Throwback Thursday

First Time

I was curious as to how long it’s been since I hosted my first Tea Party.  November 19, 2011.  Almost three years since I fell in love with all this cuteness!!

What originally sparked my interest…!?  An old high school friend of mine was just surprised with the most adorable baby shower at Crown & Crumpet in San Francisco.  While I was immobile (and suffering through the worst pregnancy ever: bedridden for 8 months + hospitalized 20 times), I would longingly gaze at all her beautiful facebook pictures of her gorgeous shower.  (So sad, wasn’t I?!)  Everything was just so cute!!  The food looked delicious + the place was just so lovely.  I couldn’t wait to experience it for myself one day.  I had just had my daughter, and was in need of some girl time.  I got this brilliant idea to host tea, and searched for the closest tea house to me.  Tyme For Tea & Co. in Niles Fremont, CA (I frequent there now, but it’s scheduled on the Tour for next year!) popped up, and I made reservations right away!  I took my 2 SIL’s with me, a few close friends + a few girlfriends I wanted to get to know better.  I could NOT get over all the cuteness!!?!  From the teacup sets to the mismatched silverware, even the doilies!?  I loved all of it.  I couldn’t wait to do it again, so I planned another party a few months out.  Little did I know, this would be the beginning of what is it today:  16 tea house spots waiting for us!!  Thank you for following!  😉

Spot #3 :: The Palace Hotel Garden Court

Our 3rd Spot:

The Palace Hotel Garden Court

2 New Montgomery Street  San Francisco, CA 94105

http://www.sfpalace.com/afternoon-tea

 

You have to live it up once in a great while.  We all work hard, we all have stresses, and we all like to enjoy ourselves.  When I researched the tea houses to include in this tour + came across this one, I KNEW I had to experience it…and soon!  The snippet on their website made it sound so lavish!  Sure, this isn’t something you could do every weekend (well, maybe the wealthy can)-  but why can’t we be fancy this once!?

If you’ve never been to The Palace Hotel, it is simply breathtaking.  It was just so…GRAND!!  I felt so privileged to be walking down the beautiful carpeted hallways, knowing I had business walking down them!  We arrived at The Garden Court, and this is what we were welcomed with…

Garden Court

Garden Court 2

I wouldn’t be doing the place any honors if I attempted to explain just how exquisite our surroundings were.  Stunning, absolutely stunning.

The menu was very simple.  Nice selection of teas + three levels of tea service.  Of course, I chose the one that included the champagne!  Our server was very swift.  He immediately asked which pots of tea we would like, and shortly after here came the pots!  At our table, we enjoyed the Earl Grey (aromatic autumn Darjeeling with bergamont citrus), The Palace Blend (babaco fruit with pineapple, kiwi + plum), Morgentau (sencha, flower petals, mango + lemon), Mint & Fresh (mint + lemongrass), Pai Mu Tau Silver Typ (delicate white tea), and Red Fruit (elderberries, black + red currants with hibiscus).  The mint tea was amazing + the perfect choice for me!  What we thought was fascinating was this interesting tool that was part of our place setting.  It was later explained to us that this was used to sift the loose leaf tea that was steeping in our pots.  We all had fun trying em out!

Tool          Tool 2

Tool 3

We were served our tea sandwiches first.  Different from having the scones in the beginning.  But, we weren’t complaining!  Not only were the tea sandwiches gorgeous, they were full of flavor!  Flavors you may not be used to having together, but they just worked so well!  And I can’t say enough how much I appreciated the portion.  They were the perfect size to enjoy, without being stuffed.

Tea Sandwiches

Smoked Salmon

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any fancier, they serve caviar!!?!  This is their Smoked Salmon tea sandwich (cream cheese mousse + caviar).  Our table’s best pick.

Cucumber

What is a tea house without a cucumber finger sandwich?!  This is their Cucumber tea sandwich (avocado mousse + tomato).  The avocado flavors definitely makes this stand out from the rest.

Turkey

Made simply, but surprise ending!  This is their Turkey tea sandwich (cream cheese + raspberry).  That tiny berry makes a huge punch in your last bite of this one!

Zucchini

This one was my favorite!  This is their Zucchini tea sandwich (roasted bell pepper mousse).  So refreshing!!

Ham & Pineapple

Good choice for the last sandwich.  This is their Ham & Pineapple tea sandwich (cream cheese mousse + sun dried tomato).  If you’re thinking this will resemble a pizza, you’re mistaken!

We were beyond thrilled when they brought out the tiers of sweets!  If they were as yummy as the sandwiches, we were in for a treat!  Hands down-  best part of the meal.  Everything was sooo GOOOOD!!  The scones were superb.  The table favorite was definitely the double decker mini cream puffs!  My favorite was the chocolate layer cake topped with GOLD!!  My friend from Samoa said her overall thoughts were: “oka oka se manaia!”

Tier

Top Tier          Gold

Bottom Tier          Scone

Fixings          Fixings 2

The service was delightful.  Will we come back?  Uh…YEAH!!  We’d totally skip the rest of the tour and just dine here every month!  Okay, maybe not.  😉  Check back for our next stop!