Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea! A week hindered by back issues again limiting my time online...sigh....and it's Super Bowl Sunday, if you have been living under a rock, but for me...
Violet always says it so well....from Pinterest...my sentiments exactly...my only complaint about this graphic...wish they'd spelled it right!!
So...I decided to post a flashback to a trip for Valentine's Day and our anniversary, which is February 16th, we took to a local tea room on February 14th, 2013. My honey drove the 40+ miles to the Tea Room at Port Gamble, Washington.
Port Gamble is just across the Hood Canal floating Bridge which crosses...Hood Canal! The bridge does open for shipping and pleasure craft so we were relieved we had padded in extra time in case we got caught approaching the bridge during an opening...which we did. Here is open and when we got caught for 40 minutes. Sigh...the joy of living on a peninsula...
To make it easier for folks living in the immediate area, there are morning and evening no-opening times for commuting and school schedules. At other times, you never know. There are websites and traffic cams all over and you can receive bridge opening texts, emails or phone calls. We don't cross it enough to bother with that, just leave extra time.
We were a bit early so we browsed the Port Gamble General Store, which also has a restaurant that was packed. The menu looked so good, we intend to drive over again soon and have lunch there.
This is a lovely old Victorian home, empty now, across the street from the tea room. Lovely stained glass windows and gingerbread porch.
This is an historical marker explaining who the town was named for, and below is the post office, that has operated continuously from the 1920s when mail was still arriving by ship.
We had a marine layer come in...better known as fog...so it was a grey Valentine's Day. Inside the tea room, everything was lovely, and there was a classical guitarist playing. We first had our choice of about 50 varieties of tea categorized into black, green, white, herbal and decafeinated. I had my favorite, the Margaret Hope Darjeeling and my honey had English Breakfast.
This is the teaset they use throughout the tea room. My only criticism...the cups are very small...only about 3 ounces so you are refilling OFTEN! I had hoped to copy the pretty flier that had the Valentine's menu and graphics, but it won't allow me to copy! Rats!!! But I was able to get it off the email reservation acknowledgement:
Thursday, February 14th, 12:30 Seating
LIVE MUSIC BY:
Solo Acoustic Guitarist
Gingered Cream Cheese Grapes,
Baby Hearts of Romaine with Chicken
Salad & Soup
Baby Mixed Greens w/Apple, Pear, Pecans and Feta,
w/Sweet Onion Dressing
Roasted Red Pepper with Smoked Gouda
Asparagus and Prosciutto
Pear and Stilton
Ham and Apricot Preserves
Chocolate Covered Strawberry
Includes your Tea, Coffee or Coke Product
And here is the photo of the appetizers...which I didn't remember to photograph until I'd eaten all the balsamic strawberries surrounding the panna cotta!!
Ah well...better late than never. And then we had soup and salad...which I forgot to photograph...I'm sorry, I'm hopeless! We get so busy talking, that we just forget.! You see, our 39th wedding anniversary is on Saturday, Feb. 16th 2013, so this was sort of an anniversary celebration and we were doing a lot of reminiscing...
Then the towers arrived...with sandwiches, scones and sweets. We ended going home with half of it in a box, along with our huge chocolate covered strawberries and chocolate raspberry truffles. Here is the truffle case you have to pass to get out!!!
This is the owner Janis Kelley. What a sweetie! She is always such a joy, so welcoming and so gracious. She occasionally spontaneously serenades the patrons! Lovely! She actually is relocating to our home town here in Sequim...nice!
So we had a wonderful Lover's Lunch for Valentine's Day and our 39th anniversary. Lovely! I would reccommend the Tea Room to anyone passing the area, which is a charming little town. There is a great quilt shop there that we haven't visited as I am not a quilter, but have heard raves about locally. Have a great weekend...we'll still be celebrating our anniversary! The Valentine cookies below are a photo from Pinterest...
I hope you have a wonderful week, and hope to be back to my posting normally in a few days...but I am so glad you joined me! I will be joining these linky parties...
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