日本での一年間

June 2, 2011

Afternoon Tea at the Peninsula Hotel

Anyone who knows me knows that I love tea. It is far and away my favorite thing to drink. Whenever I’m in the office, I always have my over sized Chicago Botanic Garden mug (a gift from some friends. Thanks friends!) filled with some kind of tea next to me. Usually I drink bancha (a type of green tea) or assam tea (a type of black tea) because those are the teas I can plunder from the snack corner of the office.

So when my friend in Hong Kong suggested going to the Peninsula hotel for their Afternoon Tea Service, I ignored her follow-up of “but it’s a bit pricey” and insisted that we go. We showed up on Sunday afternoon around 4 and got in the back of a long line. It was a holiday weekend and I guess we weren’t the only people with the idea that it might be nice to have some tea.

Tea drinkers drinking tea.

This is the queue as it was when we were about to be seated. The line had actually gotten shorter since we arrived, possibly because it was getting close to the end of the tea service at that time.

They brought in a clown to entertain the kiddies who were waiting in line.

More people conversing over tea. Instead of saying "the ladies who lunch," how does "the ladies who tea" sound? Too strange? Yeah, I agree.

After over an hour of waiting, we were finally seated.

I thought these little napkins they put over the handles to protect your hands from the heat were a nice touch.

3 tiered tray: Scones on the bottom (all the scone had raisins, so we asked if they had anything without raisins and they made me some scones without raisins), tea sandwiches in the middle (with smoked salmon and cucumber and the like inside), and sweets on the top (pound cakes and cake cakes and such).

But in the end, it's all about the tea for me. And the darjeeling I got was pretty good. 🙂

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2 Comments »

  1. omg gurl r u serious? u livin it up. when r u coming to boston? let’s do tea in boston? puhleeease?

    missu!

    Comment by jennyo — June 3, 2011 @ 5:34 pm

    • sounds awesome! Let’s have a Boston Tea Party!

      Comment by myyearinjapan — June 6, 2011 @ 2:09 am


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