So I normally have shitty birthdays… I remember spending one of my birthdays walking down a long street, in the pouring rain, to go to the house of some girl I absolutely despise and passing by a dead squirrel (to add to the misery). Then one of them I spent studying for an accounting test which I really didn’t study for but aced anyway but because it was exam time, no one wanted to hang out with me. SOB. Oh and that’s what happened the next four years while people were at school, I didn’t really do anything. Last year was a step up! We went to the Dominican for my birthday. Okay, I expected Mr.S to make me lunch but instead we rushed and had Swiss Chalet… which I like btw. Finally, this year… it was awesomes.
Dec 3 part 2 | Let me continue… We arrived back at the condo after the macaron making class. We had some snack, played taboo, and had dinner at the Beestro. (not bistro). It had a nice welcoming atmosphere. Not intimidating with loud music. But also doesn’t smell like pee or alcohol for a pub/bar type thing. They also had food served outside of pubs so that’s good. That was some deelish macaroni. Liked the wings too. The server was welcoming and interacted with our group too.
After dinner, we ended up at the condo to play some more Taboo. I love this game. Only because I can never truly suck at it. I’m a great guesser … and a so-so clue giver. Well it’s partially my fault for not being a great clue giver but also I find that for some people, stuff don’t click in their head as quickly as me and my bff, Yuks. (pronounced Youks not Yucks). Like I told Mr.S “Shoes that you hate”. OMG. We had lengthy discussions about how much he hates them but he did not get it. I was hoping he’d say converse and then we could get to Chuck Taylors. And it happened a few times with other people. I guess something might be obvious to me but not to others. Lol. Surprisingly Amanda and Mr.S were a good pair and so were Mr.S and YC. YC and Yuks – let’s not even talk about it. And me and Yuks… it’s not even fair. That’s cause she’s a great guesser <3
The girls … and Danny! (clearly I don’t have many female friends in real life and I don’t care. Personally, it’s too high maintenance. You don’t even know what happened and next thing you know, you’re deleted off her Facebook page. HA!!)
Then we brought out the cake. This was baked by my bff, Yuks. I feel so loved! Speaking of baking, I also made a strawberry shortcake for that person I mentioned above. (cough) ….
It looks beautiful!! It was as if she bought it at the store. Very professional. Even has that chocolate cookie.
I get a strawberry. Oh and they urged me to cut the cake but apparently it’s bad luck if you do. UM They make me cut my own cake at work …. AND SERVE IT TO PEOPLE TOO… LOL!!
Re: Chuck Taylors – upon further discussion or me berating him saying HOW DO YOU FORGET SOMETHING YOU HATE … lol … we agreed that I should’ve “broken it down” for him and I came up with this: Gossip Girl something Bass (Chuck – yeah he knows who he is) and something Lautner or something Swift (Taylor). LOLOL
Dec 4 | So my actual birthday officially started at midnight. Our friends left sometime after. Then we went to bed and no, there was no surprise birthday breakfast… like they do in tv shows. So Mr.S told me to get ready while he’s at the gym and to be ready by 1. We rushed to Yorkville and … by mentioning Avenue Road, I knew it was afternoon tea. Only because I told him I wanted to do afternoon tea on my birthday. Now, it’s a question of where. (I had a feeling where it was)
And I was right. We ended up at the Four Seasons in Yorkville. I must say, it’s definitely not as pretty as a Fairmont. Mr.S went to Vancouver a few weeks ago for a business trip and was telling me about the Fairmont he stayed at and it was very high-tech and nice.
A post wouldn’t be complete without my face on it.
Mr.S looking cute and Duffy <3 You can't tell but it was starting to rain outside. Oh the power of the iphone.... lol.
So I want to be honest and say that I love afternoon tea not because I'm crazy about tea (although my kitchen begs to differ) but because I love the atmosphere and the idea of just having a nice afternoon with Mr.S or friends, and getting served cute little things.
Here is our tray.
Shrimp salad. I wanted to give you a more detailed menu but I looked at the site and it’s totally wrong. Well, not updated… Anyway this was really deelish. We made sure that there were no onions in our sandwiches. SO it won’t turn out like last time at the Fairmont. Okay, just to let everyone know… just because you have one bad experience at a Tea place, doesn’t mean it will be like that next time around. So I’m not crossing Fairmont off my list. I mean there’s only so many places in Toronto with Tea. Also, they change it once a quarter, maybe. And there’s seasonal menus too. So yeah, don’t write them off just yet.
This tasted weird. You know those dried chinese mushrooms … they have this taste to it. Well that’s what this tasted like. It’s supposed to be roast beef or something.
Salmon gravlax. (think smoked salmon but not smokey? It’s cured though) Very delicious. Next time I host afternoon tea, I’ll see if I can get my hands on some…
Cucumber, dill, cream cheese sandwich? Very um refreshing.
To end the sandwiches, here’s the Apple and cheddar sandwich. Yum. It has this smokey cheese taste.
Then we had scones. They had the cream + lemon curd type of thing available as spreads. OMFG yum. Seriously.
On to desserts. Okay, I only bothered taking pics of this one cause the cream looked really good. Bad idea eating the cream in one bite. I had to eat some of the carrot cake to balance it out. HAHA.
So we went to the Hudson Bay Centre to buy some stuff. Well it was Mr.S, being last minute, buying me a card. I AM UPSET THAT ONLY TWO PEOPLE WROTE ME CARDS BECAUSE I PAINSTAKENLY WROTE ONE FOR EVERYONE.
We got home and he took some time writing the card in the bed room.
I loved it when I saw it in the store, but I love it even more now. It actually smells really good. Feel free to smell me next time. HAHAHAHA.
Then the next surprise was also not a surprise cause I like to keep guessing. We’re going to Wizard of Oz! YAY. I am too tired to write a review at this point. It was just so much fun. There were songs from back in the day and new ones like Lady Gaga (ugh). The lady chastised me for taking a picture at the beginning but I managed these two.
It’s now a tradition to watch these Ross Petty productions!
So what traditions do you follow? – not so much cultural but just something you do with your family every year…
I leave you with a picture of Duffy.