“Coffee and a kick in the pants”

16 Feb

My feelings exactly, now that Valentine’s Weekend is over and I need to get on top of next season’s fashion shows.

The Boyfriend had to fly out for a conference on Valentine’s Day — a “conference,” just kidding — so we decided to make the whole weekend special.
Saturday, we ventured out in the windy cold for afternoon tea at England’s pride in America Tea & Sympathy; the place lived up to its reputation and then some. The dining room was quite small and crowded but it didn’t deter any of the many diners waiting to be seated.  We were actually asked to move from our original table that seated three to another that was more appropriate and seated two.  Some may see that as an inconvenience but considering how delicious afternoon tea was, I couldn’t have cared less.
Afternoon tea for one – assorted finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and strawberry or raspberry jam, a selection of cakes, a pot of steaming hot tea
The finger sandwiches were light, generally egg salad, chicken, and tuna.  They each had their fill of vegetables like cucumber, celery, and tomato that lent a refreshing component.  I absolutely loved the scones and cakes!  The clotted cream was so surprisingly airy, and the scones were soft and buttery; I really enjoyed having my scones with clotted cream and jam together.  But, my favorite was the cup cake.  Unlike cupcakes in America, this cup (space) cake was a cake in all respects — almond extract, greater expansion in the batter — and to top it off, every single bite from the frosting to the cake gave a mouthful of strawberries (real, not the artificial flavoring).
Although it was afternoon tea for one, it was a struggle to finish even with some help.  I may have been ridiculously full afterwards but it was worth every tasty morsel.
Shepherd’s pie – lamb or beef
The Boyfriend ordered the beef shepherd’s pie that had a hearty, Bolognese base.  It tasted great but when he added in the green peas, the overall flavor became more balanced, and the dish looked more colorful and appetizing.

The rest of the day included take-out knoblewurst sandwiches from Katz’s Deli — garlicky, snapping goodness.  And since I was so full with sweets, dessert had to wait until the next day.  Flaky pastries with custard and whipped cream filling?  Couldn’t wait, sfogliatelle from La Bella Ferrara!

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