Today we’re heading Downtown Toronto to The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto, a centrally-located 5-star luxury hotel. Over the holidays, it’s home to Toronto’s largest gingerbread house – standing 9 ft tall and held together with 250 pounds of royal icing.

After that, it’s off to the DEQ Lounge in The Ritz-Carlton which hosts afternoon tea. This month, appropriately, the theme is The Nutcracker. We begin the experience with a glass of Prosecco. Shortly after that, our host brings over a selection of teas. Each one of the artisanal teas was curated by a Toronto Master Tea sommelier. We’ve got every type of tea here and it was the hardest decision to make all day (we’re lucky).

I opted for the Celebration Medley – a very fragrant and fruit-filled rooibos tea – while Megan decided to get Heavenly Cream, a black tea with creamy vanilla.

Accompanying our tea is a selection of savoury snacks – small sandwiches and quiche – all made fresh in-house. After a quick chat with the master chef, it’s time to try out smoked salmon croissant, which we saved for last.

Just when we thought we were done, it’s time for our desserts – each one named after different dances in The Nutcracker. While I’m a big fan of chocolate and creme brûlée, my favourite part of today’s selection is the scone – to which we added devonshire creme and honey.  Warm and fresh, they melt in your mouth!

We had such a great time at afternoon tea at The Ritz-Carlton. Not only were the food and tea delicious, it was a great chance to catch up with friends into the evening. I’m sure we’ll be back again in the new year.

To learn more about what The Ritz-Carlton is doing over the holidays, visit their website

Check out our complete review above, and make sure to subscribe to gunnarolla on YouTube for more food and adventure!

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Thanks to The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto for hosting us at Nutcracker Tea.

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