Thursday, April 26, 2012

Gypsy's Tea Room

The Mid-Atlantic Tea Business Association
annual spring seminar was held at Gypsy's Tea Room in Westminster, MD this past Monday.  Members travelling from MD, PA, and NJ were  greeted by Gypsy and her daughter Lora upon their arrival.  A delicious welcoming reception that featured a choice of sweet or savory muffins, fresh fruit, and hot tea was a delicious start to an exciting day.
Following a very interesting and informative program about the utensils and equipage used during the Japanese tea ceremony (to be shared tomorrow), the members of the Association found their seats in this quaint English style tearoom located in the oldest standing home in Westminster. The beautiful place settings silently announced the delicious tea party fare that was forthcoming.

Large pots of Gypsy's house blend, a decaffeinated raspberry tea was placed on each table, although other tea options were also available.  The first course featured cubed cheese, slice brie topped with apricot jam and pecans, and pieces of fresh fruit garnished with a cheerful sprig of garden mint.

A large, warm lemon poppy seed scone, served with cream and jelly was the next course to arrive.

The beautiful tiered tray was presented with an explanation about the delicious treats that were prepared for our group. The individual sandwiches included a warm quiche, salmon and herbed cream cheese on pumpernickel, cucumber triangles, and sliced turkey on a petite bun and a sampling of fresh fruit.  The top tier held a variety of little desserts including a shortbread tea pot cookie, a petite strawberry shortcake, and a decadent chocolate truffle.
It's always such a delight to be able to sit down and enjoy afternoon tea prepared by the hands of someone else!  We enjoyed our escape to Gypsy's Tea Room for not only an educational afternoon, but also a quite tasty afternoon tea.


Anonymous said...

Love the strawberry shortcake!!!!

Mrs. Teabody said...

Brilliant account! Thanks so much!

YourTeaLife said...

Looks lovely and delicious.

Lady Linda said...

Wish I lived closer...yummy.

Antiques And Teacups said...

Looks like a wonderful place to visit! A wonderful presentation and selection. What fun! Thanks for sharing...I'm late for TT!

Donna and Miss Spenser said...

Looks yummy! Very colorful...thanks for sharing!!

Angela McRae said...

What a fun meeting! And I guess it would be nice to be treated to tea yourself instead of always being the treat-er!