Sunday 13 July 2014

Afternoon Tea - Fairmont Vancouver Airport

Remember I said I was going to have high tea at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel? Well, it happened this weekend. Unfortunately, I didn't take that many photos. I was having a conversation with my boyfriend's mother, aunt and sister, so I didn't want to be impolite.

Going to the airport always gets me excited. Granted, I'm usually there when I'm about to fly off to paradise, but high tea is exciting too. We arrived a little bit late, so I didn't have much time to choose my tea. I went with a green tea called Lung Ching Ceremonial Dragonwell Yixing. It's described as a sweet tea with aromatic flowery notes. Unfortunately, not flowery and not sweet. It was your standard green jasmine tea. But for me, you can't go wrong with green tea.

Our food selection was generous. We each had four petite sandwiches, which included smoked salmon on rye, tomato and bocconcini on a baguette, turkey on a mini croissant and striploin on sourdough; two sweet cranberry and orange zest scones; and four desserts, which included a lemon tart, a chocolate mint cake, bite size cheesecake and a salted caramel-chocolate mousse cone. I never made it past the scones. I did sneak in a dessert, the chocolate mint cake layered with creme de mint whipped cream. It's simply amazing. If there is one dessert you should have, it's the chocolate mint cake.

I love having high tea at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel. Tea service is in a nice open dining area with tall glass windows and if you are sitting in the right seat, you can watch the planes take off. It's a really peaceful and relaxed atmosphere within the hustle and bustle of the airport.

(courtesy of yours truly via Instagram)

Until next time!

Thursday 3 July 2014

My Summer Reading List

Here is my personal summer (into fall) reading list...

(courtesy of yours truly via Instagram)

  1. The Cuckoo's Calling, Robert Galbraith
    I'm not gonna lie. I picked up this book because of the cover. It looked like a magazine cover, and God knows I'm a sucker for tabloids. As I lined up to pay for it (and contemplated whether it was worth spending $11 on a novel by an unknown author), I read the back blurb and decided to go for it. I had initially thought it was another chic-lit novel but it turned out to be a murder mystery, and I love mysteries (Nancy Drew anyone?). It wasn't until I got home and looked up the book online that I realized it was by J.K. Rowling. Jackpot! I've been wanting to read one of her novels outside of the Harry Potter series, and I had been waiting for the Vacancy to be released on paperback, but The Cuckoo's Calling will do for now!
  2. Girls in White Dresses, Jennifer Close
    Now this is standard chick-lit. My choice for a beach read.
  3. The Interestings, Meg Woltizer
    This book seemed really interesting, well, it kind of has to be (re: the title). It follows a group of friends through their lives through wealth, success and well, the opposite. It focuses on the uniqueness of each friend that becomes not so special in adulthood. I'm excited to read this book. I bought it a while ago and it's been sitting neglected on my shelf.
  4. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, Jonas Jonasson
    This book has a really intriguing plot. A man decides to climb out his window during his 100th birthday party and becomes entangled in crime and other odd adventures. Yet another book that has been on my shelf for a while, but my goal is to read it this summer.
  5. Inferno, Dan Brown
    I'm a huge fan of his Robert Langdon series, so naturally, I had to pick this one up. Unforunately, it's hardcover, so this has been sitting on my shelf since it came home with me. I know, it's been a year. I should have waited, because now it's out on paperback. I'll get to it.... before the movie comes out.

What books are on your reading list? Share your favourites!