Monday, October 28, 2013

The Tea Spot: Sereni-tea Now!

Yesterday, my tea group and I headed out to the sweet town of Guelph in Ontario for high tea at The Boathouse. This is a really pretty and picturesque area. The Boathouse is situated along the Speed River with trees that had turned beautiful shades of oranges and reds. There was even a covered bridge nearby that added to the ambiance. I found it very serene.  It's something I really needed at this time in my life…a moment alone to calm the chatter in my head.

The Boathouse signage


View along the river


Covered bridge



The Boathouse served up a traditional high tea. Some items included:

Finger Sandwiches
Cucumber with cream cheese
Egg Salad
Tuna Salad

Finger sandwiches


Pastry
Plain scone 
Whipped-cream 
Strawberry jam

Plain scone


Mini-desserts
Tiramisu cake
Brownie with crunchy nuts
Lemon cake
Éclair
Chocolate coffee cake

Desserts

The sandwiches weren't anything special. They were simple fillings between slices of multigrain bread. I thought the scone was the best! It was moist inside and just enough for me to finish off. I was a little disappointed with the whipped-cream though. It was too runny and soupy. Whipped-cream has to stand on its own. Another bowl was requested later-on which was perfect, but I had already devoured my scone by then. For dessert I went for the lighter items like the éclair as well as the nutty brownie I had my eye on. It was really good! 

For tea, I had the Boathouse Private Blend which was a Ceylon tea and their “secret” flavour blend with hints of almond and orange. Not sure what the “secret” part was, but obviously something that could not be shared! It was a loose-leaf tea served in a filter bag. The liquor was a lovely golden-orange colour. The fragrant was sweet and fruity. The flavour was a smooth, 
sweet orange without any bitter aftertaste. I drank several cups of it straight without milk or sugar. It was lovely.

Boathouse blend

As always, the dialogue around the table was the best. Put a group of women together and discussions always turn to dating horror stories and about men with strange quirks and habits. Always a hoot! It was a perfect Sunday to head out of town for good conversation and food. I would definitely venture back out this way in the future.

Colours of fall!




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