My life has been very hectic lately as I’m moving 10 hours away from where I live now, which is 14-16 hours away from my parents and some of my closest friends. I’m also officially done school! The last assignment has been handed in, my last class attended, last exam written. But this means a lot of sad and tough goodbyes with my friends.
I am going to be interning this week, as I continue on as the serial intern, but in the evenings I will be packing, spending some last precious moments with my friends, and of course blogging. So bare with me.
Last week I got to spend some quality time with my lovely roommate of 4 years (we didn’t technically live in the same room first year but we’d rather remember it that way), Raye, and if you follow me on instagram you’ll know we went for tea.
Vanitea is a European inspired tea room that just opened last month in Ottawa on Somerset. For my 21st birthday we had gone for tea at the Chateau Laurier so we had some high expectations.
When we first got there we realized afternoon tea (what we really wanted) ends at 4:30 p.m., and it was 6 p.m. at this point. But we asked nicely if we could still have the afternoon tea and they let us!
Then they brought out a case of tea for us to pick from. After reading the descriptions and smelling pretty much every tea, we both picked Darjeeling. It was described as “the champagne of tea” which sounded perfect for me.
Every detail was precious right down to the teapots, we each got our own and they were so cute. I was enamoured with the spoons they gave us for sugar, whereas Raye lifted up her teacup to read the name on the bottom so she could buy her own.
I’m not a huge tea person (besides matcha and some very mild green tea) but I really enjoyed this one. And Raye, who LOVES tea also enjoyed it so I would recommend trying Darjeeling if you go.
While we were still obsessing over our tea, our trays arrived. The bottom level was two different sandwiches: one with parmesan, prosciutto and pea, the other with smoked salmon, cucumber and cream cheese. The middle level had a savoury scone and a mini ratatouille. Then the top level of mine was a chocolate raspberry tart, vanilla rooibos macaron, peanut butter cream puff, and a key lime truffle. Raye’s was the same except a red velvet macaron and a chocolate raspberry truffle.
Everything has so delicious we were blown away, definitely beat our expectations. Although we’re not sure any scone will ever be better than Chateau Laurier’s, everything else was way better and would definitely pick Vanitea over the Chateau.
In anticipation for this, Raye and I followed Vanitea on instagram and they posted a beautiful picture of this cake we were dying to try. So we indulged and got a slice of the oreo buttercream cake to share.
After cake I wandered around taking a few interior pictures everything inside was begging me to. First stop was the mural they had painted by local artist Allan André. All of the baroque-esque mirrors and the chandeliers came together beautifully.
I loved that they had their drink specials written on the mirror, it’s a decorating technique I’m tempted to try out now, for what I don’t know, but I’ll be thinking about this for awhile.
We were there later so had the place almost all to ourselves.
If I wasn’t leaving Ottawa in two weeks I would say I’ll certainly be back, but I think Raye will go back at least and I recommend if you’re near by you check it out!
I’m working on a longer project that I was hoping would debut today but unfortunately I ran out of time so let me tease you once more and say tentatively Thursday.
Have a lovely week and I’ll see you Thursday! Until then follow my adventures in life @lexwhyte