For my birthday, Mrs. Benzio got me a groupon for High Tea for two at The Talking Teacup! Dominique and I try to set a date to do this at least once a year, so I was thrilled that we could go this summer (and not have to pay! She even gave us some cash for a tip!) We had trouble scheduling a time, but we finally found a day…yesterday!
High tea consists of four courses of delicious teatime food, as well as your own pot of one of their signature teas.
After much deliberation, I chose the “Immunity Booster” herbal infusion: “Rosehips, orange and lemon peels with the immune system enhancing properties of Echinacea. Cinnamon bark and ginger to aid digestion and improve circulation. A fruity taste much like that of a softer, less tart fruit blend with citrus notes. Refreshing and invigorating.” Indeed it was! It was craving something light since its summer, but I still wanted something healing, like cinnamon and ginger. It totally hit the spot!
First course is always scones with Devonshire cream and jam. Today’s flavors were cinnamon walnut and chocolate chip!
They are always warm and fresh out of the oven! Since they aren’t huge, you can have two
The next course is a soup course.
Tomato bisque! We’ve had theirs before; they make a really good one! It’s not too creamy and really flavorful.
Next course….tea sandwiches!
7 different flavors! I asked for all vegetarian in my sandwiches. Here’s what I can remember
- cucumber herb mayo on white
- Egg salad on wheat
- Artichoke on white
- Cheddar and jam on cinnamon swirl
- Sundried tomato
- Pumpernickle swirl with something really delicious I can’t remember!
- Apple butter?
Last, of course, is DESSERT!
Sugar cookie, white cake with orange marmalade, and chocolate chop blondie.
That’s a lot of food, right? I had to be really strategic because for dinner my parents said that my sister and I could go out to eat, their treat! She wanted to go to the local family Italian place, Luberto’s. So, I just had a banana for breakfast to make sure I was nice and hungry for lunch! At The Talking Teacup, I ate both the scones (because they are always the best part) and I only had half of the soup. Then, I just ate a few bites out of each sandwich so that I could try each one, then went back and nibbled on the remnants a bit (pssst I still nearly ate them all :)). Lastly, I just had half of all the desserts. And I was still stuffed!!!
We had such a wonderful time at the talking teacup. We always feel like princesses, and we always gabgabgabgabgab! Thanks so much, Mrs. B!!! Best present ever!
Eating Vegan at an Italian Restaurant
I ate vegetarian at the Talking Teacup, but I wanted to try and eat vegan at the Italian place. It wasn’t too hard at all! They give you bruscetta (just crostinis with an herb tomato topping) and rolls made of pizza dough (that I drizzle with olive oil and pepper), which I ate as we were waiting for our food. For my meal I ordered a salad made from zucchini, eggplant, kalamata olives, and plum tomatoes sauteed in olive oil and garlic. I felt good about all my choices, but I still felt like I ate too much. But I guess sometimes you have to eat like a queen!
How do try to eat well at restaurants?