Tag Archives: tea

This Milkshake Brings Everyone to Samovar’s Yard

If it doesn’t, it should. For the price of a dessert, their green tea matcha milkshake is the best I have had anywhere, outside of Japan. Pair that with one of Samovar’s snack items or sandwiches while overlooking the beautiful greenery on the terrace and you’ve got yourself the ultimate Samovar experience. The juicy duck […]

San Francisco Houses of Kick Starts:

Best place to grab a power meal to go (0r eat in if you have a moment): La Boulange Bakery & Cafe. I was later informed by a San Franciscan that Starbucks had just acquired this locally loved chain and the quality of the goods remains the same thus far (would like to know if […]

A Vancouver Treat – Worth Every Crumb

Despite having to adjust hours and going without supplies for customers on its 2nd level at the beginning, it seems the Last Crumb is paying attention to the needs of its customers and has delivered adjustments in hours and sundries on the second in very short order. Everyone loves a shop that listens to the […]

One Steamy Little Tea House

Five years ago, Nolan Cockburn, found himself a little bored and picked up some tea. Admiring their labels, he noticed the way teas were described much like fine vintage wines, full of body and character. Since his introduction into the tea world then, he has been hooked. Inspired to bring his idea of tea drinking […]

The Best of Seattle’s Comfort Foods – Where East Meets West

Two names are worth mentioning, for now, if you’re in the mood for culinary variety on your Pacific Northwest journey. Facing East(東來食府) – Bellevue, WA Given my spoiled Vancouverite taste buds and high expectations of international cuisine, surprisingly I was able to find some of the best Taiwanese food I’ve tasted on this side of […]

Macarons and Tea at Soirette

Once an exclusively French confection, macarons have now been embraced by the Vancouver marketplace. It has been slowly introduced by a select few pastry and tea shops around town (such as the Urban Tea Merchant and later on at Faubourg, the Bel Cafe, and Thierry) as a feature offering. But for those of you who […]

Thierry Pâtisserie Café – A Taste of France

If you’ve never been to France, but wanted a piece of the experience in Vancouver, Thierry delivers. Its part cafe, part confectionery and part pastry shop experience is created by French Chef, Thierry Busset (of 3 star Michelin, London restaurant’s Gavroche and Marco Pierre White, fame and touted by Gordon Ramsey for his pastry making […]

Bel Cafe – Proper Departure From the Downtown Coffee Standard

It’s nice to know that there is a proper coffee shop at the epicenter of the shopping district of downtown Vancouver. Proper means full service at the Rosewood Georgia Hotel, just at the corner of Howe and Georgia, beside Hawksworth Restaurant (a spinoff of the restaurant). The decor is contemporary and comfortable, but, I’m wondering […]

Falling In ♥ With London Continued: Foodies Unite!

Guilty of not having had fish and chips even once, I found myself drowning in food options. Some hot and some not, but as the Connoisseur is all about things inspiring, let’s focus on the positives, plenty here. My recommendation per day of visit: Day 1 – Tasty Indian dishes for a late dinner to […]

Un Faubourg Fantastique!

The Faubourg I speak of is not a French Quarter. It is the name of a new French tea room and boulangerie in Vancouver that is aptly named as it is reminiscent of the type you would find in a modern Parisien neighbourhood or any other French influenced metropolis. En faites, it reminds me very […]