US Trip: St James Tea Room

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Merry Christmas, everyone. I hope you are with family and friends at this time of year. I took some much needed vacation time to catch up on blogging.

My time in the US this August coincided with my mom’s birthday.  Since I hadn’t been able to celebrate last year, and am unlikely to in 2016, I decided to treat her. She is a big tea drinker, and there just happened to be a very nice tea room in Albuquerque-The St. James Tearoom.

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Not only does this place have a great variety of black, green, and white teas, they have all the tea paraphernalia you could ever want.

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Let’s not forget the Eastern tea pots. The ones in the front look especially Korean to me.

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The building is laid out like a town-each room has it’s own building and name.

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Here was our room, which we had all to ourselves.  There was a dividing curtain for when the tearoom has more customers.  Since we chose the earlier time slot, we got a great spot!

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We started off with a lavender black tea.  This was my favorite.  All it needed was a little bit of milk.

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The second was much more berry flavored.  It had a variety of fruits blended in.  Still great, but more of an herbal flavor.

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We ended the experience with another lavender tea, this one iced.  The hostess offered us a simple sugar syrup for the tea, but it already had a nice flavor.

 

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Looking at this photo after three months, I still want to go back for this tea.  Everything on this tray was perfection.

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Savories:  Mini quiche, Open face olive tomato and butter sandwiches, cucumber and turkey on fresh buns, tiny blackberry salads, and Almond stuffed dates wrapped in bacon.  The dates were hands down my favorite.  It’s a good thing I only had one to myself.  I could eat a platter of these(and then hate myself).

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Plain scones and cheddar scones, with clotted cream and peach curd.  The peach curd was addictive.  My mom bought a jar of it after our tea.  I can’t imagine any food it wouldn’t pair well with.  I put it on both scones and the sandwiches.  Equally delicious.

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Brownies and butter cookies.  The brownies were a bit too rich after everything else.  They would be great by themselves.

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We finished off with homemade ice cream and peach reserves.

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Here we both are.  My wonderful mom, who has supported me throughout my strange journey.  She has been going down her own winding path, and I’m so glad to call her mom.

Caught in the act.  Look at that concentration.

Caught in the act. Look at that concentration.

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