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Still about last year. Collin and I usually go to his dad’s house for Christmas dinner on the Christmas Eve, so the Christmas Day is a quiet day. We talked about next day what we were going to, as there would be so many people outside because of the Boxing Day. I looked at the site and found out we could have afternoon tea as a lunch special price, since it was a weekday. Yep, I made a reservation.

The Urban Tea Merchant is located in downtown Vancouver. You can access from either Georgia Street or Alberni Street. It is a tea store, but they serve lunch or dessert, in addition to afternoon tea. The lunch special includes a pot of tea.

Sample Tea

Sample Tea at The Urban Tea Merchant in Vancouver

French Earl Grey Tea

French Earl Grey Tea at The Urban Tea Merchant in Vancouver

I chose this, and Collin chose Weekend in Shanghai tea.

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea at The Urban Tea Merchant in Vancouver

This is Petite Afternoon Tea, so it’s a mini size. It was served per person. Some fruits on top, scone in the middle, and some deli at the bottom.

Afternoon Tea Bottom Tier

Afternoon Tea Bottom Tier at The Urban Tea Merchant in Vancouver

There were three kinds of sandwiches and one cone. Cucumber & watercress tea sandwich, Indian Night curried egg salad sandwich, Lapsang Souching Tea chicken cone, and glazed ham with peppered piperade. I liked all, but we both really liked this chicken cone.

Afternoon Tea Middle Tier

Afternoon Tea Middle Tier at The Urban Tea Merchant in Vancouver

On the middle tier, a scone was served with creme & tea-infused jelly. The scone was warm and good. I don’t remember if I did smell tea infusion from the jelly.

Afternoon Tea Top Tier

Afternoon Tea Top Tier at The Urban Tea Merchant in Vancouver

At the top tier, Red Christmas Tea fruit pate, chevron strawberry, and seasonal fruit. As seasonal fruit, raspberry, blackberry, starfruit, and pineapple. The fruit pate was quite chewy.

Although it was mini, it was a enough potion to fill our stomach in the morning on a lazy day. We definitely want to try another option, including just regular lunch or dessert.

The Urban Tea Merchant

Address: 1070 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Between Burrard and Thurlow street)
TEL: 604-692-0071
Facebook: page
Twitter: @urban_tea
Urbanspoon: page
Opentable: reservation?

Breakfast/Lunch/Brunch/Dessert/Afternoon Tea
[Sun – Wed] 10:00 – 19:00
[Thu – Sat] 10:00 – 20:00

Petite Afternoon Tea Menu

Petite Afternoon Tea Menu at The Urban Tea Merchant in Vancouver

Price Note
– Lunch Special (Petite Afternoon Tea) $20.00 per person

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I got news a few month back that this organic donuts shop was moved and re-opened in a new location. In the middle of November, not knowing where it was, I walked on Pender street after I went to Shiatsu, I found the shop! Having excited, as Collin finished his shift earlier and I was about to meet him, I sent a text if he wanted to have some. Although he asked vanilla or maple or jelly filled, they didn’t have such. ­čśŤ

The new location of Cartems Donuterie is close from Waterfront station. The shop now has some tables so that you can eat in. They offer organic donuts that cost $3 per donut. There are gluten free ones, too.

Showcase

Showcase at Cartems Donuterie in Vancouver

Showcase at Cartems Donuterie in Vancouver Showcase at Cartems Donuterie in Vancouver

Box to go

Box from Cartems Donuterie in Vancouver

Salted Caramel, Earl Grey, Stuffy Special, Today’s Special

Donuts at Cartems Donuterie in Vancouver

I liked early grey one! I can’t remember what the today’s special was, but it was like churro-ish or Denish-ish.

(Pictures taken by iPhone)

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Cartems Donuterie

Address: 534 West Pender Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(A few meters east from Seymour Street)
TEL: 778-708-0996
Facebook: page
Twitter: @Cartemsdonuts
Urbanspoon: page

Shop
[Mon] 8:00 – 20:00
[Tue] 8:00 – 18:00
[Wed – Thu] 8:00 – 20:00
[Fri] 8:00 – 22:00
[Sat] 11:00 – 22:00
[Sun] 11:00 – 18:00

Menu

Menu at Cartems Donuterie in Vancouver

Price Note
$3.00 each (tax incl.)

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On his birthday weekend, Collin said he wanted to go for afternoon tea. He usually works on weekends and there is a time limitation to do, but as he had a day off on that weekend, it was easier. I checked a couple of places for what time they serve afternoon tea.

I made a reservation online for Patisserie Fur Elise. They are located near Vancouver library. There is an entrance gate for Victorian heritage house on Hamilton street.

We were guided to the upstairs to be seated when we arrived. There were two rooms, and at least ten people can fit in the room where we were.

Tea Set

Tea Set at Patisserie Fur Elise in Vancouver

Tea Set at Patisserie Fur Elise in Vancouver

Tea is ready

Tea at Patisserie Fur Elise in Vancouver

Chef’s choice starter: Panna Cotta with Blueberry Coulis

Panna Cotta with Blueberry Coulis at Patisserie Fur Elise in Vancouver

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea at Patisserie Fur Elise in Vancouver

Bottom Tier: Savory
(Prosciutto, Brie and Fresh Basil Sandwich, Cucumber Dill finger Sandwich, Smoked Salmon Brioche, Bocconcini and Havarti Skewer, Scone served with housemade confiture and BC local berry honey)

Bottom Tier of Afternoon Tea at Patisserie Fur Elise in Vancouver

I liked the prosciutto sandwich most. When I got a croissant in the shop downstairs before, it was sweet and wasn’t crispy, but this mini croissant for the sandwich was crispy.

Top Tier: Sweet
(Orange Dulcey daisy Tartlet, Mini Green Tea Chocolate Ganache with Red Beans, Mini Fur Elise, Lemon Cheesecake, Macaron)

Top Tier of Afternoon Tea at Patisserie Fur Elise in Vancouver

We liked them all. The lemon cheesecake (white one) had some berry coulis at the top.

Orange Dulcey daisy Tartlet

Orange Dulcey daisy Tartlet at Patisserie Fur Elise in Vancouver

Mini Green Tea Chocolate Ganache with Red Beans

Mini Green Tea Chocolate Ganache with Red Beans at Patisserie Fur Elise in Vancouver

Mini Fur Elise

Mini Fur Elise at Patisserie Fur Elise in Vancouver

Here are some extra pictures of the upstairs.

Patisserie Fur Elise in Vancouver Patisserie Fur Elise in Vancouver

I had a Vancoupon booklet so that we got 10% discount. You can get it at locations in the list here.

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Patisserie Fur Elise

Address: 847 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Close to the Vancouver library. In Victorian heritage house)
TEL: 604-684-1025
Facebook: page
Twitter: @pastryforelise
Urbanspoon: page

Afternoon Tea
[Wed – Sun] starting at 13:00, 15:30, or 17:30

Menu

Afternoon Tea Menu at Patisserie Fur Elise in Vancouver Tea Menu at Patisserie Fur Elise in Vancouver Tea Menu at Patisserie Fur Elise in Vancouver

Price Note
– Afternoon Tea $30.00 per person

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