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The Palatable Pleasures of Tea Tree Creperie

Published:Thursday | September 3, 2015 | 9:00 AMKrysta Anderson ï Gleaner Writer
An up close and personal look at the Tea Tree Creperie's heavenly smoked salmon bagel served with cream cheese.
Their famous smoked marlin crepe has many coming back for more.
The writing is on the wall - Maree Sigurdson poses proudly with the excerpts of comments written on their walls from satisfied customers.
The Tea Tree Creperie team: (From left) Head Chef Renae Dixon; Carrie Sirgursdon; Chef-in-training Venese Campbell; Shimoya Benjamin; chef de partie and Maree Sigurdson.
The fully loaded ackee and salt fish, callaloo, bacon and mild Cheddar omelette served with a side of toast, accompanied by a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice, water and a hot cup of Blue Mountain Coffee.
A lasting remark from a very satisfied customer.
Maree Sirgurdson preparing a scrumptious smoked marlin crepe.
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A new location, and an even more

exciting menu, Tea Tree CrÍperie is broadening its horizons, not only

palatably, but geographically as well.

Food sat down with owner and Marketing Manager Carrie 'Quiz' Sigurdson and Executive Chef and Co-owner Maree Sirgurdson at their new home on Lady Musgrave Road, to find out a little more about the innovative transformation of their one-of-a-kind creation.

After making an indelible mark in being the hub for savoury and sweet crÍpes, Carrie admitted that, over time, they had outgrown their first home on Hillcrest Avenue, and their current location came up, so they jumped at the opportunity. "We don't believe in miracles, we rely on them," Maree told Food.

Four months on, and they have no regrets.

"The response so far has been incredible, overwhelming. At times, since we have tripled the traffic, with at least 50 per cent of them being drive-by traffic," Carrie revealed.

While they are open until 10 p.m., catering to delighting your appetite morning, noon and night, their breakfast menu will definitely have your taste buds erupting with sheer pleasure. Options include breakfast crÍpes and crÍpe pockets, classic breakfasts, stuffed omelettes, sips, bites and sweet treats for those who need to satisfy their sweet tooth. "We have a compilation of the good old familiar faves - omelette, bacon and eggs, toast, pancakes, freshly baked bagels, with an array of breakfast crÍpes plus classic breakfasts like eggs Benedict - we are one of three places where you can get that in Kingston. We also make English muffins from scratch. One of our objectives is, if we can't source it, then let's be resourceful and create it on our own," noted Carrie.

transform to pub

The talented chefs prepared a savoury smoked marlin crepe, a taste bud-blowing fully loaded omelette which contained ackee and salt fish, callaloo, bacon and mild Cheddar, and a mouth-watering smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel, served with freshly squeezed orange juice, 100 per cent Blue Mountain coffee and water.

By night, Tea Tree CrÍperie is transformed into a pub. In partnership with Campari, they have deejays and are ready to cater to patrons' every partying need. It is their hope that they will help you take back the night every day of the week.

Known for having an artistically quaint ambience at Hillcrest, Carrie decided to take excerpts from previous tributes and proudly hang them on their new walls in their new home, along with additional testimonials on their new location.

The secret to any job is to enjoy doing what you do. So the Sigurdsons ensure that everyone on the hard-working team has a passion for food, customer service or both, "Nothing's greater than when a customer has a huge smile on his or her face after taking a bite of our food," revealed Carrie.

Don't believe them? The writings on the wall say it all - Tea Tree CrÍperie is the place to be.

For more information, or for reservation, check out their website, teatreecreperie.com.

krysta.anderson@gleanerjm.com