Taking a break from the Fashion Week frenzy, we took the afternoon off to celebrate Chinese New Year with the Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto. Coinciding with the launch of the hotel’s special Chinese New Year Hight Tea service (available now until March 1st, 2015), the celebration kicked off with a traditional Lion Dance performed by the Chinese Kung Fu Institute of Canada Ltd. dance troupe.
Guests were also treated to live performances by two incredible, young talents: fifteen year old violinist Jasmine Lin accompanied by faculty member Jeanie Chung and fourteen year old pianist Coco Ma from the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists at the Royal Conservatory of Music. It was a beautiful treat for everyone in attendance!
The Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto’s Chinese New Year High Tea features a selection of Chinese-inspired, savory items. Pork and shrimp fried dumplings and rice paper roll with marinated wild mushroom, coriander shoots and ginger emulsion were accompanied by usual high tea favorites, like traditional finger sandwiches and scones.
Pastry selections include matcha and red bean cake, a matcha tea sponge, red bean reduction and green tea cream; warm sesame balls with crispy glutinous rice, lotus seeds paste and toasted golden sesame seeds and coconut and mango, a coconut tapioca pearls, calamansi curd, marinated mango and pineapple.
The Chinese New Year High Tea is priced at CAD$42 per person or CAD$25 per child and is served daily from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Lobby Lounge beginning 19 February 2015 to 1 March 2015.
A vegetarian option Chinese New Year High Tea menu is also available.
Photo Credit: Teddy Chau