I’ve got a NEW FAVOURITE afternoon tea in Toronto!!! And you can find it at Shangri-La! Finally, an afternoon tea service that checks off everything that a good service should be……its a hotel – check! Great atmosphere, they have a pianist playing while you enjoy the afternoon – check! A full selection of teas – check! Good scones – check! Clotted cream – check! The number item I look forward to with an afternoon tea service is the scones and clotted cream. I’ve tasted better scones but these were good and made even better with the cream! However, my favourite item of the afternoon, the lobster salad in a mini brioche bun. So delicious! But what really makes it great, the company! Thanks B, J, M and P for a great afternoon of catching up and making sure we “ALL” had enough to eat
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One of my favourite shows on the food network is “You Gotta Eat Here“. So when I had to go to Windsor, Ontario for work, eating dinner at Motor Burger was first on the agenda. We practically raced there making it with 10 minutes to closing and luckily enough, they let us stay. After talking to the server we found out that the Deux Chevaux was ranked Top 5 best burgers in Canada so of course, I had to order it! And taking the first bite I can definitely understand why it was – it was juicy, savoury (from the gruyere) with a bit of sweet (from the balsamic onions) – perfect combination! And did I mention that they make their own beer
So I know I spoke too soon when I said that I won’t be attending any Winterlicious events but when my colleague S came to me with an invitation to High Tea at Casa Loma, I couldn’t resist. Casa Loma is a castle located slightly north of downtown Toronto and to my knowledge, the first time high tea was made available to the public. For $37, you received entry to the castle, free audio guide, afternoon tea and a small gift bag. The tea was provided by David’s Tea and the entire event was hosted by Liberty Entertainment Group – known in the city for great event planning. I must admit, just the atmosphere made it a great afternoon.
I’ve had a small crush (ok, maybe a major crush) on David Chang ever since I was introduced to his Lucky Peach mag and his PBS show, The Mind of a Chef. So of course I was delighted when he opened his first restaurants in Toronto a couple of years ago but I was even more excited when he opened his first MilkBar outpost in T.O. last year! I finally made it to check out their baked goods and picked some tasty treats. My favourite was the cornflake chocolate chip marshmallow cookie – you can see and taste the chunks of cornflakes right in the cookie! Who knew cereal would taste so good in a cookie! And if you feel like releasing the inner baker in you……MilkBar also sells mixes you can take home and bake yourself. My friend S got me the compost cookie mix for my birthday and I finally took an afternoon to bake a batch – what can I say, anything with potato chips and pretzels can only taste amazing!
When my friend M and I arrived at London’s Borough Market, I noticed a very long line that snaked around the corner and into the Monmouth Coffee Shop. I love coffee, especially when its over ice on a hot summer day! So when I saw this line, well frankly, I needed to find out what all the fuss was about. Yes, I stood in this line and ordered my first Monmouth coffee. In Canada, I’m used to the espresso machines, traditional home coffee machines and french presses – but this is the first I’ve seen a drip ceramic filter sitting directly over the cup. The coffee was strong and delicious! Perfect for sipping while browsing the market.
Back in August 10, 2012, I wrote my first post on Borough Market and I love this market so much that I make it a point to go every time I’m in London. What makes this visit different from the others is that I made a point to eat more food! And nothing was a disappointment! So, I’m going to keep the post short because I think the pictures speak a thousand words. Enjoy!
I was really lucky this time around to fit two afternoon teas in a single London visit. And lucky to have local friends that recommend places for me. My friend M recommended the Royal Horseguards so we went on a Saturday afternoon. Located just down the street from the Thames river, the afternoon tea is served in the lobby (in a comfortable sectioned-off area as well as along the hallway). Very impressed by the service and atmosphere, I did learn that the Royal Horseguards was awarded the Tea Guild’s Award of Excellence 2013 – and deservedly so! I ordered the Signature Tea which included a selection of sandwiches, cakes, pastries and scones with clotted cream and homemade preserves. The tea of choice, the “Strawberries & Cream” blend of leaf tea. My favourite is always and continues to be the selection of sandwiches, delicious – especially the coronation chicken sandwich!
One of the biggest reasons for my trips to London is to see friends and each time I visit, my friend L spoils me by taking me to restaurants trending at the time. This time it was Tom’s Kitchen in Chelsea. Located just off King’s Road high street near Sloane Square, the restaurant is within a townhouse. The restaurant is the more casual sister to Tom Aikens Restaurant – a Michelin star restaurant. Loved the vibe and the relaxed decor, a great place to come for dinner with a group of friends. The menu is of comfort food classics with a twist, the most popular being their top rated macaroni cheese with truffles and I can testify, it definitely lives up to the hype. Full of cheese and creamy goodness – the best part of the meal!
For those that know me well, know that I love Indian cuisine! So when my friend R suggested to have lunch at a new restaurant near her office by Marble Arch tube station called Roti Chai Street Kitchen, I couldn’t wait. The interior is very modern, furniture with a lot of clean lines and colourful. Loved the lighting elements on the wall, it reminds me of brail. R is Sikh so I left the ordering to her! She ordered a variety of dishes, my favourite was the Papri Chaat! Such a great marriage of textures with crunchy wheat crisps as a base with whole chickpeas and chunks of potato that is covered with yogurt and a spicy/sweet chutney…..it was so delicious and satisfying! The perfect prelude to my trip to India in 5 weeks!
This is how much good food I had in London, I’m still not finished talking about it! We’re in some sort of deep freeze here in Toronto and do I wish I was in London right now eating some of this delicious Vietnamese food. Just located around the corner of Oxford Circus, my friend M took me to a cool little spot called Pho. One of my all time favourite Vietnamese dishes is Bun – vermicelli noodles. Its a cold thin rice noodle dish that is traditionally topped with shredded lettuce, herbs, bean sprouts, some sort of protein (I love it with marinated beef) and peanuts. Its served with a spring roll and a dressing, nuoc cham, that is brought to you on the side and then poured over the dish. If you’ve never had Bun, like a lot of asian dishes, its a perfect sweet and sour combination with a lot of crunch! And the best way to finish it off….a glass of ice cold and strong Vietnamese coffee with a good thick layer of sweetened condensed milk! Soooo good!