Traditional Afternoon Tea

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So I am one of “those” who enjoy a traditional afternoon tea at a lovely hotel.  We visited The Peninsula when we were in Chicago a few weeks ago and had an amazing relaxing two-hour afternoon filled with a charming tea service and string music.

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Yes.  It is “old-fashioned.”  Yes. It is so amazing. Yes. I find it romantic. We were served Mandarin Orange Scones, Almond Financiers, Lemon Meringue macaroons, Raspberry Rose Cream Puffs, Strawberry Shortcakes, Pistachio & Raspberry Sachers, and Chocolate crumble tarts.

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We also sampled cucumber sandwiches, the famous Peninsula Egg Salad, Lobster Salad, and an Asparagus & truffle Quiche. We had sorbet too.

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The afternoon was simply the best. Conversation  occurred without noise, with white glove service, with music, and with a lovely view. My goal is to experience afternoon tea at many of the great hotels in Europe.  We have had tea at several hotels in Canada and in the United States, but being served a traditional tea in Great Britain, France and Italy is a dream of mine.  Someday.  For now, I will continue to enjoy some of the best hotels in America and sit for tea. Yes. Sit and savor. Time is required. The pace is slow.  Yes. I love that so much.

The two seatings were filled with ladies, couples, families and a combination of locals and visitors to the city. I love Chicago.

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