Tea Friends


A few weeks ago, I went to visit a long-time friend. We both grew up in British Commonwealth countries and met at boarding school. One of the many things we enjoy doing together is going to tea, as it reminds us of those times as children when we dressed up and went to full teas with our mothers. We are both quite capable of making and presenting our own full tea, but it’s just so much more fun to go somewhere and experience tea with others who love the tea experience. The challenge in living in the United States, is finding the right balance of appropriate food with the appropriate ambiance.

Because my trip was such a last-minute affair, neither of us even thought about reserving a tea at our favorite tea house until the day of the tea. Unfortunately for us, that tea house was completely booked up. While on the one hand my mouth was greatly disappointed that it wouldn’t be able to savor those sumptuous delectables, I had to acknowledge my excitement over that tea house doing so well in spite of the current economic status.

After sitting around, lamenting our misfortune and causing our stomachs to growl with anticipation for food that it would never see, we decided we needed to take some action and see if there were any other respectable options.

We settled on a newly restructured/reorganized/updated tea room called Sucree. Because it’s new, as of this posting, there wasn’t a website for it. We were delighted to discover that they had a handful of different types of tea menus, so we ordered one that included sandwiches, cupcakes, scones and tea.

While waiting for our tea to begin, I found myself captured by the beautiful simplicity of the mint arrangement on our table. I love mint in floral arrangements, but it tends to wilt quickly. Such a freshly crisp abundance of mint in a sweet tea-pot was quite lovely…especially because it demonstrated a detailed attention to something that could easily present poorly. The colors also captured me…a spring green in the curtain, a light mint green on the walls framed by white trimming, white wrought iron chairs and tables and delicate little chandeliers to spread the light about like fairies. The roses on the teapot, while normally annoying to me by being so cliché, popped out with just the right amount of accent.

Then the scones came. In my excitement, I failed to remember to photograph them. They were piping hot, fluffy, melted in the mouth, a little sweet, but more than acceptable. We were each served one (not enough in my opinion) on a glass tray with a dollop each of orange marmalade and Double Devon cream as schmears. I quickly committed to the Double Devon cream with great satisfaction…my throat can attest to the delight and ease with which it just slid on by.

Once the mouth ecstasy subsided slightly, I noticed a mom with her 6-year-old daughter sharing tea together at a nearby table. The daughter had a pink and purple magical fairy purse and was thoroughly engrossed in the entire experience. My heart expanded with joy that another generation would grow up learning what tea is really all about…girlfriend time…the best kind of friends.


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  1. Wednesday, November 16th, 2011 at 10:51 pm

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