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

The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom

Mother's Day brunch in Edmonton

My Mother Kept A Garden
My Mother kept a garden,
a garden of the heart,
Mother's Day brunch in EdmontonShe planted all the good things
that gave my life it’s start.
She turned me to the sunshine
and encouraged me to dream,
Fostering and nurturing
the seeds of self-esteem…
And when the winds & rain came,
she protected me enough-
But not too much because she knew
I’d need to stand up strong & tough.
Her constant good example
always taught me right from wrong-
Markers for my pathway
that will last a lifetime long.
I am my Mother’s garden.
I am her legacy-
And I hope today she feels the love
reflected back from me
~ Author Unknown ~

Spoil your mom and say ‘I Love You‘ with a delicious brunch this Mother’s Day at The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton. Enjoy a traditional brunch buffet, featuring a selection of house-made sweet and savoury breakfast favourites, including slow roasted prime rib, made-to-order omelettes, and much more.

When: Sunday, May 10, 2015
Where: Grande Ballroom
Seatings: 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm and 1:00pm
Costs: $45 per adult
$38 per senior
$22 per child ages 5-12 (no charge for children under 5)

*Prices above do not include taxes and gratuities.

For reservations, please contact:
Lucia Gonsalves, Catering Department
Tel: 780.441.3011
Send an email

Mother’s Day at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

Mother's Day Brunch, Vancouver

Written by Dale Hanson Bourke
Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul

Time is running out for my friend.

We are sitting at lunch when she casually mentions that she and her husband are thinking of “starting a family.”  What she means is that her biological clock has begun its countdown and she is considering the prospect of motherhood.

“We’re taking a survey,” she says, half jokingly. “Do you think I should have a baby?”

“It will change your life,” I say carefully.

“I know,” she says. “No more sleeping in on Saturdays, no more spontaneous vacations…”

But that is not what I mean at all.

I look at my friend, trying to decide what to tell her.  I want her to know what she will never learn in childbirth classes.  I want to tell her that the physical wounds of childbirth heal, but that becoming a mother will leave her with an emotional wound so raw that she will be forever vulnerable.

I consider warning her that she will never read a newspaper again without asking, “What if that had been my child?” That every plane crash, every fire will haunt her. That when she sees pictures of starving children, she will look at the mothers and wonder if anything could be worse than watching your child die.

I look at her carefully manicured nails and stylish suit and think she should know that no matter how sophisticated she is, becoming a mother will immediately reduce her to the primitive level. That a slightly urgent call of “Mom!” will cause her to drop her best crystal without a moment’s hesitation.

I feel I should warn her that no matter how many years she has invested in her career, she will be professionally derailed by motherhood. She might successfully arrange for child care, but one day she will be waiting to go into an important business meeting, and she will think about her baby’s sweet smell. She will have to use every ounce of discipline to keep from running home, just to make sure he is all right.

I want my friend to know that everyday routine decisions will no longer be routine. That a visit to McDonald’s and a five year old boy’s desire to go to the men’s room rather than the women’s room will become a major dilemma. That right there, in the midst of clattering trays and screaming children, issues of independence and gender identity will be weighed against the prospect that danger may be lurking in the rest room.

I want her to know that however decisive she may be at the office, she will second-guess herself constantly as a mother. Looking at my attractive friend, I want to assure her that eventually she will shed the pounds of pregnancy, but will never feel the same about herself. That her life, now so important, will be of less value to her once she has a child. That she would give it up in a moment to save her offspring, but will also begin to hope for more years, not so much to accomplish her own dreams, but to watch her child accomplish his.

I want her to know that a cesarean scar or stretch marks will become badges of honour.

My friend’s relationship with her husband will change, but not in the ways she thinks. I wish she could understand how much more you can love a man who is always careful to powder the baby or who never hesitates to play with his son.  I think she should know that she will fall in love with her husband again for reasons she would never have imagined.

I wish my modern friend could sense the bond she will feel with other women throughout history who have tried desperately to stop war and prejudice and drunk driving.

I want to describe to my friend the exhilaration of seeing your son learn to hit a baseball. I want to capture for her the laugh of a baby who is touching the soft fur of a dog for the first time. I want her to taste the joy that is so real that it hurts.

My friend’s quizzical look makes me realize that tears have formed in my eyes.

“You’ll never regret it,” I say finally.


Mother's Day Brunch, Vancouver, Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar
On Sunday, May 10, pay special tribute to the mothers in your life by treating them to either a three-course Mother’s Day brunch or dinner service at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar in Vancouver, either in their expansive dining room or chic outdoor patio, which just opened for the warm weather season.

Both the brunch and dinner services will also include a dessert-course selection of either mother’s tart (sweet ricotta, muscovado crumble, spiced tea ice cream) or chocolate torte (brownie sponge, mousse) and every mother in attendance will also receive a uniquely edible milk, white and dark chocolate flower.

Date: Sunday, May 10, 2015
Time: Brunch: 11am – 3pm
Dinner: 5pm – 11pm
Costs: Brunch: $59* per person
Dinner: $65* per person

View menu: Brunch Menu | Dinner Menu

For reservations, please call 604.642.2900 or book online

*Note: Prices above are exclusive of taxes and gratuities

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

booknow


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.

Poetry always gets us ready for spring

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Algernon Charles Swinburne  (1837–1909)
For winter’s rains and ruins are over, And all the season of snows and sins; The days dividing lover and lover, The light that loses, the night that wins; And time remembered is grief forgotten, And frosts are slain and flowers begotten, And in green underwood and cover Blossom by blossom the spring begins.

“Spring is like a perhaps hand” by E. E. Cummings
Spring is like a perhaps hand (which comes carefully out of nowhere) arranging a window into which people look (while people stare arranging and changing placing carefully there a strange thing and a known thing here) and changing everything carefully.

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812 by Emily Dickinson
A Light exists in Spring
Not present on the Year
At any other period —
When March is scarcely here

A Color stands abroad
On Solitary Fields
That Science cannot overtake
But Human Nature feels.

It waits upon the Lawn,
It shows the furthest Tree
Upon the furthest Slope you know
It almost speaks to you.

Then as Horizons step
Or Noons report away
Without the Formula of sound
It passes and we stay —

A quality of loss
Affecting our Content
As Trade had suddenly encroached
Upon a Sacrament.

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Red Bull Cold Rush Cancelled

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Photographer Credit: Bryan Ralph/Red Bull Content Pool

Due to compromised backcountry conditions, Red Bull Cold Rush will be cancelled in 2015. With safety as the major priority, the decision was made by event organizers to call off the freeski event.

“This event requires deep powder snow to be a success. Safety for athletes and delivering a premium, progressive ski contest are our ultimate goals for Red Bull Cold Rush. Unfortunately, conditions will not allow for either,” said Scott Jewett, National Event Manager.

As a world class ski event that showcases athletes in some of the most challenging natural backcountry terrain, the contest is ultimately at the mercy of nature. While Revelstoke Mountain Resort has terrific terrain and snow on resort, conditions in the remote backcountry regions unfortunately do not support the needs of the contest.

Red Bull Cold Rush is an important pillar of the Red Bull snow program that aims to offer the best and most progressive freeski action, and will return in the future when conditions permit.

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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Here’s to a Year filled with luck, prosperity & fortune!

Spring Festival, widely known as Chinese New Year in the West, is the most important traditional festival, and most important celebration for families in China. It is an official public holiday, during which most people in China have eight days off work.

The Date Is Based on the Lunar Calendar

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Chinese New Year 2015 began on Thursday, February 19, and ends on Thursday, March 5. It is day one, month one of the Chinese lunar calendar, and its date in January or February varies from year to year (always somewhere in the period between January 21 to February 20).

The Chinese lunar calendar is associated with a Chinese zodiac cycle, which has 12 animal signs: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. Each animal represents one year in a 12-year cycle, beginning on Chinese New Year’s Day.

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2015 is the Year of the Goat (“Wood Goat”)

2015 is the Year of the Goat according to the zodiac cycle, and furthermore, is a year of the “Wood Goat”, according to the Chinese Five Element Theory. A “Wood Goat” year occurs every 60 years.

Year of the Goat or Sheep?

Since the goat and sheep are two entirely different species of animals, why do some Chinese zodiacs refer to a sheep and others a goat?

The reason is that the word for the eighth animal in the Chinese zodiac’s 12-year cycle of creatures, ‘yang’ in Mandarin, does not make the distinction found in English between goats and sheep and other members of the Caprinae subfamily. Without further qualifiers, ‘yang’ might mean any such hoofed animal that eats grass and bleats.

Another reason is that when the signs first evolved in ancient China, the breeds of sheep and goats in the area looked very similar. So alike that no distinction between the animals was made until much later. The zodiac sign applies equally to the description of a goat and sheep. Moreover, no distinction was made over whether the animal was male or female. Hence, some zodiacs also refer to the sign as a ram.

Geography can also make a difference. Sheep are raised in northern China, while goats are more common in southern China, which plays into what the year is called depending on one’s location.

The Longest Public Holiday in China

Officially, only the first three days of Chinese New Year (February 19–21, 2015) are statutory holidays. Chinese New Year’s Eve and three more days are always added to give seven consecutive days of holiday. These four extra days are taken from weekends: the weekend closest to the statutory holiday is included, while the Sunday before (February 15, 2015) and the Saturday after (February 28, 2015) are worked.

A Festival for Families to Be Together

Chinese New Year is a time for families to be together. Wherever they are, people come home to celebrate the festival with their families.

The New Year’s Eve dinner is called Reunion Dinner, and is believed to be the most important meal of the year. Big families – families of several generations – sit around round tables and enjoy food and time together.

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Foods with Lucky Meanings Are Eaten

Certain foods are eaten during the festival because of their symbolic meanings, based on their names or appearance.

Fish is a must for Chinese New Year as the Chinese word for fish (鱼 yú /yoo/) sounds like the word for surplus (余 yú). Eating fish is believed to bring a surplus of money and good luck in the coming year.

Dumplings are very popular in Northern China. It is one of the main dishes for New Year’s Eve dinner. Conversely, very few people in Southern China serve dumplings for New Year’s Eve dinner.

New Year Cake is a solid cake made with glutinous rice flour together with some sugar. New Year Cake is popular in Eastern China.

Tang Yuan is a small ball made from glutinous rice flour. Glutinous rice flour is mixed with a small amount of water to form balls and is then cooked and served in boiling water. Tang Yuan can be filled or unfilled. It is traditionally eaten during Yuan Xiao, or the Lantern Festival (the 15th of the first month of the traditional Chinese calendar).

LaBa Congee is a mixture of rice, nuts, and beans cooked together. LaBa Congee is usually served at the LaBa festival, which is the 8th day of the last month of the year.

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Chinese New Year Lion Dance

During the Chinese New Year, lion dance troupes from Chinese martial art schools visit houses and shops of the Chinese community to perform the traditional custom of “cai qing” (採青), literally meaning “plucking the greens”, whereby the lion plucks the green vegetables like lettuce either hung on a pole or placed on a table in front of the premises. The “greens” (qing) is tied together with a “red envelope” containing money and may also include fruit like oranges. In Chinese cǎi (採, pluck) also sounds like cài (菜, meaning vegetable) and cái (财, meaning fortune). The lion will dance and approach the greens and red envelope like a curious cat, to “eat the green” and “spit” it out but keep the red envelope which is the reward for the lion troupe. The lion dance is believed to bring good luck and fortune to the business.
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The Colour Red
Every street, building, and house is decorated with red. Red is the main colour for the festival, as it is believed to be an auspicious color. Red lanterns hang in streets; red couplets are pasted on doors; banks and official buildings are decorated with red New Year pictures depicting images of prosperity.

According to tales and legends, the beginning of Chinese New Year started with the fight against a mythical beast called the Nian or “Year” in Chinese. Nian would come on the first day of the New Year to devour livestock, crops, and even villagers, especially children. To protect themselves, the villagers would put food in front of their doors at the beginning of every year and believed that after the Nian ate the food they prepared, it wouldn’t attack any more people. Once, people saw the Nian was scared away by a little child wearing red, they then understood that the Nian was afraid of the colour red. Hence, every time when New Year was about to come, the villagers would hang red lanterns and spring scroll on windows and doors. People also used firecrackers to frighten the Nian and from then on, the Nian never came to the village again.

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Red Envelopes — the Most Popular Gifts

During the Chinese New Year, young people who greet their elders with a happy and abundant new year are handed lucky red envelopes by the elders. These envelopes are really good luck for a youngster because these have money inside. The lucky red envelopes are called “hong bao” in Mandarin, or “lai see” in Cantonese.

Symbolism of giving a lucky envelope filled with money during Chinese New Year is considered lucky for both the giver and the receiver. Those who give will also invite the flow of money in during the entire year. Giving these envelopes also symbolize that the family luck is passed on to children and unmarried teens/adults. Red is the luckiest colour, as it symbolizes life, so it’s appropriate that Chinese New Year items are coloured red.

Hong baos/lai sees have assorted designs, such as that of happy children, Chinese characters for abundance and greetings, animals of the zodiac, etc. The Chinese word for red (“hong”) also sounds like “plenty”. Thus, it is believed that money wrapped in red will make money multiply. The money inside the hong bao is called Ya Sui Qian. Ya means suppress. Sui sounds somewhat like evil spirit. Qian means money. Therefore, Ya Sui Qian means money that can suppress evil.

Money in even amounts, except for 4, is considered lucky. Four is not a good amount to put into the lucky envelopes because the Chinese word for “four” sounds similar to the sound of “death”.


Happy Chinese New Year from all of us at The Sutton Place Hotels.