Happy Christmas! I didn’t think I would be able to have Christmas Tea at Marlene’s Tea and Cakes this year but an expected surprise and gift came my way and I was able to share the experience with my friend P. and her 11-year-old daughter, N.
Interestingly, the first tea house I ever visited was Tea-upon-Chatsworth with P. and N., where we celebrated N.’s 1st birthday! Therefore, I was so honored to have the privilege of sharing that experience with N. again, on her first visit to a tea house since her 1st birthday!
Upon entering Marlene’s Tea & Cakes, I heard a little voice whisper in wonder, “Ooooh, it’s so fancy in here!” 🙂
As soon as we were seated, N. spotted the beautiful tea favor and could not resist eating her gingerbread cookie “tag”! With a big smile, she declared it “really good!” P. and I warned her to save the cookie for later since there were many, many more treats yet to come!
The afternoon was a treat for the senses. Marlene’s Royal Christmas Tea consisted of a delectable holiday themed menu, personalized tea favor, and live harp music. To start, we sampled 3 teas: Creme au caramel (rooibos), Roasted almond & fruit (herbal), and Strawberry rose (herbal). P. and I both liked the Creme au caramel best. N. really liked the Strawberry rose which she enjoyed with cream and sugar!
N. had just seen Gordon Ramsay on TV make beef Wellington so she was very excited to see the mini beef Wellington on the menu. Delighted, she marveled after each bite, “Mmm … They’re … so … flaky!”
N. was a natural when it came to tea etiquette: she sipped her tea quietly, used the serving tongs for the food, and took great care whenever someone poured hot tea for her. She was a perfect lady and a joy to watch–a tea lady in the making!
As usual, Marlene outdid herself with the food! Everything was delicious and the tea favor desserts were a great souvenir to take away so we could continue enjoying afternoon tea at home.
Thank you P. and N. for having afternoon tea with me–it was a pleasure and I hope we can do it again sometime!
Thank you Lady S. for your generosity and thoughtfulness which gave me an unexpected opportunity to spend some quality time with a friend I hadn’t seen in awhile. It was a priceless gift that certainly made this season special for me. 🙂
“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire …”