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Post-Shopping Idea: Try These Hotel Holiday Teas

December 20, 2012 at 6:06 PM | by | Comments (2)

We have been spending so much time on cocktail culture (well, it has been a rough few months), we figured we should be a little more balanced with our beverage coverage.

We started a bit by paying some attention to another one of our favorite pasttimes--afternoon tea. That can mean a simple cuppa for some of you--a jolt of caffeine to carry you through the day, or for more leisurely sorts, a more elaborate weekend high-tea filled with all sorts of yummy delights. We want to focus on that one--so much more fun, yes?

Now that chillier climates prevail in many parts of the country, the call for afternoon tea is in full demand and these hotels put out what we think are mighty fine spreads. We’ve seen quite a few people duck in to a hotel around the 4’o clock hour and chill over a demitasse of Darjeeling, a curried-chicken finger sandwich, and a jam-filled tart. We heartily approve.

Just remember, pinkie's up!

The Arizona Biltmore has an extensive and elegantly served tea (check the video) in the Lobby Tea Court through May (that means you can be an early bird and get your Easter and Mother's Day reservations in!) that features yummy bakery goods (check out the swan pastries above!) and delectables like shaved turkey tea sandwiches with rosemary and cranberry aioli, egg nog brulee. Plus there's a Basil Lemonade Sparkle, which we are crazy intrigued by--basil lemonade and sparkling wine! Swoon. As far as actual tea? Yes, they've got that too, from black currant to an organic sage and blueberry green tea.

The Peninsula Beverly Hills is holding its Festive Afternoon Tea with three seating’s daily: 12:00pm, 2:30 pm and 5:00 pm. While guests are serenaded by a classical harpist, they'll nosh on miniature caviar cake and a “Cap Cake,” a pastry version of The Peninsula’s signature Page hat. A glass of brut champagne is included with the price, of which a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Beverly Hills. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 310-975-2736.

Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai’s Café Prato for the Tea Connoisseurs Delight menu, which is filled to the brim with 22 different varieties, from single estate teas to unique custom blends.From your comfy seat, you’ll take a flavorful journey through India: sweet Nilgiri from the southern hills, cinnamon-infused Kawha from Kashmir and spicy Masala Chai from right in Mumbai. Of course, the brew-haha extends as far as China, Japan and Africa, with a selection of white and green tea, Sencha and caffeine-free Rooibos. Oh, and don’t miss the exclusive Four Seasons Blend of Assam and Darjeeling.

Remember, the more famous teas book well in advance so keep that in mind. And hey, maybe step out the box and go during the week to avoid the crowds.

[Video/Arizona Biltmore/Photos:Arizona Biltmore/Peninsula Beverly Hills]

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