Saturday, October 31, 2015

Lime and Moon Pie Company, Bowen Island and Yaletown makes two...

Who doesn't love pie?!

This is where it all began...(well, actually it all began in a kitchen on the other side of the island but that's another story). I met Stanka Oben about twenty years ago in Vancouver. Little did I know that she would become an entrepreneur with a little pie shop on Bowen Island and now with another location in Vancouver's Yaletown.  When she became Mrs. Oben, as an old friend of hers, I had the good fortune of getting a ride to the wedding from my future husband, an old friend of Stanka's husband.

As she readied for her first opening, I was called on as a tea sommelier to help out with tea selections. You'll find the original Lime and Moon Pie Company nestled in Snug Cove next to the ferry terminal on Bowen Island.  Lime and Moon specializes in hand-made organic pies, organic espresso and tea based drinks.

 Stanka and me
Photo: Drew Taylor
 Mmm, pie...Strawberry Rhubarb Fields Forever

And this is the new location!  1066 Mainland Street in Vancouver's Yaletown...
Photo: Carrie Riches
Interior of the shop
Photo: Stanka Oben
Chef Farhad and Stanka in the new shop with some of the organic goodies, savory and sweet pies. They also offer vegan and gluten-free options. 
Photo: Chris Oben
I was happy to be able to help again to curate the teas that she'll be offering at the new location. Organic high quality loose leaf teas that will pair well with her delicious baked organic pies.

I can hardly wait to to taste my pairings with her pies but unfortunately I am not able to make the opening since I am based in Toronto again.  Hopefully someone reading this in Vancouver will be able to visit the new shop and give a review in the comments!

Being a mother is awesome but it sure has taken me a while to get back to blogging. Now I am going to be juggling work and a baby as well. Wish me luck!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Happy New Year & There's No "T" in Pregnancy

No tea? At least, no tea blogging after I reached a certain stage of pregnancy.  

Photo: Drew Taylor
The event itself was dramatic and ultimately successful, with the well-steeped product turning out as perfectly as we could have wished.

Unable to simply sip this concoction, we have been taking constant doses but now are starting to develop some room for other infusions.

There certainly is a "T" in team, and while not tea related, here's a tremendous shout out to the staff and doctors at Women's Hospital in Vancouver, BC for their knowledge and dedication to helping us deliver a healthy and hearty boy.

From the moment of his birth I have to acknowledge the team at home, as I was helped by my husband, and he and I were supported by my mother and my sister who devoted weeks of their 2014 to staying with us and helping in the establishment of some order in our new world.

I won't go into too much detail, but suffice to say we survived (all of the above), and my relatively new husband, brand new son and myself are starting to develop a groove in 2015 that's going to include my participation in the Toronto Tea Festival in just a couple of weeks!  Woo hoo!

Photo: Drew Taylor