Thursday, November 23, 2017

THE TEAROOM - Oakland

ADDRESS: 6241 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618
CROSS STREETS: Off Claremont Ave., near Alcatraz Ave.
FWY ACCESS: 80, 580, Highway 24

WEBSITE: thetearoomshop.com
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook, Instagram 
PHONE: (510) 658-8475
EMAIL: thetearoomshop@gmail.com

HOURS OF OPERATION:
  • Sat-Mon - 10a-6p
  • Tues-Fri - closed
PARKING: Street
CAPACITY: Call to discuss your event needs
RESERVATIONS: Recommended on weekends and for groups
GIFT SHOP: na
WC: Yes
WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Yes
CHILDREN WELCOME: Yes
OUTDOOR DINING: na
DRESS: Come as you are
CATERING: Take-away
DIETARY RESTRICTIONS: Call ahead to discuss
PRICE: $25 average
DESCRIPTION OF AMBIENCE: Modern, clean lines, "non-frilly"
CULINARY SPECIALTIES: Curried chicken, innovative sandwich flavors
UNIQUE ASPECTS: Cotton Candy to sweeten your tea!
OWNED BY: Call to inquire
YEAR ESTABLISHED: Call to inquire
LISTING UPDATED: November 2017

MENU

*All Tea Services come with a bottomless pot of tea
* Scones and Confections are Chef's Choice

ENTIRE TEA
Choice of two sandwiches, a scone with preserves and cream, four confections, and mixed greens salad
$28
 


HIGH TEA
Choice of two sandwiches, a scone with preserves and cream,
two confections
$25
 
HALF-A-TEA
Choice of one sandwich, a scone with preserves and cream, one confection, and mixed greens salad
$21



We request a $10 minimum per person
18% Gratuity for parties of 6+

20% Gratuity for parties of 20+

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Spot of London trip countdown & checklist

What better way to make sure you're prepared to travel abroad then to do so over afternoon tea with friends. We'll go over important Spot of London trip prep details and give you more info on optional excursions.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018 at 2pm
at Pamela's Tea Room in Garden Grove

Tea at the Ritz in London ... Yes, you'll be going there!

Don't forget to bring your Tea Travellers passport for stamping!
TTS logo luggage tags & carrying bags will be available too.

$27.50 includes 4 assorted finger sandwiches, side salad, crisps, scone, dessert bite, tax & gratuity

Receipt of your payment confirms your spot. Please send funds to:
  • PayPal.Me/TeaTravellers
  • or by check made out to Siren School at 6475 E. Pacific Coast Hwy #259 ~ Long Beach, CA 90803
Tea refunds not available after 28 May.


Spot of London trip FYI and Q&A tea

Get the proverbial 'deets' on our Aug-Sept 2018 tea tour in the UK. We'll talk about why we've chosen the sites and attractions included and what you can expect.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018 at 2pm


at Pamela's Tea Room in Garden Grove

During our tea, expat proprietress Pamela will share her experiences with tea service in her homeland of England and set us yanks straight!

$27.50 includes 4 assorted finger sandwiches, side salad, crisps, scone, dessert bite, tax & gratuity

Don't forget to bring your Tea Travellers passport for stamping!

Receipt of your payment confirms your spot. Please send funds to:
  • PayPal.Me/TeaTravellers
  • or by check made out to Siren School at 6475 E. Pacific Coast Hwy #259 ~ Long Beach, CA 90803
Tea refunds not available after 5 Feb.



Sunday, September 24, 2017

Jazz Age tea party & book launch

Take tea in 1920
with Penelope & Zara of The Tea Cozy Mysteries as we celebrate the launch of
Reading Between the Leaves 
book two in J.S. Devivre’s 5-part series.

Sunday, November 12
at 3pm

Pamela’s Tea Room, Garden Grove 

$37.50 includes afternoon tea, Roaring Twenties & book series trivia quiz, drawing for a swell door prize & more.

Jazz Age attire encouraged
Don't forget to bring your Tea Travellers passport for stamping!

And join us in January for our walk-in-the-footsteps NorCal tea jaunt & launch of book #3.
We’ll have tea at the Palace Hotel, take the train from San Francisco to Monterey & enjoy the beauty of Pacific Grove.

Please make reservation with Pamela at 714-897-9442

Tea Cozy Mysteries tea at The Four Seasons Tea Room

Don't forget to bring your Tea Travellers passport for stamping!
Kick off the new year with a leisurely tea at one of the loveliest and longest standing tearoom's in SoCal. For those joining our NorCal Tea Cozy Mysteries jaunt the week following, this will give you an opportunity to meet & greet your fellow tea travellers prior to our weekend together. (And we'll roll out a second clue to be revealed when in Pacific Grove.)

$30.25 for 5 sandwiches, baked-to-order scones, petite desserts (tax & gratuity)

$38.25 for the above + the tearoom's fabulous salad with Rose Petal vinaigrette

RSVP confirmed when payment received. Please send funds:
  • via Paypal PayPal.Me/TeaTravellers ( account for TeaTravellersSocietea@gmail.com )
  • or by check made out to Siren School at 6475 E. Pacific Coast Hwy #259 ~ Long Beach, CA 90803 

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Afternoon tea at Sherman Gardens Meetup


Sit outdoors on the veranda with views of fountains, garden sculptures, and greenhouses at the picturesque Rogers Gardens in Corona del Mar 

Wed, Sept 27, 2017 at 2:30pm

$43.50 includes afternoon tea, tax, gratuity & $5 admission to the gardens

RSVP is confirmed once payment is received. Please send funds:
  • Either electronically to LECOLESIRENE@GMAIL.COM via Paypal 
  • or through the post, by check made out to SIREN SCHOOL 6475 E. Pacific Coast Hwy #259 ~ Long Beach, CA 90803 

ALSO, please include WHO the payment covers along with your EMAIL so we can contact you if need be. Thanks so much!

Note: If you're wondering whether your payment has registered, Paypal payments are received nearly immediately. Checks are picked up at a PO Box each Friday morning.

Refunds not available after 09/19

Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Manners Maven will see you now

Hard as it may be to swallow (quick, take a sip of tea) I used to serve as a source for answers to social etiquette conundrums. Every now and then I miss it. But thanks to
Alexis Roelke and Teri Kialia Barela who chimed in as part of a discussion about our Sense & SensibiliTea event, I'm going to dive back into the fray ... with a twist ... maybe even a full Gaynor.

Going forward, I will once again observe MANNERS MONDAY and encourage you to send me your etiquette questions.

But this time, I'm hoping you will send absolutely outrageous queries, especially those that deal with faux pas from eras gone by.

Anyone game? If so, you may address me as the Manners Maven, with all the pomp such a monicker begs ;) xo ~Joy

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Sense & SensibiliTea

I look forward to our Annual Austentatious Afternoon Tea each year, but no more so than this year, as we'll be holding it at the historic Bembridge House in Long Beach, CA -- a home I suspect Jane would have approved of had she lived until 1906 to see it built. 
In honor of Alan Rickman, our 2017 theme will be SENSE & SENSIBILITEA

Sat, Nov 4, 2017 - 1:30-3:30pm

*FRIENDS, PLEASE RESIST THE URGE TO CONTACT THE VENUE DIRECTLY REGARDING THIS EVENT AS THEY HAVE NO INFORMATION ON WHAT WE'LL BE DOING* I will be happy to help you with anything you need and/or get answers for you if I don't have them. Cheers, Joy teatravellerssocietea@gmail.com

* * *

In honor of Alan Rickman, this year's Austentatious Tea theme will be SENSE & SENSIBILITEA

Depending on the number of guests, we will either be seated al fresco at tables on the front lawn, or on the back patio known as Peppertree Court. Seating is uncovered, but in the event of rain, we will do our best to come up with some sort of 'coverage' solution, even if we have to use the wrap-around porch we've currently designated for the buffet or put tables in the carriage house. Picnicking encouraged!

BYO favorite TEA CUP, and if you want to keep a teapot on your table, do please consider bringing one to hoard, as our cache of teapots and space in which to put them will be limited :)

Period attire and sensibilities encouraged -- but most important, come as you're comfortable.

Food is graciously prepared by volunteers (as opposed to a commercial caterer) and as such, we are not able to accommodate dietary restrictions. The bulk of your ticket price goes toward facility rental and tour. Remaining proceeds go toward Whimsicalitea - a fledgling nonprofit supporting the 'genteel arts'.

REFUND POLICY - All tickets sales are final, but if you are unable to attend for any reason, you may transfer your ticket to someone worthy of Miss Austen's attentions :)

RSVP is confirmed once payment is received. (Payment info removed now that we are sold out)

P.S. There is a wheelchair accessible WC onsite

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Tearoom Guidebook #6 - where shall we go next?

It's that time again. Time to HELP CHOOSE THE NEXT REGION for the Tea Traveller's Constant Companion US tearoom guidebook series. Please put your druthers in the comment section below.

As a reminder, the following regions are currently covered:
1. SoCal (as in Southern California)
2. NorCal (as in Northern California)
3. Oregon
4. Washington (as in the state)
5. Southwest Quad (Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah)

Where would you like to see us tackle next? :)

Thursday, July 13, 2017

SOUTHWEST: AZ, NM, NV, UT

BUY THE SOUTHWEST QUAD BOOK HERE: Kindle, Paperback

ARIZONA

NEVADA

NEW MEXICO

UTAH


THE GHOSTS OF TEAROOMS PAST

Arizona
  • Chakra 4 Herb - Phoenix (Now Sage Kitchen)
  • Curious Garden (The) - Lake Havasu
  • Front Porch Tea Cafe - Mesa
  • Narcisse Champagne and Tea Lounge - Scottsdale
  • Ritz Carlton Hotel - Phoenix
  • Tea and More - Tucson
  • Tea Infusion - Tempe
  • Wild Rose Tea House - Cottonwood

Nevada
  • Isles Tea Shop, the - Reno

New Mexico
  • Ice's Tea Room - Los Luceros (Organic farm still open)
  • New Mexico Tea Bar - Albuquerque
  • Taos Tea Room - Taos
  • Turquoise Teapot, The - Taos
  • Victorian  Tea Room - Las Cruces

Utah
  • Desert Dove Tea Room - St. George
  • Protea Cottage - West Jordan


Saturday, July 8, 2017

Thursday, July 6, 2017

The St. James Tearoom

ADDRESS: 320 Osuna Rd NE # D, Albuquerque, NM 87107
CROSS STREETS: Edith Blvd NE
FWY ACCESS: 25

WEBSITE: stjamestearoom.com
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook, TwitterInstagram, YoutubeFlickr      
PHONE: (505) 242-3752
EMAIL: na

HOURS OF OPERATION:
  • Tues-Wed - 11am, 1:30pm, 4pm
  • Thurs-Sat - 11am, 1:30pm, 4pm, 6:30pm
  • Sun - 11am, 1:30pm
PARKING: Private lot
CAPACITY: Call to discuss your event needs
RESERVATIONS: Recommended, especially on weekends
GIFT SHOP: The incredible St. James Market, a wonder in and of itself


WC: Yes
WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Yes
CHILDREN WELCOME: Yes
OUTDOOR DINING: Yes
DRESS: Upscale
CATERING: na
DIETARY RESTRICTIONS: Call ahead to discuss
PRICE: $43.59 all-inclusive
DESCRIPTION OF AMBIENCE: Opulent, dramatic, gorgeous
CULINARY SPECIALTIES: Theme teas beyond compare
UNIQUE ASPECTS: The Disneyland of tearooms
OWNED BY: Mary Alice Higbie
SURROUNDING BUSINESSES: Plant nursery, pizza, burgers
YEAR ESTABLISHED: 1999
LISTING UPDATED: July 2017

MENU

THEMES CHANGE MONTHLY
EXAMPLE - July 2017 Boston Tea Party menu



Prelude
Sons of Liberty Melon Salad with Mint Cordial

Savories
served with “English Breakfast” Traditional Black Tea
Taxation Without Representation Ham Croissant
Three Ships Pear & Gorgonzola Salad
Boston Harbor Egg Salad on Brioche Round
Tea Act Spicy Honey Pecans
Traditional Tea Sandwich: Chicken & Cucumber on Pumpernickel Bread

Breads
served with “Yin Hao Jasmine” Scented Black Tea
Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Scone
St. James Traditional Cream Scone
Lemon Curd & Clotted Cream

Sweets
served with Iced “Blueberry Festival” Scented Black Tea
Red, White, & Blueberry Cheesecake
Squidgy Chocolate Cake
British East India Lemon Madeleine



The Spicery in our 1895 Home

ADDRESS: 7141 N. 59th Ave. Glendale, AZ 85301
CROSS STREETS: Palmaire
FWY ACCESS: 17
WEBSITE: 1895spicery.com
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook 
PHONE: (623) 937-6534
EMAIL: 1895spicery@gmail.com

HOURS OF OPERATION:
  • Mon-Sat, 10:30am-1:30pm
PARKING: Street & public garage
CAPACITY: Call to discuss your event needs
RESERVATIONS: Required for afternoon tea
GIFT SHOP: na
WC: Yes
WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Yes
CHILDREN WELCOME: Yes
OUTDOOR DINING: na
DRESS: Come as you are
CATERING: Take-away
DIETARY RESTRICTIONS: Call ahead to discuss
PRICE: $23
DESCRIPTION OF AMBIENCE: Intimate rooms from the original Messenger residence
CULINARY SPECIALTIES: Pineapple walnut cake, banana cream pie, fresh rolls
UNIQUE ASPECTS: A charming home with a variety of theme rooms
OWNED BY: Matt Borowski
SURROUNDING BUSINESSES: na
YEAR ESTABLISHED: 1987, built 1895 
LISTING UPDATED: July 2017

MENU



Pot of Tea:
Start with a pot of tea from our extensive list of black, green and herbal teas in both caffeinated or decaffeinated.

First Course:
Shortbread and Buttermilk Scone, served with Lemon Curd and Chantilly Cream

Second Course:
Enjoy bite-sized versions of our most popular sandwiches, including:



Warm Ham/Swiss biscuit with our Sweet/Spicy Mustard
Chicken Salad on bread medallion
Cucumber Sandwich with alfalfa sprouts
Tuna Salad on one of our puffs

Third Course:
Small parfait of fresh fruit and custard surrounded by bite-sized portions of some of our favorite desserts. Brownie bites, Lemon bars, Coconut macaroons and Pecan Sandies, to name a few.



Menu is subject to daily change

Kimberly Ann's Tea Room & Cafe

ADDRESS: 7153 N 59th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301
CROSS STREETS: Between Myrtle & Palmaire avenues
FWY ACCESS: 17

WEBSITE: kimberlyannstearoom.webs.com
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook 
PHONE: (623) 934-1106
EMAIL: na

HOURS OF OPERATION:
  • Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm
PARKING: Lot & street
CAPACITY: Call to discuss your event needs
RESERVATIONS: Recommended, especially on weekends. Credit card required
GIFT SHOP: Goodies for sale throughout
WC: Yes
WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Yes
CHILDREN WELCOME: Yes

OUTDOOR DINING: Yes
DRESS: Come as you are
CATERING: Call to discuss
DIETARY RESTRICTIONS: Call ahead to discuss
PRICE: $25
DESCRIPTION OF AMBIENCE: Traditional with lots of wonderful lace, carved hutches, feminine touches
CULINARY SPECIALTIES: Stuffed tomatoes
UNIQUE ASPECTS: Full lunch menu
OWNED BY: Mae Collins
SURROUNDING BUSINESSES: Various eateries, flower shop
YEAR ESTABLISHED: 2009
LISTING UPDATED: July 2017

MENU



Elegant Tea
Stuffed tomato (Small tomato filled with chicken salad on a bed of greens)
Fruit (Fresh-cut seasonal fruit)
Finger Sandwiches (2 cucumber, 2 egg, 1 turkey rose, 1 roast beef and Swiss, 1 chicken salad and tuna
Dessert (Assortment of home-made pastries - various)
Tea (Your choice of flavor of loose-leaf tea)
Scones (Scone of the day with Devonshire cream and lemon curd)
$35.00

Garden Tea
Soup (Chef's choice of home-made soup) or strawberry salad
Fruit (Fresh-cut seasonal fruit)
Finger Sandwiches (2 cucumber, 2egg,1 turkey rose, 1 roast beef and Swiss, 1 chicken and 1 tuna salad
Dessert (Assortment of home-made pastries -various)
Tea (Your choice of flavor of loose-leaf tea)
Scones (Scone of the day with Devonshire cream and lemon curd)
$30.00



Classic Tea
Fruit (Fresh-cut seasonal fruit)
Finger Sandwiches (2 cucumber, 2 egg, 1 turkey rose, 1 roast beef and Swiss, 1 chicken and 1 tuna salad
Dessert (Assortment of home-made pastries - various)
Tea (Your choice of flavor of loose-leaf tea)
Scones (Scone of the day with Devonshire cream and lemon curd)
$25.00



Princess Tea
Cupcakes
Finger Sandwiches (2 of each p/p - turkey & cream cheese, ham & American cheese, egg salad and tuna salad
Fruit ( fresh-cut seasonal fruit)
Dessert (homemade cookies and pastries)
Tea or Lemonade (Choice of flavor of tea or lemonade)
Ice cream (With princess sprinkles)
 Treat  Bag (candy and treats)
$25.00



All high teas require a reservation made at least 24 hours in advance. All no-shows and cancellations made with less than 24 hour's notice will be charged the price of tea. All prices are per person Please call for reservations or more info (Gratuity not included )

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Jazz Bouquet Floral Shop and Tea Café

ADDRESS: 140 Coffee Pot Dr #106, Sedona, AZ 86336
CROSS STREETS: Sunset Drive & Arizona State Route 89A
FWY ACCESS: 17

WEBSITE: jazzbouquetfloral.com
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook 
PHONE: (928) 204-1091
EMAIL: na but they have a contact form on their site

HOURS OF OPERATION:
  • Tea served Tues-Fri, 2-4pm
  • Florist open Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm; Sat, 11am-4pm
PARKING: Private lot
CAPACITY: Call to discuss your event needs
RESERVATIONS: Required
GIFT SHOP: Yes, with an emphasis on things floral
WC: Call to inquire
WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Call to inquire
CHILDREN WELCOME: Call to inquire
OUTDOOR DINING: na
DRESS: Come as you are
CATERING: Take-away

DIETARY RESTRICTIONS: Call ahead to discuss
PRICE: $28.95
DESCRIPTION OF AMBIENCE: A bright and cheery florist's shop
CULINARY SPECIALTIES: na
UNIQUE ASPECTS: Flowers!
OWNED BY: Kim Roda
SURROUNDING BUSINESSES: Wonderful mix of ethnic eateries
YEAR ESTABLISHED: Call to inquire
LISTING UPDATED: July 2017

MENU

Four Tea Sandwiches
One Canapé
Scone with Cream and Fruit Preserves
An Assortment of Fresh Fruit, Shortbread, Cookies
Choice of Tea



Tuesday, July 4, 2017

English Rose Tearoom - AZ

ADDRESS: 201 Easy St Ste 103, Carefree, AZ 85377
CROSS STREETS: E. Cave Creek Rd. & N. Tom Darlington Dr.
FWY ACCESS: 17

WEBSITE: carefreetea.com
SOCIAL MEDIA: FacebookTwitter 
PHONE: (480) 488-4812
EMAIL: carefreetea@aol.com

HOURS OF OPERATION:
  • Daily, 11am-4pm
PARKING: Parking lot and street
CAPACITY: Call to discuss your event needs
RESERVATIONS: Recommended, especially on weekends
GIFT SHOP: Brimming with irresistible things
WC: Yes
WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Yes

CHILDREN WELCOME: Yes
OUTDOOR DINING: Yes
DRESS: Afternoon tea attire
CATERING: Yes
DIETARY RESTRICTIONS: Call ahead to discuss
PRICE: $28

DESCRIPTION OF AMBIENCE: Traditional with hutches, chandeliers, and tons of atmosphere
CULINARY SPECIALTIES: An extensive lunch menu
UNIQUE ASPECTS: Open 7 days a week - woohoo!
OWNED BY: Jo Gemmill
SURROUNDING BUSINESSES: Various eateries, native American jewelry store, pumpkin garden, computer repair
YEAR ESTABLISHED: 2002
LISTING UPDATED: July 2017

MENU

“Just Dessert” Tea
A 2-tiered presentation: Two warm vanilla scones with strawberry preserve and Devon Cream and a selection of miniature cakes and petit fours, served with your choice of tea.
$16



Cream Tea
A traditional tea-time treat! A small pot of your favorite tea with 2 homemade scones, strawberry preserve and Devon Cream.
$12

Duchess of Bedford’s Formal Afternoon Tea
Top Tier – Petit Fours
A seasonal selection of miniature cakes, pastries and petit fours.
Middle Tier – Scones
2 Scones, dusted with powdered sugar, served with strawberry preserve and Devon Cream.
Lower Tier –  Tea Sandwiches
Chicken with nutmeg & tarragon, edged with walnuts.
English hot-house cucumber with orange-mint butter.
Smoked salmon & cream cheese with lemon.
Small Pot of Tea
Please refer to our Tea Selections for an extensive selection of Black, Green and Herbal Teas.
$28



Fireside Tea
Two toasted English crumpets, served with strawberry preserves, creamy butter and your choice of tea.
$10

Nursery Tea (for younger guests)
Top Tier – Pastries
Homemade cookies and Miniature cakes
Middle Tier – Fruit
Assorted seasonal fresh fruit
Lower Tier – Tea Sandwiches
Peanut Butter & Jelly or Cheese & Mayonnaise
Pot of Tea – Decaffeinated Tea, Lemonade or Hot Chocolate
$12

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Quest success!

YAYYYYYY - Just received this Quest praiseology from quester Dianne L:
"I really enjoyed Riddle-Dee-Tea, Adventures in Whimsiland, Quest #1! It was fun clicking the hidden links and solving the puzzles. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to explore because the Quest takes you to many wonderful websites. This quest has whet my appetite for next year’s Spot of London tour to Scotland, London, and the return trans-Atlantic cruise on the Queen Mary II. I’m looking forward to the next Quest!"

Friday, May 5, 2017

What the heck is a Parcel Quest?

Welp, we've distributed our first sold-out batch of Parcel Quests -- specifically, the Alice-themed Riddle-Dee-Tea quest. Since we're asked daily what the heck a quest is, what it involves, and what you get, here's a peek at the contents as my fab friend Sharon opens hers over tea at the irresistible Paris In A Cup Tea Salon & Cafe. Sorry for the fuzzy pics -- was trying to be unobtrusive.
Neither worked!

And to answer the aforementioned quest-ions, our quests involves receiving a parcel full of goodies to be used in tandem with online clues to solve a riddle.
"I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the quest. I eagerly await the next parcel. Cuppa in hand of course!!!"~Joan W., Astoria, OR