Thursday, March 28, 2024

Spring Tea - Chef de Crepe, Camp Hill, PA

The local creperie in Camp Hill, PA, Chef de Crepe has started offering occasional tea time experiences. They featured a holiday tea during December, and recently offered the Spring Tea from the middle of March until the end of the month. Reservations may be made on-line, for either the featured tea, or simply to enjoy their various flavorful crepes from sweet to savory.

A friend and I had their Spring Tea this past Saturday. Hot tea choices included Chamomile, Raspberry, Moroccan Mint, Earl Grey, Decaf Ceylon, Green Tea or Red Rose. As I discovered, the Red Rose is not the traditional black tea found in the supermarkets, but rather Numi Teas White Rose tea with a delicate hint of roses.

The tea is served in pretty pink pots and macaroons are tucked in a bowl served with the tea. Perhaps a subtle lesson in the difference between macaroons (traditional drop cookie made with coconut) and macarons (a French specialty, a sandwich cookie made with almond flour and filled with sweet icing, curd, or jam) as both were served at different times with this tea.

Fellow tea room owners (past and present) enjoyed the unique interpretation of afternoon tea. One of the joys of visiting different establishments that offer Afternoon Tea, or Spring Tea in this case, is that they are never alike. Variations on the theme make the experience fun and enjoyable, and the owners interpretation of taking tea is to be appreciated.
The tiered tray was laden with sandwiches on the bottom and assorted sweets on the middle and top tier. The sandwiches featured Mom's Chicken Salad Croissant and Pop's Salmon Biscuit Sandwich with a creamy dill spread. On the middle tier there was a large slice of New York cheesecake and a Strawberry Belgian Waffle. The top tier held an Italian Puff Pastry Chocolate Braid, assorted Parisian Macarons (chocolate and vanilla), and Tulip shaped Frosted Sugar Cookies.

Nancy (left) of Sweet Remembrances and Janet (right) of Over the Teacup shared tea time on a rainy Saturday in March, and shared many of the tea time sweets with family later in the day.


Bernideen said...

When I saw the tray I thought - "they can never eat all that"! Amazing. Nice photo of you and your friend and there is something special about doing this on a rainy's like an escape really - so wonderful!

Marilyn Miller said...

Now this is a teatime I would have enjoyed, especially with you and Janet. So glad the two of you enjoyed it.
I saw your upcoming free event in TeaTime magazine. How I wish I was close enough to come.