National Trust embroiled in tea room row The Telegraph Take a look at an interesting article we found.
Expert offers advice on a proper cup of tea hamptonroads.com/ Take a look at an interesting article we found.
Tea-lightful Boston Globe Take a look at an interesting article we found.
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September 08, 2009
Whenever I’m in England, at a certain time in the afternoon, I think, isn’t this civilized?
Rudyard Kipling addressed its importance, by decrying its absence:
“We had a kettle; we let it leak:
Our not repairing made it worse.
We haven't had any tea for a week...
The bottom is out of the Universe.”
The legend goes, in the middle of an 1840 summer, one of Queen Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting, Anna the Seventh Duchess of Bedford, seemingly couldn’t wait for dinner, which was served at eight o’clock.
She rang for a tray of tea and pastries around four.
The concept, also called low tea, (since it is taken in a sitting room or drawing room with low tables) took England by storm, and it became the rage to serve spreads of high-quality tea, finger sandwiches and petite pastries.
It soon spread to inns and some posh private houses in London.
As did the Tea Dance where friends and acquaintances gathered between 5:00 and 6:30 and table and chairs would be set up around a dance floor.
Today, in case you don’t find yourself in the vicinity of the Dorchester, Ritz, (or the Plaza in New York City), you can always have afternoon tea in your own home.
Then again, if breaking out your best china, silver, linens, and crystal you've been saving doesn’t work for you.
Or if the Tea Dance is a tad impractical, you can always drop into our little universe and have your afternoon tea with us.
As you know, this is one place where you never have to stand on ceremony.
What is Tea? herbs-teas.com/ Take a look at an interesting article we found.
The Art of Chinese Tea .tenren.com Take a look at an interesting article we found.
Afternoon Tea in Britain panix.com Take a look at an interesting article we found.
Favorite afternoon break?