Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Afternoon Tea at the Ritz

Nearly every year, at around the same time, my bestie and I go for afternoon tea. We do this to celebrate our (made-up) mid-year holiday, which falls on June 27. We've been to the King Eddy, the Four Seasons (old location on Avenue Road), the Royal York, and the Windsor Arms. This year, we celebrated at The Ritz-Carlton in Toronto, and we had a marathon tea session filled with delicious nibbles and lively chatter.



We were provided with a selection of teas from Tealeaves. I love the Aged Earl Grey that Tammy sent me in my care package so I excitedly chose the Lavender Earl Grey. I wasn't a huge fan of this tea as I didn't taste the lavender or the bergamot. Instead, it tasted a little like chocolate. I checked the tea bag and it was the right one so I dunno... perhaps my taste buds were a little off that day. My friend chose the Monsoon Chai, which smelled really nice!



While I wasn't a huge fan of the modern, dark decor (I prefer a traditional, ornate, bright tea room), I really liked this non-traditional tiered stand. Instead of everything coming out at once, we received our savouries first.



This bacon, spinach, and mushroom quiche tartlet was my favourite savoury treat... which amazed me because I don't really like mushrooms.




Two little sandwiches (cucumber and egg) - I usually love miniature sandwiches, but these were just ok. I thought they were super pretty though. Hubs and I went for afternoon tea at the Ritz in London during our honeymoon in 2009 and the sandwiches were surprisingly plain and boring (not tasty either).



Mmmmm, smoked salmon croissantwich!



I never guessed how much I would like clotted cream until I tried it for the first time years ago at afternoon tea at the King Eddy. Scones, I've always loved thee.



The sweets tray wasn't as pretty, but I'm glad we got two of everything. It drives me crazy when some afternoon tea services only give one of each and we have to split them all. My friend and I have actually asked for duplicates in the past and been given a hard time about it.



I don't remember what this was but likely an apple spice cake...



Cute little berry tart with custard.



Caramel profiterole... think there was a coffee custard inside?



As much as I love chocolate, I don't really like chocolate desserts. This mini piece of cake was gorgeous though!



Chocolate madeleine. :)



Lemon meringue tart! I love lemon desserts.



What I liked most about afternoon tea at the Ritz was that it didn't feel rushed... we were there for 4+ hours! And just in case you're wondering, I'm one of those rare people who can polish off the entire set of afternoon tea snackies in one sitting. I've done it every single time! :)



Outfit! I wore my Target dress with my sky high blue Zara peep toes.

15 comments:

  1. Hahaha i'm impressed by the amount of food you consumed! Don't worry, i would do the same... you're paying good money after all! Everything looks delicious, kinda tempted to take a little venture into toronto now...

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    1. also.. it's august 1st! awaiting julys empties post.. my favourite!

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    2. you should definitely check it out... it was really good! :)

      i will be starting to work on my empties post today!! it's a multi-day project though haha... so hopefully the post will be up by next week. :)

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  2. fancy! I LOVE your dress :) I love how you've made it a yearly ritual. This seems like something fun my mom would like!

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    1. thanks steph!! i had tons of fun! i think it would be a nice treat for you and your mom. :) x

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  3. That dress looks amazing on you!
    Also the food looks delicious!

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    1. thanks jayne!! i didn't think the dress would look very nice when i saw it on the rack, so i'm very glad i decided to try it on as i love it! :)

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  4. oh i LOVE afternoon tea! i've only been to the king eddy for it but it was so much fun all times i've been there :)

    kathy Vodka and Soda

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    1. afternoon tea is the best... so decadent!! :)

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  5. Oh it all looks so decadent and you look so fabulous. Love your blog and videos. New follower :)
    MISSY IN THE MIRROR

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  6. mmmm everything looks so good! I've been wanting to go for tea...it's been too long!
    Love your outfit!

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    1. thanks so much! :) you definitely need to go again... it's so much fun!! :)

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  7. that dress is ADORABLE and so are those shoes! you look gorgeous and this looks like such a fun afternoon and what a great tradition. I love tea but I am super jealous of this because I have celiac disease and could eat basically nothing in your pictures :( but it all looks tasty (although too bad about the sandwiches!) what a fun 'holiday'. you should definitely share it again next year!

    writingwhimsy.com

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    1. thank you!! my friend and i can always find something to celebrate. :) i will definitely share again next year. ah man, it must be tough to have to watch what you eat so carefully... although you probably eat a lot healthier than most people as a result? i eat way too much junk... trying to slowly modify my diet but it tough with so many temptations!

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