Mother’s Day is a really special time for me to reflect on the four generations of women we have in our family.  Each of us are the eldest of our generation…and all of us strong, independent women! The Secret Garden Tea Company began when two good friends, set out to make one of their grandmother’s happy.
Leaving the lid off the teapot accidentally shows you may receive bad news from a stranger. All in all, it was a fantastic, memorable afternoon.  It is important to have these special times with the women in our lives…and what a perfect location and occasion to do so! To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite thing to do with the women in your family.  For additional entries, follow the directions in the Rafflecopter form below.
We love spending a Sunday together, going for brunch then window shopping in places like Granville Island or Steveston! The fact that we are four generations who have the privilege of living so close and can get together often is a blessing in itself. High tea actually happens to be one of our favourite things to do – we love trying out new tea rooms. High Tea is exactly what my grandparents would have enjoyed…For my mom, MIL and my new baby grl we enjoy family dinners together and beautiful walks thru are neighborhood. I enjoy spending time with my mom when she teaches me how to cook traditional foods from our home country.


Prepare to pour and pick up those pinky fingers and indulge in the refined custom of tea service.
Variety and indulgence are the key words for the tea services offered at The Urban Tea Merchant. Though the Shangri-La Hotel’s Xi Shi Lounge focuses on comfort fare with an Asian bent, for tea time they pay homage to all things deliciously Canadian.
Popular among the bride- and mama-to-be set, this Yaletown bakery and tea shop blends elegant afternoon tea with a pinch of classical sensibility and a smidge of Asian influence. Lindsay William-Ross Lindsay is a Senior Editor at Vancity Buzz, and currently runs the site's Food section. I didn’t really know about the whole heating your teapot in boiling water but it kind of makes sense, since we sort of do that in Chinese cultures too I guess. Get together for a nice meal, preferably one that none of us has had to cook, and let the catching up commence. I do not have a membership card and it gives her a chance to split items to large to buy on her own.
She loves the feeling of still babying me and teaching me useful skills, while I get to have a fun way to connect to my culture and with my mom.
While the terms Afternoon Tea and High Tea have become muddled, thanks to Vancouver’s many tea rooms you can enjoy a variety of interpretations of the tradition.


Steeped in the English tradition, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver’s signature tea includes their fine tea blends, finger sandwiches, and sweet treats. Their elegant tea includes bites like Montreal Smoked Meat on Rye and Nova Scotia Lobster sandwiches, and sweets such as Maple donuts, Nanaimo Bars, and butter tarts. A fourth generation Vancouverite, she spent the last two decades in Los Angeles, where she was EIC of the city's top blog, earned her MA, attended culinary school, and was an English professor (among other things). They set to work finding the perfect location, the perfect pastry chef and the most flavorful teas. Whether you are treating your deserving mother or grandmother, or craving a tower of triangle sandwiches and cream-smothered scones, raise your china cup of Earl Grey to being in one of the nation’s finest cities for high tea. Don’t you dare leave without at least their signature Dunbar for a sweet to-go treat for later.
Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa.
Within months The Secret Garden Tea Company opened its doors.  How perfect to sit with my own grandmother here – along with my mom and little girl!



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