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San Fran's Crescent Hotel to Host an Exotic Pop-Up Tea Salon

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June 2, 2011 at 9:18 AM | by | ()

It's summer and a hot cuppa may be the last thing you want. But we'll risk overheating to take some sips at Crescent Hotel's pop-up salon, but there won't be an egg salad sandwich or Earl Grey in sight.

Dubbed Kettle Whistle, the exotic three-flight afternoon tea will feature Taiwanese oolong and some untraditional pairings. The event will take place throughout the Bay Area each month. The inaugural pop-up tea salon will take place in the hotel's Burritt Room on June 25.

Naivetea, the only U.S. company to focus on Taiwanese oolong teas, will provide the caffeine. At the salon, you'll get to sip iced peach; hot dong ding, a sweet tea with notes of toasted rice and caramel; hot shan lin shi, which has notes of fresh flowers and leaves; and wen shan bao zhong, which is soft with light and smooth body.

The unusual eats will come courtesy of Tell Tale Preserve Company and will include cucumber granité with shaved Marcona almonds and mint, bánh mì financiers and salmon rillettes on seaweed brioche. You high-tea purists don't have to worry; there also will be the requisite scones and clotted cream.

There will be two seatings, one at 1 p.m. and the other at 3:30 p.m. The tea costs $55. To make reservations, email events@telltalepreserveco.com or call 415-643-4894.

[Photo: Justin Lewis/Tell Tale Preserve Company]

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