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My friend gave a birth in July, and she didn’t seem to have left home much since then, although her parents helped her. So, I sent a message if she would go for brunch with me, including her baby and parents. She replied she would like to come but only herself. Okay, then I asked her if there was any place she wanted to go. Nothing in her mind, so I suggested afternoon tea.

Next morning, I called Secret Garden Tea Company, which seems really a nice relaxing tea place in Arbutus/Kerrisdale area. As the machine answered, I left a message for a reservation for that noon. I wasn’t sure if they called back only if they had spaces available or not. I wanted to call another place if this place was not available, so I called again in 30 min and booked successfully for afternoon tea for that day.

Before start, some sample tea was served. I can’t remember what it was, though.

Sample Tea

Sample Tea at Secret Garden Tea Company in Vancouver

Tea

Tea at Secret Garden Tea Company in Vancouver

Tea at Secret Garden Tea Company in Vancouver

There were many kinds of earl grey tea. I chose lavender earl grey.

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea at Secret Garden Tea Company in Vancouver

The top tier came with dessert, the middle tier came with snacks, and the bottom tier came with savory food. We started to eat from bottom to top.

Afternoon Tea Bottom Tier

Afternoon Tea Bottom Tier at Secret Garden Tea Company in Vancouver

As savory food, three kinds of mini sandwiches were served. Roasted turkey, cranberry relish, mayo, crisp lettuce on mini croissant, shrimp salad with celery, red peppers, dill, mayo on mini biscuit, and egg salad with mayo, green onions on multi grain bread. We loved them all! Everything looks like on their lunch menu, so I would like to eat here next time.

Afternoon Tea Middle Tier

Afternoon Tea Middle Tier at Secret Garden Tea Company in Vancouver

As snacks, tea cake and mini scones were served with jam and Devon cream. The tea cake was carrot cake, and some raisin was in the scone.

Afternoon Tea TopĀ Tier

Afternoon Tea Top Tier at Secret Garden Tea Company in Vancouver

As dessert, three kinds of sweet were served. Lemon tart, orange mousse sponge cake, and white chocolate cardamon Panna cotta. By the time we were having these dessert, cream was melted down and Panna cotta was warm, which was a bit disappointing. We were seated at the end of the room, and the sunshine was coming in through skylight, which must have made the area hot.

They have various afternoon tea courses. You can choose based on how hungry you are. But a reservation is definitely recommended.

And, extra pictures for tea section in the cafe.

Secret Garden Tea Company in Vancouver Secret Garden Tea Company in Vancouver

Secret Garden Tea Company

Address: 5559 West Boulevard, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(1.5 blocks north from 41st Avenue)
TEL: 604-261-3070
Facebook: page
Twitter: @secretgardentea
Urbanspoon: page

Breakfast/Brunch/Lunch
[Mon – Sat] 8:00 – 19:00
[Sun] 9:00 – 18:00

Afternoon Tea
Seating at 12:00, 14:15, and 16:30 daily

Tea Menu for afternoon tea

Tea menu for afternoon tea at Secret Garden Tea Company in Vancouver

Price Note
– Afternoon Tea $27.95 per person

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For the last day of the Easter holiday, I asked my friends if they wanted to go hiking in Bowen Island. They readily agreed to go! šŸ™‚ We took a ferry from Horseshoe Bay. It is 20-min ride. The first thing we did when we arrived at Snug Cove ferry terminal was to find this cafe. My friend’s co-worker told her that their carrot cake was the best for him and that the cafe was just beside the ferry dock.

The Snug Cafe in Bowen Island

The Snug Cafe is 200m walking from Snug Cove ferry terminal. They open really early morning til 4pm daily, and dinner on a few days of the week. The store inside is small with two tables, but there are lots of tables outside. When we walked in, it was past noon, and there was a line up. So, we decided to come back after little hiking to a viewpoint.

We ordered from their showcase for snack to go. We continued to hike and had these snacks at Killarney Lake.

Quiche, Carrot Cake, Apple Pie, and Raspberry Cream Cheese Croissant

Quiche, Carrot Cake, Apple Pie, and Raspberry Cream Cheese Croissant at The Snug Cafe in Bowen Island

My Choice, Mushroom, Onion, Spinach Quiche

Mushroom, Onion, Spinach Quiche at The Snug Cafe in Bowen Island

Smoked Cheddar Quiche

Smoked Cheddar Quiche at The Snug Cafe in Bowen Island

I liked both Quiche.

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake at The Snug Cafe in Bowen Island

I never liked carrot cake that I ate in Canada, and this wasn’t an exception. My friend, who bought this, kept eating, so she must have liked it.

Apple Pie

Apple Pie at The Snug Cafe in Bowen Island

This apple pie used a lot of cinnamon, which I didn’t like. My friend, who bought this, didn’t like cinnamon. Poor girl. šŸ˜¦ Well, she enjoyed the raspberry cream cheese croissant, and I liked that, too.

Their show case

The Snug Cafe in Bowen Island The Snug Cafe in Bowen Island The Snug Cafe in Bowen Island
The Snug Cafe in Bowen Island The Snug Cafe in Bowen Island

The Snug Cafe

(Their blog is on the way? )

Address: 445 Bowen Trunk Road, Bowen Island, B.C. (map)
(200m from Snug Cove Ferry Terminal)
TEL: 604-947-0402
Facebook: page
Twitter: @snugonbowen
Urbanspoon: page

Breakfast/Brunch/Lunch/Dinner
[Sun – Wed] 5:00 – 16:00
[Thu – Sat] 5:00 – 16:00, 18:00 – 23:00

Price Note
– A Piece of Quiche Unknown (Approx. $6~7)
– A Piece of Carrot Cake Unknown
– A Piece of Apple Pie $3.86
– Raspberry Cream Cheese Croissant Unknown

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Before leaving Victoria, we decided to take out some food to eat on Ferry. We did same thing last year, so we know where to go. They are close from the bus stop, and they make sandwiches as fresh and quick.

That is Sam’s Deli. It is close to Tourist Information Centre. They offer half size as well, so if you are by yourself and don’t think you can finish, choose the half size.

We ordered a full size from their menu and shared it.

Turkey Bacon Club Full Sandwiches
(We asked to cut in half.)

Turkey Bacon Club Full Sandwiches at Sam's Deli in Victoria

Turkey Bacon Club Full Sandwiches at Sam's Deli in Victoria

We weren’t hungry on the ferry, so we ate at home that was still tasty.

Want to see more pictures for this restaurant? click here.

Sam’s Deli

Address: 805 Government Street, Victoria B.C. (map)
(Across the street from Tourist Information Centre)
TEL: 250-382-8424

Breakfast/Lunch
[Mon – Fri] 6:30 – 19:00
[Sat – Sun] 7:00 – 19:00

Sandwiches Menu

Sandwiches Menu at Sam's Deli in Victoria

Price Note
– Turkey Bacon Club Full Sandwiches $8.75

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