Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Afternoon Tea

Okay I'm hooked. Second post in less than one episode of Castle.... crazy I know.

But the dealio is that there is a lot of catching up to do! Let us start with tea!

Another thing I'm addicted to, and the guilty pleasure that hurts my wallet the most is afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian.

After hearing a fascinating piece on afternoon tea on NPR, I always had in interest in a formal afternoon tea. It actually took my friend Hayley to drag me to The Garden View Tea Room at the Grand Flo.
Hayley and Joey, also doing blogging-ish things.
Well I can say that 2.5 hours and six pots of tea later, we had a really cool time. I chose an organic peach tea from the seasonal spring menu. They have all year round blends too to chose from. The tea Hayley and I chose came with, namely, tea along with a glass of Ironhorse Fairy Tale Cuvee, a plate of sandwiches that included chicken salad with curry, cucumber, and a pear Gorgonzola cheese thing...and pate. Followed by an onion tart. Followed by a scone with jam and Devenshire cream. And then a choice of trifle, strawberries and cream or two small pastries.
Tea, Cuvee and massive tea cozy.

All the yummy things!
 Needless to say it was filling. It cam in courses, and thankfully so because the tiny tables were crowded out by the giant sized tea cozies.
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My trifle was so yummy. I took forever eating it to make it last. All good things must come to an end though.

That afternoon we also explored the shops at the Grand Flo. There is a Basins and you bet that we washed our hands testing out the scrubs. We also perused the men's shop where I would later end up buying bow ties. We looked at purses (not for me) and walked around the grounds. Before Tea, we went to Animal Kingdom for it's 15th anniversary (it was Earth Day) and then went home for some board games (there was an epic game of Upwords).

Back to tea. I recommend it. It cost about $15 kids and around $30 to $50 for adults. It's a meal, if that helps justify it. Make sure to take your time. Tea is meant to take hours, so don't do it if you are feeling that vacation rush to fit everything in, or nay, you should, it's a great time out for relaxing.

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