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The Starbucks Gold Card… for people who really love Starbucks. Unfortunately the benefits are only redeemable in the US!

Starbucks Gold Membership
Come here often? This is the Card for you. Join for just $25 and unlock a year’s worth of member discounts and gold status.

  • 10% off most purchases in participating stores
  • Pay however you would like (cash, credit card, or Starbucks Card)

And when you register, that’s when the top shelf treatment really begins.

  • Surprise indulgences, like a treat on your birthday.
  • Exciting offers and discounts

This program is only available to residents of the U.S. If you have a Canadian address and would like to register your Gold Card to protect your membership and Card balance, you may register your Card here. However, you will not be eligible for any Gold Card benefits in Canada, such as the 10% member discount and a free drink on your birthday.

Walked into Quince today looking for something to drink. Found that they carry Vilux vinegars from France. Comes in passionfruit, fig, blueberry… must buy and try.

Founded over a century ago, Vilux d a new standard for high-quality French vinegars by setting the acidity 1% lower than traditional vinegars and focusing on flavors like raspberry and pear, and using only natural ingredients. Imported into Canada since the 1950’s, Vilux vinegars are prized by chefs for their superior taste and quality. Today, Vilux has expanded its product range to include special spices, fine flavored oils, and a delectable line of Dijon mustards.

I still dream about this concoction at the Shangri-La. I’m thinking either Jasmine tea from T on Broadway, as that’s their tea provider, lemon and San Pelligrino (which is what they serve).

May not be actual tea that they use, as I made this yesterday with fresh lemons, tea and club soda. The tea made it somewhat bitter, and as I recall the jasmine in the lemonade was very strong and sweet, so I’m leaning towards jasmine extract . Still haven’t decided on the lemons, whether fresh lemons, lemon juice or lemonade, but I can tell you that club soda is NOT the way to go.  It was WAY too salty, and San Pelligrino should be used instead (5% or 130mg sodium vs. 1% or 10mg).

LOVE for Dinner:

  • Jasmine Lemonade
  • Rice Cracker Crusted Tuna w/Citrus-Sriracha Emulsion
  • Roasted Beets and Okanagan Goat Cheese w/Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Foie Gras Brule w/Dried Sour Cherries and White Port Gelee
  • Sablefish w/Nut and Seed Crust in Sweet and Sour Broth

Or go for the Market Menu for tasters of all the above (except the lemonade, which is to die for!). Lunch specials at the Market as well, or the 50 minutes $20 power lunch downstairs in the Lobby Lounge, which has more hearty food. Business casual.

Market by Jean Georges
Level 3
(1 604) 695 1115

Urban Tea Merchant’s Wedding Imperial blend. It was the perfect dark tea with chocolate blended with caramel and savoury with milk. It will be missed.

Update: the blender is Mariage Freres! And can still be found!

Description:

A Romantic expression of Golden Assam tea with hints of chocolate and caramel. Assam is the the worlds largest black tea producing region, located in Northern India, Assam teas are best known for their pungent, malty qualities. A worthy addition to any Mariage Freres collection, and one of our favorites. Brilliant with a little milk and sugar.

Tea Origin: India

And can probably be found:

Watson Kennedy Fine Home
1022 First Avenue
Seattle, Wa 98104
206.652.8350

Lucca Great Finds

5332 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107-4060
Phone: (206) 782-7337

Anywhere else?
Update: ONLINE!!! @ Cultured Cup