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.


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