Afternoon Tea at Birks Cafe’

If you are ever planning to come to Montreal, a must stop is the Henry Birks’ Café.

It is situated in the city center, more precisely in Rue Sainte Catherine right in front of The Bay, the most popular shopping mall in this city.

You can go there wether to have brunch, lunch or afternoon tea.

Unfortunately during the weekends it closes at 5 pm, so you won’t be able to respect the English traditional tea time.

We went there on Saturday after lunch and we fell in love with this place!

First of all, Henry Birks is a jewelry, so when you enter, before going to the mezzanine floor where the café is, you’ll walk through dreamy engagement rings and diamonds of every color.

The place, the atmosphere and the jewels immediately made ​​us think of Breakfast at Tiffany’s!

Now, come down to earth and go to the mezzanine, where a nice and kind staff will welcome you and get you a table.

During the afternoon tea hours (2.30 pm onwards) you can choose among more than 10 varieties of tea, macarons and chocolates.

Moreover, they offer the possibility to get a taste of everything with a 26.50 $ menu which comprehends many delicacies as you can see in the picture…

No need to say that we opted for this solution!

We had a really good time at Birks Cafe’!

So….If you are in Montreal and it’s cold outside, Birks Cafe’ is a great alternative to warm up and stay together with friends in front of so many delights!

Enjoy your English tea!

http://www.birks.com/en/static/cafe/welcome.htm

A. G. V.

OUBLIEZ LADURÉE, MAINTENANT C’EST PIERRE HERMÉ!

I’m pretty sure most of you can remember the lyrics from the song by Helmut Fritz, Ça m’énerve:

“Ça m’énerve tous ces gens qui font la queue chez Ladurée! Tout ça pour des macarons? Mais bon… Il paraît qu’ils sont bons”

Well, apparently, Pierre Hermé macarons are plus que bons.

Tastier, juicier and the result of a Parisian advice, those macarons nearly unknown by foreigners are the best ones you could ever have.

They have many boutiques dislocated around Paris, and many others all around the world.

Don’t forget to start your tasting experience from the most delicate flavors: first of all Infinitely Jasmin, a not-too-sweet cookie which gently melts once in your mouth.
After that: Infinitely Rose. I usually don’t like rose as a flavor, I find too sweet and too artificial, but still I was persuaded to try one. I never say no. And this time it was worth it.

A must taste is the Mogador one: enjoy the long lasting taste of passion fruit with milk chocolate in your mouth. Close your eyes and imagine to be on a Brazilian beach eating an actual passion fruit, since this is the sensation released by this amazing cookie.

Wait some minutes before passing to the olive oil mandarin one. You could think it is a bizarre combination but don’t talk too early……

Finish your sensorial experience by picking the classic Caramel, Chocolate and Dark Chocolate ones.

http://www.pierreherme.com/media/catalog/product/DEP_MAC_PE12_V2_FR_PETIT.pdf

Here is the link where you can find all the available flavors for the season.

Et voilà, les jeux sont faits!

A. G. V.