July 9, 2012

Summer Tea Time

I've always been fascinated with tea time: the little crustless sandwiches, the array of pastries and elegant tea sets. Originated in England as a way to bridge the gap between lunch and supper, it's, in a way, a classy happy hour, sans booze. Maybe I like any excuse to have an afternoon snack but I've had a curiosity for tea time for some time now. 
Twin Sista found a High Tea offered at the European inspired Flora & Muse cafe, nestled in the City Centre shopping area. We took advantage of one of her few work-free afternoons and went there last week to partake in our very first High Tea. 
located at: 12860 Queensbury Lane, City Centre, Houston, Texas
For about $15/person, you can enjoy loose-leaf imported tea, hot finger sandwiches and a large assortment of muffins, cookies and scones on a midday afternoon. 
It took a while for the food to come out but our waitress mentioned that was because the items were being made especially for us. Some sandwiches were better than others but overall we were loaded with tons of tasty treats. 
Maybe it's the presentation on the tiered platters or the colorful finger food but I fell in love with our lil experience at tea time. I could close my eyes and almost imagine a time where women wore fancy, elaborate hats and corsets and were conscious of how to properly hold a tea cup (pinkies up but slightly tilted). Ok, just kidding. But it was nice to have a lil meal, unlike my usuals of breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Next stop (*hopefully): Russian Tea Time in Chicago. I've been eyeing that particular tea time for a couple years now. Home to Chicago in a few days for an escape from Houston. See you from the Windy City. 

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