Ready for another wonderful afternoon tea service?
We’re at The Peninsula Chicago. It might be zero degrees outside, but it’s warm in here. The ceilings are high, the light is soft, and the waiters are extra sweet.
Let’s begin with bubbles!
Afternoon tea is served in The Lobby, a grand space made for decadent afternoons.
The tea menu is split into two sections: proprietary (which includes blends) and premium (all single-estate teas).
We had one from each section, the Peninsula Chai and the Himalayan Peak Darjeeling. Remind me to do a future post on blending your own chai at home…so good for the winter season.
Usually we start at the bottom tier, but here you should start at the middle because there are warm quiches. Mushroom and leeks, and just enough cheese and cream. That butter crust! I could have devoured a dozen.
And then return to the base tier for sandwiches.
There’s smoked salmon with dill cream cheese and asparagus on a pumpernickel bun…
…turkey and emmental with grain mustard aioli, fig jam, and orange-coriander on wheat.
Crab salad with mary rose dressing and chives on brioche buns.
How pretty are these egg salad sandwiches? Egg salad with radishes and lemon aioli come rolled up in pullman. It’s wrapped in cucumber slices and tied with a chive ribbon. Perfection.
Scones arrive separately, still warm. Two types, two shapes. Traditional in round and cranberry-orange in square.
Clotted cream! Lemon curd! Raspberry preserves!
All my favorites.
After you finish the scones, out comes a special seasonal treat (which change every four to six weeks). We got warm apple cider and mini cinnamon-caramel beignets.
And onto the sweets!
Mini-mont blanc with blackcurrant jam tucked in the center…
…and lilikoi-chocolate macarons.
A coconut mandarin cake…
…and caramel-chocolate brownies.
My favorite? Red velvet cream puffs filled with the lightest whipped cream cheese ^_^