Imagine just for a moment drinking champagne with 24 karat edible gold flakes and eating cakes and dainty morsels decorated with tiny sparkling gold leaf. But before you raise your eyebrows, or feel disgusted with the idea of ingesting bits and pieces of the world’s third most precious metal, let me just say from the outset that gold is totally safe to eat. (Gold is inert, or inactive, it is not absorbed by the body but goes down the digestive track without any trouble, though too much consumption can cause constipation.) Lest you think that it may have costs us an arm and a leg; no, it didn’t. It was my friend’s birthday and instead of allowing me to treat her for the special occasion, she didn’t let me, and would never let me. Ever. Thank you Adiben. And no, she didn’t miss her monthly mortgage just so we could enjoy gold tea. It did cost her only an hour of sweat, or rather stress, at work. 🙂 Continue reading
It was a great blessing to have Mom with us for Christmas last year. She and I were able to go out for tea during her brief visit, and we had a wonderful tea-time in a marvellous setting. But before I’m quite there, allow me a little leeway to dwell upon Mom. At least I hope you will.
Afternoon tea has certainly become an institution in London not just for tourists but for locals alike. It is the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion, Continue reading
Situated in London’s political hub amidst Whitehall Court, Royal Horseguards is one of London’s landmark hotels. It is steeped with formidable history and remains one of the city’s best kept secrets. The building is known for its use by the Secret Service and the original Scotland Yard during the First World War. Rumour has it, and the British government has yet to confirm this, that a secret tunnel runs from under the hotel directly to Parliament and the Cabinet War Rooms so politicians could escape to the safety of the command center during the Second World War. Continue reading
I’ve already taken tea at The Ritz several times and I would have saved a bit of money if I paid for all of them. But I only paid once back in 2001. You see, I am a tea aficionado and could not say no to a visiting family or friend who’d asks me to join them for tea. And they’re always willing to pay for the hefty price tag that comes with the eccentric experience of this quintessential British ritual. Continue reading
This summer I wanted to do something special with my goddaughter Anisa and because just like me she enjoys afternoon tea and had them with her mum at some prestigious hotels (The Ritz & The Claridges amongst other), I tried to find a place we both haven’t been to. My online search led me to one of London’s historic railway hotels, Grosvenor Hotel in Victoria. Continue reading
The Palm Court at The Langham is one of the most elegant places to take afternoon tea in London. Langham claims to be the first London hotel to serve Afternoon Tea to its guests since its inception in 1865. It is the first grand hotel in Europe and although it was damaged by The Blitz during the Second World War, it was completely restored to its original Victorian grandeur. Continue reading