Hello and hope everyone had a good holiday weekend! We are back from the Cayman Islands (and in complete denial about being back home ;). It was non-stop eating and drinking during the entire trip, with one very sweet and memorable afternoon tea.
We stayed at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman where they serve afternoon daily in the Silver Palm Lounge. Just an elevator ride away!
May I pour you a cup? A pot each of Imperial Oolong and Earl Grey feels so right today. Here’s a look at the tea selection.
And the moment we’ve been waiting for! Classic three tiers: scones on top, sweets in the middle, and savories at the bottom. Just seeing this makes me smile. Though the basics and bones of every afternoon tea is the same, I love seeing how each restaurant turns it into something unique. Here the best part of tea were the savory bites…
– Mango and Caribbean Lobster Salad on Sourdough. Mango sliced paper-thin, layered atop a rectangular cut of sourdough and topped with mound of fresh lobster.
– Smoked Salmon, Dill Cream Cheese on Pumpernickel. Smoked salmon is rolled into a little tube with fresh chives poking out one end.
– Egg Salad and Baby Watercress Sandwich with Bow Fin Caviar. The circular sandwich at center. An egg salad pinwheel with caviar. Perfection!
– English Cucumber, Hummus on Rye Bread. Cucumbers are sliced thin and halved, hummus spread across the bread.
– Prosciutto and Parmesan Mille Feuille, Fig Compote on Mango Brioche. Sweet and savory, the prosciutto and parmesan mille-feuille (6 layers) atop chunky fig compote, airy light brioche, the mango element subtle.
…and let’s move onto dessert. A full plate! That’s Chocolate Éclair facing you, Strawberry Tartlettes to the left. Crisp, sugar-dusted Palmiers in the center and Lemon Meringue Tarts at right. Finish with Coffee-Teacake and crushed hazelnuts.