“Like a Tea Tray in the Sky” – High Tea in Vancouver

Bacchus
845 Hornby Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6Z 1V1 
For Reservations: 604.608.5319

 

A great way to spend a hot summer afternoon or rainy one for that matter is high tea with your girlfriends, and there are several places in Vancouver that serve high tea. Annie and I were planning on going to the one at the Fish House, be we miscalculated the interference the Gay Pride Parade would play in that plan, and after an hour of trying to get there we abandoned our efforts and went to high tea at Bacchus.  Annie had already been, but it was my first time.  I’d say the tea sandwiches were just okay.  My favorites were the egg salad and the smoked salmon, but nothing too notable.  I grew up eating the most delightful tea sandwiches made by my great grandmother and her friends…colored bread, pinwheels, and interesting shapes, so perhaps the bar is too high.  The pastries were good, but the only remarkables were the Devonshire cream and the chocolate éclair.  The Pear Green Tea was dee-liocious!!  And the price point at $29.00 per person makes for a nice afternoon.  The seating at Bacchus is uber comfortable (Trivia: it appears uber isn’t a word, but I hope you understand what I mean).  I could have sat in one of those high back chairs all day!  I’ve had high tea at the Fairmont Banff Springs – it is excellent. 

 

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On the other side of da bridge

Cafe Crema
1495 Bellevue Avenue, West Vancouver
604.922.2294

 

It has been a busy couple of weeks training for the half marathon, ramping up to start my new project, and man’ing up to send the divine Miss. Valerie back to Texas. But despite all that of course I’ve still been eating, I’ve just been neglecting the dishin on it part. As part of the half marathon training I was working on improving my Grouse Grind time, and got it down to a solid hour…stay tuned to see if I make future improvement. But after grinding it out a cup of java, and a treat are in order so I like to head over to Café Crema (West Vancouver). They have a solid selection of teas, they make delicious coffee, and have a good selection of Panini (not by any means my fav sandwich, the bar is high, but it is a good sandwich) and treats. The café is well lit, and especially bright when the sun shines in…but probably the best part is that the restaurant is just a quick walk from the beach and pier with a great view of the Vancouver. They have comfy chairs and big tables. So if you find yourself on the North side of the Lions Gate Bridge craving a coffee, or just finished the grind and want a reward, or wanna just contemplate life with a walk on the beach and a cup of yummy tea stop by Café Crema. If you’ve got any other suggestions for me post Grouse Grind let me know!

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It is race weekend…and I’ve got my shoes shined up!

Bean Around the World (Yaletown)
1002 Mainland Street, Vancouver
604.685.9929

 

So it is a lazy beautiful Friday in Vancouver. I took the day off to do some half marathon preparations including getting our team shirts made (oo la la!), a beautiful hair cut (very aerodynamic), a massage…ah life if good. If you’re making posters to cheer me on that’s Gayle..with a Y After my massage a la mainland…I dropped into the Yaletown Bean Around the World. I love this coffee shop, although I’ve never had coffee here, the sandwiches are pretty good and today I ventured outside my coffee shop sandwich comfort zone and had the spinach roti which was delicious! Not nearly as good as my roti favorite – Gandhi – but much closer to me than Ghandi’s Toronto location J The Bean Around the World roti has the right flavors and texture I love…so I’m giving it a yum. I’m also giving it a ‘I can’t believe I’m eating roti at a coffee shop’! The tables are big and there is a lot of space to fold open your newspaper and indulge in a little reading while you soak in the afternoon…and take a break. I live to taper!

My birthday present from British Columbia – my BC drivers License!

Finches Tea House
353 Pender Street West Vancouver
604.899.4040

 

To kick off this weekend’s birthday extravaganza and get me through an afternoon of DMV fun, when I’d already spent the morning there as well I headed over to Finches Tea House to fuel up. A corner restaurant in a prominent building at Pender and Homer this inviting tea shop is a delight for the senses. The menu is chalked on to ornately gold framed chalk boards, and old books, records, and antiques are cluttered around the room and hanging from the walls.  Water is always available for patrons to pour themselves a glass and there is a selection between water with cucumber slices and one with lemons. The beverages are typically premium Italian juices and waters and they have a large loose leaf tea selection. The offering of sweet treats from oatmeal chocolate cookies to dark chocolate brownies, and their selection of baguettes and salads all thoughtfully prepared. Baguettes are served in brown paper if you’re eating in, and wrapped and tied in brown paper if your taking away. It doesn’t matter what you order it will be fresh and delicious, but my favorites are the free range egg salad and the Bononcini tomato basil sandwich. The great news is after I left here and headed back to the dreaded licensing bureau of BC I got my first birthday present of the weekend – My BC driver’s license! I live in the most beautiful place on earth and now I can drive and vote here. So all the me stuff aside I’m giving Finches a Very Good…in the sandwich department alone though it gets a Great!  I believe they serve breakfast as well, but I’ve not been yet for that.

 

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When Starbucks feels too much like Disney go for the comforts of Artigiano…

Caffè Artigiano
Locations in Vancouver, and 1 in Calgary

 

Grab a book and lounge around over a pot of tea or meet a friend and catch up at this Italian style coffee house open since 2002 in Vancouver. The premiere location is attached the Marriott Pinnacle (best hotel service I’ve ever experienced), where I used to “live” and is also how I was introduced to this coffee shop gem. But now that I actually live in Vancouver I’m fortunate to have one just down the street from me. I like the Artigiano vibe, and I also love the lemon ricotta muffins made with cornmeal. While I rarely drink coffee (only for reasons of caffeine induced insomnia) I must say the coffee here is yummy. They also have a great selection of tea, and I’m not sure if they do this in all their locations, but I know in some places they serve it up in a great little tea pot with all the fixings (although I take my tea straight up). The food in general is only so so, I’ve eaten it before when I’m hungry, but their Panini doesn’t meet my Montreal standards, which is why it only gets a “Very Good”, otherwise it would get a “Great”. Although they do have a few yummy items like the aforementioned ricotta lemon muffins!

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