Friday, June 29, 2012

Afternoon Tea at the Prince of Wales Hotel

Several months ago, Phyllis, The Relevant Tea Leaf Blog, told me
to be sure to visit Niagara-on-the Lake (NOTL) when we visit Niagara Falls.
Thank you, Phyllis!
We thoroughly enjoyed our day in NOTL. 

I reserved Afternoon Tea at the historic Prince of Wales Hotel prior to leaving home.
Afternoon tea is served daily in the Victorian Drawing Room from noon to 6:00 p.m.
We arrived for the noon tea.
We were seated in the conseratory looking out on Queen Street. 
We all chose the Prince of Wales Tea which included
 a delicious selection of fine Canadian Cheeses and fresh fruit.
 Next, our server brought the three tiered server.
Sandwiches below included:
 a cucumber roll up, egg salad on marbled bread, ham and cheese with chutney on wheat,
 and salmon on white.  
A large  scone made with jasmine infused sultanas
 served with butter, strawberry jam, and mock clotted cream
The pastries included a lemon tart, a chocolate dipped cookie and a
layered cake.  AJ loved the large fresh black berries.

You can see the conservatory where we had tea at the far left of this photo. 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Travels - Niagara Falls

We just returned home from a fun week of travels,
which included driving 1600 miles through five states and Ontario,
four different afternoon tea experiences,
 and a  special reunion with my friend Nancy in PA.
Visiting Niagara Falls was on AJ's travel bucket list.
The top photo was a view from the window of our
 room on the 19th floor at the Marriott Fallsview  for our three-night stay in
Niagara Falls, ON.
What a fabulous view to wake up to each morning!
We took a 5-hour tour which included the Journey Behind the Falls
tunnels leading to the falls.
My photos are limited due to the water spray from the falls.
The famous Maid of the Mist boat ride below was awesome!  
 We got wet again!
Can you see how close the boat is to the falls in the photo below?
Later in the day, we went up the Skylon Tower, as seen in this photo.
Views of the American Falls, including the Bridal Veil Falls.
A visit to the Butterfly Conservatory was included.
And, of course, a little souvenir shopping.
From the left, Canadian Breakfast Tea, Ice Wine Tea and Maple Tea.
More posts to come...

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Giveaway Book Winner

Congratulations to Pippa and Jules, the Darjeeling Darlings.
You are the winner of Country Tea Parties by Maggie Stuckey.
Please email your snail mail address to me at the address on my profile page so that I can send your book, samples of tea and more!  

Friday, June 22, 2012

June Tea Book Giveaway

The book I mentioned in my last post,
by Maggie Stuckey
is the book I will give away this month. 
If you double click on the photo above,
 you will see the list of monthly theme tea parties included in the book.
Each chapter/themed tea includes a menu, recipes, a craft idea and more!
This copy of the 1996 book,
is a loved and used duplicate copy from my bookshelf.
I will also include some tea samples and other tea surprises with this giveaway.

Please leave a comment with your name and a way to contact you,
(example: suzyqtea at gmail dot com)
between today and 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 27th. 
I will announce the winner at that time. 

I hope to hear from you! 


Thursday, June 21, 2012

High Tea or Afternoon Tea?

A explanation of High Tea from the book Country Tea Parties by Maggie Stuckey

What is in a Name?
When someone says "high tea," do you picture an elegant affair with dainty cucumber sandwiches and tiny sweet cakes?  High tea is actually a supper: it is served around six o'clock, and everyone sits at a table.  High tea features hearty, filling foods, including at least one hot dish such as shepherd's pie or Welsh rabbit. 
The other tea, the one with the cucumber sandwiches, is called afternoon tea.   A great many Americans get the terminology wrong.

Visit my next post for more about this delightful book.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Hyson Green Tea in a Favorite Catalog

I am a long-time fan of the Vermont Country Store,
 having placed orders from their catalogs for years.
We visited the fun Weston store when traveling in Vermont.

What fun to find my friend Bruce Richardson's Elmwood Inn Fine Tea's Boston Tea Party Hyson Green Tea on page 40 of the Early Summer 2012 catalog! 

Congratulations to Bruce, a fellow Kentuckian, who is the Official Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum Tea Master.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Stockpiling Moms in All You Magazine

Our #1 daughter, Melissa, began using coupons to save money so that she could  stay home with her son and not have to return to work.  She had been a high school Family and Consumer Science (Home Ec.) teacher for 11 years before PJ's adoption.   
She taught her friend Shelley, who also adopted two boys, how to coupon and stockpile.
Melissa will forever be a "teacher." 
Now, she and Shelley are teaching many women (and men) across the the USA how to
save money by couponing and stockpiling. 

 Melissa and Shelley have recently been named to a "Saving Stars" panel of bloggers
I am so proud of these two super moms and their great success. 
Check out their blog at:
The link to their book is in the left column of my blog.

Also note: Melissa was diagnosed with Celiac Disease last October. 
In addition to regular blog posts, she also posts Gluten-Free recipes and money saving tips. 

Monday, June 18, 2012

Afternoon Tea - West Baden Springs, IN

In my last post, I featured the French Lick Springs Hotel in French Lick, IN.
Just one mile away is the fabulous West Baden Springs Hotel in the town of West Baden Springs. These two fabulous resorts are owned and operated by the same company.  They share all activities and have a regularly scheduled shuttle service between the two.

Afternoon Tea is served at West Baden Springs on Saturdays May 19th - October 13th
in the amazing domed atrium spanning 200 feet.
 Unfortunately, we were unable to participate in the tea because our visit was during mid-week.
GJ promised we will schedule a weekend trip just for afternoon tea. 

This gorgeous building was built in 1902.
The guys enjoyed a game of checkers in the lobby after going to the water park
 and before having a late lunch. 

Friday, June 15, 2012

Traveling Tea Mug — Indiana

My tea mug traveled with us to Indiana
where we stayed at the historic French Lick Springs Hotel,
a beautiful resort in the small town of French Lick.   
The purpose of this visit was another meeting for GJ.
AJ and I tagged along for fun again. :-) 
I read and relaxed on the front porch while the guys were out and about.
And, what a nice, comfortable front porch to sit and enjoy my tea!
The lobby is beautiful. 
The hotel has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation in recent years.

The original hotel opened in 1845. The attraction was the mineral springs. 
In an old advertisement, below, it was advertised as a Health and Pleasure Resort.
Quoting the ad: "You drink the waters — nature does the rest."
Here are the guys at a pig roast dinner for our group.
AJ took the photo of the pig below. 
And, yes we all ate some of it. 
It's a good thing it didn't look like this by the time I made my way through the food line,
I'm not sure I would have been so anxious to eat the pork.   
This would be a great get-away location for a family or a girlfriend group.
And, I found a place for afternoon tea, coming in the next post.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Final Views of our NOLA Trip

 I walked by the Bottom of the Cup Tea Room, but didn't stop during this trip.
I visited them in 2005 and had my fortune told, or a psychic reading as the sign indicates.
I concluded having my fortune told once in my lifetime is enough for this tea lady! 
We walked a lot in the French Quarter.
Temperatures were in the mid 90's with 98% humidity.
I drank a lot of cold iced tea!
While the guys were out touring the swamp on Tuesday,
I visited the Hurricane Katrina Museum, the Mardi Gras Museum, and shopped.

Here is AJ, showing off his new henna tattoo on Jackson Square.
Below, AJ is enjoying a Pat O'Brien's Eye of the Hurricane drink,
a non-alcoholic version of the famous Hurricane.
And, of course music on the street corner.


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