Monday, March 15, 2010

Afternoon Delight (Tea, That Is)

"America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between." -Oscar Wilde

Ah, Oscar. You sadden me with your British cultural superiority complex. Or so I felt, until last Saturday, when I discovered that the famous British playwright was indeed entitled to boasting rights, if merely for the fact that the British invented a delightful custom known as afternoon tea.

A couple of girlfriends and I experienced this refined and "civilized" tradition firsthand at an adorable little tea shop in the nearby city of Davis. Here are some pics from our get-together:

My tea: Tangerine Ginger

My friends shared the Rooibus Chai Tea, pink peony on the side

Our tea platter: sandwiches, scones, pastries, and fresh fruit!

Over warm, comforting drinks and tasty tidbits, we enjoyed the early spring sunshine that streamed in the window and even met some new friends, fellow lovers of the finer things who were seated at the table next to us. It was a beautiful thing!

Where did this glorious tradition become discontinued in America? Was it after the Boston Tea party, a rebellion against that wicked tea tax imposed on us prior to the Revolutionary War? My opinion: afternoon tea is right up there with siesta as deserving of being (re-)incorporated into the American lifestyle.

For a detailed description of the food, see my Yelp review here.


  1. There's a tea shop in Sac? I must go! Where is it at?

  2. Great pics...I wonder who took them?

  3. Tea is good, but Oscar is Irish:)

  4. Oh, that's probably the cardinal sin or something for Irish people - thinking they're British! Oops! My apologies, Oscar. But I'll bet you still enjoyed your tea.


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