Afternoon tea at Casa Loma

I learned about the event on the Casa Loma website as I was looking for archery classes I could take with BP. Instead, I found something else. Now normally Casa Loma does not serve afternoon tea. But for a special event, they had afternoon tea this past February. #laterblog? It was actually more like brunch since the event started at 11AM.

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Afternoon tea took place in 3 different parts of the castle. We ended up in the Billiards Room.

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It wasn’t like traditional afternoon tea. They had stations outside where you could pick up your tea and they also had sandwich & dessert stations(they just made it there – they had servers bring it to you).

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It was done in collaboration with David’s Tea and you had a choice of two teas. Read My Lips [Click Here] and Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait [Click here].

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We picked the Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait as it sounded delicious and it was!

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Our server came and brought us our sandwiches. The typical fare at afternoon tea (bottom to top): Cucumber sandwich, croissant with egg salad, chicken salad tart, not quite sure what that one was since this is BP’s plate, a scone and another goat cheese tart which I plopped on his plate. The scones were served in conjunction with our sandwiches. Mind you, later on the servers came around with extra scones and croissants! YUM šŸ™‚

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They had servers dressed like French maids bringing out a tray of sweets. You had a choice of one but you could always get more at the dessert station outside.

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You also had the option to purchase alcoholic drinks.

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The prosecco was delish!

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After our tea/brunch, I took BP around Casa Loma. We were at Sir Henry Pellatt’s quarters overlooking the lobby and you can see a cake tower!! You were free to grab cupcakes, macarons, and whatever else they had off the tower. It was great.

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At the end of the tour, all afternoon tea ticket holders were given a gift bag to take home. This is our loot: A coupon for a free cup of tea at David’s Tea, a pouch of Jasmine Silk Dragon tea leaves (I actually already bought this and had some at home), Marc Anthony’s Oil of Morocco sample, Lindt chocolate and a bunch of savings at different restaurants. [Quatchi is wearing Duffy’s sweater. Thanks to Suki for helping me get it.]

It was a definitely fun time.

While they don’t normally have afternoon tea at Casa Loma, they do have other events like teddy bear parties, ghost hunts, treasure hunts, and archery – just to name a few.

Website: Casa Loma events
Address: 1 Austin Terrace, Toronto, ON M5R 1X8

Website: David’s Tea

Birthday 2013

I know I know, my birthday was months ago (Dec 2013) but I had meant to post about my birthday.

Back in April 2013, during a book club meeting, I mentioned to my friends that I wanted a scavenger hunt birthday party! I had meant it to be like the way they did it in Parks and Recreation. Clever little clues to kinda test our friendship. But my friends decided it was more fun to do one where I get to humiliate myself in public.

They had a clue sent to my phone in the morning and I had to find the first clue (yes, a clue to find the actual first clue) at my place. The day before, Amanda came over and kicked BP and I out while she hid things. So the first clue was hidden with all these papers on my desk. TOOK ME OVER..FOREVER to find it!!!

The first clue led me to this dirt area near this cinema where I live. Apparently they had hidden these popsicle sticks in the ground and I had to find the ones with positive messages like “Yay”. Once I found those, I had to dig and I will get a puzzle piece. They forgotten to mention that I had to go to the concierge and get a shovel. Yes, a shovel. (which was actually a barbeque cleaner btw)

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Completed part of the puzzle which led me to the next clue. I had to go buy these things and apparently pose with four different people… And this was about the time I realized that it was more a humiliate-Anndrea scavenger hunt than what I wanted.

Insert other tiring activities I had to do which includes more digging, looking for cat toys (btw they had not anticipated that cat toy to be at 3 different places in the store…), going to a bookstore and looking for erotica.

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They had me order a drink at Starbucks and had me tell the barista to write down OMG SEXI LEXI. I think my friends and I have different thresholds of embarrassing.

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Finished the puzzle with BP’s help!! We finished this in an senior center… or something.

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Oh, they sent me to Metro to buy condoms, a cucumber, lube and that’s supposed to embarrass me…

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When I got home, it wasn’t done. There was this box waiting for me where I had to put on some sash, some glasses that sad fuk u fuk me (why) and I had some scepter too! And I had to go to the restaurant wearing all this. Actually this part wasn’t so much embarrassing but uncomfortable.

There at the restaurant, my group of friends were waiting for me!

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While it may have sounded like I had a terrible time – okay, I may not have enjoyed doing all those things in the cold – I must say that I am touched and really grateful that all my friends worked together and went through the trouble of planning this birthday party for me. Love you guys.

Afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian

First of all, congratulations to Bear & my best friend, Honey for tying the knot on August 10, 2013!!! Please click here to read their love story.

Anyway, for their honeymoon, they decided to go to Disney with 8 other people. Okay, I know that may sound weird but that’s because they’re leaving (or rather, they’ve left) for China for two years!

One of the most memorable things we did at Disney World was have afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian. It is one of the resorts they have there but once you step in, it’s not like the other Disney themed resorts.

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BEHOLD.

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It was a girl’s only afternoon tea. Everyone (but me) had some sort of mouse ears. I left mine in my suitcase. Go figure.

We decided to go for the Buckingham Palace tea which includes their traditional tea sandwiches, scones and jam tarts complemented by fresh strawberries and cream, or a selection of freshly baked pastries, along with your choice of tea. $23.00 per guest.

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I cannot remember the name of the tea I had but it’s better that way. You don’t need to try it. šŸ™ Definitely do not need to try it…

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It came with the standard type of sandwiches and an onion tart. They were kind enough to allow me to switch the meat ones for egg salad sandwiches šŸ™‚ My friends tell me that this has been the first time they were able to finish all the sandwiches so they must be good!

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This is their salty scone (yeah it tasted like corn bread) and their uberly sweet strawberry tart.

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Unlike other tea places, you are given a choice of two petit fours OR fresh strawberries & cream OR an English trifle. Upon looking at the choices, I went with the strawberries.

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All in all it was a fun experience. The server we had was very accommodating! Our friend was cold and she brought out a table cloth for her to wear… haha. Definitely a must visit on your trip to Disney World šŸ™‚

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Disney World – Grand Floridian Resort
Menu here

Afternoon tea at the Ritz-Carlton

This past weekend, I went to afternoon tea at the Ritz-Carlton. Finally! I’ve been wanting to go for months now but nobody wanted to go. I think I’ve visited most of the afternoon tea places in Toronto so I really should make some sort of comparison chart. Actually, as I’m typing this – I just had the most brilliant idea. Stay tuned for that in the coming… months.

I arrived to the DEQ lounge and was quite disappointed. Yes, I understand it was a lounge but there were people sitting by the bar and it’s not something I want to see while having tea. I think there was sports on the TV. Secondly, seeing as it was a lounge/bar, you had to approach the hostess who was also the bartender. Thirdly, the hostess said that I supposedly “cancelled” my reservation. Just the day prior, someone had called to confirm my reservation in which I said yes, I am coming!

After being seated, they had explained the menu to us. You had three choices of Classic Tea, Posh Tea or the Royal Tea. (Click here for more information) The server also brought us the humidor with their eight tea choices. Unlike at the King Edward or even MoRoCo Chocolat, we were not able to smell the different teas at our leisure. She stood there with the different bottles and asked us if we wanted to smell anything. I just went with the safe – Organic Peppermint while my friend went with the Earl Grey. But to her credit, she did explain everything to us which other places seem to forget to do…

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This the savoury portion of the tea. We have quiche, followed by scones, and sandwiches. Can someone explain to me why the scones were on the second tier? The order makes no sense to me. Or at least, this is not what I’m used to. Upon further examination, I can see why the scones aren’t at the top tier because there wouldn’t have been any room for the cream nor at the bottom. So maybe, they need to reconsider the design of their tiers or serve the cream on the side.

The quiche was good, as was the scone. The sandwiches were okay. There was nothing special to comment on.

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The savoury portion was followed by the sweets which had their own tiers. This also needs a redesign. I am not quite sure what the theme is here… Also, it makes for a bad picture! I wasn’t that interested in moving it at an angle just to take a picture.

They were good – for the most part. However, one item didn’t quite do it for me. It was the sweet and salty cookie. Honestly, the one word to describe it would be dull.

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Here is the uninteresting tea cup. Haha.

All in all, the food was okay. The desserts were better! The service was pretty good! They were very knowledgeable on all the items that were served, as well as familiar with the tea selection. (This is very important to me because a lot of places just drop the food in front of you.) However, they were definitely lacking in the ambiance section. Maybe it would have been nicer if I was able to go during the Teddy Bear tea they were offering two months ago…

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Ritz-Carlton Toronto
Website
181 Wellington Street West, Toronto
(416) 585-2500