Yesterday, my friends and I took that time.....just a lunch, a little conversation, and at this particular location.....a step back in time.
We went to a tea house......quaint...Victorian....a little lace...and real china.....classical music in the background.......a soothing experience. Do you remember those candy dishes that your grandmother may have had, with the three tiers, porcelain dishes connected with a golden dowel going through the center, each one a little smaller as it leveled upward. That's how our entire lunch was served......mini sandwiches on the bottom....scones, quiche and fruit on the second plate.....and finally topped with a few petite fores for the desert at the very top. This was preceded with a small china bowl of creamy tomato basil soup.....and a three page selection of amazing flavored teas to choose from, which came in it's own fragile tea pot for each person at the table. I could almost feel my little finger gradually rising on it's own......how genteel!
Everything was homemade, including a fabulous whipped cream butter spread for our scones, which tasted more like whipped cream than the butter it was supposed to be........ decedent, for sure!
Diet !.....did you say Diet?........I'm sure that word did enter our minds and quickly left, when we rationalized the importance of enjoying this brief and needed moment of camaraderie. That's why I started this entry with the words...."every once in awhile".
This was a moment to savor.....not a gobbled down, in flight, on the run, hurry up meal.....the textures, the soothing music, the ambiance, the flash-back to a more demure time. It was heavenly!......Take time to smell the roses....or on the teacup, at least.