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.
One of the things I love about going on a food tour is discovering new (to me) places to shop and eat. I am a foodie after all. Oh, who am I kidding, I am a bit of a food snob. Which is one of the reasons why I love going on food tours when I’m travelling, and when I’m at home as well. A food tour is a fabulous way to find new places to eat, and new foods to love; especially when you’re in a big city like Toronto.
Look out Toronto, there is a new Mexican restaurant in town and it’s name is Wilbur Mexicana. I know what you’re thinking, ‘Wilbur’ is most definitely not a Mexican name. Does a Mexican restaurant really need a Mexican name? What if the name of the restaurant was related to an important ingredient used in Mexican cooking?
Wilbur Scoville, an American pharmacist, is the man who measured the piquancy of chile peppers while working for Parke-Davis pharmaceutical in 1912; now know as the Scoville scale.
Food, glorious food. It’s one of my favourite parts of travel, and life for that matter. I’m a semi-adventurous foodie; meaning I still have this weird gag reflex thing when it comes to eating bugs, but I am good with pretty much everything else. The more I travel the more I fall in love with street food and local markets. Especially markets.
Over the next few months I will be experiencing some of the food tours that are on offer in Toronto in an effort to find the best ones. As part of this little foodie project I will be writing about each of the tours here on Savoir Faire Abroad, and then in late spring I’ll be doing a comparison of all of them and recommending which ones I think are the best in the city. Starting with Savour Toronto’s Kensington Krawl Christmas food tour.
It’s a cold December day and I’m sitting on a dove-grey leather sofa in front of a marble and glass fireplace, the warmth of the fire gently licking my skin. As the waitress approaches I sit back, order a pot of Royal Earl Grey tea, and watch the snow falling outside as I listen to a pianist play a rendition of All Apologies – a song I am far more familiar with than I should be, thanks to my brother’s obsession with Nirvana when we were teenagers. Sitting in the Lobby Lounge at the Shangri-la Hotel in Toronto is one of my favourite things to do in the city in winter. I love the chilled vibe, the free wi-fi, the live entertainment, their extensive selection of teas (60+), and their Nutcracker Afternoon High Tea.