Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Tea tour spots are going fast

Welcome, Stephanie Ivey, to our intrepid band of tea travellers! She is our latest signer-upper for our April Victorian GentiliTea Tour of British Columbia :D 

  • 7 spots confirmed
  • 5 spots pending
  • 6 spots still open

It's getting exciting!!!!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Our tearoom guide tackles Oregon

Now what do we have here? 
Perfect for the Oregonian in your life (or someone visiting the Pacific Northwest) :)

Paperback $5.99 
Kindle $2.99 

Next stop: Washington!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Ghosts of Tearooms Past - OREGON

  • Althea's Tea Room - Dallas
  • The ANZAC Tea Parlour - The Dalles
  • Back in the Day Bakery & Café - Springfield - no site, FB page & Yelp are old ... phone busy
  • Bamboo Grove Salon - Portland 
  • Berry Sweet Tea Parties - Beaverton
  • Broetje House - Milwaukie
  • Carmelle's Tea Room - Salem
  • The Charms of Tea - Albany
  • Cheryl's Cup of Tea - Oregon City
  • Columbia Gorge Hotel - no longer does tea, but who knows if they'll resume service during the holidays
  • Cup of Blessings - Wallowa
  • Eve's Garden Cafe & Tea Room - Applegate
  • Forget Me Not Ireland - Portland
  • Gate's House Tea Room - Albany
  • Granderson's Tea at the Sea - Seaside
  • Hoffman House Restaurant - Molalla
  • Hunt's Traveling Tea Cups - Umpqua
  • Jenkins Estate - Beaverton (This event facility no longer serves to tea the public)
  • Julia's Tea Parlor - Salem 
  • Lavender Tea House - Sherwood
  • Lee's SpecialTeas - Klamath Falls
  • Lisa's Tea Room & Gift Shop - Philomath
  • The Mad Hatters - Eugene
  • Mademoiselle Noelle's Fortune Tea House - Portland
  • Marco Polo Tea and Gift Shop - Salem (Now serving international fare in their Marco Polo Global Restaurant at the same location)
  • Mrs B’s Special-Teas Cards & Gifts - Lebanon
  • The Peddler's Boot & Chocolate Boutique - Albany
  • Primrose Tea Room - Mcminnville
  • Pudding Lane - Aurora
  • Purple Orchid Gift Boutique and Tea House - Hillsboro
  • Scatter Joy Tea Room & Eatery - Junction City
  • Serendipitea - Lincoln City
  • Stratford House - Hillsboro
  • Tea & Treasures - Sisters
  • Tea, Thyme and Lavender Gifts & Cafe - Beaverton
  • Teapots and Teacups - Roseburg
  • Tilting Teapot - Depoe Bay
  • Treasures from the Heart - Eugene (This eclectic shop no longer serves tea)
  • Wind-Up Bird Coffee & Tea House - Coburg

Tea Hat Tutorial ... and tea

If you don't have the fetching chapeau you've always desired, you may want to consider joining our 3-session weekly Tea Hat Tutorial

In Garden Grove prior to our event in Victoria. Here you will have the opportunity to get to know your tea-sipping compatriots via one hour videochats, during which we will create our own chapeaux for wear at our event.

Thursdays, March 24 - April 7, 2016 at 3pm  

Cost is $67.75 (for the 3-part series) and is refundable up until 10 days prior to first class. During the series you will enjoy the following:

Marvelous Millinery - together we will create a simple eye-catching tea hat that can be worn on a variety of occasions. BYO hat base; we'll provide the decorations and flairChapeau Chat - while working on our hats we'll have time to chitchat a little about the role of hats with afternoon tea

Sweet socializing - You'll have the opportunity to get to know your fellow tea trippers over tea prior to our weekend together. This will enhance your experience immeasurablyTea Treats

Session #1 - Tea & Scones (gratuity additional)

Session #2 - Tea & Crumpets or Dessert (gratuity additional)

Session #3 - Afternoon Tea with tea, sandwiches, small salad & scones (gratuity additional)

Sunday, October 11, 2015


ADDRESS: 1312 11th St, Bellingham, WA 98225
CROSS STREETS: Between Harris & McKenzie
FWY ACCESS: 5, near the coast off Hwy 11

WEBSITE: abbeygardentea.com
PHONE: 360-752-1752

  • Daily 11a-5p
CAPACITY: Call to discuss your event needs
RESERVATIONS: Recommended, especially on weekends
GIFT SHOP: A few things for sale, including pottery you can paint

WC: Yes
DRESS: Come as you are
CATERING: Take-away
DIETARY RESTRICTIONS: Call ahead to discuss
PRICE: not listed
DESCRIPTION OF AMBIENCE: Brick exterior, inviting wood and pale blue interior

CULINARY SPECIALTIES: Traditional English offerings, popular sandwiches, out-f-the-ordinary tempting homemade desserts
UNIQUE ASPECTS: They have a painting & pottery workshop!
OWNED BY: Anne Oliver

SURROUNDING BUSINESSES: In an area with a variety of eateries


High Tea
Individual pot of tea, Raspberry or lemon sorbet, Choice of three tea sandwiches, Sausage Roll/Quiche/Pasty, Choice of dessert, Fresh fruit

Afternoon Tea
Individual pot of tea, Choice of three tea sandwiches, Choice of dessert, Fresh fruit

Abbey Tea
Individual pot of tea, Choice of three tea sandwiches, our famous Abbey Garden scone served with cream and jam, Fresh fruit

Gentleman’s Tea
Individual pot of tea, Choice of three tea sandwiches, Sausage Roll/Quiche/Pasty, Choice of dessert

Savory Tea
Individual pot of tea, Choice of three tea sandwiches, Sausage Roll/Quiche/Pasty, Fresh fruit

Cream Tea
Individual pot of tea, our famous Abbey Garden scone served with cream and jam, Fresh fruit

Lil’ Tea
Individual pot of tea, Choice of three tea sandwiches, Fresh fruit

Fresh homemade soups daily; Vegetarian and gluten-free choices available

Served with a small green salad or a cup of soup

Spinach, onions, and goat cheese in a tender egg custard and flaky pie crust

Sausage Roll
      Pork sausage wrapped in a flaky pastry

Cornish Pasty
Ground beef, potatoes, turnips, and onions in a flaky pastry

Cheese & Onion Pasty
Cheddar cheese, goat cheese, potatoes, turnips, and onions in a flaky pastry

Specialty Salads

Bleu Cheese & Walnut
Fresh lettuce topped with crumbled bleu cheese and candied walnuts, served with a pear and rice wine vinaigrette

Fruit & Nut
Fresh lettuce topped with sliced fruit, Jack cheese, and candied walnuts, served with a sweet paprika vinaigrette

Spinach Salad
Fresh spinach topped with sliced English cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, hardboiled egg, goat cheese, and toasted almonds, served with a red wine and sherry vinaigrette

Sundried Tomato Pesto & Goat Cheese
Fresh spinach dressed with a red wine and sherry vinaigrette,  served  with slices of toasted baguette and a side of sundried tomato pesto and goat cheese

Homemade desserts: Trifle, Lemon Tart, Sorbets, Pot de Crème, Crème Caramel

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Autumn 2015 Snapshot Treasure

Attention all High Tea members. 
Behold your Fall Snapshot Treasure Hunt questionnaire! 

If you're not a member at that level yet, you may upgrade your membership at any time ... or sign up as a new member. Winner of the Treasure Hunt gets a spectacular gift donated by one of the tearooms, valued at $10, yes, ten whole dollars. Shockingly extravagant, isn't it?

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All questions must be completed, posted and turned in by Dec 21, at which time we'll send out the final riddle. Final answers due Dec 28. Winner announced Dec 29. Cheers!