This Crone is on a Quest. I now live in a cultural wasteland where there are no galleries, museums, symphony, or any other form of fine art pleasures. However, the one thing I am having the most trouble dealing with is no Tea Shops. I cannot find anywhere to have formal afternoon tea within two hours of me. Unacceptable!!!!! It would not do any good to open one here (did I mention cultural wasteland)… there isn’t even a coffee shop that opens until after 3 PM (I don’t know what that is all about)!
My current distraction from this sad reality, as I Quest to find one, is “Tea Time Magazine”. I page longingly through it, looking at the beautifully set tables covered with fine linen, china and other elegant tea acoutremts. I can almost sense the taste of the parings recommended by the Tea Sommelier…i.e. Strawberry Guava Tropical White or Goddess of Mercy Oolong Tea. I long for the days in LA and Arizona, when I could pick a new tea shop each week, and indulge in the rapture of calmness only afternoon tea can bring. All of the fine resorts have afternoon or high tea, and often beautiful classical music to soothe ones soul further. It quickens me that the famous Russian Tea Room in NYC is still going strong in its 89th year. Now that is an experience! View the Video on their website to get a sense of all this ranting I’m doing.
I do not consider myself a snob until it comes to Tea Shops! Having tea with a friend who shares the appreciation for the experience is ethereal. It is not as much about the food and tea as the atmosphere and experience. I think it is like a cosmic meditation in public…. and its legal! I found one French Boutique/Tea Room an hours drive away. When I got there it was superb, but having a closing sale; no tea available (did I mention cultural wasteland)? The Quest is real and the challenge great. Like any Diva/Crone we shall not be undone. I’ve now found 3 more people here that want me to let them know when I do find The Utopian Tea Room nearby. So, as we Quest, we wish each of you success in finding bliss in your local tea shop.
P.S. Ladies, do not ever expect that this experience is one you will ever get a man to accompany you. I’ve only found 2 in the entire country. It just isn’t macho enough.
The Queen Cronista