Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Tuesday, March 30th in NYC

After GJ's meeting, we went to Bobby Van's Grill for a delicious lunch.  From there, we walked to St. Patrick's Cathedral where we observed the impressive opening procession of a Chrism Mass conducted by the Archbishop of New York. 

Did you know there is a Nintendo World Store at Rockefeller Center?  Oh, my! We discovered it.  It is a 10,000 square-foot gamer's paradise!  AJ played a few a bunch of games, and we a little shopping for all the children in the family.

We had dinner at The View, the revolving restaurant at the top of the Marriott Marquis. Although the clouds were low and it was raining, the view and dinner were both excellent.  The guys ordered New York Cheesecake for dessert.  I had the "Lemon Plate" as shown in the photo above.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

A Rainy Visit to NYC - Monday Evening, March 29th

This is the fabulous (and wet) view from our window on the 42nd floor of the Marriott Marquis
at Times Square. 
The rain only slightly dampened our fun. 
Following Afternoon Tea at the Peninsula Hotel on Monday, we returned to the Mariott Marquis then walked to the Ambassador Theater to see the fabulous show, Chicago. 
After the show, the rain continued, but it didn't prevent AJ and GJ from stopping to buy
a hot dog from a street vendor. 

Monday, April 5, 2010

Afternoon Tea At the Peninsula Hotel in NYC


Afternoon Tea at the Peninsula Hotel in New York City
March 29, 2010

AJ and I accompanied GJ on a three day business trip to NYC last week.  We arrived in a downpour of rain and flooding alerts in the northeastern states.  I admit we traveled by taxi more and walked less than prevous trips to NYC, but we had a great time!  As I have during our last two previous trips to NYC, I used Elizabeth Knight's book "Tea in the City New York"  to choose this afternoon tea experience.

The Gotham Lounge at the Peninsula provided an atmosphere of old-world elegance for a delightful afternoon tea.  The set tea menu included a selection of 9 loose leaf teas and 2 herbal infusions.  I chose the Signature Peninsula Blend - Darjeeling.  GJ chose an herbal infustion. 

The food selection was served on a three-tier server and included a delicious assortment of savories, scones and sweets.  The bottom tier included Maine Lobster with Lemon Aioli in a mini Broche Roll, Egg Salad with Cream Cheese and Cucumber on White Bread, Smoked Salmon with Caviar on Pumpernickel, Sliced Beef Sirloin with Brie, Horseradish and Baby Arugula on Seven Grain Bread, and Roasted Turkey with Cranberry in Pretzel Roll. 

The top tier held Banana Walnut Bread, and Plain Scones served with mock Devonshire Cream and Orange Marmalade and Raspberry Preserves.  The desserts on the middle tier were Strawberry Tarts, French Macarons, Chocolate and Pistachio Petit Fours and Mini New York Cheesecakes topped with Fresh Berries. 

AJ ordered the Kids Tea which included Chicken Fingers and French Fries with Honey Mustard Sauce, a Peanut Butter and Jelly Finger Sandwich, a Cheese Sandwich Triangle, a Mini Cupcake, a Rice Crispy Treat, Fruit Parfait and Hot Chocolate.  AJ chose the English Breakfast - Keemun instead of the hot chocolate and "sampled" bites of all our foods from our three-tier server. 

Afternoon Tea at the Peninsula was a wonderful grand hotel tea experience our family thoroughly enjoyed!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Happy Easter

Easter Greetings!

This beautiful bouquet was a gift from our very special neighbor, Mrs. H, as a welcome home gift from our trip to NYC. 
The daffodil bulbs were given to her as a house-warming gift, and planted in her yard 40 years ago.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Spring Break 2010 Travels

We've been traveling.  I bet you can tell where we went from this photo of AJ. 
We enjoyed sightseeing, shows and afternoon tea.  Photos and posts are coming soon!

Collecting Bone China Tea Mugs

I found these six Roy Kirkham Fine Bone china mugs, one at a time, at Home Goods, Marshall's and TJ Maxx for $4.99 each.  I was taught very early in my tea education classes that tea tastes better when you drink it from Bone China. Is that true?  I'm not sure, but I certainly enjoy the thrill of shopping for, and finding English Bone China!

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