Monday, May 23, 2016

Bringing the Tea Travellers Societea to you


Do you ever see the societea's event posts on social media and curse the distance that prevents you from attending? Well, curse no more. Now that the Tea Traveller's Societea is officially one year old, we've had a year's worth of opportunities to see what works and what is unnecessary. Wacky themed tea events have been very popular, but our tearooms treasure hunt went unnoticed. Mysteries have garnered interest, and the Victoria, BC Tea Tour was fun and fabulous.

We've taken what we've learned and are now ready to enlarge the scope of societea activities by enabling afternoon tea enthusiasts to start up local Societea Salons (chapters) in their hometowns. While customizing their group to fit their particular niche and personality, they'll have access to Tea Travellers Societea activiteas as well as have TTS behind them when it comes to both training and promotion.

If you're interested in parlaying your love of the tea life into into socially satisfying connections with local people who love the same things you do -- all while earning a little pocket change -- put the kettle on and join us as a Salonniere. It will give you just one more excuse to indulge in the pleasures and magic of tea.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Start planning now for a haunting good time

Join us for a Hop On / Hop Off 
up the California coast -- visiting all your favorite haunts 
Oct 8-16, 2016

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

SECRET GARDEN TEA ROOM & GIFT SHOP

ADDRESS: 1711 Elm St E, Sumner, WA 98390
CROSS STREETS: Between Bonney & Wright
FWY ACCESS: 5, near Hwy 167

WEBSITE: sgtea.com
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook  
PHONE: (253) 826-4479
EMAIL: secretgardener@msn.com

HOURS OF OPERATION:
  • Wed-Sun, 10a-4p (shop closes at 5p)
PARKING: Street and lot
CAPACITY: Call to discuss your event needs
RESERVATIONS: Recommended, especially on weekends
GIFT SHOP: Yes! The "gift shop is stocked with tea-time treasures and a variety of delightful gifts including our own loose-leaf teas, fanciful jewelry and accessories, and charming floral accents for your home."
WC: Yes

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Yes
CHILDREN WELCOME: Yes
OUTDOOR DINING: Yes, call to discuss
DRESS: Come as you are
CATERING: Yes
DIETARY RESTRICTIONS: Call ahead to discuss
PRICE: $29
DESCRIPTION OF AMBIENCE: 1890s Victorian mansion; "Our dining rooms are decorated with china and antique glassware from our vintage china collection which we have made available for party rentals"
CULINARY SPECIALTIES: In-house 'from scratch' recipes
UNIQUE ASPECTS: They rent china and do all sorts of amazing things, including taking tea trips to England!
OWNED BY: Mark Elliott
SURROUNDING BUSINESSES: A handful of eclectic eateries
YEAR ESTABLISHED: opened in Sumner, 2005 
LISTING UPDATED: March 2017


MENU

AFTERNOON TEA SETS
These tea sets are available all day.
On Saturdays, all tea sets are available
only by prior reservation.

LARKSPUR
LUNCHEON TEA
Pot of Tea
Scones with Devonshire Cream,
Jam & Lemon Curd
Sorbet
Tiered rack with Tea Sandwiches,
Savories, Fresh Fruit
Seasonal Pastries & Sweets
Hot Towel Service
$29
(Gluten Free +$5 with 48 hour notice)

HOLLYHOCK
HIGH TEA
Pot of Tea
Cup of Soup of the Day
Scones with Devonshire Cream,
Jam & Lemon Curd
Sorbet
Orzo Pea Salad
Tiered rack with Tea Sandwiches,
Savories, Fresh Fruit
Seasonal Pastries and Sweets
Hot Towel Service
$33
(Gluten Free +$5 with 48 hour notice)

ROSE
CELEBRATION TEA
Commemorative Photograph
Pot of Tea
Royal Sparkling Wine or  Apple Cider
Cheese & Fruit Plate
Sorbet
Scones with Devonshire Cream,
Jam & Lemon Curd
Tiered rack with Tea Sandwiches,
Savories, Fresh Fruit
Petite Pastries and Sweets
Individual Chocolate Rose Cake
in Raspberry Coulis
Hot Towel Service
$43
This tea set is available only if the entire party orders it.  Child’s version is $33 (under 12)
(Gluten Free +$5 with 48 hour notice)

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LIGHT TEA SETS
These tea sets are available at specified times only.
On Saturdays, all tea sets are available
only by prior reservation.

VIOLET
SWEET TEA
(served before 11 after 2:30)
Pot of Tea
Scones with Devonshire Cream,
Jam & Lemon Curd
Seasonal Pastries and Sweets
$14
(Gluten Free +$3 with 48 hour notice)

CAMELLIA
CREAM TEA
(served after 2:30 only)
Pot of Tea
Scones with Devonshire Cream,
Jam & Lemon Curd
Fruit Cup
$12
(Gluten Free +$3 with 48 hour notice)

LAVENDER LIGHT AFTERNOON TEA
(served after 2:30, weekdays only)
Pot of Tea
Scones with Devonshire Cream,
Jam & Lemon Curd
Tiered rack with Tea Sandwiches,
Fresh Fruit
Petite Pastries
$20
(Gluten Free +$4 with 48 hour notice)


Scones and goodies (Devonshire Cream, Jam and Lemon Curd) are unlimited when consumed in our dining room.
Tea is a leisurely meal to be savored~
our tea sets include numerous items, many of which are prepared to order.
Tea sets may not be split,
as the tea and scones are unlimited when consumed in our dining room.
Please let us know of any food allergies~ some accommodations are possible. Vegetarian versions of our tea sets are available with prior notice.  We do not offer vegan or gluten-free tea sets.


Monday, May 9, 2016

CULVER HOTEL

ADDRESS: 9400 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
CROSS STREETS: Main Street & Cardiff Avenue
FWY ACCESS: 10 & 405

WEBSITE: culverhotel.com
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook, Twitter 
PHONE: 310-558-9400
EMAIL: info@culverhotel.com

HOURS OF OPERATION:
  • No designated hours — just call and request your preferred date & time
PARKING: Valet $8 (very convenient); Self-parking (far less convenient — ask the valet to point the way)
CAPACITY: Call to discuss your event needs
RESERVATIONS: Required with a credit card to hold
GIFT SHOP: NA
WC: Yes

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Yes
CHILDREN WELCOME: Yes (those who can behave in a hotel — there is no child's menu)
OUTDOOR DINING: Not applicable for tea
DRESS: Come as you feel comfortable in a nice hotel
CATERING: Take-away
DIETARY RESTRICTIONS: Call ahead to discuss
PRICE: $25
DESCRIPTION OF AMBIENCE: Classic elegance in the hotel's open and opulent lobby
CULINARY SPECIALTIES: Mignardises

UNIQUE ASPECTS: National landmark from a bygone era
OWNED BY: Managed by Seth Horowitz — John Wayne once owned a share of the hotel which he won in a poker game
SURROUNDING BUSINESSES: In the heart of Culver City, the area was created by original hotel owner Harry Culver and features a smattering of eateries
YEAR ESTABLISHED: Hotel built 1924, renovated in 2011
LISTING UPDATED: Mayl 2016

MENU

Full Tea
Scones with cream and lemon curd
Assorted finger sandwiches
Petite pastries and mignardises
Choice of tea
$25

Culver Tea
All of the above plus
Strawberries and cream
Champagne
$32