A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Red Velvet Rose Teacup, Qsine on the High Seas

Hello and welcome to my Tuesday meme Tuesday Cuppa Tea! I am so happy you've joined me! The linky for your tea related posts and a list of some of the blogs I'll be joining is at the bottom of the post.

I want to wish a special Happy Thanksgiving again to my Canadian friends! Hope you are having a wonderful time. May you be blessed through the next year with many blessings!

Today for Tuesday Cuppa Tea I have alovely Royal Standard, England bone china cup and saucer with a deep red rose design called Red Velvet that was made between 1946 to 1954 by the mark. 

The thing that drew me to this teacup is that instead of the usual plain white background, this teacup has a pale blue grey cup foot and wide banding on the saucer which makes a lovely contrast to the pattern. It is hard to photograph, so you may have to take my word for it! The cup is such a pretty pedestal; shape too!

Royal Standard was one of the lines produced by Chapmans, Longton in Staffordshire. The company was eventually eaten up by the Royal Doulton conglomerate in 1994 and disappeared. But while they produced their items were excellent quality, and very good in design and workmanship. Sigh...another great maker gone...For more info on the teacup at Antiques And Teacups, click the photos.

As promised, I wanted to share our extraordinary dining experience at Qsine, a specialty restaurant to ate at on our cruise on the Celebrity Millenium last month. I must tell you, we are not big eaters, and having been gifted with a few specialty restaurant meals by travel agents, we began declining because we felt we were wasting such great food...there is alwasy so much we don't eat about 2/3 of the food.  We are also loath to spend the extra. We LIKE dining room food, and don't have a snob attitude about going to the specialty restaurants. But....

On the Cruise Critic Roll Call thread of folks before going on the cruise we met Andy & Shiela from California, and really enjoyed them. Then we met onboard and really hit it off. So when they invited us to come with them for dinner one night we couldn't refuse. And were we glad we did! It was totally unlike any specialty restaurant we had ever eaten in...other than incredibly good food...BTW, my camera was acting up...I'd dropped it...so results are less than consistent...sigh...

First of all...this was the menu...an ipad! Lucky for us, Andy & Shiela had been there before. You designate a table captain who keeps track of what you want so you put in 1 order for the table, and in Andy's case kept us from over ordering, which everyone does. We didn't eat it all anyway, but it would have been worse...MUCH worse....eveything looked so good, and the portions are small...sort of, so...you get the idea. So here goes...when I actually remembered to take a photo...we were having so much fun!

Our fabulous server, Tabhi from Jamaica. What cutie!!!

This was sushi lollipops...shrimp, crab, lobster and sashimi grade tuna with sauces...

Another view of the sushi lollipops...

Above: This course was all sorts of spring rolls...with barbecue pork, lobster, vegetarian with sauces....

Above: This was Angus Beef and aged English Cheddar sliders with all the condiments and regular and sweet potato fries

The 2 photos above are the Chef's Choice which came on a funny little boxed affair and included sesame chicken satay skewers, the most delicious lamb chops I had every had and filet mignon bites that were again...the best I had ever tasted, with various accompaniements.

And then...the rubic cubes arrived...it was time to choose dessert! How's that for a novel idea! Along with individual tea pots and tea glasses to sip while you decided....

3 of the 4 of us chose the dessert called the Silver Bullet...for obvious reasons. We figured it was light than the other fare...Italian papaya gelato with chopped fruit and chocolate pearls. And it was outstanding.

Lastly, we said goodby to the maitre 'd, Padraig from Serbia, who called Andy and Shiela his parents...having known them on several cruises.

And my John got a hug from Mimi from Serbia whom we had gotten to know over the time we are onboard and just loved! She even came into the lounge in the morning we were getting off just to say goodbye. She was the sweetest girl!

Sooo...there you have it! Thanks to Andy & Shiela who talked us into it, it was one of our best cruise eating experiences...but then this cruise was about the best we'd had. And a crack up...we even were invited to the Captain's Table for dinner on the last formal night! A party of 2 cancelled...we were at the 6pm dinner where the #2 captain has his table. Maybe they thought it was the #1, we don't know, so we were asked that morning. Quite fun! I hope you've enjoyed Qsine!

So here is the linky and the list of other wonderful blogs. Have a great week!

Monday Marketplace
Terri~  http://artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com/ 
Teacup Tuesday
Trisha~  http://sweetology101.blogspot.com/ 
Tea Party Tuesday
Teatime Tuesday
Kathy~  http://blissfulrhythm.blogspot.com
Victoria - A Return to Loveliness
Martha~  http://www.marthasfavorites.com/ 
Teacup Tuesday 
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Afternoon Tea
Tea On Tuesday
Tea Tuesday
Tea On Tuesday
Poetry In A Pot Of Tea
Friends Sharing Tea Wednesday

What’s It Wednesday


  1. Ruth, Your teacup is really beautiful. Loved reading about Qsine too! What fun!

  2. Hi Ruth,
    the tea cup with red roses is beautiful. What a nice and elegant shape with the foot. Whow, what a dinner you had at Qsine. That looks all very tempting and like a First Class Menu. Thank you for sharing those great photos.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  3. Such a beautiful tea cup. Loved reading this post!

    Jocelyn @

  4. Hello Ruth
    The roses on your teacup remind me of a rose I once photographed that looked like red velvet - so it is aptly named.
    Here I thought the high tea on the ship we were on was a delight, this is a whole eating adventure! How fun have they made the experience and meeting a lovely couple to share it with was perfect.

  5. That is one of the most beautiful tea cups I have seen! Your cruise sounds wonderful!

  6. Hi Ruth,

    Your red rose teacup is stunning! Your dinner at Qsine looks fabulous. I'm sure it was just a delight.

  7. Beautiful teacup and what a wonderful cruise you had! The dinner sounds like so much fun and the food amazing! Thanks for hosting your lovely party and have a great week!

  8. Qsine!!! Oh, my! My mouth is watering! Love your teacup with its pale blue background. Thank you for hosting.

  9. That is a beautiful teacup, Ruth! I love the shape of it and I always love to see roses. Your dining experience on your cruise sounds wonderful and I'm so glad you got to do that! Thank you for sharing it with us and joining me for tea. I wish you a beautiful new week ahead.


  10. Lovely post and such a pretty red rose teacup. Glad you enjoyed the cruise.

  11. Wow! What a unique and fabulous dining experience on your cruise. I loved reading about it!
    The rose teacup is beautiful, and it is sad, indeed, that so many of the wonderful potteries have closed down.

  12. Your teacup set is so pretty. the rose have such deep and rich color. And what a wonderful dining adventure! Everything looks fantastic! thank you for hosting!

  13. I have never seen anything like this dining experience you have shared here. What an interesting and different way to dine.

    The red velvet teacup and saucer are lovely!

    :) Hope

  14. Hello Ruth!
    Lovely teacup and such an interesting experience!
    Thank you for sharing with us.
    Besos, Silvina

  15. Wow! What an amazing place - science and artistry come together! A beautiful experience! I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,

  16. Thank you for sharing your wonderful vacation cruise. I love going on a cruise too, so relaxing...Christine

  17. The cup and saucer is so pretty and I can see the pale blue on it. Your dining experience looks really interesting and fun. I do love sushi. :) Have a great week!

  18. What a great experience - well really "experiences" and so glad you met new friends. Thanks for all the fun details of your cruise!

  19. Hi,

    Popping in again today to link up my tea time post.

    :) Hope

  20. What a fun fun fun fun post!

    I got SUCH a kick out of reading it.

    And your "Red Velvet" roses teacup is stunning.

    Thank you for hosting, too!

    I do so enjoy your blog!

  21. Hello Ruth~ What a stunning teacup! Wow the deep crimson is amazing and I like the shape of the cup and base. Looks like you had a fun cruise. I'm with you...I do not care for foo-foo cuisine as a rule. However, your dinner and the way it was served was unique and the company was great, right!? Thx for stopping by my blog,

  22. You have such beautiful collection of tea sets!

  23. Hi Ruth,
    Loved hearing about your cruise & dining experience. sounds so luxurious!! We are talking about taking a cruise in the new year for our anniversary! Your Rose, Red Velvet teacup is beautiful. Thanks for the invitation and sweet comment. Have a wonderful week.

  24. Your Red Velvet teacup is beautiful - I also like the banding. I love cruising and really enjoyed hearing about your dining experience on the Celebrity cruise (haven't tried that line yet - looks wonderful).


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