The last time I made it across the pond was when I was two years old, so that obviously does not count. I am collecting a few places in my mind to go for my graduation vacation next summer and the UK is a possible contender.
Well, since you asked…I am torn between a Korea/Hong Kong (because 10+ times is not enough)/Singapore trip or parts of Northern Europe (I really want to see the Aurora Borealis while surrounded by huskies). However, that is a story for another day later down the road.
My mom flew down this weekend and I really needed the quality time with her since I only get to see her a few times a year. She invited me to have afternoon tea at The Palace Hotel with a few of her friends.
The garden court is absolutely stunning and everything felt so fancy. Here is the entrance to heaven:
I was running a little late and there was a flute of champagne waiting for me as I arrived. A little mid-day bubbly never hurts.
Essentially how it works is you buy a package ($55) and it comes with tea, champagne or sparkling wine, sandwiches, scones and pastries.
I am the happiest when I am with this lady down here and the backdrop does not hurt either.
The first thing for us to nibble on was five mini sandwiches. I did not have lunch yet at this point so I pretty much ate all of them before everyone finished their first one. Included were:
-smoked salmon w/ creme cheese mousse + caviar
-cucumber w/ avocado mousse + tomato
-ham & pineapple w/ cream cheese mousse + sun dried tomato
-zucchini w/ roasted red bell pepper mousse
-turkey w/ cream cheese + raspberry
Surprisingly, the ham and pineapple one was my favorite one. I feel like a hypocrite because I smack-talk everyone that likes Hawaiian pizza but you just do not put pineapple on pizza. It just does not work out like that.
The harpist started off the afternoon playing classical songs or Sinatra, etc and ended with the Disney soundtrack. It was fantastic and all the mini-princesses around the courtyard had such a good time.
There were a group of middle-aged women wearing fancy British hats and I honestly think we should start a campaign to make it popular in America. They were so cute and I just wanted to join them for a game of bridge. My table was lacking fancy headwear but made up for it with beautiful faces.
To be honest, I expected a little more with the pastries. They did not seem traditional and everything was extremely sweet. What I did love was the scones nestled all the way on the bottom. I had maybe four and they were divine with rose petal jam.
It was hard to say goodbye to such a beautiful location but that just means I will have to come back for Sunday brunch.
Have you had afternoon tea?