Posted in Family, Food/Recipes  by: Angela
July 20th, 2010

clement-micarelli-afternoon-teaHaving grown up in the South, I’ve been drinking sweet (iced) tea so long that I bet my mom put it in my baby bottle! Since I’ve moved out of my parent’s home, I haven’t drank it quite as much, but that really doesn’t mean much – I still drink it ALOT!

One thing that I have never acquired a taste for is hot tea. Maybe I’ve been drinking it wrong – buying the wrong brands of tea? Using honey instead of sugar cubes? Not using milk? Etc. I don’t know.

However, that all changed this past Saturday – my mom’s birthday! Her friend took us to a tea room on Saturday to celebrate her birthday, and we had a great time!

I think I could be addicted to this idea of having tea!

The tea room we visited was called Duncan Hill Inn Tea Room. My mom’s friend found this tea room by searching on Tea Map for a tea room in our area. This is a great resource for anyone who would like to visit a tea room!


Our table looked similar to this one ~ we dined on squash soup, fresh fruits, and in the middle was a display like the one above ~ filled with wonderful blueberry scones (with Devonshire cream, lemon curd, and jams), apple breads, tea sandwiches (egg salad, chicken salad in phyllo, cucumber, and ham poppyseed), and the top ~ oh the top ~ cordial glasses with some kind of delicate strawberry roll dessert, special fudges, strawberries and raspberries filled with cream cheese, pound cakes, and I don’t even remember what else! It was pretty amazing, and let’s not forget the name of the room ~ a tea room ~ we had all sorts of special teas to pick from and by the time we left we had four different pots of tea on the table!

It was a wonderful afternoon listening to my mom and her friend reminisce and chat, and every once in a while I’d toss in a few words, mostly along the lines of, “this is so good”, “wait, this is better”, etc etc.

From what I gathered in my afternoon at the tea room, having tea is an orderly affair. There are do’s and dont’s, methods, etc for having tea. Because I would like to get more information on this custom, I purchased a book from A Tea For All Reasons along with a couple of Marsha’s (the proprietor) special blended teas. Marsha and I have communicated, and she told me that her cookbook will give me all sorts of “beginner” information!

Utlimate Goal: to host a tea

Do any of my readers enjoy tea? Do you go to tea rooms? What brands of tea do you buy in the store?

I am including this post in Jenny’s Alphabe-Thursday – Alaphabet Soup Day! Next week, the color RED.




12 Responses to “Tea”

  1. Gayle Says:

    I love tea, both iced and hot. I’m embarrassed to say that my favorite hot tea is Tetley tea with sugar and milk. I don’t like herb tea and I’ve never tried any fancy teas. For my iced tea I use Bigelows green tea – 7 bags, plus 1 Tetley (black tea) tea bag per half gallon of water. I add 5 spoons of sugar so it isn’t very sweet. My kids say it tastes like water. Oh, well, I like it!

  2. Kelli Says:

    Well, you know we love hot tea here at the Mayhorn household! Never been to a formal tea, but I have a friend (you met her, Michelle, at my TS party) who does those all the time. She loves it, so I’m sure it would be fun!
    Miss you! Love you!

  3. Lola Says:

    Being British, my favourite beverage is yes,… tea! Hot or cold.

    Loved the cake stand goodies too!

    Happy Alphabe-Thursday,


    PS Mine this week is HERE. Hope you can join me!

  4. Rocky Mountain Woman Says:

    My sweet little British grandmother had a proper tea every day at 4:00. I loved visiting her and having tea. She always drank Constant Comment with a little tiny bit of sugar or honey. I drank mine with milk and sugar back then, but I drink it straight up now! I still drink Constant Comment in memory of my grandma….

    love your post, you made me remember some quite pleasant memories!!

  5. Pondside Says:

    Well, I come from a tea culture, and live in Victoria, famous for Tea at the Empress and tea just about everywhere else. I’ve hosted teas for as long as I can remember and they’re still one of my favorite ways to spend a couple of afternoon hours. If your going to host a tea I think it’s important to have a good strong black tea and another, such as Earl Grey. Don’t forget wedges of lemon!

  6. Viki Says:

    I’ve never cared for tea hot or cold. Maybe like you, at least with the hot tea, I’ve just never had any tea brewed correctly. Great post.

  7. Cheryl Says:

    No tea rooms here. But hot tea drinkers abound in New England. Having traveled in the south, I know the importance of being specific about the tea I order when there. My husband is a major iced tea drinker without the sweet.

  8. Brenda Says:

    I have always wanted to go to a real tea. I have had tea with cookies and small sandwiches for friends but never a full blown tea. If you have one I hope you share it with us.

  9. Gayle C. Says:

    I’m supposed to be reading the “odd” numbered posts, but I cheated and read yours, too. :-) I just learned how to brew a proper cup of tea from a Facebook friend of mine who lives in the UK. I live in Texas, so…. sweet tea was more my specialty. However, using Annie’s insructions, I thoroughly enjoyed hot tea…and it was Tetley.

  10. bkmackenzie Says:

    Love this because I am a tea drinker…every night is tea time for me…have my favorite tea cups and…refuse to let anyone use them for anything but tea….blessings…bkm

  11. jo Says:

    I love tea …. i use a generations old custom blend of teas … and I have had a tea … so much fun … and so yummy and i just love clotted cream and scones!

  12. Jenny Matlock Says:

    Hi Angela!

    What a perfect refreshment to go along with our Alphabet Soup this week!

    I do love hot tea…with a bit of milk and sugar…and the kind I almost always buy is Red Rose. I’ve been drinking that for a lot of years.


    If I got to have that lovely looking tray of sandwiches and treats I would pretty much drink any kind of tea.

    It looks like a delicious tea party!

    Thank you for linking!


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