Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Tea Spot: An Afternoon at Nicol’s for Tea!

Today I hung out with a small group of gals for Afternoon Tea at a shop located just outside of Toronto called Nicol’s Pastry Shop. It had been a while since I’ve gone out for tea and treats, so I was looking forward to spending a chilly day with others for cups of tea and great conversation.

Though Nicol’s was easily accessible and a fairly decent size, it was obvious as the clock ticked that they are far better known for their sweets rather than a place to enjoy Afternoon Tea. The tea event was really nothing special. It consisted of a few sandwiches, scones, quiche, and some sweet treats. 

Typical treats.

Not bad, but I’ve had better. I thought the best item was the blueberry scone. Slathered with clotted-cream, it was divine! The salmon sandwich and cucumber roll could have been presented better. 

Quiche and sandwiches.

The lemon meringue tart, raspberry tart, and chocolate brownie cake were good, but didn’t have that “wow” factor like some of the other tea spots I’ve been to in the past. The service wasn’t the greatest either. Our hostess was pleasant enough, but a little vacant at times. 

Lemon meringue tart.

I hate to say this, but I thought the tea was terrible! The teas offered were by a brand called Mighty Leaf. I’ve heard of this company but have never had their teas. The tea pouches just didn’t do it for me. I had a black tea called Vanilla Bean which indicated it was a “full-bodied cup” with an “intoxicating aroma of wild Madagascar vanilla beans”. Hmmm…I didn’t get this. I thought the aroma was weak and the flavour completely bland! The second steeping was even worse which produced a muddy colour. 

Not so mighty tea!

The conversation around the table was wonderful! We talked about everything from reliable transportation, JFK, royalty, over-population of the world, UFO’s and aliens, and strippers serving tea! This is what really makes attending Afternoon Tea events worthwhile. As for Nicol’s?  Well, I wasn't impressed.  It was just not my cup of tea!

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