Cafes and Bakeries, Food, Vancouver

Light sips and pinkies up! All of you guys know that I love to high tea in Hong Kong, but when it comes to Vancouver, high tea is just too expensive for me. This is my first high tea time in Vancouver and I shared it with the fashion and food Instagrammer, Jenny Lee.

The Secret Garden Tea Company is every girl’s idyllic summer time high tea location. The vibe wasn’t too classy that I had to dress up for it, but I definitely needed to wear something other than t-shirt and jeans. The tea house was spacious but unfortunately, we got a crammed corner by the fire place. Of course, as usual, I ordered my own pot of Vanilla Rooibus.

Read more: Check out my review for Hong Kong InterContinental Hotel’s high tea.

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High Tea (CAD27.95 per person)

The chicken, avocado and pesto sandwich was savoury and flavourful compared to the other salty treats. The high tea is divided so that each person gets two of each pastry. I’m pretty sure I finished my two chicken and pesto sandwiches first.

The Devonshire cream was creamy and pairing it with a piece of banana loaf or scone was totally my cup of tea. You really cannot not have scones for a high tea…please tell me if you know a place who doesn’t serve scones during high tea.

I know the desserts look delicious but I honestly did not enjoy them that much. The lemon tart was too sour and the pastry with the purple swirl on top left a grainy texture in my mouth. I did like the chocolate cake that was very rich in chocolate and creamy but not too heavy at the same time.

Note to readers: I will be going to New York and Toronto for the month of August, so posts might not be as frequent for the upcoming month. Don’t worry, I’ll still post, just not as much. The good news is that I’ll have tons of NYC and TO stories for you guys soon! Any recommended or must go NYC or TO restaurants?

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Food, Vancouver

Despite the terrible summer heat in Vancouver, I caught a cold after the Grouse Grind by spending in time in the air con area and out time in the heat. Therefore this short post will be dedicated to the ultimate cold remedy – soup.

If I were to get soup anywhere in Vancouver, I’m riding the ferry to North Van to Lonsdale Quay Market just to buy fresh soup from The Soup Meister. Every ingredient is freshly cut into pieces and simmered in a delicious and hot pot of soup. You could see how fresh the ingredients are once you reach their open kitchen stall at the end of the market- rows of chopping boards with mountains of chopped up vegetables read to be thrown into the soup.

I apologize for the short post. I’m feeling awful and this week has just been a miserable and sick week for me.

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Boston Clam Chowder (CAD3.25)

I found so much juicy and chunky pieces of celery, clams and potato in the soup. I liked how the soup wasn’t too thick nor too watery making it easier to fill me up.

The soup also came with a giant piece of bread with butter for you to dip into the soup. The portion might not look too big but it’s good enough to fill me up for a lunch.

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Contemporary West Coast, Food, Vancouver

For the very first time, I finally got seats at The Flying Pig in Gastown. This restaurant has always been slammed with people both inside and outside of their restaurant whenever I walked by so I never wanted to eat there. Let’s just say that after this dining experience at The Flying Pig, I wouldn’t mind facing the line up just for their delicious siders. My friend, Samantha, surprisingly got us a high table two seater facing the window on a weekday for dinner so let the feast begin!

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Sam persuaded me that their sides were amazing so we ended up only ordering sides. With all that cheese in each sider, we were so full after we were done.

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Crispy Brussels Sprouts (CAD6) 

Grilled to perfection with capers, lemon and a dash of parmesan, I have never had such amazing brussels sprouts in my entire life.

The bitter taste from all brussels sprouts were unrecognisable and I loved how the outside of each brussels sprout was crispy and covered in cheese while the inside was soft and moist.

These were practically addicting to me, but I would lessen the amount of oil in this dish the next time I order this.

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Lobster and Prawn Risotto (CAD11)

The risotto’s texture was a bit undercooked and the temperature was only lukewarm. The sauce, on the other hand, was extremely creamy, cheesy and flavourful.

I didn’t find much prawn meat in the risotto, but there were large pieces of lobster meat in this, to be specific they were lobster claw meat chunks. Yum!

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Andrew’s Pulled Pork Poutine (CAD7.5)

Organic Pemberton valley potatoes cut into fries with gravy, cheese and pulled pork thrown in. It really cannot get better than this.

The cheese was so thick and stretchy. However it does get a bit too salty when you reach the bottom of pan so Sam and I didn’t finish the last few pieces of fries.

There were large chunks of juicy pulled pork to balance out the fries.

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Peach Sangria (CAD9)

Compared to other sangrias I’ve had, this peach sangria was quite watered down. Majority of it tasted like fruit infused water.

The peaches were really crunchy but the pineapple bits, for some odd reason, tasted like sweat under someone’s armpits. I’m not sure whether the pineapple has changed or not, but it tasted gross.

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