Monday, February 15, 2016

A Valentine's Tea

For my birthday, my parents took me to Sweet City Desserts in Vienna, Virginia, for a special Valentine's Day tea.

Sweet City Desserts is first a bakery and a window display shows some of their lovely cakes.

This was my first time visiting Sweet City Desserts, and I wasn't sure what the seating would look like inside, but there were three cafĂ© areas set up for tea with a mixture of different seating options, including couches.

(we sat in this first room at the couches along the back wall, so we had a great view of the artwork by Pilipino-American artists that filled the walls)

Each table had different place settings--here is a glimpse of ours.

Tea began with scones and homemade clotted cream.

 We had a choice of different Mighty Leaf teas, with Earl Grey as the recommended choice for the Valentine's tea menu, which sounded good to me.

We each had two scones, which were delicious, and then the very full tiered tray arrived.

Starting with the savories: cucumber dill, roast beef with cheddar and mustard on a croissant, curried chicken with apples on raisin bread (my favorite), and ham with a pineapple cream cheese spread on a potato roll.

I've always thought that the mark of an extra special tea is variety in how the tea sandwiches are served and this definitely hit the mark.  You can also see in the picture above the chocolate heart favor next to my teacup.

After the savories it was of course time for dessert, and, since we were at a bakery, I knew it would be extra special.

We were not disappointed as there were opera cakes (a bit like tiramisu with a coffee syrup), cinnamon shortbread cookies, and raspberry macarons with chocolate ganache.  In the picture below you can see the last dessert--a chocolate covered strawberry garnished with chocolate shavings.  In other words, lots of chocolate!

Even though we were definitely very full at this point, we had seen a British flag at a shop just up the little alley, so we went up to check it out.  When we walked inside, we found that it sold pasties!  We figured this was the perfect ending of our British inspired day, so we left with a couple of sausage rolls and meat pies.  Let's just say I set my diet aside this past weekend.  It was my birthday after all!

I also wanted to share a couple of my birthday gifts.  My parents gave me a teapot I'll share for another time, but my sister gave me these TWO Royal Albert tea trios. 

She definitely knows me well picking these lovely two sets out.


Royal Albert's Ivy Lea.  I think ivy is so pretty, and this set has a bowl cup with pretty interior designs.

The other set is Royal Albert's Inspiration.

This different colors of blue and green roses in this pattern are so pretty!

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  1. Dear Carrie:
    Wow! What a lovely place and wonderful Afternoon Tea! I love the food goodies they served. The tea wares were wonderful. The dishes with the Ivy are so stunning. Happy Birthday to you! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Dear Carrie,
    What a fabulous birthday you had and spending it with loved ones makes it even more special. The tea room offered a lovely tea and everything looks wonderful. I think I would have been full after those two scones. :-) As much as I love our Island, it doesn't offer much in the way of tea rooms or antique malls. Two things I really enjoy. I love your Ivy Lea china; so pretty! Thanks so much for sharing with us and Happy Birthday to you!


  3. What a lovely place to go for tea! If I manage to get to the DC area to visit my daughter (she's in nursing school there), I want to visit this spot. And what wonderful gifts! I look forward to seeing the teapot, too.

  4. What a perfect way to celebrate your birthday! Your thoughtful sister has excellent taste in china.

    Your cute My Little Pony brought back memories of playing with the plastic pony toys with my first best friend. Glad that they're still around for a new generation of kids to enjoy!

  5. What a delightful way to spend your birthday, Carrie! That was so sweet of your parents to take you to Sweet City Desserts. The food looked fabulous, and I'm sure you loved every minute of being spoiled. Your sisters gifts were certainly so thoughtful and I know you'll get much use from them. Happy Birthday, my dear!!

  6. What a great way to celebrate you birthday! There is nothing better than a lovely tea. Everything looks so yummy. I hope you had a wonderful birthday.

  7. Happy Belated Birthday to you. Can you please email me, I would like to speak with you about some Royal Albert pieces. I live close by in MD. My email is
    Thanks so much. I love your blob.

  8. How sweet! Love the valentine tea you posted - cute! Your cup is lovely too.

  9. You have been blessed by being able to visit different Tea Rooms. What special events. I like your two new Tea Trio's. Wonderful additions to your growing tea collections. Belated Happy Birthday Wishes!


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