If you've never done so, you really must treat yourself to afternoon tea at a grand old hotel.
Recently, David and I enjoyed a beautiful luncheon tea at The Fairmont Empress, a grand 104 year-old hotel on the harbour in Victoria, British Columbia.
Our late morning tea started in this beautiful room, with a comfy seat by the window:
Inside this grand old hotel (photo from my winter trip in February):
Our first delight was fresh strawberries with whipped cream...(sorry for the fuzzy focus...I was feeling a bit gauche taking pictures of my food, so rushing to photograph before the room was full of people!)
Tea was served in gorgeous china (Earl Gray for David and herbal for me, since I can't have caffeine), alongside champagne mimosas (which is how I would now prefer to start every day, darling...)
Five varieties of tiny sandwiches were served, alongside soft raisin scones (my favorite thing) with heavy whipped cream and strawberry jam:
Several darling dainty desserts were served on top. My favorite was the beautiful Battenburg checkerboard sponge cake (chocolate and white) wrapped in pink marzipan:
If you're ever in Victoria, you must visit the Empress!
And to heck with counting calories...you really must find an afternoon tea at a fine hotel near you!
Our getaway was wonderful and refreshing...more soon!