Friday, August 14, 2009
Tea Time features my neck of the woods!
The new issue of Tea Time was waiting for me at Hastings this week (but no Joanie, my dear tea friend and favorite Hastings employee!). Despite missing my friend, I was happy to get the new issue because it has some of the yummiest fall recipes I've come across in ages. Even thought it's a little early for me to be in the "Fall" mood just yet, all those recipes are making me glad that here in Newnan my friends have started to comment on how the trees are already losing their leaves.
Tea Time has a nice feature on pumpkin-flavored desserts, and there's not a one of these I wouldn't be willing to try. The Mini Gingerbread Trifles with Pumpkin Custard are so pretty in their little glasses, but I'm also intrigued by a couple of savory pumpkin dishes, Pumpkin-Leek Tarts and Pumpkin Risotto Bites. Pumpkin Scones with Maple Butter sound good, and the Pumpkin-Bread and Cranberry Tea Sandwiches sure make a pretty presentation!
I was quite intrigued by the feature on Taking Tea in Atlanta since the big city is just 30 minutes from my house. I've had tea at three of the five places—The Ritz-Carlton, The Four Seasons, Mittie's Tea Room Cafe—but have not been to Barclay's Flower and Tea Garden or Crabapple Tea Room, though I've tried with both. I gave up on Barclay's after calling several times a few years ago and being told no reservations were available; if memory serves, they were hosting only large groups, but the Tea Time article didn't mention this. So yesterday I called their number listed in Tea Time to ask about hours and reservations but got an answering machine asking me to leave a message for another telephone number. That seemed strange, so I didn't leave a message at all. And DH made reservations for our Valentine's Tea at Crabapple this year but later got a call saying they had to cancel for lack of interest. So, if any of you Atlanta-area friends have ever taken tea at Barclay's or Crabapple, I'd love to hear some reviews!