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With a deal coupon, Mr. and I enjoyed a nice afternoon tea at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport. Honestly, if not for the coupon, I would never consider trekking all the way to the airport just to eat.

Afternoon Tea at Globe @ YVR

Afternoon Tea at Globe @ YVR

Food

Our deal included two glasses of sparkling wine, which was a decent, dry bubbly. Of course, the focus is still on our pots of tea. What’s different from the afternoon tea at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, is that this is a more modern take of afternoon tea. Check out the fancy tea press below. This tea pot also seems to hold more tea than the traditional pot. We ordered the Berry Berry and Cascade Peppermint, and between the two I would recommend Cascade Peppermint. It was very fragrant and of course, minty; it’s quite light and refreshing so it would go well with the pastries and sandwiches that you’re about to indulge in.

Modern Tea Pot & Sparkling Wine

Modern Tea Pot & Sparkling Wine

Our three-tier tower included the following. Now keep in mind that this was during the festive season and because they’re keeping things seasonal, what you get will be different depending on the time of year. (more…)

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Through work I was among one of the lucky ~300 guests who attended the Fairmont Apprentice Dinner. This is a culinary debut of cook apprentices from seven Fairmont properties: Waterfront, Pacific Rim, Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver Airport, Chateau Whistler, Empress in Victoria and Olympic in Seattle.

The event was at the beautiful Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. We arrived to the champagne reception, only to disappointingly report to you that I didn’t get to try any of the canapes prepared by Fairmont Pacific Rim. There were way too many people and I only saw two banquet servers passing around the canapes. I didn’t mind, though, saved room for the actual dinner.

Food

Emceed by Coleen Christie of CTV, it’s a six-course dinner with wine pairing. Each of the other six Fairmont Hotels was responsible for one dish. Here they were:

Fairmont Style “Cobb Salad” by Fairmont Vancouver Airport
Pascual Toso Sauvignon Blanc

Fairmont Style "Cobb Salad" by Fairmont Vancouver Airport

Fairmont Style "Cobb Salad" by Fairmont Vancouver Airport

Tomato & basil terrine was wonderful. It’s colourful, juicy, light and refreshing.  The bits of house-made bacon was smokey and blended well with the lightly flavoured quail egg and tomato terrine. The pressed chicken confit was just right, not salty and it had a nice crispy skin. The only thing I didn’t enjoy was the thin slice of bacon fat. It was quite greasy for my taste. Oh and the blue cheese.

Pressed Quail Terrine by Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Mission Hill Pinot Noir

Pressed Quail Terrine by Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Pressed Quail Terrine by Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Initially I thought the terrine would be very rich, but I was wrong. The meat was lightly seasoned, with the added crunch of pistachio. I appreciate the choice of using apricot chutney to pair with the meat. The sweetness of apricot and the dash of S&P, along with the walnut crisp was an excellent combo. There were some pepper sprinkled on the crisps, though, which made my lips tinkled as I bit through them. A weird sensation. (more…)

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