A life consumed by food. A lifetime consuming food.
When the Dealfind advertisement popped into my inbox last year I jumped at the chance at buying their two for one high tea offer from The Fairmont. It turns out that so did eleven thousand other people. Naturally, when I waited and waited to make a reservation, it was pretty difficult to actually get a one. It wasn’t until the day before my coupon expired that I actually had the opportunity (and the reservation) to redeem my coupon with a friend.
High tea at The Fairmont is held at The Castle, a restaurant behind 900 West Lounge. The room was decorated in the same fashion one might expect a room at Buckingham Palace to be–upholstered wooden chairs, patterned carpets, crisp white linens, and delicate china, but without any British accents or nose in the air attitude. We were seated at our table which had cream and sugar already waiting in silver containers, and left to make our tea selection. It didn’t take very long to for me to decide on ‘maple maple’ as my tea since the list of tea was short by comparison to other tea parlours in the city.
The silver tea and cream containers met their matching tea pots when they were shortly brought to the table. Sitting prim and proper, the tea steeped while dainty finger sandwiches, pastries, devonshire cream, and tiny pots of strawberry jam joined the party moments after. Once the tea finished steeping, I added a teaspoon of the sugar crystals and a splash of cream from the refined silverware and took a sip.
Subtle aromatic flavours punctuated by the woody sweetness of the tea told me the story of its Sri Lankan origin. I began working my way through the tower of pastries, beginning with the finger sandwiches on the bottom tier. The most notable savoury pastry was the curry chicken salad on a slice of French baguette because it complimented my tea best. Next were the sweet pastries consisting of lemon tarts, chocolate cupcakes, eclairs, and raisin scones–each more charming than the next. There were enough scones for both of us to have two, but we were so numb from the sugar that neither of us were able to finish a second.
After sitting for a while longer, we summoned our server and requested that they do away with the remnants and bring us our cheque (because we were approaching our allowed seating time). Fully satiated and quenched, we headed towards the car, but stopped to view some Canstruction. When I got home I realized I was feeling sick from all the caffeine I ingested from the tea and the sugar in the pastries. Eventually the headache passed and I thought fondly of my afternoon high tea once again.