Friday, July 8, 2016

Monday Afternoon Tea in NYC

All who read this blog on a regular basis know there have been several
changes in my tea journey since I began blogging in January 2008.
Just a few are listed below: 
1. I have been gluten free since February 2013 due to health requirements.
2.  Austin is now 17 years old, and not the little 8 year-old boy we all remember from 2008.
BTW, Austin has been going to afternoon tea since he was 10 1/2 months old,
and he has taken over the photography during travels.  
3.  Last year we discovered Austin can not tolerate gluten because of symptoms 
different from mine and Melissa's.  It's so difficult to diagnose gluten intolerance and Celiac.
 After breaking over too many times in the last year, he has learned only he can control
 his diet and the gluten intolerance.
4.  I've said many times "gluten free and afternoon tea don't go hand-in-hand."
I am so grateful for the many quaint, some famous, and small-town tea rooms we have 
visited around the world since my tea journey began in 1993.
Now it takes more time for research, emails and phone calls
to find gluten free afternoon tea. 
5.  In the USA, hotels are more likely to be able to serve gluten free afternoon tea.
6.  Years ago I set a goal to have afternoon tea in all 50 states,but I've given up. 
We are often in an area on days tea rooms are not open.
So, all I can do is the best I can do!  
A couple of weeks before travel began, I reserved Afternoon Tea
on Monday, June 27 in  the Pembroke Room at the Lowell Hotel.
The Pembroke Room Afternoon Tea is served daily 2 - 6 p.m. 
It is described as one of New York City's best kept secrets.
The Lowell Hotel is a 74-room historic boutique hotel located
on E. 63rd between Madison and Park.
The Pembroke Room on the 2nd floor of the hotel is described as
"serene and magical, like having tea in a Victorian Parlor."   
Our reservations were for one regular and two gluten free teas.  
We all ordered the Classic Pembroke Tea
Glenn chose the  Earl Grey black tea blend
Austin chose the Mandarin Jasmine green tea 
I ordered the "rare and premium Darjeeling Tea - SFTGFOP
(Super Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe), 1st Flush 2016,
A Majestic Tea of the Year Which is Surely a Tea Makers Pride
 and the Tea Lovers Delight."
I couldn't possibly resist that menu description! 
The Pembroke Room Tea Sommelier was very knowledgeable
 and the service was excellent.

We counted seating for 24 to 26 guests.  We were the first to arrive. 
Our gluten free three tiered server.
 Gluten Free Sandwiches below: 
 The gluten free scone was brought on a separate plate. 
 Glenn's scones were served warm from a basket brought by the server, 
and he was offered seconds.  
 Delicious fresh fruit, 
 Petit Fours and Macarons on the GF tray. 
Double click on the photo of our family at the table
to see Glenn's three-tiered server and artistic desserts.  
 At the end of the trip we rated the Pembroke Room at the Lowell Hotel
as our most favorite afternoon tea in New York City.  It was so quiet and peaceful, 
even after the other guests arrived,  The food delicious, and service was excellent. 

Monday night's show choice by Austin was Chicago. 
He sang the music in a local community theater variety show earlier this year.
  He's been singing it since seeing the show for the 2nd time.
He doesn't remember a lot about the first time he saw it, but he wasn't
as much into music and theater back then.
Another afternoon tea coming in the next post. 
By the way, NYC was a "stopover" on the way to our "real" vacation destination. 

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