Last weekend we took our cousin, new to Boston, to the Four Seasons for afternoon tea. Having never been to tea before, she had many questions, as many people would. What should she wear? What kind of tea is there? Can we get a bite to eat first?
We assured her that she needn’t worry too much about the dress code. While jeans are likely a no-no, a string of pearls is not a requirement. Everybody’s chair gets pulled out for them, regardless of designer choice.
The tea, as one may imagine, is delightful. We couldn’t decide between the Black Currant and the Blue Flower Earl Grey, but eventually settled on the latter.
The thing that many people don’t realize is that a somewhat formal tea service features a lot of food that, while often tiny, can leave you full. The Four Seasons experience is no different. After choosing our teas, a three-tier display of finger sandwiches and the like was brought to our table. The top tier featured sweet bread and a cranberry and white chocolate scone, the second tier was laden with more savory options, including the must-have cucumber sandwiches. Last but not least was a dessert tray with a most unusual (but nevertheless tasty) creme brulee and apricot tart.
At the end of our meal, our cousin remarked that she couldn’t eat another thing, which meant we could claim the rest of the jam, devon cream, and lemon curd. Discreetly.
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