Category Archives: afternoon tea

Eating in Nice – France

After Cinque Terre, we headed to the French Rivera.  We made Nice our base for three nights and from there, made day trips to other towns in the Côte d’Azur.

In Nice, we ended up eating mainly at the touristy Cours Saleya.  In the morning, it’s a market for flowers and produce; at night, it’s a famous spot for tourist dining.

the sweetest strawberries….. not kidding.. even sweeter than the Japanese strawberries…

The first night, we ate at Le Safari.. which apparently is one of the most-famous choice at Cours Saleya.Linguini aux vongoles…..

Raviolis à la Niçoise Maison.. this was too watery…

The next day was pouring rain and we didn’t have an umbrella.  We took refuge at Bistro Romain, one of the few restaurants that have continued service in the afternoon , and had an early dinner at 4pm.ordered moules-frites, which came with a glass of wine… This was the biggest portion of mussels on the trip…. it took me 30 minutes to finish it.  The fries were the best too! It’s the crispy McDonald’s kind.. it was crispy even at the end of the meal!

The next night, we went to another random restaurant…and once again, I ordered moules-frites!

We also stopped by the boulangerie near the market for more food. tarte au citron and millefeuille

pain au chocolat….

In France, there’s not a lot of public toilets, so if you have to go to the washroom, people usually stop at a cafe for a coffee/toilet break.

Instead of buying coffee, I ordered crepe! made to order crepe with nutella… yummmm


Nice, France

Adonia Teahouse – Vancouver

Kerrisdale is probably the neighbourhood with the most teahouses… there’s Secret Garden, Faubourg and Adonia.. all within 2-3 blocks! I’ve been meaning to try Adonia for a long time and finally went this summer.

My friend and I both ordered the mini afternoon tea. I loved how sugar rock crystals are used instead of regular sugar.

Each set came with an assortment of 7 savouries and pastries.

The scones were cold and not buttery enough.. and there weren’t enough jam nor cream!

Ranking wise, for afternoon tea in Kerrisdale, Secret Garden is still the best.


Adonia Teahouse

2057 West 41st Avenue  Vancouver, BC V6M 1Y7
(604) 261-0049

Greenwoods – Amsterdam, Netherlands

We took the train out to Zaanse Schans to see the symbol of Holland…. WINDMILLS!

We took pictures, checked windmills off our to-see-bucket list and returned to Amsterdam for lunch at Greenwoods!

Greenwoods has a English-cottage-like feel to it and is famous for its delicious English-style meals, fresh baked goods and afternoon tea.

It’s a great place to relax and have a bite… it has a great view of the canal!

We ordered:

Club Special (roasted organic chicken breast, bacon, cheddar cheese, avocado, home-made coleslaw, rucole and lemon mayonnaise  layered on toasted whole grain bread)….

BLT (bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise layered on toasted whole grain bread)….

daily soup .. gazpacho…extremely tomato-y…

deluxe high tea (home-made soda bread with smoked salmon and cream cheese, 4 petit sandwhiches, organic scone with Devonshire clotted cream/strawberry jam and carrot cake)….

carrot cake…



Singel 103  1012 VG Amsterdam, Netherlands
020 6237071

Blå Porten – Stockholm, Sweden

After visiting the Vasa Museum to see the ship which sunk on her maiden voyage….

we had lunch/afternoon tea at Blå Porten…

Blå Porten has a quaint and picturesque courtyard and it’s perfect for a summer day!

This cafe is self-serve.. so we picked a few pastries from an assortment laid out on long wooden tables.


blueberry pie….

chocolate and fudge pastries...

Blå Porten is the perfect place to eat and relax after a few hours at the museum!


Blå Porten

Djurgårdsvägen 64  115 21 Stockholm, Sweden
08-663 87 59

Secret Garden Tea Company – Vancouver

As you may have read from the previous post, back in July 2011, my friend and I were supposed to have afternoon tea at Faubourg.   It turned out that Faubourg was already closing (a lot of earlier than normal!) so we ended up going to Secret Garden.

Instead of ordering the high tea ($26.95 per person) which I normally do, I ordered the demi high tea ($12.95 per person), a sampling of the high tea.

2 miniature sandwiches and a miniature scone with raspberry jam and Devon cream..

2 miniature sweets

I like the menu at Secret Garden because it offers the traditional 3-tiered tea and also 3 different kinds of sampling teas.  The sampling tea portion is perfect and it’s cheaper!  The food at Secret Garden is average but the ambiance is better than the hotels because the decor is that of a British cottage!


Secret Garden Tea Company 

5559 West Boulevard
Vancouver, BC
(604) 261-3070

Faubourg – Vancouver

One of the newer additions to the afternoon tea scene in Kerrisdale is Faubourg.  It opened in early 2011 and I’ve been wanting to try their afternoon teas after seeing pictures on Facebook. The first attempt was the day before BC Day and apparently the bistro part of Faubourg  (for afternoon tea) closed early but didn’t tell us when I made a reservation. My friend and I got there when it was closing so we ended up going to Secret Garden.  The second attempt was Christmas Eve and the bistro was closed so we ordered pastries at the café  instead.

I ordered the lemon tart which was extremely smooth and citrus-tasting (not to sour) while my friend ordered the blueberry tart.  Both pastries were delightfully presented!

I finally tried Faubourg’s afternoon tea after my third attempt! I went with my friend and brought my 2 year old nephew along!

We both ordered the Purple Tea $16, which was half of the Pink Tea (the full afternoon tea set at $25.50).

There was a choice of  two sandwiches (Smoked salmon and wasabi cream; Chicken, apple country ranch dressing; or  Cucumber, roast beef. coriander cream), scones served with cream and jam and a choice of two pastries (Mini lemon tart, Mini Opéra, Chocolate Mousse, or Mini raspberry cheese cake).

The sandwiches were nothing special and the scones weren’t warm nor buttery enough! The pastries were the highlight of this tea.  Overall, the quality of the food at Faubourg is better and more well-presented but the portions are smaller yet more expensive.



2156 W 41st Ave
Vancouver, BC

Tel: : (604) 266-2156

900 West Lounge @ Hotel Vancouver – Vancouver

A family friend got my mom 2 coupons for afternoon tea at Hotel Vancouver!

Most of the customers used coupons also!

Tea fit for the Queen! King George and Queen Elizabeth stayed at the hotel back in the 30`s!

The food isn’t as fresh and not as well-made as the other afternoon-teas I’ve tried but the scones were still warm!

Thanks Auntie H for treating us to afternoon tea! It was a great mommy-daughter bonding activity!


900 West Lounge @ Hotel Vancouver

Hotel Vancouver @ 900 W Georgia St
Vancouver, BC