Thursday, April 17, 2014

My Gluten Free Afternoon Tea at The Plaza, NYC

My afternoon tea at The Plaza was a Gluten Free version of the tea
Glenn and Austin ordered from the menu,
The New Yorker
The sandwiches were made on gluten free bread
Cucumber
Salmon
Lobster Salad
Roasted Chicken Salad
Pastrami
Two very good gluten free scones
served with Double Devonshire Cream, Lemon Curd and Preserves
My Gluten Free Pastries and Sweets
Flourless Chocolate Cake
Raspberry Gelee
Fresh Raspberries
French Macaron
Chocolate Covered Strawberry

  I drank two pots of the Afternoon Blend
 

 Tea time at The Plaza is a memorable event!


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Afternoon Tea at The Plaza, NYC

Afternoon Tea in the Palm Court of The Plaza Hotel
is a must for our family when we visit NYC.
The Plaza underwent a major renovation and changes
a few years ago. Afternoon tea was discontinued during that time.
We were pleased when they reopened the hotel including their
elegant daily afternoon tea service. 
Above Kaitlyn, our granddaughter, just inside the entrance of the
hotel in the area which was the lobby when we stayed at
the hotel in the a1980s and '90s.
 Afternoon Tea is served in the elegant Palm Court.


 

 
The menu offers a selection of thirteen premium loose leaf teas.
Glenn chose the Willow Stream Decaffeinated Tea 
 Austin chose the Madame Butterfly Jasmine Green Tea
Kaitlyn and I drank the Afternoon Blend
 
There were four afternoon tea selections on the menu.
Austin and Glenn chose The New Yorker Afternoon Tea.
They were served on the same three-tiered server.
 
 
Sandwiches and Savories
Lobster Roll, Horesradish Vinaigrette, Garlic Aioli
Cucumber Canape', Pickled Red Onion Cream Cheese
Lox and Bagel, Schmear of Smoked Salmon and Scallion Mousse
Roasted Chicken salad, Date-Yogurt Dressing
Pressed Pastrami on Rye, Swiss and Reuben Dressing
 
Scones
(middle tier)
Freshly Baked, Warm Seasonal Scones,
served with Double Devonshire Cream, Lemon Curd, Preserves
 
Pastries and Sweets
dark Chololate Ganache Tartlette
Apricot Almond Financier
Raspberry Macaron
Pistachio Cream Puff
Black and White Cookie

 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring Break in NYC - Part 4


 Wicket was Kaitlyn's second show choice. 
 Afterwards we went to Hard Rock Cafe for a late dinner 
and a little shopping. 

Wednesday morning we walked down 5th Avenue
for sight-seeing and shopping.

St.Patrick's Cathedral, one of our favorite places to visit, 
 is being renovated.  
 A stop at Trump Tower. 
Window shopping at Tiffany's 
 You can certainly tell he is the Tiffany doorman. 
 Central Park carriage ride. 

 Time for a snack break for Bruno.  

Next stop: 
Tea at The Plaza Hotel



Friday, April 11, 2014

Alice's Tea Cup - Spring Break in NYC - Part 3

On Tuesday, after sight-seeing, we stopped for lunch/tea at Alice's Tea Cup 
located at 102 West 73rd Street.
This location is Chapter 1 in the 3 Chapters (locations)
 in the Alice's Tea Cup story.  
Opened in 2001 by two sisters as a place where afternoon tea
could be enjoyed before and after noon, where the food is healthy and 
the customer didn't leave hungry.  
Described as a place of whimsy and comfort, and family-friendly 
It was that and more! 


 There were about 100 loose leaf teas and herbals to choose from.
I selected the Castleton Estate Vintage, a Darjeeling tea.
Austin had an Oolong and Kaitlyn an Earl Grey
The Afternoon Tea menu included:
The Nibble ('lil bit hungry)
The Mad Hatter (hungry)
The Jabberwocky (famished)
All served on three tier servers

Austin, Glenn and Kaitlyn each ordered The Mad Hatter Afternoon Tea
 Austin chose Buttermilk Scones
served with preserves and cream
and a choice of two sandwiches
He chose Smokws Salmon and Cucumber Watercress with Lemon Chive sandwiches 
 The dessert course included Cookies and a choice of Mocha Cake, 
Chocolate Mousse or Lemon Tart. 
 For Glenn's Mad Hatter Tea
 A Mixed Berry Scone a Buttermilk Scone
served with preserves and cream
 Tuna Salad and Mate' Carnival Egg Salad Sandwiches on 7 grain bread
the lemon tart and cookies
Kaitlyn's Mad Hatter selection included
 a Buttermilk and a Bacon Cheddar Scone
served with preserves and cream
 Alice's BLT on toast and Mate'Carnival Egg Salad
and the Lemon Tart and Cookies for dessert
 Since there were no gluten free afternoon tea options, 
I ordered the Tomato Broccoli Soup
 and the Curried Chicken Salad 
 The first room upon entering was a gift shop
selling a large variety of loose leaf teas and 
bakery take-out items.  It was interesting to see school children
stopping in to purchase take-out scones. 
Beyond the first room, were two dining rooms. 
The fist one seats 25, the second one, seats 12 guests. 
There was a table of five ladies all dressed for tea, 
families, young adults, and a little girl dressed in a fairy costume
What a fantastic place!  

So, how and why did I want to go to Alice's Tea Cup? 
Because I have their 2010 Alice's Tea Cup Recipe Book in my tea library.  
What a special tea shop story, and recipe book! 
  
 

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