A lovely tradition

The British aren’t known for their culinary skills however, we must appreciate them for the tradition of afternoon tea.  When we were in Chicago for Thanksgiving my sister treated my mother and I to afternoon tea at the Drake Hotel and what a treat it was!

Tea is served in the Palm Court which is an elegant room with lavish chairs and sofas.  We each selected the tea which we wanted to try.  We all gravitated to the flavored black teas; I tried the Pear Caramel, my sister tried the Orange Dulce, and my mom tried the Bombay Chai.  We each were brought a tea pot with the loose tea and a server came by with hot water for the pots.  He came by fairly frequently and continued to top of the tea water.  My Pear Caramel tea was luscious; sweet and creamy!  I know creamy is not typically how one might describe tea but the caramel gave the tea a richness which I can only describe as creamy.

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