If bread makes you fat, how do we enjoy delicious food and still fit into our jeans? I make it count. Don’t waste even one calorie on something you don’t love to eat and when you do eat what satisfies your taste buds, enjoy every bite.
One of my current favorites in Montreal is Le Cardinal Tea Room. When I grew up in South Africa, our regular weekend outings were a drive to somewhere scenic for afternoon tea and scones. I still love the whole process and Le Cardinal delivers. Drinking tea out of a beautiful assortment of china cups in a pretty Victorian inspired space with chandeliers and tons of atmosphere makes you feel like you are part of a special club. To go with the tea there are English inspired perfect cucumber sandwiches, scones and shortbread cookies which are all delicious. They have a facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/cardinaltearoom . You should try it (and let me know when you do).
To add to that, my daughter and I had tea at the Empress Hotel in Victoria, BC and voila! I was inspired. One sunny weekend this summer found me inviting a group of girlfriends to tea. I enjoyed setting the table, preparing a selection of treats including scones, strawberries and cucumber sandwiches. Everyone relaxed, talked to friends and met some new people and a good time was had by all. Next time, I am going to make that shortbread.