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Afternoon tea service used to serve as a snack at 4 p.m., in between breakfast and dinner -- this was well before people were eating three meals a day. Nowadays, afternoon tea is served anytime between noon to 4 p.m. I find that instead of being a snack -- the portions are large enough to replace an entire meal.
If you enjoy spending an afternoon sipping on the finest loose leaf teas and nibbling on delicious baked delights, you must visit the Vancouver Shangri-La. And now is actually the perfect time to indulge as the award-winning hotel has added an artistic element to their traditional high tea.
Having grown up in a household of tea drinkers, I've always had a penchant for a good cuppa. Today afternoon tea has risen to new heights with tea sommeliers and chefs pairing tea with food to enhance the flavours of this repast. On recent visits to tearooms in Washington and Toronto two very different afternoon teas were tasted.