It was one of my BFF’s bday last weekend and she asked me and my Viking husband to go to High Tea at the Ritz Carleton in Toronto. Admittedly my Viking balked at the price and asked why we couldn’t have steak instead. Because it’s not YOUR DAY was the reply he got from me. Anyhow, I dragged his royal crankiness to the hotel and we were pleasantly surprised by how much food we were served as well as nice tea.
As a middle class citizen I felt like really a really awkward country bumpkin in this fancy hotel. I probably did a dozen things wrong, such as using my fingers since I felt like the utensils were going to knock the food off the delicate trays. I was really nervous at one point and my crumbs flew all over the place. Yes, I resembled a nervous squirrel the whole time as I observed the chic ladies in their expensive suits, fine haircuts and manicured nails seated at the other tables.
Anyhow, if anyone else goes, this is what happens:
1) You start off by choosing which price point of high tea you want from the menu. It ranged from $38-88 as the higher prices included alcohol. We didn’t have any alcohol…
2) Next, the hostess will bring a box of teas, so you can select a tea of your choice – you are given bottles of loose tea leaves to sniff. “How many people have sniffed this?” someone wondered at the table. I chose a nice lavender Earl Grey with caffeine, a substance my Chinese doctor banned me from…oh well…
3) Tray 1 arrives with little sandwiches and quiches which surprised us. We were expecting lots of sugar! The open face egg salad sandwiches were really elegant and the mini smoked salmon croissant sandwiches were really good.
4) Tray 2 comes next with lots and lots of little cakes and cookies. At this point I had been drinking tea with sugar and cream so I was already on a sugar high. “WOW! MORE SUGAR SUGAR SUGAR!” I shrieked happily to my startled Viking who tried to calm me down.
5) Bday cake – we had brought this one along for my friend and the hotel kindly served it to us. A Dufflet Chocolate Mousse cake was added to our sugar high!
Afterwards we didn’t even eat dinner as we were so stuffed! It was interesting, but as a poor working person I would feel more comfortable at a pub than at the Ritz…some pics taken of the food that is now all gone below!