Tag: Tea

Butter Baked Goods Vancouver | Fujifilm Instax Mini Afternoon Tea Party Polaroids

Butter Baked Goods Vancouver | Fujifilm Instax Mini Afternoon Tea Party Polaroids

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The Urban Tea Merchant Vancouver (Downtown), Spring Start with Sakura Afternoon Tea

The Urban Tea Merchant Vancouver (Downtown), Spring Start with Sakura Afternoon Tea

  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. […]

Tea Sparrow December Review 2013 | Cup of Tea

Tea Sparrow December Review 2013 | Cup of Tea

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Imagine a rainy day with a cup of hot tea. Wrap your hands around a cup of hot tea. Tea Sparrow is a Vancouver subscription box based loose leaf tea products delivered to your doorsteps. Each month, with your Tea Sparrow subscription, you’ll receive a mix of our 4 to 5 favorite premium loose leaf teas. That is about 35 to 40 cups of tea. Each tea box includes a selection of both herbal and caffeinated blends for your to explore.

Tea Sparrow Dec 2013

All the teas from Tea Sparrow are free of artificial ingredients and are sourced from tea blenders around the world. Tea Sparrow also hosts bi-monthly Tea Parties where they invite their members to taste and score the samples we receive. So you will recieve only the most well loved teas!

Tea Sparrow Dec 2013

 

You can order a box for as low as $20 / month. Get 60% off on order first Tea Sparrow order with Promo Code: teas.

60% Discount Offer: This entitles users to 60% off the first Tea Box in an ongoing subscription. It will not work with fixed term (gift purchases). Please feel free to share this code with family and friends!

Discount link: http://www.teasparrow.com/promo/
PromoCode: teas

 

Remember to like us on Facebook to stay updated with future promo discounts and giveaways!

Tea Sparrow Dec 2013

Tea Sparrow Dec 2013

 

How to get started?

Now you have a couple of options…

  • A One Time Tea Box – one Tea Box, one time ($25)
  • 3 Month Prepaid Subscription – three tea boxes over three months ($66)
  • 6 Month Prepaid Subscription – six tea boxes over six months ($120)
  • Ongoing subscription – here you can subscribe for ongoing tea boxes at $20 per month. You can start/ pause/ stop this subscription at any time.
  • Includes free shipping for Canada & continental USA!
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Tea Sparrow December Subscription Box included 5 different teas:

  1. Peppermint: The perfect peppermint tea
  2. Cherry Rose Green: Japanese Sencha Green Tea, rose petals and cherries. Caffeinated. Aroma of a spring orchard
  3. Snowflake: Ceylon and China black tea, coconut rasps, natural flavor, almond flakes. Caffeinated. A great blend of black tea with almond gives this tea a Marzipan flavor. Lovely with milk and honey.
  4. Santa’s Secret: Apple pieces, Hibiscus, Rose hip, cinnamon Ceylon, pears, quince, essential oils, organic orange, cloves, vanilla. Herbal Tea. Non Caffeinated.
  5. Nut Crunch Rooibos: Green honeybush, green rooibos, apple pieces, raisins, flavor, hazelnut pieces. This tea is deliciously devine. The green rooibos, fruit pieces and hazelnut crunch make this the perfect seasonal blend. With a dash of milk you have warm apple pie in a cup!

 

*At the bottom of each package is a link to where you are purchase more.

For full tea profiles head over toe

Tea Sparrow Dec 2013

 

In January, to help you with your recovery from the holidays or just keep you healthy this winter, Tea Sparrow will be featuring the ‘New Years’ Resolution’ box. The teas will be packed with their own natural healing properties: weight loss, liver cleansing, antioxidant immunity-boosting, and flu-fighting.

 

Don’t forget the 60% Discount Offer: This entitles users to 60% off the first Tea Box in an ongoing subscription. It will not work with fixed term (gift purchases). Please feel free to share this code with family and friends!

Discount link: http://www.teasparrow.com/promo/
PromoCode: teas

 

Remember to like us on Facebook to stay updated with future promo discounts and giveaways!

 

Holiday Cocktails from the Special Edition December Tea Box

COCKTAIL: Rooibos Nut Eggnog Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

PART ONE

  • 4 cups milk
  • 5 tbsp Rooibos Nut Crunch Tea
  • 5 cloves
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

PART TWO

  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 12 egg yolks
  • 2 ½ cups light rum
  • 4 cups light cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg

DIRECTIONS:

PART ONE

  1. Combine milk, cloves, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, Rooibos Nut Crunch Tea and cinnamon in a saucepan, and heat over a medium setting until it warms.
  2. Once the milk begins to boil, lower the heat to keep it at a light boil for 5 minutes.

PART TWO

  1. In a large bowl, combine the egg yolks and sugar. Whisk together until fluffy.
  2. Slowly whisk the hot milk mixture from part one into the eggs.
  3. Pour entire mixture into saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly for 3 minutes, or until thick. Do not allow mixture to boil.
  4. Strain to remove cloves and tea, and let cool for about an hour.
  5. Stir in rum, cream, remaining vanilla extract and nutmeg.
  6. Refrigerate overnight before serving.

Note: Serves about 12. You can half the recipe for smaller dinner parties.

 

COCKTAIL: Candy Cane Martini Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • 6 oz Peppermint tea, chilled
  • ½ oz lime juice
  • 2 tbsp sugar

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Brew 2 tbsp of Peppermint tea in 1 cup of boiling water for 5 mins, and then set aside to cool.
  2. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well.
  3. Strain into 2 chilled cocktail glasses.

Note: Keep the left over tea cool in the fridge until you are ready to make the second round. Serves 2.

 

 

COCKTAIL: Santa’s Secret Martini Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 2 oz orange juice
  • 3 oz Santa’s Secret tea, chilled
  • 1 tbsp sugar

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Brew 2 tbsp of Santa’s Secret tea in 1 cup of boiling water for 5 mins, and then set aside to cool.
  2. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well.
  3. Strain into 2 chilled cocktail glasses.

Note: Keep the left over tea cool in the fridge until you are ready to make the second round. Serves 2.

 

COCKTAIL Recipe: Green Tea Holiday Punch

INGREDIENTS:

  • 750 mL bottle dark rum
  • 750 mL bottle dry red wine
  • 3 cups Cherry Rose Green tea
  • 1 lb superfine sugar
  • 1 large orange, for juice
  • 1 lemon, for juice
  • 1 BBQ lighter

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Brew the Cherry Rose Green Tea by adding 3 cups of not-quite boiling water to 6 tablespoons of tea. Brew for about 4 minutes, then set to the side and allow to cool.
  2. Heat the wine and chilled green tea with lemon and orange juices in a saucepan or chafing dish. Do not allow mixture to boil.
  3. One heated, transfer the mixture into a heatproof punch bowl.
  4. Place as much sugar as possible into a large ladle, and any excess sugar into the punch bowl.
  5. While holding the ladle over top of the punch bowl, saturate the sugar with dark rum.
  6. Ignite the rum and sugar mixture sitting in the ladle with the BBQ lighter, and then pour while still aflame into the punch bowl.
  7. Stir well and extinguish the flames.
  8. Pour the remainder of the rum into the punch. Stir well.

Note: This is the perfect drink for a holiday party, as the recipe makes 27 servings. Also, because there’s fire involved, don’t start making this one if you’re already drunk. It won’t end well.

 

What’s your favorite tea recipe? Please comment below and share with us!

The Urban Tea Merchant – Sunday Funday Brunch, Vancouver (downtown)

The Urban Tea Merchant – Sunday Funday Brunch, Vancouver (downtown)

  We came home from San Francisco to perennially confusing weather here in Vancouver. But whether its finding that perfect Sunday get go in a cozy sweater or that pair of Nike kicks to the gym, brunch always finds itself on my foodie itinerary. And I will leave […]

Cafe Landmark Hong Kong | The Landmark Central

Cafe Landmark Hong Kong | The Landmark Central

  Cafe Landmark Hong Kong sits proudly above Bottega Veneta and other luxury brands inside The Landmark on 1/F The Landmark Atrium. Come here for an afternoon tea or coffee and bump elbows with celebrities and local elite. This cafe is the perfect marriage between chic and […]

Mingshen Uji Matcha Specialty Store 宇治抹茶專賣店, Taiwan

Mingshen Uji Matcha Specialty Store 宇治抹茶專賣店, Taiwan

 

Mingshen Uji Matcha

Mingshen Uji Matcha

Mingshen Uji Matcha Specialty Store 明森宇治抹茶專賣店 誠品敦南 二訪 is located in the Basement Level of Eslite Bookstore. The closest MTR station is the  Zhongxiao dunhua station. This giant superstore also has clothing, jewelry and a few other private brands on the upper and lower floors. The food court in the basement is amazing. Especially because they have Mingshen Uji Matcha desserts: Ice Cream, Jelly, Teas, etc.

 

Mingshen Uji Matcha

Mingshen Uji Matcha

 

I was captivated by what entailed in the picture. It tasted as delicious as it looked, if not better. The thick soft matcha ice cream was exploding with green tea… but it was not bitter. The green tea jelly was cold and chewy which added a nice bounce to contrast the ice cream. The roasted wheat germ give it a nice zing with every bite.

 

 

Mingshen Uji Matcha

Mingshen Uji Matcha

Mingshen Uji Matcha

 

If you are ever in the area, you must try this! That is all.

 

 

B1 No. 245, Section 1, Dūnhuà South Rd, Daan District Taipei City, Taiwan 106
台北市大安區敦化南路一段245號B1

Zhongxiao dunhua station
Exit towards ESLITE Bookstore is located.

 

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The Urban Tea Merchant Sakura Westcoast Tea Service, Vancouver (Downtown) 2013 桜. 櫻花

The Urban Tea Merchant Sakura Westcoast Tea Service, Vancouver (Downtown) 2013 桜. 櫻花

[image_with_animation animation="Fade In" img_link_target="_self"] Had an affair with The Urban Tea Merchant this afternoon with their Sakura Westcoast Tea Service over delicious White Spring Tea. The salon, recently expanded to accommodate more folks itching for a spot to chit-chat over high tea with pinky’s up. The Urban [...]
Jiu Fen Old Street 九份瑞芳區, Taiwan (Rui Fang)

Jiu Fen Old Street 九份瑞芳區, Taiwan (Rui Fang)

Jiu Fen Old Street 九份是台灣新北市瑞芳區的一個地區 | Jiu Fen a mountain area in the Ruifang District of New Taipei City near Keelung, Taiwan. It is known to be “City of Sadness” / “Saddest City” 悲情城市 – mainly due to it’s climate of constant gloomy, rain and mist. It […]

Secret Garden Tea Company, Vancouver (Kerrisdale)

Secret Garden Tea Company, Vancouver (Kerrisdale)

 

 

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Secret Garden Tea Company is another lovely high tea places in Kerrisdale, Vancouver – along the West Boulevard stretch. Also in this area is one of my favourites: Faubourg French Patisserie which specializes in authentic Parisian baked goods, pastries and desserts. If you search Best high tea in Vancouver or Best afternoon tea in Vancouver, more often than not Secret Garden Tea Company appears at the top. This place is well loved by many and you will even find a People Loves Us on Yelp badge stickered to the door. To be honest, I think it is a little over hyped.

 

 

 

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Aside from a nice sit down gourmet meal in finger foods, Secret Garden also offers to-go tea, pastries and mini cakes.

 

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Teas are packaged cutely in color tin cans under their own brand label.

 

SECRET GARDEN TEA CHRISTMAS 2012

 

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Secret Garden Tea Company offers both seating in the front entrance by the windows and also a small enjoyment section in the back near the counter. Wooden chairs and tables line the space while teapots are served with quilted blankets and gleaming china (some where chipping and stained). The decor looks a tad dated with some country-side old Victorian-seque setting. Seat cushions need some new fluff, etc.

 

We were here to celebrate my friend’s baby shower. The soon to be mom is due in less than 3 weeks and what’s better than to indulge in festive to coincide with the Holiday Season. The Fancy Christmas Tea Afternoon Tea set was perfect.  Elegant three-tiered tray of miniature pastries, sweets, sweet scones, Devon cream, raspberry jam, and sandwiches are beautiful and delicious.

 

We arrived on time but our table was not ready. We waited another 15 mins before being seated while the waitresses cleared the tables. Watching them set the tables with a pregnant women standing was not ideal.  Inside I debated whether it would’ve been wiser to head to The Urban Tea Merchant. Their Holiday Tea Service would’ve been a wiser choice.

 

Fancy Christmas Tea

 

SECRET GARDEN TEA CHRISTMAS 2012

Party favors: A bag of Christmas Spice Tea.

 

SECRET GARDEN TEA CHRISTMAS 2012

 

 

SECRET GARDEN TEA CHRISTMAS 2012

Sparkling Cranberry Spritzer: Holiday mocktails made with cranberry juice and soda.

SECRET GARDEN TEA CHRISTMAS 2012

 

SECRET GARDEN TEA CHRISTMAS 2012

 

The Top Tier: Sweets of cutely decorated Miniature Gingerbread Xmas Tree: cream cheese icing was not too sweet and was enjoyable against the spicy gingerbread. Such details. By favorite was the Secret Garden Shortbread Lemon Tart: the flaky crust and tart lemon was refreshing against the Mini Peppermint Cheesecake.

 

SECRET GARDEN TEA CHRISTMAS 2012

Second Tier: Scones served with Devonshire Cream and jam – light buttery scones paired with Devonshire cream is delicious. Pecan coconut bars were decadent and sweet.

 

SECRET GARDEN TEA CHRISTMAS 2012

Bottom Tier: Savories. Secret Garden Egg Pinwheels were sinfully soft and melts in your mouth. The right ratio of eggs and herbs. Roasted Turkey and Cranberry-Apricot Relish on Petite Bun: The bun reminds me of a Chinese barbecue steamed bun but the turkey and blue cheese leveled sharpness in the cranberry sauce. The toasted garlic brioche and roasted prawn was delicious. The savory and crunchy texture went great with the sundried tomatoe paste.

 

Overall our experience here was enjoyable except in the end as they tried to rush us out with some attitude. While we tried to sneak in a few photos with the Mommy-to-be, the waitress told us we had about 5 mins. Did they forget we were seated late initially?   Perhaps it wasn’t wise for us to settle the bill early – they no longer needed to ‘earn’ their tips.

 

 

Reservations can be made for: 12pm, 2:15pm and 4:30pm, every day of the week

 

 

Fancy Christmas Tea
December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17 – 24th
$36.95 and Children $26.95

Accompanied by our celestial harp!

Sparkling Cranberry Spritzer

SWEETS
Secret Garden Shortbread Lemon Tart
Mini Peppermint Cheesecake
Miniature Gingerbread Xmas Tree

SAVORY
Secret Garden Egg Pinwheels
Savory Bacon and Sage Pain Perdue
Roasted Turkey and Cranberry-Apricot Relish on Petite Bun

 

Also available

December High Tea
$26.95 and Children $17.95

SWEETS
Secret Garden Shortbread Lemon Tart
Flourless Dark Chocolate Cake with Gingerbread Cream
Mandarin Almond Torte

SAVORY
Secret Garden Egg Pinwheels
Roasted Turkey with Cranberry Relish on Mini Croissant
Secret Garden Tiny Reuben on Foccacia

 

 

 

5559 West Boulevard Vancouver, BC V6M
(604) 261-3070

 

 

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The Urban Tea Merchant Moon Festival Afternoon Tea Service, Vancouver (Downtown) #Mooncakes

The Urban Tea Merchant Moon Festival Afternoon Tea Service, Vancouver (Downtown) #Mooncakes

  中秋節月餅 The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival is the second most important holiday on the Chinese calendar aside from Chinese New Year. Although the atmosphere is not as vibrate and involved in North America as compared to Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, etc.; the tradition of gift […]

Soirette Macarons & Tea, Vancouver (Downtown) | Afternoon Tea

Soirette Macarons & Tea, Vancouver (Downtown) | Afternoon Tea

I like pretty things… If anyone tells you the ambiance or the decor of the place doesn’t matter at all is lying. Fact of the matter is it enhances the whole dining experience. Don’t get me wrong. I love finding those hidden gems and don’t […]