Saturday, October 4, 2014

Tea for Two, Me and You

I am in sunny, beautiful Denver! Woohoo! I'm really excited to be here, despite it feeling like forever of travel and waiting, but that doesn't matter anymore, because I am here!

Before I start talking tea, I just wanted to post a shout out to Southwest Airlines for the beautiful Boeing 737 plane I was in, the delightful passengers, and the even funnier Flight Attendant we had, named Mike. Despite some turbulence, and having to wait for our gate at DIA, it was a great flight.

Now that that's over, time to talk about yesterday. Lauren and I are probably going to make it a thing every time I visit to have afternoon tea, just because it's so relaxing. The first time, we went to the House of Commons, but this time, we went to Downtown Denver to The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa.

This was probably the most beautiful place I've ever seen in my entire life. It was elegant, and big, had balconies on the inside, looking over the dining room. It was amazing. I felt like a tacky tourist taking so many pictures, but I couldn't help myself. Luckily, later on, other people were doing the same.

The tall atrium
I did feel like a secret agent while trying to snag some pics. I didn't want the waitresses to come over to me and order me to stop. That would've put a damper on the whole day. Luckily, they didn't.

Dressed up and ready for tea
 There's something about having afternoon tea that makes me feel like a grown up. Despite being almost thirty, I still feel like a child most of the time, or like I don't know what I'm doing. For a brief, but delicious hour yesterday, I got to feel like what I always imagined a grown up to be: Someone with impeccable table manners. ;-)

The lovely lady who treated me to tea. <3
We got the Royal Palace, which included a tea of our choosing (I got pomegranate green tea, which was beautiful), a glass of Kir Royale, and a spread of scones, tea sandwiches, and then different candies and cookies.

Le Menu
The scones were wonderful. We got plain and butterscotch, both of which were made even better by the Devonshire cream and strawberry jam. My stomach is rumbling just thinking of it.

The sandwiches were Cucumber with Cream Cheese and Dill, Curried Egg Salad, and a Chicken Salad. People who know me know that I really can't stand cucumber, and never have been able to. For afternoon tea, I managed to eat both pieces of the Cucumber sandwiches our waitress brought out. They weren't bad. I think the cream cheese and dill helped. The chicken and egg salad were both absolutely wonderful.

The treats we had on the top tier of our tea tray were mini cheesecakes, mini mocha cakes (with gold painted coffee bean!), caramels, and a salted caramel truffle that was so amazing that we both ate in silence for several minutes. There was also a chocolate dipped cookie that was light and crisp.

It was honestly the high point of an already amazing day. Here are a few more pictures.

My Pomegranate Green Tea

A Toast to Friendship...with Berries on Top

The lovely China
If you're in Denver, and want a beautiful afternoon tea, make reservations at The Brown Palace. It was a little tricky getting there, but once we were there, it was totally worth it. Apparently, it's also hard to get reservations sometimes, except on Fridays? Thankfully, that's when we went.

Lauren and I decided that Afternoon Tea was going to start being a real thing every time I came to visit.