Tea is my water. I drink gallons of loose leaf tea and would call myself somewhat of a fanatic. Perhaps it was the five years I spent travelling back and forth between Toronto and China that did it! I was engrossed by tea culture from a young age and now make it a part of my daily life and travel. Actually, make a point of looking up local tea houses or places that offer afternoon tea when I travel to sample local interpretations of the delightful afternoon pass time.
What I am enraptured by the most is the creativity that hosts inject into designing afternoon tea menus, tea party table design etc… It is a wonderful way to relax, enjoy some bite sized treats and share good conversation with your guests.
One great place (of many) to experience afternoon tea is at Crown and Crumpet in San Francisco. They have done an excellent job designing their store to reflect the nuances of tea culture. This brightly coloured space will be sure to ignite the senses.
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