I am excited to introduce a new type of blog post to Tiff Dawg Travels: my Southern California life. As much as I’d like to be roaming the globe constantly (and blogging about it along the way), I also enjoy exploring my own backyard. These posts are dedicated to the breathtaking sights, endless list of activities, and unmatched food scene that make SoCal awesome. I will categorize these articles as lifestyle entries because I consider them to be reports on my life at home. Plus, the topics I cover might not be included on a typical “top ten things to do on your next trip to Los Angles” blog, which I hope inspires travelers headed to my neck of the woods.
For the first installment, I want to discuss my amazing afternoon tea experience at the Disneyland Hotel. Afternoon tea is served Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 12:00-3:00 at the Disneyland Hotel’s formal restaurant, Steakhouse 55. Reservations are encouraged, especially around any major holidays, when a special tea service is offered. I had a 12:30 reservation on a Friday in March. Insider tip: Friday’s are the quietest days for tea, and probably the only day that allows for walk-ins without a reservation.
Guests have two tea party options. The Classic Tea Party consists of tea, scones, tea sandwiches, and desserts, and is the less expensive option. The Premium Tea Party includes the same features as the Classic, as well as sparkling wine, salad, and a parting gift. The price difference is not too extreme, and so I chose the Premium. For the little ones, there is also a Kid’s Tea Party, and don’t worry- the tea can be substituted for hot chocolate!
While I waited for my tea to brew backstage, I was presented with a citrus green salad. The dressing was light, the radishes were perfectly crunchy, and the slices of mandarins added a perfect burst of juiciness to every bite. I’m not one to be overly impressed by a salad, but this was delicious. Suffice it to say, my plate was all but licked clean (I do have some manners).
The disappearance of my empty salad plate was quickly offset by a freshly brewed pot of tea, a glass of champagne, and a delectable assortment of finger foods. For my tea, I selected a tea called Rosy Fig, which was described as a beautiful, light white blend with mellow nutty tastes, sweet fig, and floral rose notes. I’m a devote drinker of all black teas, making this white tea a bit out of my comfort zone. However, exquisite is really the only word I can think of to describe it, and I enjoyed three full cups alongside my tasty treats.
When it came time to tackle the three-tiered tray of snack-sized bites, I went straight for the tea sandwiches. I should note that each person receives four sandwiches, but I opted to swap my salmon and caviar sandwich for a second helping of one of the other flavors. The heirloom tomato and mozzarella was delicately set atop of a crunchy crostini, with just a hint of basil and I absolutely savored the fresh egg salad on a soft bread with a sprinkling of paprika. Finally, the cucumber sandwich was light, and paired well with the first two flavorful sandwiches.
I was most excited for the scones, which were still warm and smelled incredible. One was a traditional scone with raspberries and the other was chocolate and dotted with little chocolate chips. Plentiful helpings of lemon curd, raspberry jam, and Devonshire cream were provided to top off the scones. I happily smothered both of my scones with the cream and jam, while my mom couldn’t get enough of the lemon curd.
Last, but certainly not least, dessert! Tea selections are unlimited, so I paired my treats with a refreshing tea brewed with organic tea leaves. It was the perfect choice. For dessert I had a giant white chocolate covered strawberry, a miniature cinnamon apple bundt cake, and two assorted macarons, which upon tasting I decided were salted caramel and lavender flavored. Each dessert was a unique combination of flavors, and yet the bite-sized snacks paired excellently together. I would imagine they would be pleasing to any palate.
In parting, tea-goers typically receive farewell truffles to take home. However, in honor of Disney’s latest live-action film, I got to take home a box of Twinning’s Beauty and the Beast edition of their lemon and ginger herbal tea. I’ve enjoyed this tea on a few separate occasions, and I find that it has a certain healing quality to it.
Overall, Afternoon Tea at the Disneyland Hotel was absolutely wonderful. I went with my mom, and I know that we will both treasure that afternoon for years to come. Tea at Disneyland is a great way to celebrate any special occasion, or add a bit of Disney magic to your day. If you’re vacationing at the Disneyland Resort, it is quite the unique experience to add to your trip, and is enjoyable for Mouseketeers of all ages. It’s also a great way to beat the heat when the lines for Splash Mountain seem never ending.
I want to hear about your best tea time adventures- feel free to leave a comment below!