The Montréal Jazz Festival is one of the BEST jazz festivals in the world – I read that in a few places, so I’m almost certain that it’s true – and this past weekend I had a chance to check it out. And I took my Mom along for the ride.
In my not-so-humble opinion Vancouver is the best city in Western Canada. Yes, I’m declaring that right now. I’ve lived in Calgary, and it’s okay, but it doesn’t even come close to the awesomeness of Vancouver. The landscapes, the people, the food, the lifestyle, Vancouver has the whole package. Plus, it’s super close to one of my favourite continents, Asia.
But this post is not about Vancouver’s Asian influences or closeness to Asia, this is about one of my favourite luxury hotels in the city, Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver (a Forbes Five-Star hotel).
I’m a tea nerd. It’s not really a secret, just flip through this blog and you’ll see a few posts on afternoon tea experiences. I haven’t even written about how I travel with my favourite teas, and pick-up new ones when I’m in various countries. I actually have specific tea stops in certain cities, like the green tea infused with anise from a little family tea shop located in a hutong in Beijing. But I digress…
Travelling the world gave me an appreciation for food with flavour, spice, and creativity. Gone where the days of roast beef or roast chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy, a staple in my house when I was growing up. While I can appreciate those family dinners, I crave flavour.
When I’m on the road, I lean towards fresh foods, street foods. I guess, in a way, it feels as though I am eating delicious home cooking. Plus there is the fact that street food is more budget friendly.
Afternoon Tea and the Shangri-La Hotel Toronto go hand in hand. I love sitting in the lobby lounge in the afternoon, the sun beaming through the floor to ceiling windows, the warmth of the fireplace, the sound of the Fazioli piano being played in the background. The moment I sit on one of the dove grey leather sofas, I feel myself relaxing, forgetting about the world outside, and ordering a pot of my favourite tea.
A cosmopolitan city filled with funky hipster cafés, gourmet bistros, art, museums, and shopping, Montréal is one of our favourite cities to visit in Québec. Unfortunately there are so many things to see and experience, and places to eat, that we have to create themes for our visits. Usually sticking to one or two neighbourhoods; our Montréal bucket list is far too long to achieve everything in a single visit.
There are a handful of foodie experiences that I am willing to drive through a blizzard to enjoy; especially when it means I have to drive into downtown Toronto, from the country. Normally I would cancel my plans and stay in the countryside, but Shangri-la’s Chinese New Year High Tea was too hard to pass up.