July 3, 2014 by Joanne T Ferguson
We LOVE eating, oh and being sociable drinkers too!
Previously, I introduced As Only The Stamford Plaza Adelaide Can Do and shared The Secret Behind Argentinean La Boca Restaurant Adelaide; look forward to my update reviews!
Today, it is all about the Exclusivity High Tea!
Starting off with a lovely glass (or two) of champagne, the room was very elegant and upon arrival, we both felt like we were treated by the hostesses like royalty!
Perhaps the staff had heard that Princess What? was accompanying me!
Prior to attending, I had HEAPS of emails questioning what were some of the things one should know for high tea?
First of all, my best advice is to “just be yourself!”
Enjoy, relax and have fun would also be shared by me!
“The etiquette” suggests one eats the savories first, the scones next and the dessert last.
“How do I eat a scone?”, a friend did ask.
My understanding is one breaks the scone into smaller “bite size pieces,” then apply the curd and jam with your knife.
“What do I do with my serviette/napkin when I need to walk away from the table?” was also asked most frequently.
My understanding is to “gently place the serviette/napkin” to the left of the table place setting.
Did you know upon completion of a high tea, should you fold your cloth napkin and place it to the left of your table setting, it suggests to your hostess you wish to be invited back?
Did you know the word napkin comes from the French word naperon meaning “little tablecloth?”
Princess What? and I both loved the table setting and both commented that we never would have thought a floral plate would go with a striped plate, but it definitely worked.
I thought based on the number of emails and questions I was asked, I would dispel some “high tea myths” too!
The three finger etiquette applies to both food and tea, one should not “pinky up!” (the expression amuses me!)
My understanding is it is not okay to leave the lemon in tea while sipping.
If one is using a spoon for sugar, another spoon is used to stir one’s tea.
Stirring one’s tea around is not preferable to the “6 o’clock to 12 o’clock motion.”
As you know I am not a “conventional type blogger,” I thought I would start with dessert; although on the day Princess What? and I did “try” and follow the etiquette!
Here’s this funny photographer again as appeared in As Only The Stamford Plaza Adelaide Can Do!
We both remembered “very well” about a party Chef Georgio and I hosted where this chocolate fountain was a BIG hit until “someone” lost her fruit in the machine!
I’m not sure Princess What? and I remember who; after all today is a day to respect etiquette. (of NOT saying it was Princess What?!) lol
Princess What? and I broke the cake into smaller pieces, before we devoured the lot!
If there’s any advice I can give, it would be to “savor the flavor” of every bite as the dessert tier and section was “truly a delight!”
I loved the silky cream chocolate mouse and tried “as ladylike as could be” to remove the chocolate from the cone, before doing “the childlike” crunch; LOVED the sugar rocks!
It was a good thing, no one else was watching me! lol
Pumpkin scone & plain scone with jam, whipped cream and curd “entertained” Princess What?’s and my taste buds!
After all, we were “ladies at high tea” who were thoroughly enjoying themselves leisurely!
Did I mention we were serenaded in the background with a pianist?; we both enjoyed how it added to the atmosphere of “elegance and relaxation!”
Now onto the savories!
Pate and Lovosh, Cucumber & Prawn, Salmon Gravadlax with pumpernickel and Chicken and avocado sandwich were “delightful!”
I love pate and this pate was both “beautifully flavorful” and “smooth as can be!”; great combination indeed!
Let me not forget to add the warm Stamford Plaza Adelaide “signature” Curry Puffs with just the right amount of filling and curry flavor; the pastry was “light and flaky!”
All in all, I can say both Princess What? and I had “an elegantly relaxing” time and it was great to catch up. (after last night’s dining at La Boca Bar & Grill)
What we really enjoyed about the “high tea experience” was it was fun, was something unique we did “together” sharing special memories along the way; other than reliving “the chocolate fountain incident!”
Not only because we were invited guests of The Stamford Plaza Adelaide, but in looking around the room (very ladylike of course), everyone had smiles, was enjoying themselves; there were couples, there were friends, there were families where the high tea experience memories never end!
The thoughts and reviews are my own and have not been influenced in any way!
For locals and tourists, I highly recommend the Stamford Plaza Adelaide Exclusivity High Tea as it an elegant, enjoyable, relaxing way to spend a Sunday!
Have you attended a high tea?
What would you choose for dessert? For scones? For savory?
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