La Petite Cuillere

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My friend loves tea and is also a fan of British culture, especially their Victorian decor and tea-drinking. She had gone to several Afternoon Tea places and had mentioned about La Petite Cuillere. I decided to take her there one weekend afternoon (please make reservation when going for Afternoon Tea)

As soon as I walked in, I was taken in by the interior decor and atmosphere. I have been to Secret Garden, but this place took you to another world. My friend told me that it was a family run business, and the owner loved tea sets and plants. So throughout the cafe, you could see many many different cups, some filled with soil and plants. Very cute.

idearabbit-lapetitecuillere1 idearabbit-lapetitecuillere2 idearabbit-lapetitecuillere3 idearabbit-lapetitecuillere4 idearabbit-lapetitecuillere5It’s always very nice when places offer different range of prices. There are 3 options at La Petite Cuillere

a petite cuillère Tea
$12.75 per person + $1.25 for a selection from La petite cuillère’s Finest La petite cuillère Tea
Two miniature sweets and one of our signature cupcakes. Served with your choice of tea fr om our premium loose leaf tea selection

The “Afternoon Tea”
$24.50 per person + $1.25 for a selection from La petite cuillère’s Finest The “Afternoon Tea”
Enjoy a full service of three miniature sweets, three finger sandwiches, two miniature scones, mini loaf, tea biscuit, fruit preserves, and Devonshire cream. Served on a traditional three tier stand with your choice of tea from our premium loose leaf tea selection.

The “High Tea”
$13.75 per person + $1.25 for a selection fr om La petite cuillère’s Finest The “High Tea”
A selection of two miniature sweets, two finger sandwiches, one miniature scone, fruit preserves, and Devonshire cream. Served on authentic English bone china with your choice of tea fr om our premium loose leaf tea selection.

We decided to do the High Tea.

The staff were amazingly friendly and helpful. It was my first time at La Petite Cuillere, and the young girl helped me decide on which tea to get, especially because there was a large selection of teas to choose from. I decided on a black tea; Darling Darjeeling which blended Ceylon with a hint of cherry and strawberry blossom. While my friend who was an expert on teas knew in getting the Dragonwell which has slightly toasted flavour from being fired by hand in woks.

idearabbit-lapetitecuillere6 idearabbit-lapetitecuillere7The delicate foods seem to change from time to time. When it was brought, the young man explained what each one was. Apricot scones just baked that day! The croissant with basil, spies and what we thought was cream cheese was very interesting mixture and contrast. Overall, the food was good. Perhaps not as good as others, but still very affordable and enjoyable. A great way to catch up with your gal friends!

The staff kept refilling our pots with hot water, so we never ever ran out of tea LOL. When I sipped some of my friend’s Dragonwell, it was quite bitter since the tea leaves were still sitting in the water. When the staff came by to refill our pots again, I asked if it was ok for green tea to be sitting in the water. He said it was ok since it was loose leaf. After he left, my friend told me that that is not the case. Black tea like mine wouldn’t become too bitter, but green tea did. Tea should be steeped at the right temperature and for only a specified time. Even Sheepie who comes from Germany knows this.
We took our time savouring each piece and enjoyed drinking out of nice tea cups for a change. A new gem found! :D

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Mittelalterliches Burggrabenfest in Nürnberg

While roaming the city of Nuremberg, Germany, we stumbled upon three people dressed up in medieval clothing. When we asked if we could take a photo of them and asked why they were dressed that way, they told us that they were headed to the Medieval festival by the Nuremberg castle. Since we didn’t have a schedule for that day, we headed off to check out the festival.

It was really hard to find the entrance to the fest and had to ask around. When we came upon the entrance point, we realized that it was €6 per person just for admission. We thought it was pricey, but thought what other times would I have to opportunity to check out an authentic medieval festival, right at the castle? So we decided to go in.

Admission:
0-3 years old are free
4-12 years old €3
13-100 years old €6
Family (2 adults, 2 child) €15

This year was the 10th year of the festival, taking place from Sept 12th-14th. The festival is separated into 3 sections;

Kids’ world: lots of games and shows to keep the little ones entertained
Magic world: performances such as fire circus, musical entertainment and flags
Arena: battle performances, bird shows

If you want to experience some authentic Bavarian festival, go check this festival out.

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Hi Sushi Japanese Restaurant

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On a rare occasion that we were in New Westminster, we were told of a good sushi place conveniently located near the New Westminster train station. We were a bit skeptical at first since there were only 2 tables occupied in a nicely open and modern restaurant. I really liked the 3D blocks of letters and explanations on the walls (which unfortunately do not have the photos of…)

The cuisine were all served on porcelain plates, including the tea cups which is a nice alternative to everything being plastic and cheap looking.

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idearabbit-hisushi4idearabbit-hisush54Takoyaki – nice large balls, served hot and with flavourful sauces

idearabbit-hisushi5Pork Gyoza (5 pieces) $4.50. Nicely made and good flavour

idearabbit-hisush64The salad was fresh, sushi rolls were satisfactory, and the crispy tempura and light broth udon was delicious. Presentation was well prepared. Friendly and attentive service. Fair prices.
I wish this was in my neighbourhood! Plan to go back again when I’m in the area in the future!

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