Olive et Gourmando Montreal is a quick easy soup and sandwich cafe in Old Montreal near Le Westin Hotel. There are long line ups for take out. Table service is quick with plenty of bar counter seats.
Last time we were in Montreal, we had no itinerary, no “Must Eat List”, and no “10 Things to do in Montreal” plan. This time, I find myself combing thru TripAdvisor and Yelp, geo-tagging every restaurant, cafe and little boutique. Perhaps, it comes with age. Perhaps, occupational hazard. I’m always trying to find the next best thing. Yet, I always go back to comfort. It’s like having 20 pairs of shoes but always wearing the two.
It is the last morning before our flight back to Vancouver. God, I miss my own bed and the mild temperatures. I really don’t understand how East Coasters / Montrealers brave their winters. My skin barely survived the brash wind and dehydration. Thank goodness for Laneige Water Sleeping pack, Aesop cleansers and my last minute decision to pack my Aritzia Blanket Scarf.
For a quick tasty meal, we ordered a salad and panini sandwich to share. Had we not went to Cafe Myriade in the morning, I’d probably order another Cappuccino. To be two cups deep before noon while on vacation seems a bit atrocious. I’ll save that for the office tomorrow.
Chicken Salad: daily special salad was the chicken salad with couscous, fennel, celery, apples, roasted almonds and lemon mayo dressing. Crunchy, tart, and refreshing. I must recreate this at home!
The Cubain Panini Sandwich: panchetta, roasted pork, Gruyere cheese, lime, cilantro, chipotle and pickled mayonnaise. Hearty. Cheesy. It wasn’t mind blowing but rather home comfort. Not too crazy pre-flight. I think fellow travellers can appreciate us not ordering a burrito.
If you are not in a pinch for time, wander in Old Montreal. Vieux Montréal city is very charming. So much character and plenty of old architectures, restaurants and Notre Dame Basilique.
Olive et Gourmando
Cuisine: Cafe, Soups, Sandwiches, Salads, Bakery
Tue 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wed 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thu 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Fri 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
351 Rue Saint Paul O, Montréal, QC H2Y 2A7
Basho Cafe Vancouver on East Hastings, a block east of Victoria Drive. Basho is a cute, cozy Japanese cafe specializing in lunch sets: rice bowls, salads, and sandwiches. This “place” offers a selection of house baked sweets focused on matcha green tea flavors, mochis, and mini kombucha muffins.…
Butter Baked Goods Vancouver is a local bakery and tea room where I’ve drooled over the pages of their cookbook , knowingly I do not have the skills to perfect a sugar cookie. Perfecting caramel bars and chocolate tarts probably takes more than my high school home economic class. I digress. Butter Baked Good is a very pretty and girlie place. And as my Dave would say, just go with the girls. Unlike the romantic fireplace and chandeliers patisseries, Butter Baked Goods has a fun Southern Charm – filled with floral, color, and sparkles. Service here at Butter is friendly. Reservations are required. If you walk in, there probably won’t a table available. There are plenty of free street parking.
Since Butter Baked Goods has such a cute space. It is only fitting that we bring our Fujifilm Instax Mini Polaroid Cameras out to play. I mean how friggin’ cute are these pastel pink, baby blue and lemon yellow Instax Minis? We literally had a Fujifilm Instax Mini Party!
Butter Baked Goods Afternoon Tea Menu
Butter’s Traditional Afternoon Tea $28 pp
- Selection of sandwiches
- Wee scones with organic jam and Devon cream
- Quiche tarts
- A variety of Butter’s baked goods
- Bottomless pot of tea from their selection of custom blends
Butter’s Demilune Afternoon Tea $14 pp
- A lighter sampling of Butter’s traditional afternoon tea
- Two little sandwiches
- One Wee scone with organic jam and Devon cream
- Some sweet surprises
- Pot of tea from their selection of custom blends
Butter’s Children’s Afternoon Tea $15 pp
- A selection of sandwiches with more kid appeal
- Peanut Butter and Jelly
- Ham and Cheese
- Cucumber with Cream Cheese
- Rosie’s Favourite Sprinkle
- Selection of Butter’s favorite treats such as Homemade Oreo, Classic S’more, Butter Cupcakes, etc
- Pot of tea or glass of milk.
Butter’s Custom Blended Tea $4 per pot
- Kazuko’s Sencha: Certified organic green tea harvested every Spring from southern Kyoto
- Mackenzie Black Maple: A blend of organic black tea, shaved almonds, and natural maple flavor
- Buttercream Blend (most popular): A smooth blend of organic estate black tea inspired by the very buttercream for which Butter is known and loved
- Breakfast at Butter: A delicious blend of organic estate black tea
- Cream of Earl Grey: Class earl grey with just a hint of cream essence to round the finish
Cucumber and Cream Cheese Sandwiches: The lightest sandwiches. It is best to start with this sandwich otherwise the flavors of the other ones will overpower the light fresh feeling of this one. Or I suppose you can use this one as a palette cleanser.
Curry Croissant: This one is my favorite. I like the suitableness of curry, crunch the celery, cilantro and some chicken bites.
Egg Salad: Your very typical egg salad. But it is always one of my favorites.
Tuna Bun with a chip: This is a fun sandwich because it reminds me adding chips to my burgers. What? You’ve never tried this? You have to try it now! Add a few pieces of say a sea salt and pepper Ruffle chip to your next juicy burger!
Maple Pecan Scone: This is a sweet and nutty scone. Inside there are walnuts and I like how this is not too too sweet but still very earthy!
Raisin Scone: Remember picking and eating all the Kjeldsens Danish blue tin butter cookies? This is how I felt about these scones. Love!
By the time we got to the top tier, we were pretty much full. The dessert tier consists of lemon loafs, chocolate raspberry tarts, Earl Grey butter cookies with lemon cream filling, caramel chocolate bars, a vanilla and chocolate cupcakes. My favorite was the Early Grey butter cookie.
Bottomless tea meant we can enjoy our Buttercream Blend tea a little longer. Tea is perfect in between bites to cleanse your palette. And seriously, how beautiful are these tea sets?
Butter Baked Goods are available for wholesale orders and you can also find then at Whole Foods and Urban Fare. The Homemade S’More and Marshmallows are delicious and perfect for party favors!
Overall we had a really great time at Butter Baked Goods Afternoon High Tea. We would definitely come back and have anther Fujifilm Instax Mini Polaroid Cameras Party. Buy yours today here! You can buy Polaroid films with cute borders with rainbows, Hello Kitty Character, Winnie the Pooh, etc.
Butter Baked Goods Cookbook: Nostalgic Recipes From a Little Neighborhood Bakery
Butter Baked Goods & Cafe
Cuisine: Dessert, Bakery, Afternoon Tea
Tue 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Wed 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Thu 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Fri 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Sat 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
4321 Dunbar St
SEX DRUGS, ROCK & ROLL! That’s the first thing I can think of when I enter Gene Coffee. Located right across Foundations and Nice Cafe on Main Street. To continue the theme from the hipster treatment of I don’t give a s#*t about our customer…
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…
Tsui Wah Restaurant 翠華餐廳 is a cafe chain cafe located throughout Hong Kong. It serves up comfort food catered to the Chinese palate. During peak hours, expect to share tables. The flagship restaurant in Central has three stories. Sorry no elevators. Order like a local and try their milk tea served in their signature doll face painted mugs. Then order their infamous condense milk toast 奶油豬, soup noodles and fried rice dishes like Kagoshima Pork cartilage and spinach shrimp dumplings with fish soup and vermicelli, and fish ball rice noodles.
Kagoshima Pork cartilage and spinach shrimp dumplings with fish soup and vermicelli: The soup is rich and flavorful. But, wow the pork cartilage just melts and is deeply marinated with soy and herbs. The addition of the shrimp dumpling was great mix. Because God forbid I only eat one ingredient and get bored too easily.
Fish Ball and Fish Cake Rice Noodle: A bit of Chiu Chow with bouncy fish balls and a dense broth. Really one bowl is not enough.
Burger Slider: To advertise this as a burger was a sin. It is no bigger than your regular slider and the side of fries had 6 pieces. When was the last time you were able to count your fry. The downer was it was dry and lacked seasoning.
Tsui Wah Restaurant 翠華餐廳
Cuisine: Chinese, Hong Kong Cafe
Mon 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Tue 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Wed 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sun 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
15 Wellington St 中環威靈頓街15-19號地下至2樓
Central, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong
+852 2525 6338
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Beaucoup Bakery & Cafe is located on Fir St / 6th. Just before Granville Island situates a small bakery filled with pastries, 49th Parallel coffee and charm. You will recognize it by its red and white floral mural and a flock of loyal crowds. Jackie Ellis, who previously owned a design firm turned her passion of baking into reality by opening Beaucoup.
Instagram brought me to its creation of granite countertops to daily creations of chocolate rosemary cookie, almond croissant, pain au chocolate, etc. On a Sunday 1pm afternoon, there is not one seat in sight.
Lavender Earl Grey Ice Cream Macaron Sandwich (Beaucoup x Sunday Morning Ice Cream): This gourmet dessert treat was high sky of near $7 a piece. And even tho the sweltering heat of Vancouver summers (not complaining here!) nearly melted my ice cream, you could smell and taste the deep Earl Grey tea and lavender flavors. The macaron shell was soft and delicate with a nice crunch. What a treat.
Perhaps one day I can embark on those Paris Tours tasting through patisseries in Paree.
Cuisine: Bakery, Coffee Shop
2150 Fir St, Vancouver, BC V6J 3B5
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