Are you team Peppermint Hot Chocolate? I can honestly say that I am not a fan. I’m not sure who coined Peppermint Mocha or Cocoa to be the holiday drink, but I am not sold! Let me introduce you to the best Earl Grey Hot Chocolate ever! […]
Every spring a dusty array of Millennial Pink coats the city with cherry blossoms. While pictures of sakura probably is flooding your Instagram, the truth is the taste of cherry blossoms is even better than their smell. The flowers and leaves of the cherry tree […]
A new blossom inspires the starry night sky, marking the arrival of a luscious harvest. This year, TWG Tea narrates the story of the constellation with the Lotus Jade Tea Mooncake Collection, a rich and enduring assortment of patisseries set to inspire and intrigue any epicurean this mid-autumn festival.
Celebrating age old traditions where tea was once served to accompany sweets, the Lotus Jade Tea in Haute Couture Tea Collection® blooms in brilliant hues of green and gold, a fresh new beginning for a joyous occasion. A tender green tea with lotus blossoms, the exquisite cup yields a thick, heady and decadent aroma that lingers long on the palate. An extraordinary tea perfectly paired with TWG Tea’s curated selection of tea-infused mooncakes.
Indulge in new creations such as the decadent Daydream mooncake, a magical flight of the imagination wrapped in a perfectly baked bold red crust, with blueberries, white lotus paste, and a unique almond and blueberry purée heart infused with Red Balloon Tea. For the cherry on top, savour the unique Cerise mooncake which boasts a luxurious white chocolate and crunchy coconut heart with Amarena cherry surrounded by a brown lotus paste infused with Pu-erh 2000. Beckoning a new dawn, the Moonlit mooncake glows in a luscious jade green snowskin, featuring a Lotus Jade Tea infused mousseline and a white chocolate heart filled with a sweet Nashi pear marmalade. Emanating the warm glow of a lantern, the Blossom mooncake in brilliant orange conceals a Geisha Blossom Tea infused mousseline contrasted by tangy apricot marmalade encased in a white chocolate heart.
TWG Tea’s set of two mooncakes paired with Lotus Jade Tea in the Haute Couture Tea Collection® will retail at $95 (Traditional) and $115 (Snowskin), a set of four Mooncakes retails at $80 (Traditional) and $95 (Snowskin), both available in the elegant Lotus Jade Tea Mooncake gift box. Each mooncake in an individual Lotus Jade Tea Mooncake gift box retails at $20 (Traditional) and $25 (Snowskin). Available at the TWG Tea Salon & Boutique in Vancouver, Canada from 14 September 2017 to 4 October 2017.
TWG Tea Salon & Boutique
Cuisine: Afternoon Tea, Tea Salon, Boutique
Mon 10:00 am –8:00 pm
Tue 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Wed 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sun 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
1070 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6E 2Y2
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Cha Le Tea Merchant Cafe is a new chic tea bar that recently opened in Yaletown, Vancouver (1207 Hamilton Street). It offers a proprietary line of premium, single-origin Chinese teas to Canada. While many people think of full service cafes, coffee shops comes to mind, tea bars are quickly becoming a global trend.
Although Cha Le teas are steeped in tradition, the Yaletown Cafe is not your typical Chinese teahouse. Gone are the antique teapots, replaced by a state-of-the-art, computer-controlled glass vacuum brewing system that customizes temperature and brewing times for each individual tea to ensure optimal results. Most teas can be prepared and steeped to perfection within 90 seconds, less than the time it takes to make an espresso latte.
Designed by Leckie Studio Architecture + Design Inc., the café space is maximized with full walls of custom millwork shelving and a central tea bar where customers can watch the show of their teas being brewed into ceramic mugs thrown by Vancouver Island-based ceramics artist Rachel Saunders or in eco-friendly to-go cups. A tranquil and comfortable seating nook with eight seats is also available for a more tranquil experience.
Cha Le (pronounced chah•luh), which translates to “Happy Tea,” features upwards of 20 high-quality, handpicked teas for retail sale in large tins and small boxes, beautifully designed by Vancouver-based branding firm Glasfurd & Walker (Kissa Tanto, Savio Volpe).
Menu concept is simple yet refined by tea infused flavours to accentuate the ingredients’ inherent profiles. Former Executive at Fairmont Pacific Rim Chef Darren Brown develops six savoury toasts and two sweet offerings.
Choose from a selection of mouth watering:
- Prosciutto Smashed Avocado and Poached Egg
- Hand Peeled Shrimp – Ceremonial Grade Matcha, Avocado and Shredded Nori
- Wild Smoked Salmon -Green tea cucumber, radish sprouts and preserved lemon mascarpone
- Haidacore Albacore tuna – Poke style with sesame-spinach and Dragonwell salad 7.50
- Truffled Ricotta & Hazelnuts – With sundried tangerine & pu’er honey
- Toast & Jam – Toasts with chutneys, jams, spread & cheeses
- Chocolate Toast – milk chocolate, hazelnut & roasted Iron Goddess of Mercy spread
Salted Caramel and Banana with brown sugar and cinnamon mascarpone
Seafood ingredients are completely Oceanwise and sustainable!
Also available are collaboration items between Cha Le X Beta 5 features Artisanal chocolate tea truffles & bars.
Imported directly from independent tea farms throughout China’s tea-growing provinces, Cha Le Tea Merchant’s husband-and-wife owners, Charlie Zhang and Sue Wang, have selected two dozen of the finest black, white, green, oolong and pu’er teas representative of the best of a given region. Examples include:
• Edge of the City A rare, smokey black tea grown from ancient trees by the owners’ family friend high in the mountains over Sue’s native city of Chongqing.
• Moonlight Beauty 2009 This mellow, aged white tea from Simao in Yunnan Province that gets its name from its unique leaves, which are white and downy on one side, smooth and black on the other.
• Maofeng This internationally recognized green tea is cultivated on Anhui Province’s Huangshan Mountain, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Cha Le’s Maofeng is especially handpicked to deliver a sweet tea with no bitterness.
• Cinnamon Rock Tea Grown semi-wild in rock cracks high on a mountain in the Fujian Province, this woody oolong tea expresses a cinnamon-like flavour. Tea from the other side of the same mountain, Narcissus Rock Tea, has a floral flavour profile reminiscent of narcissus blossoms.
• Aged Shou Pu’er Coin 2007 Processed in 2007, this aged pu’er, (named after Pu’er City in Yunnan Province this fermentation technique was invented), uses top-grade golden buds pressed into mini cakes. The earthy flavour and aroma mellow and become silkier over time, much like wine.
For more tea offerings, visit them in person or shop online.
I cannot wait to go back and indulge in their proprietary teas, blends, tea lattes, herbal infusions and a small bites menu. BTW, their licensed patio to open in the Spring!
Cha Le Tea Merchant
Cuisine: Tea Bar, Cafe
Mon 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tue 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wed 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thu 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Fri 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sun 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
1207 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 6k3
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I am a coffee drinker my nature, but lately I have grown fondly of Stash Tea‘s Meyer Lemon Herbal Tea. It is a herbal tea that is caffeine free. Perfect for that after meal tea to end the night! I don’t take any chances to keep myself up at night. I need the perfect amount of sleep to be fresh and focused.
This Meyer Lemon Herbal Tea Stash Tea’s Premium Organic Teas line. It is an artfully crafted herbal blend of rosehips, lemongrass, orange peel, hibiscus, Meyer lemon oil and safflower. Meyer lemons are a cross between a lemon and mandarin orange. They are a burst of lemon flavor without the lip-puckering tartness. The juicy lemony taste and fragrant aroma of this tea is a delight any time of day, hot or iced.
This is hands-down the BEST lemon tea I’ve ever tried! It is always sold out! Even though I have many other flavors at home, I find myself picking this all the time.
Steeping Instructions: 3-5 minutes at 190-209 degrees Fahrenheit
Have you tried Stash Tea’s Meyer Lemon Tea yet? What is your favorite tea? Let us know in the comments below!
Stash Tea Meyer Lemon Smoothie
- Makes a 16 oz serving
- 2 cups vanilla ice cream
- 2 Meyer Lemon tea bags (contents removed from tea bags)
- 1/4 tsp lemon juice (optional)
- In a blender, mix ingredients until fully blended.
- Garnish with lemon wedges and fresh mint.
This is a great summer option to use your Meyer Lemon tea bags
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Macau Paradise Restaurant 澳門樂園茶餐廳 is located in Kowloon City on Fuk Lo Tsun Road. It is near Tei Mou Koon 地茂館甜品 and Mini Bangkok 小曼谷泰國美食 九龍城. This Hong Kong style cafe probably isn’t the cheapest or the tastiest. Service is average as is the food quality.
Dave ordered a set meal with sausage instant noodles, fried eggs and toast. It comes with a hot milk tea for $40 HKD. The meal came quickly. Perfect if you are in a rush.
The only problem was, I wasn’t hungry. I only wanted a drink. A single cup milk tea alone is half the cost of a full meal. So the catch 22 problem exists: Do I order another full meal to get my dollars worth? Or sacrifice and pay for a cup of milk tea for $20 HKD?
But I wasn’t hungry. I paid $20 HKD.
What catch 22 issues have you encountered on your travels? Let us know with a comment below!
Macau Paradise Restaurant 澳門樂園茶餐廳
Cuisine: Cafe, Chinese, Hong Kong
11am – 11pm
6 Fuk Lo Tsun Road, Kowloon City
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The Urban Tea Merchant Vancouver Downtown invited us to Spring start their Sakura Tea Afternoon Tea service. Two spring Singapore TWG Teas are featured – White Spring Tea and Sakura! Sakura! Tea. These two tea are only available once a year during Spring season. […]