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The BEST Afternoon Tea in Toronto


Since Mother’s Day is once again fast-approaching, I thought I would re-share my round-up of the best places for afternoon tea in Toronto. If you’re looking to get a reservation for Mother’s Day – STOP whatever you’re doing and call now! Places book up extra fast and if you can’t get the Sunday, consider meeting on the Saturday instead. Enjoy!

One of my favourite traditions for Mother’s Day is going for afternoon tea in Toronto with my sister and Mom along with Paul and his Mom. It’s a nice way for our parents to get caught up and a fun way to spend the afternoon together. We usually spoil our Moms with a small gift as well – see our 2014 + 2015 + 2016 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas & Guide. But the point is – our presence together is the present and it’s the small, yet precious moments that we will look back on and cherish.


Having toured and tasted my way through the tea rooms of Toronto, I proclaim these to be the best places for afternoon tea in the city: (more…)

Chinese New Year High Tea

Chinese new year tea

One of my favourite hotels in Toronto is hosting a Chinese New Year High Tea to celebrate the Year of the Monkey. The Shangri-La Hotel has put together what looks like an amazing spread featuring sweet and savoury items. (more…)

WIN a Bask-It-Style TIFF Celebrity Swag Bag!


By: Jessica Blaine Smith

TIFF buzz has taken over Toronto and the celebrity sightings are constant. One of the most fun aspects of TIFF is seeing all of the cool swag that the stars get when they come to town. Bask-It-Style by GLO Communications  does things differently by bringing their swag bags directly to the celebrities in their hotel rooms.


Last week at a stunning private residence at the Shangri-La Hotel Toronto, I was lucky enough to check out all of the new products that they would be receiving this year. Here is what I am most excited about.


Doi Chaang Coffee
Doi Chaang Coffee dubs themselves as being beyond Fair Trade organic coffee. What they mean by this is that the growers of the coffee beans are actually 50% owners of the company. I love the way this company is run. I also love that Doi Chaang makes Keurig cups that are 90% biodegradable. Now why are more companies not making their K-cups this way? You can now find Doi Chaang Coffe at Longo’s, Sobeys and Fresh Co.


Jewellery designer Tamara Kronis was on-hand to show off some TIFF-worthy bling that Studio 1098 had made. Their new Wishbone Collection is a beautiful collection of sterling silver necklaces and cufflinks that has a significant portion of the proceeds going to CANFAR. CANFAR is the only charitable foundation that raises awareness to generate funds for Canadian research into all aspects of HIV and AIDS. Tamara was also showing their new collection featuring pieces with Marsala coloured gemstone. Marsala just happens to be the Pantone colour of the year.


I am loving what Warner’s is doing with their undergarments. The No Pinching No Problems underwear are fantastic. They are made in the same way that panty hose are so there are no seams. But what I was really excited to try was their bra that stated No More Underarm Bulge. The bra has a front enclosure, convertible straps and the fabric is laser-cut to minimize the number of seams. With all of these elements, it looks smoother under a t-shirt. No more bulges and I love that. Warner’s is available at Sears and the Bay.


Book, Books, Books
At the Bask-It-Style Lounge, I met two authors who have recently been published. The first was LC Moon who wrote a dark erotic triology called The BTS Project. We received the first book called A Bedtime Story. While LC Moon was writing the book, she let her sister, Lana Chacra, who is a musical composer in on the story. Lana instantly felt inspired. As a result, the book became a multimedia project involving a soundtrack.


I also had the pleasure of meeting Colin Campbell, the man behind Free Days with George. The book is about Colin’s life as he gets over the breakup of his marriage with the help of his newly adopted dog, George. It’s full of life lessons and I cannot wait to dive into it.



Shangri-La Hotel Toronto


After my visit to the Shangri-La Hotel in Vancouver this past summer I couldn’t wait to finally see what the Toronto property would be like.

It did not disappoint.

The Shangri-La Hotel Toronto opened in September 2012 and is an Asian luxury hotel brand with lots of influences from the Far East. The lobby features large-scale Chinese calligraphy paintings, subtle Asian decor touches and a long glowing fireplace. Don’t miss Zhang Huan’s stainless steel sculpture, Rising – climbing up the side of the building on University Avenue.


Welcome macarons + a yuzu flavour on the bottom left!

Shangri-La easily has one of the best locations in the city – at the crossroads of the financial and entertainment district and just a quick walk from the Toronto Eaton Centre. The restaurants on Queen and King Street are a streetcar ride away. It’s also next to a subway station, making it easy to get to the shopping and museums in Yorkville. It’s an excellent home base if you’re not planning on renting a car in Toronto for your getaway. You definitely don’t need it if everything on your agenda is happening around the downtown core. (more…)