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Summer Entertaining Must-Haves

Canada Day and the Fourth of July have come and gone, and I think it is safe to say summer is officially in full swing. As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, the season for backyard barbecues, pool parties, and dinner parties is upon us. These summer entertaining must-haves will ensure that your summer bash is lively, polished and relaxing.
July 05, 2017 by Rachel C
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Old Fashioned Soy Wax Cocktail Candle by Room 2046 Studio in Toronto Canada

Order Another Round: Old Fashioned Cocktail Candles

Introducing the next round of Room 2046's cocktail candles: Old Fashioned.
Getting Tiki with It: Toronto Tiki Culture 101

Getting Tiki with It: Toronto Tiki Culture 101

Room 2046 is getting tropical (even in the middle of autumn) with brand new tiki-inspired tumblers and shot glasses from W&P Design. Shaped like a pineapple, the international symbol of hospitality and warm welcome, they are available in two sizes and two colours.
Steep It Up: How to High Tea

Steep It Up: How to High Tea

Brewing loose leaf tea may seem pretty straight forward, but in fact it takes precision to make it properly. The right portion of tea in combination with the ideal temperature of hot water and just enough time steeping all play a vital role in a well balanced and expertly brewed cup of tea.

Instagram by Sloane Tea, now being steeped in Room 2046 Café in Shop

How to Brew High Tea
To start, lump 1 rounded teaspoon per 12 ounces of water of your favourite tea blend into a sachet or infuser. Then set your water to boil until the ideal temperature. Loose leaf teas can be sensitive to boiling temperatures, so take care not to burn your tea by following the guide below.

Black Tea - 100ºC | Oolong Tea - 90ºC | Green Tea - 79ºC | White Tea - 85ºC | Herbal Tea - 100ºC

After you've combined the tea and water allow it to steep for just the right amount of minutes. This is a matter of preference, but if you like a strong, bitter or bold flavour leave the bag in. Follow the guide below if you want to steep your game up to a properly brewed cup of tea.

Black Tea - 5-6 | Oolong Tea - 3-4 | Green Tea - 3-4 | White Tea - 3-4 | Herbal Tea - 5-6

Now all that's left to do is grab a biscuit or two, kick back and chill. If you want to sip in style, shop our selection of tea steeping systems and mugs by clicking HERE.

Tea Forte Pugg Tea Pot Cherry Blossoms | Room 2046 Toronto Canada     Tea Forte Kati Cup and Infuser Cranberry Red | Room 2046 Toronto Canada      Balvi Robot Tea Time Infuser | Room 2046 Toronto Canada

To find out our new menu coming this fall to the Café in Shop at our location on Yonge street in Toronto, click HERE.

The Great Gluten-Free Brunch

The Great Gluten-Free Brunch

There is no better reason to wake up on the weekend than to enjoy a morning full of meals. Yes, we're talking about brunch, arguably the best meal of the day because of its unlimited possibilities. However, if you have restrictions for either gluten or dairy, it may be tricky assembling a meal that suits you and pleases your company. But never fear! We have two recipes that will inspire and delight your senses without compromising your dietary needs.

The United Nations of Cookbooks

The United Nations of Cookbooks

Take your palate on a world tour by collecting our selection of regional cookbooks offering exotic and inspiring fare from each country featured. Let's travel west to east and discover a world of home-made, satisfying food.
Neapolitan Design: It's Ice Cream Season

Neapolitan Design: It's Ice Cream Season

The best thing about Neapolitan ice cream is not having to decide between your favourite flavours. But why stop at just three flavours? We strive to stock a variety of prize possessions to satisfy anyone's craving for design. Get inspired by these cool treats to refresh your space this summer.
Enter the Cabbage Patch

Enter the Cabbage Patch

A whole patch of cabbage has sprouted up here in Room 2046 with the arrival of our latest Vegetabowls. Hand-casted from real leafy greens, the cabbage plate, bowl, and cup are perfect for refreshing your table set up for spring. Now the only thing left to consider is what to serve. We've got that covered to, below is a recipe from Erin Gleeson, author of The Forest Feast cookbook. It has uncomplicated and satisfying vegetarian recipes paired with Erin's charming watercolour artwork and vibrant photography.
April 05, 2015 by Mateo Bressan
One Pan, Two Plates

One Pan, Two Plates

Tried and tested during the long weekend, this flavourful recipe for Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce and Summer Squash Hash calls for accessible ingredients and requires less than 40 minutes of your time. A resourceful cookbook One Pan, Two Plates is a current favourite for the wide range of recipes and, as the title reveals, each dish serves two or three depending on the individual portion. It truly is the ideal book for single households (serve the second plate as a leftover for your next meal) or couples...or flatmates.