The Ritz-Carlton (SF)

The Ritz-Carlton (SF)

In June I was determined to find a lounge or tearoom that would provide me with the ultimate afternoon tea experience. After hours of research, I choose The Ritz-Carlton because of its legacy and pride. When I called to make a reservation the concierge inquired if I had a favorite dessert so they may try [...]

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The Rotunda

The Rotunda

When I discovered The Rotunda, I was interested to see how Neiman Marcus – San Francisco would interpret their version of afternoon tea. Prior to my arrival, I attempted to do research on the history of The Rotunda and its architecture, but came up with negative results forcing me to go into my reservation blindly. [...]

Angelina

Angelina

It was my first time visiting Paris, France and partaking in afternoon tea became a priority of mine. After doing some research, Ladurée did cross my mind as it is highly popularized in the United States, but with its accessibility in the States I decided to leave it for another time. Instead, I decided that [...]

Class Barriers

Class Barriers

By the end of the 19th century, “afternoon tea had crossed all class barriers,”¹ allowing families from every social class to experience the grandeur of it all. While the aristocrats could afford this new found luxury, “Tea Clubs or Clwb Tꔹ were formed in the villages of Wales to help the women indulge in this tradition. [...]

Steakhouse 55

Steakhouse 55

  We were ecstatic to hear about Steakhouse 55...Because let's be honest, who doesn't love all things Disney? When we arrived we immediately felt the white glove experience. There were three afternoon tea options to choose from (Classic Tea Party ~$50, Premium Tea Party ~$65 and Kid’s Tea Party ~$35). Since we had a fun [...]

Mid 1800s

Mid 1800s

It wasn’t until around 1850 “that five o’clock tea in the drawing room became an institution.”¹ Even though, these afternoon tea affairs varied by country and by circle, it was evident that these tea gatherings became an exclusive event for the aristocratic ladies.¹ What started off as refreshments to calm ones hunger turned into a [...]