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I’m not a huge fan of chocolates, but H is! I took him to Godiva and when we got to the counter, he was waiting for me to choose the flavors. I told him it was his treat for a change, and to pick the ones he liked. Of course he resisted, but after some prodding … Birthday Cake, Key Lime, Tiramisu, Chocolate Lava, Champagne, Smooth Coconut, Salted Almond and Hazelnut Crunch. Mmm!
Upon entering the hotel, we were greeted with an impressive waterfall, as well as a towering Christmas tree and fireplace. Seasons at the Prince is casual, yet elegant at the same time. The decor is very clean, modern and minimalist, with more sleek fireplaces.
Seating is spaced well and very comfortable, with a lot of options for privacy. The semi-circular booths looked very cozy, and we loved our table for 2 which offered a beautiful view of the parklands.
We arrived early and Aladdin was gracious in allowing me to take pictures before the brunch started. He was “very” attentive throughout our stay, making sure we were well taken care of!
A unique selection of hot and cold buffet items were available, and on our visit we enjoyed the stuffed lobster shells, oysters, mussels and shrimp, salads, danishes, croissants, the omelet and carving station, chocolate waffles, and so much more. The food was very fresh and nicely presented, and I noticed dishes were replenished very quickly.
Fresh juices, smoothies and fruit balanced out an indulgent brunch, but of course my mind was on the dessert table! Being a dessert lover, I noticed a beautifully displayed dessert table and was tempted to start there first!
What’s On Our Plates
My favorite desserts were the chocolate mousse cake which was not too sweet, Tiramisu and Chocolate Pots de Crème.
Jolanta, our server, suggested we make room for the bread pudding, but to honest, it looked quite plain to me. As they say, “looks can be deceiving.” I’m so glad we gave it a try … the bread pudding was pure decadence! The addition of a very light, yet creamy and thick vanilla sauce was amazing.
Most surprising was the coffee, as I prefer tea. When we asked Jolanta, she informed us it was Starbucks. While we love Starbucks lattes, H does not like their coffee, but this particular blend was mild and smooth, with no bitter aftertaste. Of course H enjoyed the pot that was left on our table, and I helped myself to several cups as well!
While the restaurant was booked solid, we never felt rushed to finish our brunch. We lingered long after everyone had left, and I was impressed that food was still being served, fresh as when we first arrived.
We were having such a relaxing afternoon, looking out at the beautiful grounds when Jamy and Jolanta brought out yet another piece of dessert while singing Happy Birthday. It was very nice that they took the time to chat with us! Most often, servers are in a hurry to clean up and usher guests out, but this was not the case at Seasons at the Prince!
We had a very enjoyable brunch, the service was amazing, and we’re already looking forward to returning soon!
- Sunday brunch is currently $44/person, which includes coffee or tea, juices and smoothies, as well as parking
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Just a few more sleeps until Christmas …. are you still working on your holiday shopping list?
Here’s a very easy homemade gift that chocolate lovers will appreciate – homemade hot chocolate mix.
I started making my own mix last year and I’ve never gone back to store-bought mixes. I like to use mason jars, but any container will do. Just layer with cocoa powder (Dutch cocoa is really good), icing sugar (which dissolves faster), or even vanilla sugar would be great. Add a few sprinkles of cinnamon powder and top with small chocolate chunks or chocolate chips. How easy is that?
Calculate how many servings your container or mason jar will fit based on the ingredients below. Fill each container about ¾ full, to allow room to shake contents.
1 serving contains:
- 1 heaping tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 heaping tablespoon icing sugar (or vanilla sugar)
- 1 – 2 tiny shakes of cinnamon powder
- 1 heaping tablespoon of small chocolate chunks or chocolate chips (any type: milk, semi-sweet or dark)
My mason jars fit 6 servings so I spooned in 6 of the above.
Heaping = generous serving!
Cut and paste the recipe below, and print out to include with each jar.
Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix
• Dutch Cocoa Powder
• Icing Sugar
• Dark Chocolate Chunks
1. Shake jar
2. Add 1 heaping tablespoon to a mug
3. Add very hot milk, a little bit at first and mix well, then add remaining hot milk to top up your mug, stir to combine
4. Add your topping of choice – marshmallows or whipped cream
This is so much healthier than store-bought hot chocolate mixes!!