― Okakura Kakuzō,
Welcome to Tastes like tea! I had my first experience with afternoon tea on May 6, 2006. My friend, Lady J., hosted an afternoon tea for 40 ladies at her home, and I had volunteered to be one of her co-hostesses. I didn’t know what to expect but I learned just about everything I needed to know about afternoon tea that day, from behind-the-scenes production to enjoying the actual event!
To make a long story short, I was smitten with everything about the experience: the delicious tea (why hadn’t I given tea a chance before?!), the guests (I couldn’t ask for better company), the lovely hats and tea attire (oh, I felt so pretty and proper!), the scrumptious and dainty epicurean delights (can it get any more delightful?), the china (I regretted not asking for china on my wedding registry!), the table setting details (who knew that a table could look so inviting?), and tea etiquette (thank goodness, manners still exist in this day and age!).
Looking back, I don’t know why I had never been interested in afternoon tea before except that the price of tea houses deterred me and I didn’t have anyone to go with. Since my first tea, I have visited a few tea houses, enjoyed many afternoon teas, and even hosted some tea parties myself! With this blog, I am documenting and sharing what I have learned and experienced since my first tea.
I invite you to enjoy a virtual cup of tea with Tastes like tea. Thank you for visiting!