Today I finally used my Linde Lane Groupon and took my mother and my friend Pat to tea at the Linde Lane Teahouse.
We were three different decades: I'm 70, Pat is 80 and my mother is >90.
I was a little disappointed this time around. I thought my Groupon was for high tea, but it was just $10 off on the total bill. Looking at the menu, both my mother and Pat decided they weren't really hungry. But I ordered a "Royal Tea," which was soup, salad and then a tray of goodies for the three of us to share.
They included three different kinds of sandwiches (1/4 each), open face cucumber sandwich, and a scone, and then a layer that was desserts. I decided not to order the tray that included "savories."
What I ordered turned out to be just perfect for two old ladies who don't like to eat any more and me, the human garbage can. I was disappointed that they couldn't find a way to help us share the one salad and soup that came with the order, but they did give us two extra plates so I could divide up the salad and we all just ate from the same soup bowl, which made me happy because the potato soup was delicious.
We shared a pot of Earl Gray tea and I made sure my mother had the cup with a shoe on it, since she's such a shoe freak.
I decided that when Lacie and Brianna are older, Laurel and I have to take them to this place for tea, if we can schedule a time to do it. The place was full of mothers and little kids, the little girls dressed in their finery (one even wore a crown), sharing tea in a grown up restaurant. They all looked like they must have been between 5 and maybe 10, so maybe in 3-4 years we can try to take the girls there. We could specifically request the table that is in a tea cup, which would really be fun for them.
There were three desserts, a lemon petit four, a cookie, and a chocolate cup. When everyone hemmed and hawed about which they wanted, I decided that since I was paying for it, I would not be shy and would take the chocolate one.
When our tea was finished and I paid the balance ($6.75...such a deal!), we spent some time wandering around in the gift shop, where they have hats worthy of a Royal Family wedding. Sadly, they do not permit photos to be taken of people trying on hats, so I didn't do that, but I actually found a couple of hats that might fit me if (a) I wore hats, and (b) I wanted to pay $70+ for a hat I'd never wear. Usually the "one size fits all" hats perch on my head and never actually fit the head.
Tomorrow she will be on her own, since I'm having lunch in Sacramento, working at Logos for the afternoon, and reviewing a show tomorrow night.