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Luxury Travel: Four Seasons Toronto

It’s rare that one has the opportunity to experience a destination, luxury hotel – in the heart of their own city. The Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, soaring 55 storeys in Toronto’s most glamorous quarter, blends warm sophistication with spectacular design.

This weekend, my family will be embarking on a family staycation at the Four Seasons. Here, we’ll enjoy family-friendly amenities without sacrificing refinement; we’ll explore the city’s most lavish surroundings while making lasting memories. On our agenda: a romantic dinner for mom and dad (sans kids!) at Café Boulud; an in-room family movie night; breakfast in bed; an aromatherapy massage at The Spa  for mom while dad and the kids enjoy the pool; lunch at d|bar, and more. Follow #FamilyTravelCA on Twitter as I chronicle our adventures in luxury family travel.

Before I pack, I wanted to share with you a little “taste” of what’s in store for us at Café Boulud tonight. My husband has followed the career of Chef Daniel Boulud for years; a renowned Michelin-starred French chef and restaurateur, he effortlessly pairs the cosmopolitan flavours of Toronto’s diverse cultures with classic and contemporary French dishes. On the menu -

CRISPY DUCK EGG with button mushrooms, glazed onions, smoked bacon and parsley.

Cafe Boulud 1SEARED ALBACORE TUNA with spring radish, edamame, yuzu vinaigrette and katsuo mirin spice.

Cafe Boulud 2RISOTTO OF SPRING HERBS with sheep’s milk fromage frais, wood sorrel, peas, and fines herbs.

Cafe Boulud 3SHELLFISH PAELLA with spanish fried rice, mussels, clams, chorizo, gulf shrimp, squid and saffron aioli.

Cafe Boulud 4GRANDVIEW FARM CHICKEN with roasted breast, stuffed leg, ricotta gnudi, white onion, & sage jus.

Cafe Boulud 5GRAPEFRUIT GIVRÉ with sesame halva, rose loukoum and grapefruit sorbet.

Cafe Boulud 6I unearthed the above photos from the twitter account of @CafeBouludTO. Now would be a great time to follow them – but only if you’re into a blend of classic and contemporary fine cuisine. (Or enjoy looking at gastronomic perfection.)

39 Responses to “Luxury Travel: Four Seasons Toronto”

  1. JaimeeM
    June 13, 2014 at 11:08 am #

    All of those dishes look so great! Although, some of them I cant really pronounce, lol

    • Lena
      June 24, 2014 at 6:23 pm #

      Ha! As long as you can eat them!

  2. Flora M
    June 13, 2014 at 12:22 pm #

    The duck egg, shellfish paella and grandview farm chicken would be the dishes I would try from these ones :)
    Can’t wait to see what all you have :) Enjoy !!!

    • Lena
      June 24, 2014 at 6:23 pm #

      I still regret not ordering the duck egg :)

  3. DebH
    June 13, 2014 at 1:05 pm #

    Enjoy your staycation! I checked out some of the photos of the hotel; looks like an awesome & luxurious place to stay!

    • Lena
      June 24, 2014 at 6:23 pm #

      It was fabulous, Deb!

  4. Ella Pretty Blog
    June 13, 2014 at 1:09 pm #

    Have SO much fun! I love reading about staycations – there’s so much to see and do around Toronto – but because we live here, we sometimes take it for granted :-)

    • Lena
      June 24, 2014 at 6:25 pm #

      Absolutely Zeba! We love being tourists in our own city!

  5. Judy C (Judy Cowan)
    June 13, 2014 at 2:16 pm #

    Enjoy your staycation, always nice to get away from the normal home routine even if you don’t venture too far!

    • Lena
      June 24, 2014 at 6:27 pm #

      So true Judy! A change of venue/ routine is all we need!

  6. Sandy
    June 13, 2014 at 10:09 pm #

    So jealous! Lol enjoy!

    • Lena
      June 24, 2014 at 6:29 pm #

      Thanks Sandy – we did!

  7. Lori Bosworth
    June 14, 2014 at 4:21 pm #

    Wow, those dishes look great! Haven’t tried Cafe Boulud yet! Enjoy your staycation!

    • Lena
      June 24, 2014 at 6:29 pm #

      It’s a must try Lori!

  8. Chandra Christine O'Connor
    June 14, 2014 at 10:10 pm #

    if it walks like a duck…. anyways was that tuna raw?

    • Lena
      June 24, 2014 at 6:30 pm #

      Not at all! Er… It did have a crust on it!

  9. MrDisco
    June 15, 2014 at 8:42 am #

    the showers are quite nice at the four seasons

    • Lena
      June 24, 2014 at 6:30 pm #

      Yes, yes they are!

  10. Lynda Cook
    June 15, 2014 at 12:29 pm #

    Enjoy your staycation! those dishes look amazing, way to sophisticated for me though lol, but still they look great!

    • Lena
      June 24, 2014 at 6:30 pm #

      I had the paella and it was DIVINE!

  11. Anne Taylor
    June 15, 2014 at 2:41 pm #

    Omgosh that food looks amazing! I’ve never been inside a Four Seasons hotel before! It looks fantastic!

    • Lena
      June 24, 2014 at 6:32 pm #

      It’s a stunning hotel :)

  12. MrDisco
    June 16, 2014 at 1:03 am #

    the tv in the bathroom mirror was also pretty cool

    • Lena
      June 24, 2014 at 6:33 pm #

      It’s the special touches that count :)

  13. Victoria Ess
    June 16, 2014 at 7:29 pm #

    The tuna looks like it will melt in your mouth. I hope you have a great weekend!

    • Lena
      June 24, 2014 at 6:34 pm #

      We did Victoria! And the food was sublime :)

  14. sarah sar
    June 16, 2014 at 10:09 pm #

    Oh my gosh, the food! *wipes away drool from keyboard and goes to change clothes*

    • Lena
      June 24, 2014 at 6:35 pm #

      Hahaha Sarah – it was quite delicious!

  15. Melinda L.
    June 17, 2014 at 11:13 am #

    Drooling. Everything looks so amazing!

    • Lena
      June 24, 2014 at 6:39 pm #

      It was splendid, Melinda – simply amazing!

  16. nicky
    June 18, 2014 at 12:13 pm #

    wow – looks incredible! such gorgeous food, must have been so delicious!

    • Lena
      June 24, 2014 at 6:48 pm #

      It was amazing. Still thinking about our meal!

  17. loucheryl
    June 18, 2014 at 10:03 pm #

    OK, those food photos are making me hungry!!!! :)

    • Lena
      June 24, 2014 at 6:48 pm #

      I hope so!!

  18. Heidi C.
    June 23, 2014 at 11:53 pm #

    These plates are all so beautiful! I wish that I had more of an extended palate to enjoy them but I am really not that adventurous :).

    • Lena
      June 24, 2014 at 6:49 pm #

      Ah, an adventurous palette is always a good thing – life’s too short Heidi!

  19. Stephanie LaPlante
    June 29, 2014 at 12:43 pm #

    Wow the food looks so fancy!

  20. Linda Klages
    July 1, 2014 at 10:31 am #

    looks like a special time

  21. Karen E. Hill
    July 20, 2014 at 8:10 pm #

    Looks like you had a great time.

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