Having 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.