Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Afternoon Tea at The Four Seasons Hotel, Washington, DC - 2006

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, March 12, 2006,
while in Washington, D.C. for a meeting,
GJ, AJ, and I met our friend LB at
the Four Seasons Hotel in the Georgetown neighborhood.
Afternoon Tea was served in the Garden Terrace Lounge.
I only have this one photo above from that afternoon.
Apparently, we were too busy enjoying the foods and visit
with our friend, I forgot to take more. 
From my 2006 notes:
"Loose leaf teas in small jars were brought to the table
for each guest to choose our tea.
Each guest's loose tea was prepared in a
small white teapot with an
accompanying matching teapot of hot water.
The server continuously refilled the hot water pot
as each guest poured hot water in the teapots throughout the tea.
You can get the idea from the photo of my plate above.
Both teapots were on a small matching white ceramic tray,
and set at each guest's place. 
Also from my notes:
AJ was offered The Children's Tea including
Chocolate Milk, a PBJ sandwich,
and a Chocolate Chip Cookie, and other items.
He was 7 years old at the time and readily agreed
to that special menu, then sat back and happily played
his electronic game while the three adults enjoyed the afternoon.
"The beautiful and delicious sandwiches were served plated.
The scones and sweets were served on a three-tier-server.
The ambiance and service were excellent.  We were not rushed,
and the Terrace Lounge was full with guests by the time we left. 
Obviously, a very popular Sunday afternoon activity!"
The Menu:
Winter Afternoon Tea
Served Daily from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Smoked Salmon and Horseradish Cream Cheese on a Brioche
Parma Ham with Ricotta and Fig on Nine-Grain Bread
Shaved Cucumber over buttered Radish on Whole Wheat Bread
Chicken and Mango Salad with Almond on a Sesame Bun
Air Dry Apples Scones
Chocolate and Gingerbread Mousse
Biscuit "Jaconde", Apple-Caramel Mousse, Cinnamon Cream
Chocolate Tart, Armagnac Truffle-Grue Tuile
Caramel and Chocolate Macaroon
Lemon and Earl Grey Tea Cake
The price in 2006 was $43 per person,
not including tax and gratuity.
Our family has wonderful memories from this Grand Hotel Afternoon Tea experience. 
If you click on "Hotel Afternoon Tea" under Labels in the left sidebar,
you can read my blog posts about many of our hotel teas.   

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Teacups of Violets

 My collection of vintage "violets" English Bone China teacups.
Below are a few of my "new" teacups,
including Violet and Yellow Primrose by Royal Albert. 
A Royal Albert Sweet Violets,
a pretty montrose white with purple violets and a gold trim
"Tivoli" by Duchess

Ane, the dainty "Violets" by Clarence.
I am celebrating this last week of February by sipping
my tea from these pretty English Bone China teacups.
Linking with:
Artful Affirmations ~ Tea Cup Tuesday
Antiques and Teacups ~ Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Bernideen's Tea Time Blog ~ Friends Sharing Tea
 A Delightfulsome Life ~ A Return to Loveliness

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Taking Tea

In the photo above,
I am Taking Tea, and I don't mean
the definition of Taking Tea as in
Sipping Tea or Drinking Tea.
I mean, I have packed up a basket with
loose leaf TEA and some of my tea equipment
to take to a friend's home to brew tea for her 12 guests
for Afternoon Tea on Friday afternoon.
The delicious food was prepared by Berea Coffee and Tea
and was served buffet-style at the dining room table.  
I was so pleased to be able to introduce the guests
to a good quality loose leaf tea, and they enjoyed it!
I made Harney and Sons Queen Catherine Blend.

I am so happy I was able to help on Friday
afternoon for this very special event. 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Afternoon Tea St. Regis Hotel NYC - 2006

These are scanned photos from my files of pre-digital camera
and pre-blog times.  I began this blog in January 2008,
and we enjoyed many tea adventures before that date.
In July, 2006, AJ was 7 years old when we enjoyed
Afternoon Tea in the Astor Court of the historic landmark St. Regis Hotel.
My notes are sketchy, but I remember a few details.
Located in the center of Manhattan, the Astor Court where afternoon tea
is served daily the windows look out on 55th Street.
The tables, with Porthault linens and Limoges china, and Waterford crystal,
set the tone for an elegant dining experience.
On the three-tier server above, scones were served warm under the dome
on the top tier.  Assorted finger sandwiches were on the second tier, and
delicious pastries on the bottom tier.  We chose the St. Regis Blend Tea.
I chose The St.Regis for our first NYC hotel
afternoon tea after reading and thoroughly studying
the book, Tea in the City, New York,
by Elizabeth Knight and Bruce Richardson.

Great memories!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Tea Gadget - Tea Bag Buddy

While shopping at Meijer, I found a new tea gadget.
At least, it is new to me.  I'm sorry if one of my tea blogging
friends has already posted it and I don't remember. 
Double click on the photo of the back of the package to see how it works.
I like the idea of securing the tea bag string,
keeping the water how while it is brewing,
squeezing the excess liquid out of the tea bag, if
you are so inclined, and holding the used tea bag.
Now, I can't wait to see the expression on 13-year-old AJ's face
when I pull it out at a local restaurant to use when
brewing tea from their semi-hot water and teabag. 
The Tea Bag Buddy is a Primula product

Monday, February 18, 2013

Counting Teacup Trio Sets

I am often asked how many Teacup Trio Sets
 I have in my collection. 
I don't know. 
I learned about Teacup Trio Sets
(teacup, saucer, and small plate)
at an antique shop in Chipping Campden in England in
1998, and have been collecting English trios since.
Last week I pulled out some of my trio sets in preparation for
setting my "Hearts and Roses" Valentine tea table.
So, I decided to set-up the drop-leaf dining room table and
count my trios. 
To make a long story short,
I still don't know how many trios are in my collection, because
in addition to the individual patterns,
I have multiples of many, including the four Royal Patrician below. and
including, 6 of this, 9 of that, 3 of these, 5 of those, 2 here, 7 there,
and that doesn't include three different Christmas patterns, trios which match
three sets of china, and more.
I gave up! 
Maybe it's just better not to know.
That way, I might think I need another trio when I find one.
Does that make sense? 
I believe most of you know what I mean.
*Big Grin*
Linking with:
Rose Chintz Cottage ~ Tea Time Tuesday
Artful Affirmations ~ Tea Cup Tuesday
Antiques and Teacups ~ Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Bernideen's Tea Time Blog ~ Friends Sharing Tea

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Xin Gong Yi (New Craft) White Tea

The Red Blossom Tea Company description:
"Our Xin Gong Yi white tea was harvested from Fuding County, Fujian Province. 
The hand-picked leaves consist of a bud and single leaf combination. 
The buds contribute florals and texture to the tea,
while the leaves give it complexity. 
Traditional white teas are only oxidized to 5%,
whereas new craft takes oxidation above 30%. 
Resulting in a tea with notes of raisins, dried apricots and roses." 
I have participated in several tea-tasting classes. 
It takes several years of practice and training to become a tea-taster. 
I wish I could say I tasted raisins, dried apricots and roses,
but due to my lack of experience (or lack of tasting skills),
 I did not.
I do, however, know when I taste a tea which pleases my taste buds,
and this one did! 
Mary, Patty, Lynn and I enjoyed this tea. 

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Valentine's Dessert for Two at Historic Boone Tavern Hotel

We enjoyed a delightful event at Boone Tavern Hotel at Berea College
on Valentine's Day.  They featured a special limited menu, 
above and beyond their usual dinner menu.  "Dinner for Two."
The dinner included "desserts for two" as shown in my photo above.
It was a lovely evening with delicious food,  soft guitar music ,and great service.
Years ago when I was Executive Director of Berea Tourism
and worked at the Berea Welcome Center
I always encouraged visitors to eat at least one meal at Boone Tavern Hotel,
because it is known world-wide. 
Everywhere I travel, people ask about Berea College and/or Boone Tavern Hotel.
We are so fortunate to have this beautiful historic hotel in our little town.  

Friday, February 15, 2013

Orleans Rose Teacups - Same or Different?

It has been a week of celebrating Hearts and Roses
here at Friendship Tea Blog. 
I want to share an interesting observation about
two of the "rose" teacups. 
 Would you say the cup above is a tea cup,
and the cup below is a coffee cup? 
Or, are they are both tea cups? 
 Both of these cup and saucer sets are marked Orleans Rose,
Royal Standard Fine Bone China England 417.
There is an obvious difference in the pattern and shape
of these two cups.  However, the saucers are exactly the same.
Any thoughts or information to help explain why they are marked the same
but are different?
Is it common for a china pattern to issue different shaped
cups?  I have examples of others which are slightly different,
but these are very noticably different in the shape, handle, and rose patterns.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Hearts and Roses Valentine Tea Table

"Hearts and Roses" is the theme of my Valentine's Day tea table. 
I set the table using four Royal Patrician tea cup trios of different rose patterns. 
 Above: Summer Rose pattern
Below: Summer Rose Chintz

Above: Anastasia
Below: Roses and Ivy 
 Below: Royal Albert Old Country Roses Teapot Set
 Won't you come join me for tea?
Linking with:

Celebrating Valentine's Week with Roses

 I will celebrate Valentine's Day week by using
five rose-patterned teacups from my collection,
one for each day, Monday through Friday. 
I will steep my daily tea in this Windsor Teapot. 
I don't know the name of the pattern of the teapot, but
it is decorated in pretty roses.   
A different teacup each day, Monday through Friday...
Which should I use first? 
The Royal Standard Irish Elegance?
 or, the Queen Anne China Lady Margaret?
 or, the Royal Standard Orleans Rose?
  the different shaped Royal Standard Orleans Rose ?
 Or, perhaps the Royal Albert American Beauty?
It will be a fun challenge to choose a different teacup for each day this week.

Friday, February 8, 2013

February Tea at Greentree Tearoom, Lexington

 Mary, Lana, and I met today at Greentree Tearoom
 for Afternoon Tea/Luncheon. 
The February menu included:
Mushroom Soup with Sherry

White Chocolate Scone
with Cherry Curd and Fayette Cream.

 Chicken Cordon Bleu
with a Green Salad
 And, from the buffet table:
Tea Sandwiches -
Curried Egg Salad
Cucumber and Cream Cheese
French Radish
and Sweets -
Chocolate Heart Cookies
Mini Strawberry Shortcake
hot from the oven,
Amaretto Bread Pudding (oh my!)
All served with unlimited cups of Assam Tea.
We enjoyed our time for tea with non-stop chat.
Greentree Tearoom, located in downtown Lexington
changes their menu monthly. 
They serve at noon on Wednesday - Saturday.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Vintage Aynsley

On Tuesday of this week, I wrote about
the first vintage Anysley I purchased in a tiny village in Kent
 on our 2002 trip to England. 
I debated (with myself) for a long time about purchasing these,
because there were only three trios (not four) with the matching cake plate.
The lady minding the shop came down on the
price, and as you can see, they are in my home. 
We have many happy memories of AJ's first trip to England

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