Vacation Tea #1–Elegant Hotel Tea

May 29, 2007 at 6:07 pm 4 comments

I write, I’m not a great or even a good photographer. But tea at the Ritz needed to be remembered and I wanted you to see something! Halfway through our afternoon tea, Plays with Fire, as I affectionately call my main squeeze, snapped a picture.

Now, it is my belief that the Ritz understands the concept of “a little touch of something” very well. For two hours we didn’t gorge, but nibbled on works of art that also tasted terrific. At 2:30 in the afternoon, it is unnecessary to feel “stuffed” when you leave.

Notice the empty champagne flute on the left. The Royal Tea begins with a fruit infused glass of champagne~smell~. I ordered the champagne of teas as well, the Darjeeling. Note: the Ritz limits their tea choices to about ten with only one subtly-flavored black included. Now, I enjoy flavored blacks most of all~but when the food is filled with excellent flavor, flavored blacks are over-kill. My husband ordered the Ceylon.

Now, this picture only shows about a third of what we were served (on beautiful Wedgwood china, I might add). We were each given a half dozen tea sandwiches, scones, the four desserts you see on the bottom plate, and my favorite~fresh strawberries and cream drizzled with Grand Marnier for the finale’~taste~. Bon Appetit’!

I love the white linen~touch~, heavy silverware, fresh flowers~sight~ and Wedgwood china. I love that the atmosphere was manly enough for my man and elegant enough for me (the live piano~sound~, of course, is a wonderful addition).

For a true, transporting experience~all five senses need to be wooed.

Their only flaw? My husband was the only one to order the Ceylon that day and they don’t decant their leaves. While the servers are extremely attentive to a full tea cup, my husband couldn’t empty the pot by himself and his brew was bitter. Still considering ourselves tea novices, we didn’t say anything until the end. Live and learn~!

As we left, my husband joked: “Well, the streets may not be paved with gold, but the fire hydrants are!” Sure enough…

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Entry filed under: Afternoon Tea, Ritz-Carlton.

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  • 1. kelly Holtmeier-Brasier  |  June 12, 2007 at 4:34 am

    This part about the hotel party…I love your picture and wonder where you got it frrom…

    I also wanted to mention that the Ritz also left my tea leaves in my pot and the tea became undrinkable. Later in my life, I found out they use The Republic of Tea’s tea and I interviewed with their company for their Minister of Education position. It would have been my job to teach their staff how to serve properly.

    Whew, I have no idea why I wrote this to you… but your experience and writing touched me…. as I sit in my hotel at the World Tea Expo…

    And guess what? The Ritz had someone talk her about their knowledge of different tea parties.

    By the way, I started a company called Tea Parties Unlimited… I just registered the url, so I’ve still gotta build it but come check out http://www.teapartiesunlimited.com in a week or so.

    goodbye,
    kelly

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  • 2. jewellspring  |  June 12, 2007 at 5:30 pm

    Kelly, thanks so much for stopping by! I wish you the best in your endeavors.

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