Sara Fudjack is a PhD student at UBC. She wanted to promote addition recovery on campus, so she created this red tea cart to help spread the word! Secret Garden provides the tea, and Sara provides valuable resources and a listening ear. We’re grateful we can support Sara in what she’s doing!
“Come oh come, ye tea-thirsty restless ones, the kettle boils, bubbles and sings, musically.”
– Rabindranath Tagore
Ginger Lemongrass Herbal Tea is the perfect throat soother to ward off the cold weather. Inspired by bustling food carts in Asia, this exotic blend warms the body, improves circulation and helps with digestion. And since it’s caffeine-free, you can enjoy Ginger Lemongrass anytime of day!
Browse our online store to stock up on cozy teas for the fall.
This month, you can win free High Tea To Go for you and a friend! Here’s how to enter the drawing:
1. Visit us on Facebook
2. Answer this question: What is one intention you’d like to set for the season?
This question is something we’ve discussed in our Women’s Brunch events, and it always inspires conversation! It can really help to pause and set an intention for the coming weeks.
On 11/6/19 we’ll enter all participants into a drawing to win a Free High Tea To Go for 2. You can also print out our Women’s Brunch Intention Card here, as a visual reminder. We look forward to hearing from you!
Have you noticed a new sweet in the pastry case? Our decadent Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars are both vegan and gluten free.
Pick up a few next time you’re in the store, or pre-order our Treats by the Dozen for your next holiday party. We’re here to help you host the perfect holiday party this year! Keep an eye out for more festive treats, coming soon…
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Ivania Gozzola and her daughters and daughter-in-law Tina Benedet, Tami Comuzzi and Ida Gozzola started coming to The Secret Garden over 13 years ago. Ida first found the place and went in for lunch. She told the women in her family about it and Ivania suggested they all go back for high tea and since that first year they have come back every August.
“This became our regular once a year birthday party to celebrate us as moms,” said Tina. “Throughout the years we’ve never ever missed a year.” There was something about stopping to reconnect for an afternoon as mothers without someone yelling ‘Mom’ every couple of minutes that became special for them. “We could talk!”
When their babies were really little they would bring them in a car seat or stroller, but now, “We don’t ever bring our girls or our boys; this is just our quiet time for ourselves,” said Tina. At the end of each tea they will each pick out a “loot bag” of tea to bring home with them. Creamy Earl Grey is a family favourite. As far as the treats? “We covet the lemon tarts and anything chocolate,” said Tina.
Pressed for a favourite tea memory in all those 13 years, Tina said, “Probably the very first one was when we first discovered [the Secret Garden]. It was so little and so quaint that we weren’t expecting anything.” After each August tea the women will pop into the local shops in Kerrisdale. “We’ve made that a beautiful tradition for the four of us and we hope our daughters do it when they grow up. They’re very close.”
The Secret Garden was voted Best Teahouse in the Georgia Straight Best of Vancouver 2019 Awards! This marks the fifth year in a row that we’ve been awarded this honour. A sincere thank you to everyone who voted for us!
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Each month we raise money for a local charity through our special events and Cookies for a Cause. This month we’re raising funds for the Union Gospel Mission in Vancouver. Stop by our shop to pick up some adorable turkey cookies, and help feed the homeless in Vancouver this Thanksgiving!
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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, now is a great time to steep a pot of tea and take a few minutes to reflect on the many blessings in our lives. Join us in cultivating an attitude of gratitude this month!
What are you grateful for this year? Let us know on Facebook and Instagram!
Ada Slivinski manages PR, social media and special events for the Garden! She was a regular customer before joining us in 2016. Her talented team at Jam PR includes photographer Juli Talerico, who takes all of our gorgeous High Tea photos, and Alex Estanislao, who manages social media. We couldn’t do all of this without them!