If you know me well, then you definitely know that I’m fascinated with British culture. Although I have never been there, I’m pretty sure I can find my way around London, Brighton and also Shoreditch (thanks to all the UK Youtubers). So while my mom is in town, I decided to treat her to a British afternoon tea party. It was the first time for the both of us and we were both excited!
Crown & Crumpet was our place of choice. Situated in the heart of San Francisco’s Japantown, it offers a little taste of Britain with Japanese surroundings. The location is a little bizarre, but somehow it fits right in.
Sitting in the middle of the pink & white decor and floral tablecloths we felt like kids again playing tea time. We chose our tea of choice and were ready to start the ceremony. Our teapots arrived larger than we imagined, but we were not complaining. Just a few moments later, the food was here.
In a three-tiered stand, an array of savory & sweet bites, salad, jams, and curds arrived. Although it looked picture perfect, we were ready to dig in and mess it up!
We started with the salad and sandwiches, then made our way up to the blueberry scones and crumpets. Smothered with cream, jam, and curds the blueberry scones were still steaming and a huge hit. Although it is debatable whether cream comes before jam or vise versa at the end it tasted delicious either way.
We sipped our teas in between bites while catching up and gossiping. Afterall, we haven’t seen each other in a few months now. And the whole point of afternoon tea is gossip, right?
Then came the third tier… The sweets! We had a selection of delicious cinnamon cake slices, chocolate covered strawberries, vanilla cupcakes, coconut macaroons, and meringues. Maybe a big no-no, but I couldn’t help myself but dunk a piece of the cinnamon cake in my hot tea… And let me tell you, it was absolutely delicious!
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Needless to say, our first afternoon tea experience was a huge hit!