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high tea strikes again

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RAWR from the Ritz.

Me and the rest of the HK crew have not been on an international flight in 3 months. We’re antsy for something that requires a passport but those kinds of things take a lil’ more planning.

In lieu of a Sunday flight we got together for Sunday high tea at the swanky Ritz Carlton in the city. We became high tea fans in HK and are convinced that in order to truly be fabulous we have to spend lazy afternoons sipping fancy tea and eating mini sandwiches.

We got a cozy little table in a corner with a couch for ultimate comfyness. There are a lot of vanilla spiked teas on the menu. Julia got a regular vanilla tea, Jlin got green tea vanilla, MG had a bellini and some Earl Grey and I had Eros (tea + mandarin orange + vanilla). It was fairly muted in flavor – not too citrusy or sweet.

All 4 of our tea sets fit onto the platter. The regular set starts at $36 and includes tea, a scone, small pastries, and 4 savory sandwiches. They also have a vegetarian set and more deluxe sets that include champagne and strawberries and cream.

All of the sandwiches were good – smoked salmon with picked onion and caviar, cucumber with roquefort cheese and walnut (blech hold the cheese for me please), egg and chives, and prosciutto. We ended up ordering one more round of sandwiches after we inhaled the first batch. Cost of extra sammiches: $8.

I love scones. I like that they’re dense and soft and moist. I like it that you get them warm when you go to high tea. Props to the Ritz for serving them with fresh Devonshire cream and lemon curd. In my tummy you go.

For sweet tooths (teeth?) they have almond financiers, chocolate tarts, candided apricots, raisin shortbread cookies, blackberry chocolate tarts, and lemon tarts. All were decent but were not as tasty and creative as the desserts at the Peninsula or Four Seasons.

A lovely way to spend a Sunday. We chilled there for 3 hours or so, shooting the breeze, enjoying the harp playing, and planning our next adventures. I’ll spare you the bill total (you can guess by the tea set price times 4, plus parking, add in the extras).

Did I mention we started with mimosas at MG’s? Told ya it was a good Sunday.

Thanks for planning MG!

Ritz Carlton: 600 Stockton Street San Francisco, California 94108

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Written by joann

April 8, 2008 at 11:34 pm

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  1. You have been spending too much on tea and none for daddy!

    Love You,
    Dad

    Dad

    April 9, 2008 at 7:09 am


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