Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Canadian Classic Fine Bone China

One cup and saucer was added to my collection after my trip to Canada last month.  I already have a teacup decorated with maple leaves and the Canadian flag, also another that has the Royal Canadian Tartan.  My new cup does not quite fit the theme, but it is bone china and made in Canada.

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This set has a raised white on white pattern with gold trim and a pretty mixed floral motif. 

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I have never seen bone china that was made in Canada and the $5.00 thrift shop (for charity) price seemed reasonable.  There doesn’t appear to be any easily available information about Canadian Classic China online.  If any of you know about this company, I’d love to hear about it.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Old Mill Centennial Afternoon Tea

The Old Mill motto says “VALLIS HUMBRIA ANGLIAE PARS ANGLIA PROCUL – In the valley of the Humber, a bit of England far from England”. 

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I’m glad that I was able to experience the special Centennial Afternoon Tea at the Old Mill in Toronto with my sister-in-law Jane, during my recent trip to Canada.  The Old Mill is a long time favorite landmark for dining, dancing, buffets, afternoon tea, weddings and meetings.

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Tea is served in a lovely bright room overlooking beautiful gardens and fountains.  There was a box of Old Mill Centennial Tea at each place setting – I’m looking forward to trying their blend.  It contains  black and green teas - Dimbula, Nandi, Nilgiri, Assam and Wuyi.

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Our three tier tea tray contained Cucumber, Baby Watercress and Fine Herb Cream Cheese Open Face Sandwich – Mini Egg Salad Croissant with Bibb Lettuce and Tomato – and a Smoked Salmon, Asparagus and Fine Herb Cream Cheese Pinwheel.

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Next were the Currant and Lemon Scones with imported Devonshire Cream and Greaves Jams and Marmalade.

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The tea pastries included Battenburg Cake, Lemon Meringue Tartlet, Scottish Shortbread and a Chocolate Dipped Strawberry.

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We enjoyed pots of Earl Grey and Crème au Caramel Rooibos tea.

It was a delicious English afternoon tea in a delightful venue.  I was also happy to learn that a portion of the proceeds are donated to Women’s Habitat (a refuge that provides counselling, support and advocacy for women and their children who are fleeing domestic violence).

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Jane mentioned that she and my brother almost had their wedding at the Old Mill over thirty years ago.  They decided against it because the ballroom they liked shared a dance floor with another ballroom.

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If you would like to explore a little more of the Old Mill Inn and Spa, or if you live nearby and are interested in planning an event, their website is here.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Canada trip 2014

Just returned from a trip to Canada to visit family and attend my nephews wedding.  I enjoyed a few days at the lake house with my brother, sister-in-law and sister.  The weather was fabulous the first three days and I spent quite a lot of time swimming in beautiful spring fed Allen Lake in Harcourt Park.

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Both my brother and sister love to cook and made us lots of wonderful meals and appetizers.  Of course, even with all the swimming and walking, my weight increased by at least four pounds.  ☺

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Have you ever tried shrimp stuffed with goat cheese and wrapped in Prosciutto?  Oh yes, it was good!  My sister did an excellent job, even though her right thumb is in a brace (tricky to tie each one with chives).

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My brother Al spent many years as a firefighter and was used to cooking for the guys.  He made us Fireman’s breakfast with eggs, gourmet sausage, bacon, home fries, beans and toast.  Yum.  One night he cooked Marlin.  It’s a tasty, firm and mild flavored fish – too bad my local Publix never carries it.  They said that they get Swordfish once in a while, but I’ve read that it’s not as good.

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The wedding was gorgeous and I’ll post a photo later.  I purchased some teapot and teacup earrings and a Canadian Classic bone china cup and saucer (haven’t been able to discover much about it online). 

My brother gave me three large bags of tea that he received from a huge tea warehouse he was working at recently (Two Doves Silver Needle White, Guangzhou Milk Oolong and Steam Darjeeling Green Tea).  Not sure if the names are correct – someone in the warehouse quickly wrote on the packages.

Another highlight of my trip was the special Centennial Afternoon Tea at The Old Mill Inn and Spa in Toronto.

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So, I have lots to show you over the next few weeks and a lot of catching up with my favorite blogs. 

 

 

 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Dept 7 East & The Tea Room

Some of you may recall a previous post on The Tea Room in Savannah, GA.  It has always been one of my favorite tea rooms and I was saddened to hear a while back that it was closing.  As it turned out, it was not as bad as I had thought.  The owner of the Tea Room had decided to end food service, but continue with her retail sales at this location. 

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It was very busy at the tea counter the day of my visit.  The wall covered with many large containers of loose tea for sale is still there, as well as a selection of china, books, tea cozies, jewelry, and more.The Tea Room tea canisters

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The décor has changed dramatically from a style befitting Charles Rennie Mackintosh (Scottish architect, designer and artist) to an ultra contemporary look for  the bistro it has become.

IMG_1207There is lots of reclaimed wood on the walls now and a relaxing neutral color scheme.  I like it, but I do miss the cozy sink in and relax décor of the old tea room.   

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There were no floral bouquets on the tables when I visited Dept 7 East.  Instead there were stalks of cotton in the vases.

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I didn’t have time to have lunch during my visit, but I will definitely do that next time I’m in Savannah.  The inventive menu has some great items like Low Country Cocktail of Pickled Shrimp or a Picnic Platter of Regional Cheeses for nibbles.  Some yummy salads were offered and A Teasy Chicken Sandwich with Lapsang Souchong Chicken Salad sounded good.  They also have a petit plates menu and offer wine, beer and, of course, peach iced tea.

Now, if only there was somewhere in Savannah to have a traditional afternoon tea.  If you know of any, please share.  ☺

 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Macarons in Savannah

Just returned from Savannah, GA where hubby attended some classes at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center.  I was delighted to find Maison De Macarons while doing some pre trip planning.

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It was a tiny little shop with a couple of café tables and a display case full of colorful macarons. 

This video shows some of the flavors available.  It is quite long, but the photo styling is very pretty and the flavors sound so yummy.  I’d love to try lemon blueberry poppy seed, raspberry and the coconut shell with dark chocolate center and more.

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Of course, I was immediately drawn to the tray of green tea macarons.  I asked if the baker used Matcha powder and was told no, but the recipe does contain tea.

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I got some to eat in Savannah and brought home a little box of six including green tea, cappuccino, raspberry chocolate, Mexican, bananas foster and pistachio.  Isn’t it great that they are low fat and made with almond flour (gluten free).  At around 100 calories each, I can enjoy them with a cup of tea (without too much guilt).  ☺

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Now I know where I can get delicious and pretty macarons for a special afternoon tea, shower or wedding.

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You can order online here in boxes of one or two dozen.

I’ll tell you about some of the great meals we had in Savannah and my visit to the former Tea Room on Broughton Street later.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Fauchon Paris

Have you ever tried tea from Fauchon Paris

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I’d never heard of Fauchon until I came across this tin of Sweet Almond and Orange Flavoured Tea on a recent shopping trip.  The tin itself is very pretty and I really like the two part lid with a monogram on the little inner handle.

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The loose tea is lovely with half fermented China tea, orange peel, almond, orange blossom and natural orange and almond flavors.

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As some of you know, I’ve never been a big fan of flavored teas, but I did enjoy this one.  It has a light fragrance with a hint of almond and orange in the brewed tea.  It will probably be good iced too.

Too bad Fauchon is not available in the USA.  I read online that there was a store in New York that is now closed.  Amazon has a small selection, when they keep it in stock.

Don’t these French macarons look scrumptious.  The company is known for elaborate pastries (some are very striking looking – almost too fancy to eat).  I can only imagine how delicious they must taste. 

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Now I think I’ll have another cup of Fauchon tea and explore their elegant website.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

National Ice Cream Month

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month. He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by a full 90 percent of the nation's population.  President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with "appropriate ceremonies and activities."

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Ice cream is not a treat that I indulge in very often, but I would like to try making homemade tea flavor ice cream.  This recipe for chai ice cream from The Daily Tea sounds delicious.

Since I now have some Matcha  green tea powder that I received from The Republic of Tea, I can try making Matcha ice cream.  This video shows the simple preparation with a link to the recipe at Just One Cookbook.

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Earl Grey Ice Cream sounds good.

Have any of you tried making ice cream with your favorite tea?  

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