My daughter, “A,”and I love to take in an afternoon tea and we enjoy the setting at the historic Mission Inn in Riverside, California. U.S. presidents have stayed in this gorgeous property situated on a lovely square in downtown Riverside. We have attended beautiful weddings at this site too. “A” and I took in tea here last year, just the two of us. This time, we invited the boys (my two young grandsons, who enjoy putting on their finest clothes, and Grandpa too.) All had fun walking around the property identifying the various decorations of angels, carolers, and musical bears hanging off the many balconies, and talking to the two Macaws that greet guests. Once the tea goodies came, the boys were quite excited, and particular, about which sweets they preferred. They tried Devon clotted cream for the first time. As long as strawberry jam was on the scone too, they were fine.
Carolers and “pretend” guests hang out on other balconies…quite clever.
Inside courtyard, above our table, decorative angels sing out —
There were plenty of sweets…French macarons, coconut macaroons, fruit tarts, cupcakes filled with cream, even canoli.
When one of us asked for their low carb menu…they brought this plate of fruit instead of the sweets and scones. Not “quite” what I had in mind, (was thinking more eggs and shrimp) but still better for me than all the desserts. The boys LOVE fruit, so they enjoyed most of it.
All in all, a lovely afternoon. While the tea selection is limited, and oddly offers no “just plain black tea”, the service is nice. I did hear a few guests at other tables asking for black tea. Since we are seated in an outside patio, the tea got cold quickly, would have been nice to have had a cozy or the pot sitting on a tea warmer.
While the food is really beautiful, I wish they would prepare their scones to order and serve them hot, or at least warm. Makes for a tastier bread which brings out the flavor of butters, clotted cream and jams more fully.
Week 9 Update…3 weeks to go…well, I don’t know if this week should count, as I lost almost 3 pounds; however, it is due to my catching a bug and being under the weather, unable to eat much for the past 4 days. We will see if I can keep any of that off going forward (I must say, even though not well, it was exciting to see that many pounds finally drop off, even though they are likely to bounce back.)