offer an enchanting afternoon tea fit for a Princess in the city’s iconic castle in the heart of it all.

The Princess and the Tea

Raisin Scones

Petit Tea Sandwiches

Smoked Salmon on Dark Rye

Mini Black Forest Ham & Brie Croissant

Cucumber & Watercress

Open-Faced Baguette with Apple Roasted Chicken

Sweet Tea Pastries

Fresh Strawberries with Devonshire Cream & Berry Preserves

$36 per person, exclusive of taxes and gratuities

Add a glass of champagne $17 per person

Steeped in tradition, savour signature Fairmont teas that feature a limited edition commemorative 1907 Centennial blend, Versailles Lavender Earl Grey, Lemon Rooibos and more. Served in traditional china tea cups from the hotel’s collection, one can travel and taste blends from around the world one sip at a time.

Pint-sized ladies and gents-in-waiting will be tickled pink with the hotel’s My Little Angel themed tea. Any attending Princess or Prince dressed up in their royal attire will receive 10% of their afternoon tea.

My Little Angel Tea

Bubblegum Tea with Bubble Maker

House Baked Scones served with

Fresh Strawberries with Devonshire Cream & Berry Preserves

Finger Sandwiches

Peanut Butter & Jelly

Black Forest Ham

Canadian Cheddar

Sweet Tea Pastries

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie

Fruit Tartlet

$16 per child 12 years and under, exclusive of taxes and gratuities

Tea party guests are invited back for a royal return visit to the castle with a gift certificate valued at 25% off the next total afternoon tea bill. Call the castle at 604.662.1900 to make your afternoon tea reservations.  The Princess and the Tea is offered daily from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm.

For those Princesses and Princes who wish to stay at the castle for a glorious slumber on a Fairmont signature bed, our Tea for Two package offering includes a one night stay, afternoon tea for two and a welcome amenity of Fairmont signature tea and house baked biscotti. Rates start at $249 for a Fairmont Room based upon double occupancy and subject to applicable taxes. To book, call 1-866-540-4452 or go to www.fairmont.com/hotelvancouver.

ABOUT FAIRMONT HOTELS & RESORTS

With over 60 distinctive hotels, including the iconic Fairmont San Francisco and Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai, and more in development, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is a global hospitality brand known for its warm and engaging service and culturally rich experiences.  Located in coveted worldwide destinations, its unrivalled collection of classic hotels imbue a sense of heritage, sophistication, and social importance, and are often considered destinations in and of themselves.  Fairmont is also committed to responsible tourism and is an industry leader in sustainable hotel management with its award-winning Green Partnership program. Fairmont is owned by Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, a leading global hotel company with 95 hotels under the Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissôtel brands. The company also manages Fairmont and Raffles branded residences, estates and luxury private residence club properties. For more information or reservations, please call 1-800-441-1414 or visit www.fairmont.com.

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MAD HATTER’S TEA AT THE FAIRMONT HOTEL VANCOUVER

Clink, Clink to Alice in Wonderland Inspired Tea

No need to tumble down a rabbit hole for an afternoon tea with a bit of whimsy and imagination. Inspired by Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland release, The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver unveils its very own afternoon tea party.

Mad Hatter’s Tea

Tweedledee’s Raisin Scones

White & Red Queen Tea Sandwiches

Smoked Salmon on Dark Rye

Mini Black Forest Ham & Brie Croissant

Cucumber & Watercress

Open-Faced Baguette with Apple Roasted Chicken

Wonderland Inspired Tea Pastries

Fresh Strawberries with Devonshire Cream & Berry Preserves

$36 per person, exclusive of taxes and gratuities

Add a glass of champagne $17 per person

Choose from an extensive range of our signature Fairmont teas that include natural bergamot notes in Fairmont Earl Grey, cherry and rose hints blended with a green tea in Kyoto Cherry Rose or a limited edition commemorative brew in the 1907 Centennial blend.

March Hare Tea

Bubblegum Tea with Bubble Maker

Tweedledee’s Raisin Scones

Finger Sandwiches

Peanut Butter & Jelly

Black Forest Ham

Canadian Cheddar

“Eat Me” Chocolate Chip Cupcake & Cookie

Fresh Strawberries with Devonshire Cream & Berry Preserves

$16 per child 12 years and under, exclusive of taxes and gratuities

Guests are invited for a clink of a “cuppa” and tasty tea treats to toast the White Queen in The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver’s elegant 900 West. Bring in your theatre ticket stub to Alice in Wonderland or wear your favourite tea party hat for 10% value-added savings. Don’t be late for a very important Mad Hatter’s Tea date that’s offered daily from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm from now until April 30, 2010.

ABOUT FAIRMONT HOTELS & RESORTS

With over 60 distinctive hotels, including the iconic Fairmont San Francisco and Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai, and more in development, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is a global hospitality brand known for its warm and engaging service and culturally rich experiences.  Located in coveted worldwide destinations, its unrivalled collection of classic hotels imbue a sense of heritage, sophistication, and social importance, and are often considered destinations in and of themselves.  Fairmont is also committed to responsible tourism and is an industry leader in sustainable hotel management with its award-winning Green Partnership program. Fairmont is owned by Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, a leading global hotel company with 95 hotels under the Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissôtel brands. The company also manages Fairmont and Raffles branded residences, estates and luxury private residence club properties. For more information or reservations, please call 1-800-441-1414 or visit www.fairmont.com.

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