A spot of Design Tea
I believe it is always nice to have afternoon tea. But I thought it was particularly fitting today since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement. Yay Royal Family/New blood! #inbreedingisbad
We think of tea as an overwhelmingly British venture, but I must say that the French contribution to the activity, like all French culinary endeavors, takes tea time to another level. For me, there is nothing more delightful than a quintessentially English afternoon tea complete a three tiered etagere replete with scones, tea sandwiches, and pastries. However, when I reach for actual loose leaf tea it is not British tea that I go for, but French. Far and away Mariage Freres makes the best tea. And an afternoon spent at their tea salon is delightful. There are possibly as many places to enjoy afternoon tea in Paris as there are in London.
The last time I had a proper afternoon tea was at the Hotel Daniel in Paris. Delightful. I also enjoyed a rainy afternoon sipping tea at Marriage Freres in Paris in September. On my wish list is to enjoy afternoon tea at Fortnum and Mason in London. Also, India Mahdavi, an incredible interior designer did the interiors of Sketch London, and they also apparently do a very nice tea.
The tea time I put together myself, above, is probably the cali-french version of tea time. The "service" is design-y, hello the Philippe Starck designed tea pot (from the side it looks a mouse, complete with a pink interior) the cups are Alessi, delicately formed and asymetrical. The cocktail platter set is my favorite in whimsical design, Fornasetti. The little green plate, for an injection of British classicism is Wedgwood. The tea itself is Mariage Freres green tea called The a L'Opera. The sweets, in true Californian fashion, are actually pretty healthy. They are from the Tartine All Day cookbook and feature alternative flours (of course) and very little sugar.
Just a little inspiration for your afternoon cuppa......