Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
The final afternoon tea on our tea road trip was enjoyed on Mother's Day. What a perfect finale to a perfect trip to have tea at Crown and Crumpet in San Francisco's Ghirardelli Square. On this special occasion they served champagne or the best sparkling tea with the afternoon delicacies.
The "English Tea Salon" was a happy place with lots of color and light.
It was full of moms and daughters, husbands and wives. There were the cutest little girls with their grandmothers. It was a place of joy on Mother's Day.
The sandwiches were Asparagus with Feta, Egg Salad, Salmon, and Cucumber.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
The Getty Villa sits on the bluff looking out over the Pacific Ocean. The picture was taken from a friend's deck in Malibu, California. We were on our way up the California coast, had breakfast with my friend, then off to the Getty Villa. The Getty Villa is a beautiful museum which holds part of the Getty art collection.
The grounds of the Getty Villa, looking back on the main building that houses the art collection.
Arriving early it was so peaceful walking around the grounds and down this corridor.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
The old graveyard had California poppies.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
More good scones served today at Paris in a Cup in Orange, California
Sharing tea with a special tea friend made the visit even more special. We each had the Isabelle, which included scones, a very yummy Baked Potato Soup, tea sandwiches, and cookies. I would love the recipe for the soup, it was so good.
What French tea is not complete without a macaron on the plate. There was also an almond cookie and chocolate madeleine. This morning as I am sharing with you I am sipping the tea I had at Paris in a Cup. It is Le France from the Dammann company, which I first discovered and enjoyed at a tearoom in Paris. It brings back memories of that trip and now of visiting Paris in a Cup.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Shortly after arriving in Las Vegas we met friends, Bob and Carol Sims, from the Tea Embassy in Austin, Texas for afternoon tea at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas. What a lovely way to begin our adventure at the World Tea Expo. The picture is of me on the left and Carol.
Each tea had their special touches and each tea was wonderful.
The sandwiches were a salmon roll, stacked sandwich on top had cucumber in it, chicken salad in small ice cream cone (very cute and great idea), and egg salad.
We each had our own individual teapot. My teapot held a nicely brewed Black Currant Tea.
It always amazes me how different the scone recipes are in each tea venue. There must be thousands of different scone recipes and most of the them I have loved.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
The teapot sits in a dish; so you can pour hot water over the teapot to warm it.
Friday, May 15, 2009
An Afternoon to Remember in Newcastle, California.
A delightful tearoom in a fruit growing community, not far from Sacramento. The tearoom was just across the street from the old packing house, which now houses an antique shop and restaurant. Amy Lawrence is the owner of the shop. I had the opportunity to chat with her at the tea expo where she was promoting her tea cookbooks. She puts out a cookbook each year of the recipes served in the tearoom that year. This year she was also promoting a new cookbook for teashops.
An inside view of the tearoom. Our full afternoon tea started with a Black Forest Ham Quiche and Sweet Pea Cashew Salad. The salad was really yummy!
The tea sandwiches were a Sesame Chicken Salad, Sundried Tomato with Cucumbers, and Pineapple Pecan Sandwiches.
By the time we got to the desserts we were full. There was a Mandarin Cobbler, Chocolate Oatmeal Delight Bar, and Cherry Shortbread Cookie.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
It was a joy to visit Susan Rios at her booth and see her new line of teaware. Doesn't the teaware make you feel happy? Glory International has done a great job of taking her illustrations and turning them into actual teapots and teacups.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Welcome to the World Tea Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The picture is of a gentleman from Taiwan giving a demonstration on rolling oolong tea. He kept working the tea, rolling it in the cloth until there was moisture in the tea, then he wrapped it in the same cloth until it was a very tight ball.
I was looking forward to meeting Lin Ceramics people from Taiwan, as I have a small tea set from their company. This was their first time at the tea expo. Their ceramics are very beautiful and on another day I will share what I came away with from their booth.
This was also the first year for The Whole Leaf to have a booth at the tea expo. If there was a vote on the most peaceful booth, it would be theirs. They served lovely oolong teas. The gentleman in the green tee shirt sat their for 3 afternoons just serving tea to small groups. I enjoyed a lovely Jade Oolong here.