MATCH HIS PASSION TO A `TEA’!

Written by Tealeaves, and originally posted on tealeaves.com.

Father’s Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate your dad for who he is. The key is finding the perfect gift; one that fuels his creativity, aligns with his deepest passions and keeps him healthy for years to come. Tealeaves has some ideas to help you bring a smile to his face this year.

The Aficionado
Does your father always demand the best? The smoothest whiskey, the softest leather, the freshest cut of tenderloin. This Father’s Day, give him a gift to meet (or likely exceed) his passion for quality. The Connoisseur Collection delivers a hand-picked selection of some of the most prestigious blends in the Tealeaves repertoire. It’s the perfect gift for those who constantly seek the finer things in life and the best way to show how much you appreciate his superior taste.

The Speedster
From fast cars to speed boats, is your dad all about the rush? He loves the thrill, the wind in his face and the adrenaline pumping through his veins. To keep these speedsters safe, they need the highest level of focus and a steady hand on the wheel. This Father’s Day, give your dad the gift of high performance with Tencha Matcha High Energy. Matcha, arguably one of the world’s healthiest teas, is known for improving focus and providing caffeine energy without the crash of coffee or energy drinks. Fuel his need for speed (and keep him healthy to boot)!

The Epicure
Is your father the master chef of the house, always in the kitchen, mixing, tasting and creating? He needs a gift to fuel his creativity and infuse his ideas with a new flavour and a unique punch. Give him the gift of Lapsang Souchong. The smoky flavor of this tea is the perfect addition to savory dishes, dark chocolate delights or to bring a new twist to a late night bourbon. Inspire him with the recipe below and be prepared to taste test all his new concoctions.

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JUSTIN TAYLOR PRESENTS: CHIEF SKUGAID

Words from Justin Taylor, Bar Manager at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar:
“Vancouver’s rich history never ceases to inspire me in my quest for unique cocktail creations. The Chief Skugaid, which is still afloat today and remains moored in New Westminster, B.C., was the most successful rum-running vessel in the country. Commissioned in 1912 and built in Coal Harbour, the Chief Skugaid was originally designated as a fishing boat, but sailed for 11 years as rum-running vessel without ever getting caught. While the Chief Skugaid is the longest serving ship in Canadian history, its future is uncertain as development in the area currently threatens its place of rest.”

· INGREDIENTS FOR CHIEF SKUGAID ·
3 dashes
BC Forestea Tincture*
1 Barspoon
Giffard Gomme Syrup
Orange peels
2 oz Diplomatico Anejo Rum

· STEPS FOR CHIEF SKUGAID ·
In a mixing glass, combine 1 orange peel and the remaining ingredients.
Add ice and stir for 20 seconds.
Strain over fresh ice and garnish with remaining peel.

· *INGREDIENTS FOR BC FORESTEA TINCTURE ·
10 oz 151 Proof Rum
4 tbsp BC Forestea

· STEPS FOR *BC FORESTEA TINCTURE ·
Add rum and loose leaf tea in a mason jar.
Secure with a lid and let rest for 24 hours.
Strain ingredients and place liquid in a bitters bottle with eye dropper.

Tealeaves Folio | Chief Skugaid

Win Tickets to Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga!

Lady Gaga-FBWe’re giving away a pair of tickets to Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga’s Cheek to Cheek Concert Tour!

These ONCE in a lifetime performances will feature tracks from their critically acclaimed album Cheek to Cheek which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 charts upon its release in September. At 88, Bennett remains the oldest artist in music industry history to have an album on the #1 spot on the Billboard charts. Cheek to Cheek marks Lady Gaga’s third consecutive #1 album release in just over three years.

For your chance to win tickets to the May 26th performance in Vancouver, visit our Facebook Page.

For more information about the concert or to purchase a hotel/concert package, visit our website.

 

 

An Evening with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett

In partnership with Coastal Jazz, The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver is pleased to bring you this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience an unforgettable evening with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga. Coastal Jazz presents a 30th anniversary banner event to bring you the highly anticipated ‘Cheek to Cheek’ Concert Tour, with two performances at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Monday, May 25 and Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

This one-of-a-kind offer is only available while supplies last, so be sure to book your package today!


Monday, May 25, 2015

GOLD PACKAGE (From $799)
Price Zone 1 (Centre Orchestra/Centre Front Mezzanine/RC Front Mezzanine)

Includes:
• Deluxe overnight accommodations
• Two Price Zone 1 tickets to see Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga at Queen Elizabeth Theatre
• Complimentary self parking
• Complimentary Wi-Fi

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BRONZE PACKAGE From ($609)
Price Zone 3 (LC Orchestra/RC Orchestra/Right Dress Circle)

Includes:
• Deluxe overnight accommodations
• Two Price Zone 3 tickets to see Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga at Queen Elizabeth Theatre
• Complimentary self parking
• Complimentary Wi-Fi

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

GOLD PACKAGE (From $799)
Price Zone 1 (Centre Orchestra/Centre Front Mezzanine/RC Front Mezzanine)

Includes:
• Deluxe overnight accommodations
• Two Price Zone 1 tickets to see Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga at Queen Elizabeth Theatre
• Complimentary self parking
• Complimentary Wi-Fi

booknow

BRONZE PACKAGE (From $609)
Price Zone 3 (LC Orchestra/RC Orchestra/Right Dress Circle)

Includes:
• Deluxe overnight accommodations
• Two Price Zone 3 tickets to see Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga at Queen Elizabeth Theatre
• Complimentary self parking
• Complimentary Wi-Fi

booknow


Terms & Conditions: Full non-refundable, pre-payment due at time of booking. Rates are based on double occupancy. Valid for the nights of May 25 and 26, 2015 only. Reservations must be booked by Sunday, May 17, 2015. Seats will be assigned at time of booking on a first come, first served basis. Subject to availability, taxes, and applicable fees. Some restrictions may apply. Cannot be combined with other offers.

Through the lens with the Sutton Place Wine Merchant

“I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.” ~ W. C. Fields

“Age is just a number. It’s totally irrelevant unless, of course, you happen to be a bottle of wine.” ~ Joan Collins

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What is a Bad Wine?

Everyone has a different palate preference so objectivity is required to fairly determine if a wine is good, bad, or great.

When tasting wine, we enjoy a combination of its fruits, alcohol, tannin, acidity, sweetness, and body. Imbalance means one element awkwardly stands out. For example, a wine that leaves a burning sensation on the throat is out of balance, as there is insufficient fruit intensity and body to integrate (and contain) the alcohol. Another example is a commercial wine that is overly oaked without sufficient fruit leaving a hollow mid palate.

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What is a Good Wine?

A good wine is not faulty and has a great balance. As mentioned, it means all the elements complement one another and no one element awkwardly stands out.

What defines a Great Wine?

A great wine is a good wine that has the below five factors:

1. Outstanding Varietal Character: It is important to remember the grape variety when assessing a wine. For example, having an intensely oaky nose does not imply quality on a Pinot Noir. However, being intensely aromatic, with a sexy delicacy and a silky texture would qualify.

2. Good Intensity: An intense aroma on the nose and palate implies a good concentration of fruits in the bottle. This can only result from using high quality grapes and undergoing a rigorous production method to preserve the varietal character. How do you tell if a wine has good intensity – You can smell its aroma while holding the glass at chest level. On the palate, it is dynamic and flavourful.

3. Complexity differs from intensity. For example, an intense wine can be simple (with only one dominant flavour). A complex wine makes you think. It has layers of aromas and a diverse range of flavours. The aroma changes with time. It is not one-dimensional, flat, or boring.

4. A long finish is a good indication of quality. How many seconds does the wine remain on your palate after swallowing or spitting. A great Bordeaux Grand Cru has finishes that last 30 seconds, but 15 seconds is a good benchmark for a great wine.

5. Emotional reaction: It is captivating, makes you happy, and more importantly, eager to have another sip.

Final words:

When judging wine, it is only fair to compare the wine against its variety, gauge the balance of its elements, and not be biased by our palate or brand preference.


wine tastingWith over 700 wines, touching all price points and labels from all over the world, the Sutton Place Wine Merchant is a wine lover’s dream.

The boutique itself has a very cozy and rustic ambiance, and carries a wide selection of attractively displayed wines from British Columbia to the USA, Australia to Chile, the Wine Merchant consistently features wine from every popular wine region in the world. Regular wine tastings take place in the Private Tasting room, along with seminars and information sessions on wine making and the wine industry.

Join us on Saturday, February 28th from 4:30pm-6:30pm for a Therapy Vineyards (Naramata, BC) wine tasting.


We want you to see the beauty of the Sutton Place Wine Merchant in the same way we see it, so we placed beautiful photographic filters over our photos to showcase the store’s brightness.

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CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY WITH TIMELESS ELEGANCE AND CHARM AT THE SUTTON PLACE HOTELS

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Love is in the air this February at The Sutton Place Hotels. Offering exciting and elegant experiences including exclusive room offers, spa packages, and dinners, The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton and Vancouver have it all covered this Valentine’s Day.

“If you’re looking for a great place to spend time with your sweetheart, look no further than The Sutton Place Hotels,” explained Taj Kassam, president and COO of The Sutton Place Hotels. “No matter who you are, we have created the perfected romantic packages to spoil your loved one.”

Give the perfect gift this Valentine’s Day weekend with a romantic stay in one of our luxurious guest rooms.

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RELAX…
…for those seeking an escape from the everyday hustle and bustle.

Includes:

  • Overnight accommodation
  • Spasation Salon & Spa Couples Treatment: Aroma Steam therapy for two, including a 60-minute couples’ massages, two Classic Manicures, and two Classic Pedicures
  • His and Hers’ monogrammed Sutton Place Hotel bathrobes to take home
  • Starting from $494 per night

INDULGE…
…for those who love to please their palate.

Includes:

  • Overnight accommodation
  • 3-course prix fixe dinner for two at Chop Steakhouse & Bar
  • Mini ‘Chocolate Buffet’ sampler plate for two
  • Starting from $219 per night

UNWIND…
…for those seeking a serene getaway in pure luxury.

Includes:

  • Overnight accommodation
  • Breakfast in bed
  • A complimentary in-room movie
  • Starting from $174 per night

For more information about The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton’s Valentine’s Day Packages, click here.

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RELAX…
…for those seeking an escape from the everyday hustle and bustle.

Includes:

  • Overnight accommodation
  • Choice of a 60-minute Swedish Couples’ Massage or two Classic Facials at Vida Spa
  • His and Hers’ monogrammed Sutton Place Hotel bathrobes to take home
  • Starting from $459 per night

INDULGE…
…for those who love to please their palate.

Includes:

  • Overnight accommodation
  • 4-course prix fixe dinner for two at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar
  • Mini ‘Chocolate Buffet’ sampler plate for two
  • Starting from $339 per night

UNWIND…
…for those seeking a serene getaway in pure luxury.

Includes:

  • Overnight accommodation
  • Breakfast in bed
  • A complimentary in-room movie
  • Starting from $224 per night

For more information about The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver’s Valentine’s Day Packages, click here.

cute coupleIf you’re looking to celebrate Valentine’s Day on a different day than February 14th, then The Sutton Place Hotels have you covered. The perfect romantic package has been created to show your special someone how you truly feel all month which is why Valentine’s Day has been extended this year to encompass the entire month of February. With sparkling wine, chocolate, and breakfast in bed, the perfect way to celebrate love is with this ‘Month of Love’ romantic hotel package.

Click here for The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton’s Month of Love

Click here for The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver’s Month of Love

Whether you need an escape from the everyday hustle and bustle, you want to please your palate, or you’re looking for a serene getaway in pure luxury, both The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton and Vancouver are offering the perfect romantic packages this Valentine’s Day.

Win a VIP Tour and Tasting of Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars!

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We’re giving away a vineyard tour and a limited time bottle of the 2011 Blue Mountain Reserve Pinot Noir!

Until February 19th, 2015, every purchase of a bottle of Blue Mountain NV Brut at the Sutton Place Wine Merchant will be entered to win a VIP Tour and Tasting for two at the stunningly beautiful Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars in Okanagan Falls, BC. The winner will tour the vineyard during the 2015 Summer Season (May 1st until October 10th) and receive a bottle of the famed and very limited 2011 Blue Mountain Reserve Pinot Noir.

Draw date is February 20th.

Simply head to the Sutton Place Wine Merchant for your chance to win. Good Luck!

**Must be 19 years of age to enter and win. The Contest Winner will be provided with the direct contact to make their arrangements for their visit.**

Yum, Yum… Christmas Turkey-To-Go

Christmas Turkey-To-Go1This holiday season, let The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton and Vancouver take care of cooking Christmas dinner, so you can enjoy time with family and friends. Our chefs will prepare a delectable holiday feast with all of your festive favourites and have it hot and ready so all you have to do is pick it up.

The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton Includes:

Includes:
• 18lb. Roast Turkey
• Herb Stuffing
• Brussel Sprouts
• Ragout of Vegetables
• Mashed Potatoes
• Cranberry Sauce
• Turkey Jus
• Assorted Dinner Rolls (12)
• Cranberry Cheesecake

$375.00 + tax.

Available December 24th and 25th, 2014.

To place an order, or for more information, please call 780.441.3011 or visit our Front Desk.


The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver Includes:

• 18lb. Roast Turkey
• Apple Sage Stuffing
• Brussel Sprouts
• Steamed Seasonal Vegetables
• Mashed Potatoes
• Cranberry Sauce
• Turkey Jus
• Assorted Dinner Rolls (12)
• Cranberry Cheesecake

$375.00 + tax

Available December 24th through 26th, 2014.

To place an order, or for more information, please call 604.682.5511 ext. 34 or visit our Concierge Desk. Orders will be taken until noon on Sunday, December 21, 2014.

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Craft Beers Galore at The Sutton Place Wine Merchant

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Ho Ho Ho!

Santa just delivered the best present ever to the Sutton Place Wine Merchant
A new fridge full of seasonal Craft Beers for you to experience from local brewers and around the world.

New arrivals:
– Granville Island Brewing Coco Loco (BC)
– Granville Island Brewing Winter Ale (BC)
– Driftwood Fat Tug (BC)
– Driftwood Farm Hand (BC)
– Driftwood Hopfenweissen (BC)
– Karmeleit Triple
– Val-Dieu Grand Cru
– Caulier Blonde de Noel

Arriving in the next few weeks:
– Parallel 49 – Gypsy tears (BC)
– Parallel 49 – Old Boy (BC)
– Caracole Troublette
– Deus Brut des Flandres
– Duchesse de Bourgogne
– Gulden Draak
– Birrifico Karma – Amber Doll
– Birrifico Karma – Lemonale
– Heineken
– Strongbow Cider

Have a beer question? Stop by this holiday season, and let us help you with all your lager and ale needs.

855 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC  V6Z 2K6
Tel 604.642.2947 •  Fax 604.642.2741
info@suttonplacewinemerchant.com

Ruffino Winery Dinner

Join Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar for their first winemaker’s dinner!


Ruffino Winery Dinner with Special Guest Beppe d’Andrea, Ruffino Senior Global Brand Ambassador

Date & Time: October 20th, 7PM
Cost: $129 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity
Tickets: 604-642-2900 or info@boulevardvancouver.ca
Seating is limited

Please join us for an exclusive winery dinner featuring Italian winemaker Ruffino. Our Wine Director, Lisa Haley, will treat guests to nine wines from Ruffino’s estates in Tuscany, paired with five courses from Executive Chef Alex Chen’s upcoming fall menu. Boulevard will also welcome special guest Beppe d’Andrea, Ruffino’s Senior Global Brand Ambassador for the event, which will take place in our elegant private dining room.

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Ruffino Prosecco NV

WEATHERVANE SCALLOP CRUDO

radish, autumn heirloom apples, wasabi, sea salt
Libaio Chardonnay IGT 2012

PACIFIC OCTOPUS TWO WAYS

cold-pressed, marinated, celery paquillo peppers, green olives
Luminia Pinot Grigio 2013
Orvietto Classico 2013

SLOW-ROASTED SQUAB

chestnuts, celeriac confit, muscat grape
Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico 2010
Brunello di Montalcino Greppone Mazzi 2006

BRAISED LAMB OSSO BUCO

fennel, butternut squash, brussels sprouts
Modus Toscana IGT 2010
Romitorio di Santidame Toscana IGT 2006

ANJOY PEAR ‘MILLE-FEUILLE’

poached, maple diplomat crème, smoked cinnamon ice cream
Ruffino Vin Santo Serelle 2009

To purchase your tickets, please contact us at 604-642-2900 or email info@boulevardvancouver.ca.

Thanksgiving ‘Turkey-To-Go’… Let us do the cooking

place setting_148386761It’s almost Thanksgiving… The perfect occasion to spend time with your friends, family and loved ones. Time to gather and give thanks for everything you have.

But along with precious family time comes a lot of work. You have to make a grocery list, go shopping, cook the meal and then clean up all while keeping a smile on your face.

This year, The Sutton Place Hotels will make your Thanksgiving so relaxing that you’ll want to do it all over again because we want to do all the cooking! Let our Chefs cook up a mouth-watering turkey dinner with all the trimmings and have it hot and ready to go, so all you have to do is pick it up!

Now that’s something to give thanks for.

Turkey to goOur delicious ‘Turkey-To-Go’ meal includes:
• 18lb. Roast Turkey
• Apple Sage Stuffing
• Seasonal Vegetable Medley
• Mashed Potatoes
• Cranberry Sauce and Gravy
• Assorted Dinner Rolls (12)
• Traditional Pumpkin Pie

$325.00 + tax
Serves 8 – 12

Available on Saturday, October 11th through Monday, October 13th

To place an order or for more information, please call 604.682.5511 ext. 34.

Note: orders will be taken until noon on Thursday, October 9th.