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01 May 2012

Afternoon Tea in the French Room - Taj Boston

"There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea" --Henry James

Afternoon Tea in the French Room

The 100th anniversary of Fenway Park and the one year anniversary of Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse brought my sister and me to Boston.  The highly regarded Afternoon Tea in The French Room brought us to Taj Boston.


Taj Boston Hotel
The Afternoon Tea in the French Room offers a fantastic experience from the outstanding service to the delicious tea.  The violinist does not hurt either.


AFTERNOON TEA SELECTIONS
The menu offers several tea offerings to someone's liking; they even have something for the kids.  The selections include:

  • Taj Royal - tea service with sandwiches & canapes, scones & sweet treats
  • The Duchess - tea service with scones & sweet treats
  • Traditional Cheese Tasting - tea service with cheese & crackers, baguettes and fruit
  • Children's Tea - hot chocolate, pb&j and sweet treats
Because my sister and I have minor delusions of grandeur--we both believe that we are somehow part of the bloodline of Cleopatra or Nefertari--we chose the Taj Royal.


Sandwiches & Canapes
The savory finger sandwiches and canapes are delectable.  I do not have a favorite because I love them all!

Cucumber & Cream Cheese
Lobster Profiterole
Prosciutto & Mellon
Traditional Egg Salad
Smoked Salmon and American Caviar

Scones & Sweet Treats
Dani D and I did not have to fight over the scones and sweets.  I was a fan of the Current Scones and she was infatuated with the Lemon Thyme Scones.  They both paired nicely with the Devonshire Cream and the Lemon Blueberry Curd.

Current Scone with Devonshire Cream
The sweets, the sweets, the sweets!  Between my lovely welcome gift, the Taj Chocolate Strawberries and the Opera Torte; I found it difficult to stick to my two sweet limit.  I failed miserably but it was so worth it.

The Sweets

THE BOSTON TEA PARTY
I can now state, without pause, that Tealeaves is my numero uno tea family.  I can not call them just a company because the love and passion all of their employees pour into each cup is unprecedented.  I recently sat through one of their tea seminars--which lasted over four hours--and was completely blown away by the minute detail involved in the dying art of blending.

Tealeaves Selections

At the tea seminar I learned all about the "sniff and slurp" method for tasting but I felt that The French Room at Taj Boston was not the appropriate venue, and so I made sure to be on my best behavior.  I selected the Taj Blend Spicy Chai and the only thing I can say about it is that Tealeaves knocked it out the park with this one.  I am going to place an order of this tea for my home collection.

LAGNIAPPE
If the tea sandwiches, canapes and sweets are not enough for you then you should take a short walk over to Ashley where she will design the perfect crepe just for you!  

Crepes while you wait!  Thanks Ashley

Also, if you are celebrating a special occasion, be sure to let someone from the Taj team know because they have several sweet surprises just for you!
 
Celebratory Treats
Welcoming Treats

I have to admit, we were sad to leave our wonderful tea experience but we promise to return on future trips to Boston.  I guess I will also visit some other Taj locations to see what their afternoon teas are all about.

4 comments:

  1. Dear Gourmand Girls,

    Thank you so much for posting such a lovely post and pictures about our Afternoon Tea! We do hope you return soon and try "the Duchess" as well (and prepare for some more royal treatment! ;) Thank you again, and we hope to see you back soon!

    Best Wishes,

    Taj Boston Management

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  2. You are welcome. I will be sure to try "the Duchess" next. I am pretty sure I will return in the very near future.

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  3. Wonderful.

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  4. An awesome spot for Afternoon Tea in Boston.Determination of sandwiches and cakes was good and service productive and quietly good (that is good).Great being so near Newbury Street and Boston Common so natural to do things before of thereafter.@Jessica Glenn.

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