Not a London hotel
(although we've done that, Daughter Sarah and I)
but a St. Paul, Minnesota hotel
The Saint Paul Hotel
In old downtown Saint Paul
In their elegant crystal chandeliered lobby
on low tables
(which is why it is afternoon tea and not high tea)
They do it most Sataurdays
(and occasionally other days as well)
There is a limited number of seats
And it fills up weeks in advance!
On this trip North to visit Daughter Sarah, her Andy and Grand girl Lucy,
Sarah made a reservation for
Afternoon Tea for Two
My delayed Mother's Day present!
What an elegant setting.
China cups, no two alike
Fresh flowers on the table
Just like the hotels in London!
And the tea --
(unlike the teas in London -- three courses only, there!)
We started with a pear and golden beet soup
Ham pate on cibatta
And a bacon and goat cheese mixture in puff pastry
The second course was mac and cheese croquette
with a truffled sauce
The third course
was a white cheddar and apple scone
with caramel butter
For the sweet course a maple macaron, cranberry palmier and a pumpkin chai cupcake
And just when we thought we couldn't eat any more
A Dolce Turtle Tart
a crust of nuts and honey, a decadent caramel filling and whipped cream
The tea, as advertised was two whole hours!
It wasn't a come and go between two and four
It was from two until four!
A leisurely two hours.
Of conversation and sipping tea and daintily eating the delectable tea treats!
Piano music played softly in the background and you could hear the clinking of the china cups as they were put back in their saucers along with the hum of gentle conversation.
Our favorite course?
Daughter Sarah and I agreed, that that tart not withstanding,
it had to be the white cheddar and apple scone!
And the caramel butter just put it over the top!
The best part of the present
Those leisurely two hours
Alone with Daughter Sarah
sharing memories and goals for the future!
I felt like a much loved pampered princess when we left.
Daughter Sarah is thoughtful like that!
It was the best Mother's Day Present that I've ever had!