Roof Restaurant and Bar: Afternoon Tea – Vancouver, British Columbia

We really enjoy having Afternoon Tea as it’s a really special treat. Our favourite is enjoying them at Fairmont hotels, and this time we made an appointment at Roof Restaurant at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver and the location is in downtown Vancouver.

It was actually just a walk-in reservation, but they were still able to seat us near the window in their dining room. The hotel was going through some renovations and sadly they have gotten rid of their gift shop. Otherwise, the hotel was beautiful! I now see if you go for afternoon tea now, it’s in a different restaurant at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, hosted at Notch8 – so I must try there next time!

Once we got seated, we got the tea selection menu and picked some our tea. Shortly after, they came out with Yogurt Panna Cotta with Macerated Fruits which was amazing. The Panna cotta was smooth, thick and creamy. It was then topped with the macerated fruits in alcohol, which wasn’t over powering! It was quite a wonderful start!

After we had the Panna Cotta, they brought out a plate of Asparagus Tartlett and Sausage Roll! The pastry was light and flaky and the filling was quite satisfying! We both really enjoy sausage rolls, so when they had some fresh ones, it was amazing!

Then, a beautiful 3 tier tray of goodies came and it was very elaborate! The top tier had some scones with some jellies and Devonshire cream, then the middle tier had wonderful desserts, and the bottom tier had some finger sandwiches. The food was amazing and the scene was breath-taking as well!

Our overall experience here was pretty good! The food was good, and the tea, service and atmosphere was pretty wonderful! The price of the afternoon tea was pretty average for the Fairmont hotels at about $50 per person.

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Roof Restaurant and Bar

The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver,
900 W Georgia Street,
Vancouver, British Columbia
604 684 3131

Homemade Eggnog

December is my a great month for me as it’s the one month I allow myself to indulge. It’s once a year certain delicious treats come around and Eggnog is definitely one of those! I use to make my own eggnog, then got too lazy and now I started to make it myself again! It’s wonderful, simple and delicious!

Ingredients: makes about 4 cups
5 large eggs (4 extra large eggs)
1/2 cup cream
2 cup milk
1/3 cup sugar
3 tbsp rum (optional)
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg

To begin, I start by separating my eggs.

Then, we whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form. Once that happens, throw about 1tbsp of sugar into the egg whites and mix again. We can put it aside until the end.

Then, we beat the egg yolks until they are fluffy and lighter in colour. Once that has happened, we can gradually pour the 1/3cup of sugar into the egg yolks and mix again.

When the egg yolks are mixed thoroughly, pour the 2 cups of milk, 1/2 cup of cream and rum into the egg yolks and mix until it’s blended.

Now we’re ready to season the eggnog mixture with the rum, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Your eggnog is pretty much done now. All we need to do is whisk in the egg whites and enjoy! You can have some as is – or you can chill it and then serve. I usually claim it lasts only 3 days.

Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

Manuel Latruwe Belgian Patisserie & Bread Shop – Calgary, AB

Bakeries and patisseries and anything baked is still my favourite type of food to eat as I’m not good with baking things in general. So, it always seems like I’m looking for bakeries and what not. I made a trip to Manuel Latruwe one afternoon for lunch and I’m quite happy I did! The location is quite small, and it is busy!!

We ordered signature haute chocolate, pot for 2 with their callebaut chocolate as it’s got the lowest cocoa percentage! I’m not a fan of bitter chocolate and I’ve always been a fan of Callebaut Chocolates! It’s a nice teapot of hot chocolate that you pour into a cup with cocoa powder. It’s a warm and delicious drink!

From our drinks, we went to croissants! Another of my favourites is the Hazelnut Croissant. My husband loves Plain Croissant, so we ordered some of these as well! The croissants were light and flaky, buttery and delicious! We loved the Hazelnut twist as it was full of flavour, not too sweet at all – it was perfect!

My lunch item was their pain de campagne baguette which was their fresh baguette stuffed with salmon, cheese, tomato confit, hard boiled egg! It was a nice sandwich on a delicious baguette. This sandwich was fresh and surprisingly refreshing.

My husband ordered the Sourdough Sandwich as he loves no bread more than the sourdough! This sandwich has calabrese salami, Gruyere cheese, tomato confit and black olives in between sourdough. This was a delicious Italian inspired sandwich, and the bread definitely had a hint of sour! It was a delightful sandwich!

We shared their soup of the day, which was a Potato Onion Bacon Soup and this soup was full of flavour, hot and super tasty! We really enjoyed the soup, full of flavour, and the texture was divine! The soup doesn’t look like it was great, but it was almost a highlight of this visit! Nothing was more delicious than my hazelnut twist! 🙂

Overall, this was a great place to sit down to eat a great lunch. It is a little costly but well worth it if you’re looking for a great quality sandwich or treats!

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Manuel Latruwe Belgian Patisserie & Bread Shop

1333 1 St SE
Calgary, AB
(403) 261-1092