Afternoon tea – Patisserie Fleur

I recently saw a post on Instagram about this cafe, Patisserie Fleur, in downtown Markham. The cafe has many cake and drink options to choose from. And I’m always looking for new food adventures that I can share with K. He has not been exposed to many of my favourite outings and since Winter is fast approaching, I thought it’d be a great opportunity to sneak in one of the many activities I have lined up on this Thanksgiving long weekend.

I had been browsing the website and we decided on having afternoon tea. And the price was fairly decent (but still pricey) compared to the 5 star hotels.

We got to choose the tea of our choice and I was very please with my tea, Bain de Rose, it tastes like Chinese tea.

There were many desserts and pastries. But we could not finish it all. It was definitely filling and my favourite would have to be the mango tart (pictured below). Our least favourite was the bread with avocado and sprouts. K really liked the croissant with cucumber and cream cheese. The scoones was quite dry to my liking and it could have been more moist.

There were a few things that could be improved about the service/ cleanliness about the restaurant.
1. When I called to change my reservations, the lady on the other line told me that they were fully booked on Saturday. I was able to get a table for the time requested, but when I went in that day, there was only one other party (of 4) seated for afternoon tea? I’m not sure if they were fully booked or maybe all the other parties had cancelled.
2. Our server slipped when placing the tea stand and one dessert’s class container broke. There was shattered glass and she cleaned it up, but I still found a few pieces lying around (tiny pieces) on the table, floor and on my seat.
3. When she slipped, she dropped a macaroon and gave us another one on a napkin. I would assume that she would have it on a plate and place the new macaroon on the stand with tongs.
4. The jam and clotted cream plate had dust on it. I noticed the dust because the plate was white. It wasn’t dust bunnies but dust that you would see from a wet cloth.
5. Does afternoon tea come with milk and sugar? I have not been to many, but for the places that I have had tea at, they do it British style with the two.

I would most certainly recommend visiting this cafe, whether it be for tea or stopping by to pick up a cake. Note that afternoon tea requires 48 hours advance notice.
Click here to visit the website.

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Mildred’s Temple Kitchen

Sometimes I run out of things to do when brainstorming for dates. I’m the one that usually plans the schedule. We’ve been out for breakfast/ lunch many times and  my date is somewhat hard to impress. But this time, my date chose the location and was dying to try the pancakes at Mildred’s.  Since I haven’t seen my date in about a month, and the weather was super cooperative, heck why not! I have heard many great review from my brother and cousin and they both have not taken me to Mildred’s…I know right?

I was quite surprised when I went in. There was no 1-hour wait and plenty of free tables plus patio tables. The decor was onspot with minimal decorations and quite trendy…the theme was green. There was even a Canada Day questionnaire to fill out… things about Canada and if you get the answers right, you will win a prize.

Huevos Monty

Mildred’s House Made Lemonade & Mildred’s Temple

Mrs. Biederhof’s Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

My date !

Click here to visit Mildred’s website.

Canmore & Banff Food Diary

Last month, my parents and I took a week off and went to Alberta to explore the Rockies. The mountains and scenery were amazing.. and the food did not disappoint! (the place we stayed at had a kitchen and dining area, so we did not go out for dinner every night)

Puttanesca with garlic, shallots, olives, chillies, anchovies, parmesan, herbs, olive oil & tomatoes

First dinner after arriving in Camore at Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co.

French onion with a side of bone marrow

Fresh produce at the farmer’s market

More fresh produce !

Blondie’s kale smoothie to quench the thirst

Quick lunch at Town of Lake Louise

Bison short ribs

Last meal in Canmore at Murrieta’s