March 23rd, 2013. Capstone Tea & Fondue 

 

capstone tea & fondue

capstone tea & fondue

 

 

 

  Since we couldn’t sit down for teas and treats at Soirette we headed over to Capstone Tea & Fondue on Robson instead.  Nab just started working here as the manager and I wanted to be supportive of his new job.
 
 

capstone tea & fondue

capstone tea & fondue

 

 

 

With a clean, white and green color scheme and plenty of efficient seating space for a small cafe. Capstone offers variations of tea and tea lattes to accompany the chocolate and cheese fondues.
 

capstone tea & fondue

capstone tea & fondue

 

 

 

Since we’re sweet, we went the sweet route with the Chocolate Fondue Sampler 😉  The café states that they offer 56% semi-sweet Blegian dark chocolate for dipping.
 

capstone tea & fondue

capstone tea & fondue

 

 

 

 

I was surprised to find out that all their pastries and baked goods are made in house.  Delicious little biscuits, moist cakes, I probably could have just eaten a whole plate of just that!
 

capstone tea & fondue

capstone tea & fondue

 

 

 

 

The fruit is your usual fare.  The grapes were slightly difficult to dip because it was so slippery and the skewer kept bouncing off, but I loved the strawberries and pineapple 😀
 

capstone tea & fondue

capstone tea & fondue

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also ordered an add-on side of the ice cream truffles and cheesecake truffles!  
 

capstone tea & fondue

capstone tea & fondue

 

 

 

 

 

  The fun part was the different kinds of toppings we could roll our fondue dipped treats in!  Compliments of the house 😀

capstone tea & fondue

capstone tea & fondue

 

 

 

 

 

The chocolate had a sort of sheen and coated the items well. We were definitely having fun dipping and noshing on the abundance of goodies!

capstone tea & fondue

capstone tea & fondue

 

 

 

 

 

 

I worried that the ice cream truffles would melt too quickly, but it didn’t turn out to be a problem 🙂

capstone tea & fondue

capstone tea & fondue

 

 

 

 

 

How much fun did we have?  Lots of fun!  The establishment was constantly busy the whole time we were there and the atmosphere was nice and cheerful 🙂  We had  really fun time!

 

 

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Soirette Macarons & Tea

April 18, 2014

March 23rd, 2013. Soirette

soirette macaron & tea

soirette macaron & tea

 

 

A girls’ day with Anita calls for something special… Soirette!  On the West End at towards the end of Pender before you hit Stanley Park territory, this newish macaron and high tea place is tiny, but perfect for girly girls who love macarons!

soirette macaron & tea

soirette macaron & tea

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the coming of spring their cute window displays and sweet little décor details inside are just too cute not to take pictures!  Anita was running a little late, which gave me plenty of time to ogle the beautiful and dainty Macarons 🙂

soirette macaron & tea

soirette macaron & tea

 

 

 

 

 

 

All their desserts sweets are crafted in their baking kitchen in their back-of-house and every time the doors swing open you get tiny glimpses of the magic that happens behind the doors.

soirette macaron & tea

soirette macaron & tea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tiny establishment is always booked full since there is such limited seating and limited time.  We had to do with just buying some to go.

soirette macaron & tea

soirette macaron & tea

 

 

 

 

 

I bought a dozen gorgeous little macarons of varying colors and flavors.  I can definitely say I prefer them to Thierry.  Light cloud of pastel colors imparted with dainty flavors.  I love how creamy and jammy  the centers are.  I was definitely impressed!

DAVIDsTEA Tea Latte!

November 3, 2013

January 4th, 2013. Tea Lattes at Work~! 

DAVIDsTEA tea latte

DAVIDsTEA tea latte

  Since working at DAVIDsTEA I’ve really gotten into tea lattes and have to admit I make them pretty well!  I never used to be for soy milk…but soy milk has gotten  tastier since they first came on the scene and I make a mean tea latte ;D  Big foam is always a plus as long as most of the cup is full of tea!  I absolutely love these clear glasses as well 😀

November 15th, 2012. Studying Tea w/ a PSL 

 

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin Spice Latte

 

 

  Studying hard for my new job at DAVIDsTEA!

 To help me along, my favorite, PSL, and some good music in my ears 🙂

Caffe Divano – Port Moody

September 2, 2013

August 28th, 2012.  Caffe Divano – Port Moody 

 

caffe divano - port moody

caffe divano – port moody

 

 

 

  My usual Spanish Latte at Caffe Divano~ a gorgeous cup of velvety espresso and condensed milk.  Probably my favorite drink here until they get the Maple Latte 😉

June 14h, 2012. Afternoon Coffee At Caffe Divano

caffe divano - port moody

caffe divano – port moody

 

 

Caffe Divano is really my favorite little neighborhood cafe in Port Moody.  With their 49th Parallel coffee, carefully handcrafted and highly caffinated drinks and always the great aroma of in house freshly baked goods it’s always nice to come here.

caffe divano - port moody

caffe divano – port moody

 

 

 

 

 

Unfortunately my boss doesn’t yet know I don’t like coconut and he ordered this Coconut Muffin with our coffees….I can say the frosting was sweet, the coconut was fresh and the muffin itself was yummy!

June 3rd, 2012. Bel Cafe Again~

hotel georgia @ bel cafe

hotel georgia @ bel cafe

 

 

 

 

Round 2 with Anita (la petite foodie) at what seems like our girl-chat headquarters, Bel Cafe at Hotel Georgia!

 

hotel georgia @ bel cafe

hotel georgia @ bel cafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latte latte latte!  Smooth, creamy and warm.  Comfy, cozy and bitter-sweet 🙂

 

hotel georgia @ bel cafe

hotel georgia @ bel cafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I ordered the Pear Vanilla Danish along side my velvety latte. Look how pretty it is~!!

hotel georgia @ bel cafe

hotel georgia @ bel cafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perfectly flaky and crispy with a delicious soft-ish crumble on top encasing beautifully sweet, soft pear with that undeniably creamy-smooth flavor of vanilla balanced in to the danish.

hotel georgia @ bel cafe

hotel georgia @ bel cafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Danish all gone!!  Tummy very happy 😀

May 2nd, 2012.Tea Time in Vancouver

xi shi lounge (shangri-la hotel)

xi shi lounge (shangri-la hotel)

 

Enjoying tea time with Jamal at Xi Shi Lounge at the Shangri-La Hotel in dowtown Vancouver.  One of the city’s swankiest and chic-est hotels and such a tranquil a pretty place to be 🙂  The cute waitress was dressed in a cheongsam and even brought us some yummy popcorn to munch on with our delicate and elegant tea 🙂

April 10th, 2012.  Ginger Tea

honey ginger tea

honey ginger tea

 

 

 

 

I was feeling a pretty bad cold coming along and knew I had to nip it in the bud pretty quick.  With a couple business trips coming up, including Las Vegas, and a ton of stuff to do with getting the documentary off the ground I knew I couldn’t afford to be sick.

I took a page out of Hangawi’s book at thought I’d get myself on some ginger tea in a major way.

honey ginger tea

honey ginger tea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I couldn’t find any ginger powder, but I was able to find Honey Ginger Tea from H-Mart.  I also added some matchsticks of ginger and fresh lemon to up the ante.  Take that cold!!

April 6th, 2012. Lifegroup Girls’ Easter Luncheon

white rock, south surrey

white rock, south surrey

 

 

 

Us girls in Lifegroup wanted to take the opportunity of a long weekend to get together and bond over tea, lunch-stuff, cupcakes, etc.. Hello, Easter Long Weekend!

white rock, south surrey

white rock, south surrey

 

 

 

 

Fortuitously we were blessed with an amazingly sunny day! After another long and gloomy winter season it was just so nice to see such brilliant sunshine. Definitely made the drive down to White Rock pleasant.

tracycakes bakery cafe

tracycakes bakery cafe

 

 

 

 

We’d originally wanted to do a high-tea sort of thing, but seeing as how the good ones are so far out in Vancouver and the ones in the neighborhood seemed a bit steep in price we came to the compromise of a luncheon!

tracycakes bakery cafe

tracycakes bakery cafe

 

 

 

 

 

It seemed like a better way to go so that not everyone had to be subject to a group fixed price and we could be more flexible.  Tracycakes was the unanimous vote.

tracycakes bakery cafe

tracycakes bakery cafe

 

 

 

 

The shop is nicely situated on the waterfront strip in White Rock and is full of the most precious knick knacks and things for the home.  A mix of modern-rustic-country-nautica the shutter bugs among us just couldn’t get enough!

 

tracycakes bakery cafe

tracycakes bakery cafe

 

 

 

 

Pair that with the cute tea ware and adorable baked goods in the pastry display case..yeah…really….it took all my will-power to stay in my seat.  Haha! 😉

tracycakes bakery cafe

tracycakes bakery cafe

 

 

 

 

 

I chose to have the Chicken Pot Pie as my meal.  I’m kind of a sucker for them..!  Chicken, diced potatoes, peas, carrots and onions in a gravy topped off with a hat of crisp, flaky pastry.  Not exactly a pie, the gravy was runny, but it was okay.

tracycakes bakery cafe

tracycakes bakery cafe

 

 

The salad was Tracy’s Signature Salad with strings of beets and carrots toasted pecans, feta cheese and their signature raspberry poppyseed dressing.  Funny enough I thought the greens were a bit…tough…..but other than that I loved the touch of cream from the feta, the natural slightly sweet from the carrots and beets and even the pecans were nice.  Nice dressing, too!

tracycakes bakery cafe

tracycakes bakery cafe

I couldn’t come here and NOT have a sweet treat. After MUCH contemplation I finally settled on 2 babycakes: the Lovely Lavender – a vanilla cupcake with Bavarian filling topped with lovely purple butter cream icing, and the ‘Smores – chocolate cupcake with marshmallow filling topped with chocolate butter icing and graham cracker dust.

tracycakes bakery cafe

tracycakes bakery cafe

 

 

 

Both were incredibly moist and delicious and beautiful! I think they hit all the notes well. Pretty to look at, great scent, and delicious in my mouth! Sure they could be sweet for some, but I think that’s why the babycakes area good way to go. Bite-sized things are great!  How amazing is this cupcake??!

tracycakes bakery cafe

tracycakes bakery cafe

 

 

 

 

Yaisa also had the Lovely Lavender as well as the Ra~Ra~Raspberry, a rich chocolate cake filled with whip cream and topped with raspberry icing.  Both so lovely!

tracycakes bakery cafe

tracycakes bakery cafe

 

 

 

 

Can’t remember exactly what it was that Camille got, but it was sweet, it was super rich and definitey measured up to her chocolate-tooth expectations 😉  What a wonderful afternoon!