Friday, July 26, 2013

The Grand America Hotel Afternoon Tea

 Afternoon Tea at The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City was very
enjoyable for our family.  We made the reservations before leaving home, and 
planned this to be a time for relaxation after several days of driving
and before flying to our next destination.   
We were seated at a "low" table in the Lobby Lounge, with several other
guests including a little girl's tea birthday party.  
The girls were dressed up and used their best tea manners.  
Piano music accompanied tea time.  
Floor to ceiling windows look out on the pretty garden courtyard. 
 Our server greeted us and poured hot water over Flowering Tea n a glass.
Are you familiar with Flowering  or Blooming Teas?
They are tea leaves sewn around flowers.  
When steeped in hot water, they slowly blossom. 

 The tea selection included White, Green, Oolong and Black Teas.
Caffeine free herbals and hot chocolate were available. 
 We each chose a different tea. 
Austin selected Jasmine Downy Pearls.  My tea was the Organic High Mountain Oolong,
and Glenn chose the Decaf Acai Pomegranate Black.  
The pretty Tunisia China was designed for the hotel. 
 Blair was our knowledgeable and friendly server. 
He refilled our teapots with hot water several times. 
 The tea service began with Strawberries and Creme Chantilly. 
The three tier server was brought to the table with a 
five finger sandwiches and English scone served with Clotted Cream, 
Strawberry Jam, and Lemon Cream for each guest.  
 The sandwiches were Chicken Salad, Cucumber, 
Ham and Cheese Salad, Egg Salad, and a Salmon Wrap. 

 The desserts, an Assortment of Afternoon Tea Pastries 
were brought on another three-tier server.  
 The top tier held delicious handmade jellies from the hotel's
La Bonne Vie pastry chef.

The guys said the pastries were delicious, and didn't care for the jellies.
I thought they were great!  They were gluten free. :-) 
I was served a lovely plate of fresh fruit since I am gluten free.  

Afternoon Tea at the Grand America Hotel  is served seven days a week,
1:00 - 3:30 with reservations.
I thought you might like to see a photo from our previous tea at
The Grand America Hotel in 2004.


relevanttealeaf said...

What a fabulous tea, and I LOVED seeing the photo from 2004!

Marlena said...

My, what a difference a mere 9 years makes. Your son is growing up to be a fine young man. It's wonderful he enjoys tea with you. You are so fortunate to have such lovely tea experiences and so thoughtful to share them with us.

racheld said...

Madeleines and jellies and Linzer cookies, Oh, My! What a festive, dainty repast, in such a setting, and in such congenial company!

We've not traveled since mid-May, and now I feel as if I've been on a wonderful guided tour to SUCH interesting, unfamiliar places.

All the scenes and adventures, with welcome stops for such inviting refreshments---I think I've signed on for a Lifetime Ticket on the Friendship Train.


Lavender Cottage said...

Such a delightful tea, and right off I noticed how your son is older in the photos since I started viewing your blog. Nice to have the 2004 photo as well.

Angela McRae said...

The jellies sound interesting! And I loved seeing the 2004 photo!

Marilyn said...

I know I would like the jellies. How fun to see you having tea here on two different occasions. Austin has surely had his tea experiences.


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