Thursday, July 15, 2010
Atrium Tea Room, Sheboygan Falls, Wisc.
After our visit to Kohler, Wisc., Alex and I stopped by the Atrium Tea Room in nearby Sheboygan Falls for lunch. I liked the fact that banners including the words "Tea Room" could be seen as you approached!
It's called the "Atrium" Tea Room because it really is in the atrium of Richardson Furniture Emporium, a great furniture and gift store. A pleasant woman who seemed knowledgeable about the teas quickly took our drink orders. Alex got a Diet Coke while I ordered a pot of Rooibos and Roses tea from Octavia Tea, a new brand for me. It was delicious! With the rooibos and herbal teas, you could get a second infusion of your tea at no charge -- and I did.
These "vegetable chips" seemed to be going to all the tables, and I thought they tasted like healthier versions of Funyuns -- airy and crispy.
I didn't realize that full afternoon tea with scones, finger sandwiches and sweets is indeed available at the tea room with 24 hours notice, so I missed that option but will look forward to trying it there on a future trip. Alex got the Chicken Flatbread Plate, which he very much enjoyed.
And as soon as I saw the menu listing for the Crispy Tea-Pesto Flatbread, "Prepared by Chef," I knew that's what I would be ordering!
Here's the menu description: "A delightful mix of green tea based pesto, feta and mozzarella cheeses, artichokes and tomatoes on flatbread sprinkled with our China Lung Ching green tea, then baked to perfection; served with fruit ... 15 minutes to bake ... well worth the wait!" And it WAS!
It's rather a smart idea to have a tea room in a furniture store, since the attractive (and comfortable) chair I sat in could have gone home with me if I'd so desired. I loved their teapot lamps, too. I had a great time at this lovely tea room and gift shop, and on my next trip to Wisconsin I'll know to make plans for full afternoon tea!