Ahoy Tea Friends and Happy September,
As summer winds down, I have been thinking about some of the tea related travels I experienced this summer. Probably the most wonderfully unique place I've had afternoon tea was on the Queen Mary which is docked in Long Beach, California.
We were taking a short cruise to Ensenada, Mexico and the port was a block away from the Queen Mary. I couldn't pass up the chance to have tea at this historic site so I made a reservation for their first seating at 11:30.
I was happily surprised when I realized this table was reserved for us. (Sorry, it was tricky to get decent photos with the window light.)
The room was clean, modern and spacious.
I didn't want to eat a traditional British afternoon tea course because I was boarding the cruise in just over an hour. Didn't want to start the trip on too full of a stomach. I opted for half a shrimp salad with hearts of palm, avocado and hard boiled eggs along with the Gravlax (Alaskan salmon) sandwich. It was fresh and flavorful.
I have to say I was a bit surprised the tea room didn't serve loose tea. They serve Tea Forte teas and I choose a white tea called White Ginger Pear. It's described as a Pa Mu Tan white tea with sweet pear and a zing of ginger. The tea was a nice choice for a summer day and it paired well with my lunch-not overpowering.
We had the chance to explore the ship before and after tea. I exercised self control in the gift shops for there were Harney & Sons Historic Royal Palaces teas and this beautiful tea set which is copied after the pattern of the original teaware served during Queen Mary's Atlantic crossings.
I loved reading all about the history of the ship, its famous passengers and how it was used as a transportation vessel for thousands of service men and women during WWII.
I wish I had time to see this exhibit.
World's longest replica of a ship made out of Legos.
For more on the history of the Queen Mary and its other dining rooms and accommodations, click here.
Happy Tea Time this week,