First, we went to Eleven Madison Park for my husband's birthday. To our surprise, much of the menu had a tea theme to it! We had a few savory courses that were made to look like tea, which made me quite happy. It felt like it was my birthday, too!
|smoked apple 'tea'. amazing.|
Some of the tea-related highlights were a smoked apple 'tea' that tasted smokey, herbaceous, and of course like a big juicy apple. A lovely wake-up for the palate. My favorite dish was a 'clam chowder' that is probably the most amazing soup I've ever had. The presentation was gorgeous- it came in a stunning teapot that looked similar to the yixing style (it was made by a local Brooklyn artist, I later found out) and was poured into perfect little cups. Creamy, savory, amazing. Unfortunately I was unable to get a picture that would do the teapot or cups justice, but I had to post them anyway.
|the tea cup awaiting the delicious elixir|
A few days later we went to Gramercy Tavern for a rare night out with friends. It's My husband and I actually dined there on our 3rd date, and it was fun to return. The memories of the romantic, rustic restaurant came flooding back as soon as we walked in the door. We even had the same waiter as last time. They have a nice tea selection from In Pursuit of Tea, but I was feeling worn out and was hoping to go right to sleep after we got home, so I selected the lemon verbena tisane instead of a regular tea. I guess I'm feeling my age...
After two fancy dinners, and two sick kids it has been quite a week. I look forward to more fun and tea adventures in the week to come!