Monday, June 10, 2013

High Tea

Welcome friends for tea this week.  Previously I shared a tour of a garden centre called Pathways to Perennials (P2P) here and this is also where the high tea for this post took place.  P2P has a really nice home and garden boutique which I'll briefly show you before the pictures of the tea.
Lots of pretty things to choose from, and I bought a new tea strainer which I'll show another time.
Here's Lorraine, owner of P2P starting the tea tasting.
 Finger sandwiches, biscotti and lemon squares were served while we tried a number of teas.
 Hoda Pariposh owner of the Sloane Tea Company gave a history of the beverage and the features of each of her sommelier-selected teas.
As the 30 or so of us moved outside to the Garden Cafe, I glanced at all the pretty teacups we'd we drinking from.
The chef-wife team of Ron and Betty with their daughter.  The couple sold their restaurant in Tonga and in 1986 Ron became the Sous Chef at Sooke Harbor House on Vancouver Island.  Ron and Betty joined P2P this spring and we knew from the introduction that lunch was going to be wonderful, and that Sloane teas would be incorporated into some of the food.
 Asparagus and beetroot salad with a creme fraiche dressing.
 Pork scallopini with pickled blackberry and Earl Grey glaze.
 Vanilla bean ice cream with Heavenly Cream sabayon; coconut banana scented with Marrkesh Mint; and chocolate dipped strawberry with Crimson Berry glaze.
Hoda came around with a dish of sugared flowers from France to either put in your cup of tea, or tuck inside a cheek then drink the tea.
I came home with a canister of the Heavenly Cream tea; such a pretty pink tin and my favourite of the teas I tried.
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31 comments:

  1. Oh what a wonderful experience for you, Judith! Everything looks so delicious and pretty, too!

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  2. Oh, Judith. You do know how to live, don't you! The food looks beautiful and delicious.(I noticed the butterfly-shaped label in the first photo.)

    -Karen

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  3. Oh my, this tea looks and sounds divine! And that packaging for your tea is simply beautiful -- reminds me of Fortnum and Mason's elegant tins!

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  4. So how was the sugared flower--did you put it in your cheek or in your tea? The lemon squares look tiny. Were they made from lemon curd? It looks like a fun day. I've noticed here that most of our shops no longer carry blueberry herb tea. Celestial Seasonings made it and it used to be everywhere, now there is only one store that has it. I love to make it into iced tea for the summer.

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  5. With a name like "Heavenly Cream" it must be delicious! And the tin is a winner, too.♥♫

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  6. Ooooo, that looked like such a nice place to go. Wow wow wow You must have had a wonderful time. Susan

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  7. Oh that looks just delightful Judith! I would love to see something like that happen here in our city. We are so behind the times. Absolutely lovely post. Thanks for sharing it. Pam

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  8. What a great tea! I adore those pretty teacups. The entree, dessert, and sugared flowers look awesome. I just came over from Linderhof (blog) where Martha was cutting her pansy flowers and candying them for later use. Have a good week, Judith!
    Hugs, Beth

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  9. Wow- what a lovely spot to spend a few hours, with or without lunch. Pam is right, we need something like that in our area...

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  10. Oh how can you go wrong with something called "Heavenly Cream" ! Makes me want to find some based on the name alone...sounds mild and milky. :D What a lovely experience you enjoyed there.

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  11. Judith, your post is heavenly! The tea place is wonderful, those tea cups lovely, and all that great food! Yum! Delicious. Thank you for sharing with us.
    Hugs,
    Terri

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  12. Looks like a lovely place to visit and have tea. Great photos.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  13. High Tea is such an elegance that we really do not have here. The food looks amazing and the presentation makes you wonder if you really want to disturb the beauty, but how can you resist? I often laugh as I find myself photographing food. Who photographs their food before they eat it? Bloggers. And we love it.

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  14. Dear Judith,
    That must have been a great experience. Terrific menu. Didn't you just come home with the perfect tin of tea for you, our Lavendar Lady.
    Ruthie

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  15. What a delightful experience. I've been to Sooke Harbour House ... daughter and family live in Sooke.

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  16. How beautiful it all looks! And I would buy that "Heavenly Cream" tea just for the tin - but the tea sounds delicious, too. Another one for my wish list!

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  17. Oh my, that all looks and sounds heavenly! What a wonderful experience for you!

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  18. So glad you shared this lovely event! The tea looks delightful too! What a pretty presentation.

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  19. Heisann!

    Oh - what a day, reminds me of the tea shop I visited in
    France last month, I love that kind of shops , at least for short stay without dusting!!!

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  20. Look here: http://viltogvakkert.blogspot.no/2013/05/som-i-et-dukkehus.html

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  21. Hi: Everything looks so good. I love visiting those kinds of shops. Have a great week. Hugs, Martha

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  22. Gosh Judith, for a minute I got excited that you're visiting on Vancouver Island and so close to me! Lol. Looks like you had a really lovely time. There's a little aromatherapy shop near by and, as you walk in, they hand you a cup of some lovely fragrant tea in a vintage cup to sip while you shop. I always want to buy the cup! Have a lovely rest of the week and hugs to you. I hope you've got your sun back. :)

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  23. Oh Judith, what a wonderful time you must've had. I wish I lived closer so that I could join you! The food looked and sounded delicious. What fun to have a learning experience besides eating and sipping tea. The Heavenly Cream must be fabulous. Thanks for sharing the day with us.

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  24. Hi Judith,
    Your tea experience sounds delightful and the presentation, wonderful. What a pretty tin your tea came in. Hope you're having a lovely week.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  25. I came back one more time to read all this and I am so pleased to see it is a "high tea" as so many call Afternoon Tea High Tea but this really was High Tea!

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  26. Oh, Judith - what a wonderful event! I am co-hosting an event of this sort next week and looking so forward to it! I especially loved all the pretties in the shop -s aw some mixing bowls that I might just love . . . Glad you stopped by my place and enjoyed the costumes. More of that to come, I daresay.
    Joy!
    Kathy

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  27. How wonderful this looks!! Wish we had taste-o-vision on the blogs.

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  28. What a yummy place and tea. I had a tea party a few years ago for a bunch of friends and it was the best time...

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  29. Hi,Judith!
    I really like that shop. Everything in the shop looks good. It would be difficult for me to decide which one I should choose!
    The tea canister is elegant!!
    Tomoko

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  30. A very nice store. These dishes are very tasty.

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  31. What a lovely experience, Judith - I can imagine that this was an extraordinary experience. I will be featuring your post today on A Return to Loveliness,
    Kathy

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