Sunday, October 08, 2006

Time for tea

One of the best things in life is tea, whether it be a nice, warm cup of vanilla-flavored, violet-tinged Lovergirl at Extraordinary Desserts in San Diego or a high tea with Earl Grey in England's York. I. Love. Tea.

I was reminded of this when I recently went to Mrs. Burton's Tea House in Heritage Park at San Diego's Old Town. In a Victorian home, high tea is served on a veranda or in one of the frilly rooms. The service isn't complete without the first step: donning a stylish hat from one of the waiting multitudes downstairs and swishing on a feather boa to complete the outfit. You get your picture taken with your friends, and then it's off to the table for a Peach Caramel pot of brew, accompanied by lots of goodies. Among them are scones with clotted cream and lemon curd and, my favorite, finger sandwiches. OMG, finger sandwiches. Mrs. Burton's features the best: sun-dried tomato paste, cucumber (of course), and an awesome carrot/peanut/honey spread. That's just the beginning, because you also get brownies, lemon cake, and fruit.

With good company and conversation, it's a peaceful afternoon. A time to smell the roses in Mrs. Burton's garden. A time to just relax....

2 comments:

Y said...

I'm a tea-kinda-gal too! Don't like coffee at all... but tea, yes please! :)

Sounds relaxing BTW.

Crystal Green's Blog said...

I'm the same way with coffee! Never liked it. I bow to tea, too.