Hope your summer continues to bring you warmth and enjoyment. One of my favorite summer time activities has always been traveling. I haven't traveled as much in recent years so this summer's three "short" trips have really ignited my passion for traveling. Even though my trips were not terribly far from home, I enjoyed relaxing and discovering some new tearooms which is always a delight.
"Perhaps it is while drinking tea that I most enjoy the sense of leisure."
At the end of June, I found myself in Hillsboro, Oregon which is a suburb of Portland. My mom and I went to visit my brother who lives there. While on our trip, we had tea at the Tea's Me (clever name, huh?) tearoom for my birthday. Thank you Steph of Steph's Cup of Tea for the wonderful recommendation.
The tearoom is located in somewhat of an odd location-in a dirt lot across from a car dealership. Once you enter the door, you definitely forget about all of that.
Tables were well spread apart
My mom and I had a reservation for the first seating.
The selections on the menu were generous. We both chose the Duchess Tea. The number and variety of teas was quite impressive! Please see their site for tea selections and other photos. Their teas may be purchased online.
Both of our teacups were Queen Anne.
I chose a white tea called White Christmas. It is a natural blend of white mutan tea, vanilla, almond and cardamom. It was so smooth and delicious that I purchased some after our meal. My mom chose and enjoyed White Wedding.
While there, I wondered what mutan white tea was. I learned online that it is a white tea grown on the same hills as the highly regarded Chinese Silver Needle. It is considered a mild subtle tea with no astringency.
Our tea started with orange sorbet...a first for me at a tearoom. Very refreshing!
Next we thoroughly enjoyed a cup of homemade chicken noodle soup. So thick and creamy!
Cute sugar holder
The food arrives! There were blueberry and buttermilk scones, red velvet cake balls, raspberry puree tarts along with wonderful sandwiches.
The highlight of this tearoom for me was the semi private room with the gorgeous chandelier and faux fireplace. A red hat society group reserved the room when we were there.
What stood out was the impeccable warm and attentive service! It really elevated the experience. Our server explained all the courses in detail and was always ready to refresh our pots of tea.
Going to a tearoom is a special treat and to receive a high level of service makes the experience all the more wonderful and memorable. Thank you Tea's Me for a lovely tea time.
And thank you for reading my first tearoom review. Hope your travels near and far bring you to some interesting tearooms.