One of the nicest things about blogging is meeting someone from 'blogland' face-to-face for the first time. Last month, a reader responded to a post I wrote about black teacups, and after a few e-mail exchanges we discovered we live in the same city, and grew up in neighboring cities when we were young. I asked Kathryn if she'd like to meet for tea, and we chose last Saturday [Dec. 3rd] to meet at Royal Treat Tearoom in nearby Roseville, MI
Our reservations were for 11:00 a.m. and the tearoom was filled with guests, but we had a cozy table for two at the back of the tearoom all to ourselves.
[L-R: Kathryn and Me]
The tea we ordered to go with our scones was Lady Grey.
The tearoom had the cutest sugar containers on each table - a teacup glued to a clear glass candle holder. This is a perfect way to repurpose a cracked teacup.
Kathryn and I each ordered their Quiche and Salad combo. My Quiche was Broccoli Cheddar. Yum!
We visited until 1:30 p.m. sharing our tea journeys with each other. I told her about my first tea party in 1998 when I was invited to a surprise birthday tea a friend at church gave for her mother's 70th birthday. [I blogged about that tea party here.] Ironically, as we were leaving the tearoom, the friend who hosted my first tea party and her mother were arriving for tea! It was so nice seeing them again, if only briefly. Mrs. Paratore [the mother] said, "We just love this place!"
Kathryn gave me a gift bag with two teas I'm anxious to try. Joy by Tazo - a blend of black tea, oolong, jasmine green tea, with hints of peach, and Bigelow's new Peppermint Bark, a minty chocolate herbal tea. Both sound delicious. Thank you so much, Kathryn!
It was such a pleasure to meet Kathryn and sip tea together while chatting about our mutual passion for tea. The Girl Scout song is so applicable - "Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold!"