A good friend of mine came to visit over the weekend. In between sight-seeing all over the city, I took her to afternoon tea at Hotel Bel-Air on Halloween. 

Halloween day was cold and grey here, so it finally felt like fall!  It was especially lovely because we were the only ones there (probably due to the weather), so we got to eat too many treats and drink too much tea for a couple hours. It is one of my favorite spots because it's so lush and quiet and private. 

Clockwise from top left: Crab roll on brioche, smoked salmon toast with salmon roe, chicken salad with edible flowers, truffled grilled cheese, cucumber and caper toast, warm mushroom duxelle 

Clockwise from top left: Crab roll on brioche, smoked salmon toast with salmon roe, chicken salad with edible flowers, truffled grilled cheese, cucumber and caper toast, warm mushroom duxelle 

My tea selection was the Swan Song, one of the two blends made specially for the hotel, and it is delicious. It tastes like strawberry Cream of Wheat, which I ate constantly as a child (with lots of butter). I drank 2.5 pots before deciding it would be wise to just buy the loose tea to take home.

I had 2.5 pots of that tea. Dangerous stuff.

I had 2.5 pots of that tea. Dangerous stuff.

After the savory bites, we enjoyed some delicious blueberry scones and clotted cream. I still don't really understand clotted cream, but I understand that I am very into it. 

Buttermilk blueberry scones with clotted cream

Buttermilk blueberry scones with clotted cream

Dessert selection. The brûléed blueberry cheesecake was AMAZING

Dessert selection. The brûléed blueberry cheesecake was AMAZING

All in all, it was an elegant and delicious experience. I now have a stock of the Swan Song tea in my pantry to satisfy my cravings, but I'll probably need to seek out some clotted cream as well.

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