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For Mother’s Day, I took Mama Lam to afternoon tea at Origo Club. They offered a special menu for the weekend, but surprisingly, it was at its regular price of $45 per person. Good on them for not raising the price on this special day because many places do. The number of items was the same as usual but with a different line-up of desserts.

Afternoon Tea at Origo Club

Food

Here is what we had for savoury items (starting from the left):

Savoury Items, Afternoon Tea at Origo Club

Tarte aux Épinards – tart shell, spinach, coppa, gruyère, egg. One of my favourite items in the line-up. The tart shell was buttery and there was a lot of spinach in the filling. The filling was well-seasoned too.

Canard à l’Orange – seared duck breast, orange coulis & segments. Another fave of mine. The duck breast was tender, smokey. I wish there were more pieces of this.

Chou au Foie Gras et à la Truffe – choux pastry, duck foie gras & truffle mousse. (more…)

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On the rare occasion that CC and I got to hang out we chose to check out CandyTown in Yaletown, and we decided to first grab a bite at Small Victory Bakery.

Food

While CC opted for a sandwich, my eyes were set on those fluffy croissants in the showcase. I didn’t simply go for a butter croissant, though; I wanted a Breakfast Croissant. Sadly they sold out of it, so I went for the Bacon & Cheese Croissant instead. It’s light, fluffy, buttery. Then, as I got to the middle, there’s melted cheddar cheese with some meaty bacon. Of course, for the meat lover in me, I wish there’s more bacon. But because the cheddar cheese was also salty, too much bacon would’ve shot the salt level through the roof. This was perfectly balanced, and seriously, I could’ve easily had another one of these.

Bacon & Cheese Croissant

Christmas is just around the corner, so obviously I had to order a seasonal item. Cue the Mont Blanc. (more…)

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We don’t venture out to Fraser Valley often, so when I had to take Mama Lam out to Langley for some wedding related activities, I decided to find some eats there. A deal voucher led us to having afternoon tea at Frosting Cupcakery.

Frosting Cupcakery

Food

As with other afternoon tea experiences, we started with selecting a tea of our choice. They have a decent sized list, but unfortunately they were basic tea selection and were not very interesting. That being said, they have a really nice collection of tea pots. The two that we got, despite both being white in colour, were of different designs. They had simple, monotone design that reminded you of a bird nest and seashells.

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When the tower arrived, we were quite surprised. One, it seemed like there was a lot of food; two, it’s not two of each kind. For savoury items they provided two of the same, but for the cupcakes, they actually gave us four different flavours — I thought that’s neat, so you could try more varieties, but the downside was, we had to split every cupcake so we could try all the flavours.

High Tea Tower

Here is the list of items on the tower: (more…)

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Earlier this year I visited the Faubourg in Kerrisdale for the first time, and learned that they were opening a new store in downtown. Well, time flies. A few months later, the new Faubourg on Hornby has opened its door and I of course had to swing by to check it out.

As soon as I got there, I immediately saw the patio and it reminded me of the cafes in Paris, France, where the seats all face out. Unfortunately I didn’t take a picture of Faubourg’s patio, but here’s one from Paris just to get an idea:

Cafe facing out in Paris, France

Cafe facing out in Paris, France

Then I walked inside and the decor is pretty similar to the Kerrisdale location. In the back there’s a projector screen playing what seems like black-and-white French films; on another side of the cafe there are paintings of the upper class enjoying some pastries. Elegant and classy. This could be a nice, quiet place to read your favourite book, but it could also be somewhere bustling with lots of chit-chats and coffee meet-ups.

Food

If you read the Kerrisdale post, you know I liked their products. This time around, for a coffee meeting I grabbed myself an Almond Croissant along with a cup of Iced Latte on a hot summer day. (more…)

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Given that I live in the suburb, honestly Kerrisdale is just a bit too far for me. But a few weeks ago, I was invited to swing by Faubourg for a tour – that’s a great reason to bring me to the neighbourhood!

Faubourg Kerrisdale

Faubourg Kerrisdale

The Kerrisdale location is quite nice. Not only there is space for your coffee date, there’s also a bistro section for a more substantial breakfast, brunch/lunch, or afternoon tea. Unlike most afternoon tea places where they only serve one menu, Faubourg actually offers two menus with the cheaper option at only $17.90 per person.

Bistro @ Faubourg

Bistro @ Faubourg

The kitchen was only steps away from the bistro, and it’s amazing how much can be produced out of this tiny space. There’s almost always someone working in the kitchen, since they bake fresh bread throughout the day to make sure customers are not getting stale bread at 6:30pm in the evening. Then they would take advantage of the evening to make other items such as cakes and macarons – very efficient use of time and space.

Kitchen @ Faubourg

Kitchen @ Faubourg

Food

Of course, I wouldn’t leave Faubourg without trying its goodies. (more…)

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A couple of weeks ago I was invited to a blogger breakfast at Hawksworth Restaurant. It’s the earliest blogger duty I have ever attended, and I think other ones around the table can attest to this. A large cup of hot coffee, please!

I was surprised to learn that most others didn’t know that Hawksworth serves brunch on the weekends. My mom and I was there just last year for Mother’s Day. The experience was quite positive last time, so I was looking forward to another great breakfast at this event.

Blogger Brunch at Hawksworth

Blogger Brunch at Hawksworth

Food

To start the morning, we had a great selection of Artisan Pastries. I was told that the Almond Croissant is always a popular item and often times sold out at Bel Cafe next door, so I went for a piece. It was very good. It’s denser than a regular croissant, more bread-like and less crumbly, and it was fresh and slightly crispy on the outside. (more…)

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