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Growing up, my brother and I spent a lot of time with my grandparents.  We are among the lucky ones. My Oma would often... Memories and cups of tea

Growing up, my brother and I spent a lot of time with my grandparents.  We are among the lucky ones. My Oma would often come pick us up from school and we’d all walk home together. They were slow walks. Magical walks.  We had nowhere to be, so we went nowhere fast.  There was this beautiful chestnut tree right on the corner of my grandparents’ street that we stopped at every single time.  When the chestnuts were ripened, we’d stomp on their prickly casings for hours, gathering up the rich brown nuts in our shirts like a mommy kangaroo would carry her joey.  We’d bring the chestnuts home and admire how shiny they were.  We’d count them and sort them and wash them. My Oma would carve little animals and flowers out of them.

Those walks home weren’t actions.  They were feelings.  They were memories in the making.  I wonder if my Oma knew.

Regardless of the season, every visit with my grandparents included a hot cup of tea.  I had no idea that there was such a thing as ‘kids shouldn’t consume caffeine’.  From as young as I can remember, we sipped black tea with milk and sugar.  It was tea that was brewed for hours on the back element of my grandparents’ stove on the lowest heat.  It is a flavour that I will never be able to replicate because it was my Oma’s tea.

They say we’re meant to stop and smell the roses.  I feel the same about tea.  Life slows down with a steamy hot cup of Earl Grey held tightly between two palms.  It’s my comfort.  It’s my childhood memories in liquid form.

It’s no wonder my girls love tea. It’s in their DNA, I’m sure of it.  Which is why it was very special for us the other day when we ducked out of work and school early and went for our first high tea together at Secret Garden Tea Company.

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Images courtesy of: Marcy Media


Portia, Madeleine and I changed out of our work/school clothes and made our way to the new Secret Garden Tea Co. location in Kerrisdale.  I then had the GREAT pleasure of experiencing high tea through my daughters’ eyes.

secret garden tea north shore mama

secret garden tea north shore mama

secret garden tea north shore mama

secret garden tea north shore mama

We all lead busy lives, so it was really nice to get dressed up with the kids and take some time to press pause on the hecticness of school and work and extra-curricular activities…

… and to sip on some hot tea out of antique china.

secret garden tea north shore mama

secret garden tea co north shore mama

A special Mother’s Day High Tea will be served Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14 at The Secret Garden Tea Company and it consists of:
– Secret Garden Egg Pinwheels
– Prawn Tapenade on Housemade Brioche
– Luxurious Chicken and Pecan Sandwiches
– Scone with Raspberry Jam and Devonshire Cream
– Rose Shortbread
– Tangy Mini Lemon Tart
– Wild Strawberry Cream Cheesecake
– Decadent Orange and Bittersweet Chocolate Truffle Torte
Included is also your choice of tea AND a Special take-home treat!
Reservations for this high tea are being taken by phone only. Please call 604.261.3070 between 9am and 5pm to reserve your table. 
secret garden tea co north shore mama

About Secret Garden Tea Company

Secret Garden has been in business in Kerrisdale for 21 years. It has recently moved from its original West Boulevard location to 2138 West 40th, a larger space. Secret Garden is owned by sisters-in-law Kathy Wyder and Erin Wyder. The idea for the tea room came from after school tea traditions they both had with their grandmothers: Nan McBeath and Gammy Bentall.
Many of their guests have been coming to Secret Garden for years – mothers and daughters often have traditions at Secret Garden lasting 10 years or more. High-tea in the tea room is served at noon, 2:15 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. every day and reservations are recommended.

Visit their website for more information and happy tea drinking!


Disclosure: This post was sponsored by the Secret Garden Tea Company.  All opinions are my own.  All images are courtesy of Marcy Media.

Jessica Blumel

Nice to meet you! I'm Jessica a.k.a North Shore Mama. This site was born out of my love for my daughters and the desire to share my motherhood journey with fellow moms. I believe we're all in this craziness called 'parenthood' together and North Shore Mama is my way of reaching out to anyone who needs a laugh, a cry or dinner inspiration. Thank you so much for reading!

  • Jen

    May 5, 2017 #1 Author

    Childhood memories in liquid form… Love that!


  • Kam

    May 21, 2017 #2 Author

    Looks really nice…will have to check out the Secret Garden Tea Co.! Thanks for sharing!


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