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Saturday, March 3, 2007

Tea For Two

I'm getting ready in a few minutes to meet a friend for tea at a local tea emporium. Now, I've never actually been to a formal afternoon tea so I have no idea what to expect. I even had to email her and ask what's the appropriate attire for such an event. Why haven't I ever had the pleasure? It probably has something to do with the fact that I'm not particularly fond of tea. I'm sure my distaste of tea harkens back to my childhood when my mom would serve tea and saltine crackers whenever we were suffering from a stomach upset. Now when I look into a cup of tea, I can still remember the sights, smells and feelings associated with a night of diarrhea and vomiting. I've just grossed myself out. So...why am I doing this to myself today? Because I haven't seen this friend in a while and would like to spend some time with her catching up on our lives. Tea is her passion and, since I enjoy experiencing things for the first time, I agreed to meet for tea when she suggested it. Oh should be an "interesting" afternoon.


Patti said...

did you have scones with that tea?
Hope you enjoyed the experience.

Midlife Mom said...

I don't like tea either, don't know why just never have. It'll be worth it though to see your friend and have some catch up time together.

Lynn said...

Now you'll be able to cross off "going to a tea emporium" off of you list of things to accomplish in the lifetime...along with: attending the Academy Awards, attending two Beatle concerts and attending the Jimi Hendris/Monkees concert.

Susie said...

My daughter and I love to go to tea at a cute tearoom nearby. We enjoy scones, finger sandwiches, and all the yummy goodies. I hope you had fun!

Iamthebookworm said...

I don't like tea either. The only kind I can drink is the herbal teas that don't taste like tea. Hope you had fun and found something you liked!

only oldest said...

I love tea. Must be the Canadian in me. No milk in it though and I am sure you are not surprised by that!!!

patches said...

Yay for trying something new. Missus Chica went a tea room once (local fund raiser). I don't remember much about the dress, but they provided the guests hats and gloves. I was whimsical.

Joan said...

Patti: No scones...we decided on finger sandwiches and petit fours. Yummy.

Midlife mom: We had great fun catching up on all the news.

Lynn: Yep...another check on my Life list.

Susie: We had lots of fun and plan to do it again.

Iamthebookworm: The waitress suggested a nice herbal blend and I actually found it quite soothing.

Only oldest: No milk for me either.

Patches: My friend wore a black Victoriana looking dress and burgundy hat. I wore slacks. No gloves for either of us. :-)

Renee said...

sounds like fun (this tea, not the memory). And while I've never been to a "propper tea" I've seen them on TV. Not a big deal really.

We have a tea room nearby, I should take DD sometime.

re: the small print. I don't think that Wendy actually has any small print, but the audition isn't really for a's just to get on her blog roll and to get to put the walk of fame star on your blog. Before she took her Christmas break audtions were really hoppin with lots of folks in there at the same time. You would post and say you were going to one blog and then by the time your comment posted there would be two more folks who got in before you. Maybe we'll get it back that fast again.

Glad you enjoyed your tea. I really like herbals. I'm addicted to Celestial Seasonings Black Cherry Berry tea. We've been to the factory up in Boulder, it's fun.

Joan said...

Renee: I definitely think an afternoon tea with DD would be fun. There was a grandma with her 2 grandchildren at the tea room and the kids looked like they were having fun. And thanks for the info about Wendy's site. I guess I need to take a look!

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Patti said...

Petits fours are definitely a good choice!

How did the fingers taste? Just kidding.

Pam said...

It sounds like you had a nice time. Tea served in that fashion is all about being social, I think. I once went to a "high tea" party at an old Victorian house that had been converted into a tea room. It was a grand time with course after course of "pretty food." I even tried clotted cream!

Joan said...

Patti: The petit fours were definitely "finger licking good." :-)

Pam: The tea room was once a photography studio. It has been decorated in Victoriana and looks quite quaint. I'm impressed you tried the clotted cream...not me!