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Welcome!

This is a blog about trying new things, tasting all the good things in life, and making every day an adventure.

Do things that make you happy. Try things that will make you better. Look to your friends for inspiration. Everyone has a talent or a special gift to offer. Sometimes just doing the smallest thing can provide a sense of accomplishment, enhance our wellbeing and increase our self-worth. 

And if you feel uncomfortable...good! That means you're growing. See as many places as you can on this planet. Meet new people and try new things. There's so much I still want to do and try so you're invited to follow my adventures...the big and the bitty. We can enjoy them over Cocktails on Monday...or any day of the week.

Cheers!

Tea for Three

Tea for Three

In the early nineteenth century Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, is said to have complained of "having that sinking feeling" during the late afternoon. At the time it was usual for people to take only two main meals a day, breakfast, and dinner at around 8 o'clock in the evening. The solution for the Duchess was a pot a tea and a light snack, taken privately in her boudoir during the afternoon. Later, friends were invited to join her in her rooms at Woburn Abbey and this summer practice proved so popular that the Duchess continued it when she returned to London, sending cards to her friends asking them to join her for "tea and a walking the fields." Other social hostesses quickly picked up on the idea and the practice became respectable enough to move into the drawing room. Before long all of fashionable society was sipping tea and nibbling sandwiches in the middle of the afternoon.

Occasionally you will see hotels serving a 'high tea'. Traditionally, the upper classes would serve a 'low' or 'afternoon' tea around four o'clock, just before the fashionable promenade in Hyde Park. The middle and lower classes would have a more substantial 'high' tea later in the day, at five or six o'clock, in place of a late dinner. The names derive from the height of the tables on which the meals are served, high tea being served at the dinner table. Many visitors from overseas still imagine that we are a nation where, in the words of the well-known song, 'at half past three, everything stops for tea'. Sadly these days Afternoon Tea is usually only an occasional luxury for the British; a birthday treat in a country house hotel, or a welcome break from a hectic day shopping 'in town'. Luckily the tourist is still able to indulge in a little bit of British tradition for themself. (Taken from History of Tea on www.afternoontea.co.uk.)

Having Afternoon Tea is so much fun! There are lots of different little sandwiches, pastries, cakes and scones to choose from. The scones are usually served with clotted cream and jam but you can also have butter if you prefer. Clotted cream is creamier than butter so it's easier to spread on a scone. (Scones are like our American biscuits. Biscuits here are like American cookies. Confused? I was too at first.) At a Cream Tea you just have your tea with the scones, jam & clotted cream (no sandwiches or cakes). And then there's the mother all of teas...Afternoon Tea with Champagne. Boo-yah! (They don't say that here though and it's not recommended to yell out at any dining establishment. I may or may not have learned that the hard way.)

Since it was Valentines Day, I was looking for something fun and unique to do with Kevin and Mallie. I went to the website mentioned above and found this BB Bakery Bus Afternoon Tea Tour. I booked the top deck. Our bus was full of couples and families and was decorated with red heart-shaped balloons for Valentines Day. The tour guide was very friendly and funny and he pointed out places of interest along the route. The service was also really good and the cakes were amazing!! The tour lasted an hour and a half and all three of us had a great time! I highly recommend this fun way of having Afternoon Tea while seeing London sights from the top of a double decker bus.

Tip: If you are prone to motion sickness, make the fighter pilot (or whoever draws the short straw) sit backwards. The bus does tend to sway a bit and perhaps a bit more on the upper deck than the bottom level.

{After the tour we walked over to the gorgeous, historic Goring Hotel for a cocktail (of course!). We sat in the Lounge Bar and enjoyed the decadent, yet cozy and friendly, atmosphere of this quintessentially English luxury hotel. Even though we were just having drinks, the service was impeccable and they made us feel very welcome. They brought over a plate of complimentary snacks (which we still managed to eat after our big Afternoon Tea) and really doted on Mallie, which she loved. Kevin had a glass of red wine, Mallie had a Coke and I went for the George Martini. Here it is pictured below with the ingredients to make your own. (Posh English atmosphere sold separately.) Enjoy yours today and make it a Monday to remember...or forget, depending on how many you have! Cheers!}

The George Martini Recipe
Vodka, Absolut Citron, and Limoncello shaken (Not stirred. Very 007.) Finish with lime twist. Enjoy!

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