Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A Cozy Affair

By Dru Ann

How perfectly cozy to attend a tea with good friends. Several weeks ago we went to an Afternoon Tea, also known as English Tea or High Tea, at the Ritz Carlton. The setting was very nice, with Christmas decorations to highlight the festive season. We were also entertained with Christmas tunes by a pianist. Our tea started with....




A fine tea selection that included the traditional Earl Gray, as well as chamomile, green tea and English Breakfast. I chose to be daring and selected the Vanilla Bean tea which was quite delicious.




Then we were served four finger sandwiches starting at the top:


  • Prosciutto, Butter, Cream Cheese, Asparagus, Chive, Cream Cheese Star on White
  • Jumbo Gulf Shrimp, Herbed Cream Cheese, Chives on Whole Wheat
  • Classic English Cucumber, Chive Cream Cheese, Chervil Sprig on White
  • Smoked Salmon Rosette, Salmon Cream Cheese, Capers, American Caviar, Dill Sprig on Pumpernickel



Jars of honey and jellies, currants and butter balls adorned the table.




And we had a choice of lemon slices, raw or white sugar cubes.




Then the tower of delectable goodies arrived.




From the top left: Éclair, Fresh Fruit Tart, Shortbread Cookie, Opera Torte, Vanilla Cupcake w/whipped cream topping and chocolate dots, Red Velvet Cupcake w/cream cheese topping, Palmier, Chocolate Dipped Strawberry, and Blueberry Scone. What I ate was scrumptious.

And in the tradition that is the English Tea affair, we all wore pearls and when sipping our delicious tea, our pinkies were extended.

Have you ever attended an English Tea?