During this precarious year of 2020, our ideas of normality had shifted. The uncertainty of this year changed how we thought, dined and socialized on all levels. I know for myself it had slowed down my international travel but it bumped up my domestic travels- masked, social distancing and all. Fortunately, I reside in Las Vegas where after a shut down in March, we slowly re-opened months later. The re-opening gave me the opportunity to enjoy one of my favorite past times, afternoon tea.
Last year, I systematically rejoiced in afternoon tea in Las Vegas as well as in London, New York and in Egypt. Looking back, I did not realize that my last international tea or trip was happening. That did not stop me from enjoying my afternoon tea obsession in 2020 because once Vegas re-opened, so did the afternoon tea services!
A journal of nine Afternoon Tea experiences in 2019 and 2020, on both sides of the pond.
— The Winter Palace in Luxor Egypt – 2019—
This was my last international afternoon tea and trip abroad in October of 2019. At this time, I did not realize that my trip to Egypt would be the last out of country trip that I would be taking for awhile.
My trip to Egypt was incredible and I felt fortunate that I had spent it with a couple of longtime friends. Life is fun and occasionally does mind blowing things like escorting you and two friends, that you have known since childhood to Luxor, Egypt and have Afternoon Tea at the Winter Palace.
👩🏻💻➡For my complete review and more information: Cocktails & Afternoon Tea at Winter Palace in Luxor, Egypt
The tea service was elegant but I was not expecting anything less. Placed along the classic styled coffee table were delicate embroidered napkins, fine linen and monogramed china. It was very beautiful and I know all of us ladies felt special to have tea here.
OXO Tower Restaurant in London, England – 2019
I made a reservation for one which is not uncommon for me as a solo traveler. I rarely wait for others especially if I want to try a place out or travel somewhere. Having afternoon tea at OXO was one of those places. Although I would have loved to been here with my adult daughter or one of my tea loving friends, it was just me and I really do like my own company.
👩🏻💻➡For my complete review and more information: Afternoon Tea at the OXO Tower Restaurant | London, England
Champagne Cocktail and Harvey Nichols Tea Selections. I chose the Early Gray for my afternoon tea service.
The first part of OXO’s tea service made its appearance on a traditional tiered platter with the condiment assortment on the top. Then the appetizing savouries in the middle and last but not least, the classic finger sandwiches.
Then came the sweets and scones! In this tea service the scones were served along with the sweets. Typically, the scones are served prior or with the whole service if that is how the restaurant decides to present afternoon tea. It was all good though.
So once again, my gastronomic affair with afternoon tea and travel and continues. This is a lifestyle and a darn good one at that- tell that to my waistline!
To experience OXO Tower’s afternoon tea, please visit their website for information: OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar & Brasserie
Palm Court at The Plaza Hotel in Manhattan, NY – 2019
I am also a fan of a ‘Palm Court’. There are not many left in the world besides the two I just named in London, Edinburgh as well as The Plaza in NYC. Choosing to have afternoon tea inside the Palm Court at The Plaza was a win-win situation. I could experience one of New York’s grandest afternoon teas, as well as checking off a visit to another beloved Palm Court.
As for the afternoon tea delicacies, every bite was heavenly. Everything was served at once on a multiple tiered serving tray. The colorful array of savories and sweets plus the delicious scones were thoroughly enjoyed!
This was a special afternoon tea as it was a Congratulation Tea for my daughter, as she had just graduated college. Afternoon tea has been a personal experience that I have shared with her for a decade or so. What a better way to celebrate this milestone with an experience that we love to share.
👩🏻💻➡For my complete review and more information: A Festive Holiday Afternoon Tea | The Plaza in New York City
For afternoon tea information and reservations, please visit their website: The Palm Court The Plaza Hotel
Veranda at the Four Seasons in Las Vegas – 2019
Within the last few years, Las Vegas has been booming with afternoon tea hot spots. There are two in the city though that I consider the most classic and posh. The first would be the Tea Lounge and the second would be afternoon tea at the Veranda.
I have enjoyed afternoon tea at the Veranda inside the Four Seasons twice and it has always been a graceful tea service. The Veranda is the Four Seasons main restaurant and offers a very sumptuous champagne afternoon tea, as well as all day dining.
Delicate and delectable savories and sweets.
For restaurant information, please visit- Veranda Four Seasons
Waldorf Astoria in Las Vegas, Nevada – 2020
Several Las Vegas friends of mine decided to kick of 2020 with an afternoon tea inside the Waldorf Astoria. We were also celebrating three January birthdays, including mine! What we did not know was that this would be one of our last big get together for awhile due to Covid. It worked out fine because we ended the year with Holiday Afternoon Tea, again at the Waldorf Astoria, but socially distanced.
The tea offerings were great as there was something for everyone. All of us ordered something different so we could try each others tea selections which was nice. The scones were delicious with the traditional lemon curd and clotted cream.
As for the savories served, everything was wonderful. My favorite was the Coronation Chicken sandwiches, which was so very British. I enjoy Coronation Chicken Salad sandwiches when I visit the UK- great details here on the food. The sweets were divine, every one of them. They were beautiful in detail and tasted just as nice.
At the end of Tea, the servers brought out cupcakes for three of the ladies, including myself, since we were celebrating our birthday month!
Coffee Religion in Las Vegas – 2020
Coffee Religion was one of the newer Las Vegas spots that started their afternoon tea service during 2020. My lovely set of Las Vegas friends and I, who enjoy noshing around town, decided to try out their afternoon tea. This is was a fun and tasty tea service that was in a casual coffee house. Plus due to Covid and social distancing, we had the whole café to ourselves!
The selection of scones, savories and sweets were appetizing and there was so much, that I took home a Take-Away box of leftover sweets. The Scones were scrumptious and we were served one per person plus butter, jam and their version of a house made clotted cream.
The next move was on to the savories and everything tasted delightful. We enjoyed it all from the two types of toasts: Mascarpone & Pear AND Avocado & Egg. We could not get enough of their delicious Egg Salad Finger Sandwiches and mentioned that we would by their Asian inspired Egg Salad by the tub!
We had an assortment of wonderful sweets from biscuits (cookies), lemon bars, chocolate covered strawberries and tea cakes. The tea was truly wonderful and we were offered two types for our setting. The House Blend to start which was a blend of Jasmine, Green tea and Rose. After the House Blend, we had our choice of about six different teas. The three of us decided on the Chrysanthemum and Rose, which was light and tasteful. Cheers is to tea!
For café information, please visit COFFEE RELIGION
Queen of Hearts in Henderson, Nevada – 2020
Another afternoon tea location to open in 2020 was Chef Angela Sweetser’s, Queen of Hearts, in Henderson. I attended a ‘Mad Tea Party’ here with several other fun characters. My friends were having a birthday party and what other way to party than with an afternoon tea. Chef Angela Sweetser was the perfect hostess as she whipped up a sweet display of scones, tea sandwiches and pastries.
As for the little bites, everything was so lovely and delicious. There were two different scones that were freshly baked and flavorful. The savories and tea sandwiches were my favorite, as they are always my favorite when it comes to afternoon tea. The Basque egg salad was very tasty and I loved the sprinkling of the Basque paprika, it made such a difference. All the sweets and pastries were fun and creative too. The sweet little lemon curd white rabbit was the hit of the table, it was adorable!
Chef Angela puts together one heck of a “Mad Tea Party’! It was whimsical, enjoyable and scrumptious.
For reservations, please visit Queen of Hearts
Mg Patisserie in Las Vegas, Nevada – 2020
Since Mg Patisserie & Café opened on my side of Las Vegas, I have become one of their pastry devotees. Chef Michael Gillet is a Two Michelin Star Pastry Chef with over two decades of experience and he creates some of the most indulgent desserts in Vegas.
When there was word that he would be hosting afternoon tea once a month, I cannot tell you how excited my friends and I became. There was reason for excitement because when tea day came, we indulged in a decedent array of pastries and savories.
There were definate table favorites including the Rum and Vanilla Canele, Caramel Cheesecake, Lemon Méringue Raspberry Tarts and the Mint Chocolate Crisps. Tea was presented in a clever style, on various height pedestals to play with the term of “High Tea”.
For café information, please visit Mg Patisserie and Café
Holiday Tea at Waldorf Astoria, Las Vegas – 2020
We kicked off the 2020 year with an afternoon tea at the Waldorf Astoria, and we ended the year with the same. Although this year has been out of the norm, a couple of my friends who originally joined me for tea at the Waldorf Astoria back in January, decided to end the year with their Holiday Afternoon Tea.
The Tea Lounge did a magnificent execution of a Holiday Afternoon Tea with deliciously themed tea sandwiches and desserts. It was a very festive afternoon with friends, as we noshed on little bites while sipping delightful tea and Bellinis.
👩🏻💻➡For food descriptions and my complete review: The Tea Lounge at Waldorf Astoria – The Swankiest Afternoon Tea in Sin City
Out of all the afternoon tea spots in Las Vegas, the Tea Lounge has always been my favorite. The quality that goes into every detail of this tea service is exceptional; from the individual pots of top-notch tea choices to the exceptional flavorful morsels served on whimsical plates. This is the swankiest afternoon tea in Sin City!
For reservations, please visit their website – Tea Lounge at Waldorf Astoria
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