Emily’s Weekend Getaway to Grandma’s – Part 2

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Emily:  A few weeks ago I went to Tampa to visit my grandmother, Vena, for her birthday.  I was excited to see her and surprise her with a couple of special birthday outings.  My mom was there visiting, too, so it was an added bonus.

Our first surprise was a visit to the Tampa Theatre for a tour of the theatre and a session of hearing their large organ being played.  Vena was a music teacher and plays the organ in her church, so she liked the suprise!

After the tour, we went to surprise #2, the Empress Tea Room.

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At the Empress Tea Room

Daraius found a discount certificate for the Empress Tea Room on Restaurant.com the last time we visited Tampa.  It was so nice that we went back there!

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Empress Tea Room

The Empress Tea Room is a small family owned tea room and bistro that specializes in High Tea.  I made reservations a week prior, and I was glad I did so because all of the tables were full when we arrived.

Some of the people who came to the restaurant were dressed very elegantly, with white gloves and veiled hats.  I could tell that they had dressed up just for high tea, and they looked stunning.

While we were waiting to be seated, we checked out their gift shop.

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The Gift Shop

We went on Saturday for their High Tea which includes a single pot of tea, tea sandwiches, tea bread, scones, and petit fours.

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Waiting For Our Tea

We first ordered our tea, and we had a selection of blackberry sage, peach ginger, or spiced chai.  We first decided to try the peach ginger.

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Cheers!

My mother and Vena ordered Higher Tea, which also includes a soup or a salad.  The salads came with almonds, goat cheese, onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, and banana peppers.  The potions were huge, and they were delicious!

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Salad & Tea

Soon after receiving our salads, we received the tea bread, scones, sandwiches, and other goodies.

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Pastries, Scones & Sandwiches

Vena was very happy, and maybe a bit overwhelmed with all the food she had to eat!

We were served four types of sandwiches: dill and cucumber, brie and pear…

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Sandwiches

…ham and cheese with chipotle mayonnaise, and chicken salad on a croissant. My favorite was the chicken salad on the croissant.  All of the sandwiches were very fresh, and all delicious!

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More Sandwiches

The next tray included orange blossom bread and scones.  The orange blossom bread was incredibly moist, and melted in your mouth like pudding!  It was delicious!

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Orange Bread & Scones

The scones also came with Devonshire cream and strawberry preserves.

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Cream & Preserves

The final layer included petit fours: vanilla sponge cake with buttercream frosting and blackberry, Oreo crème with coconut shavings in filo cups, and chocolate covered strawberries.  My favorite were the chocolate covered strawberries.

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Sweets

It was an afternoon fit for queens!

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6 responses to “Emily’s Weekend Getaway to Grandma’s – Part 2

  1. Pingback: Tampa Trip Report | Million Mile Secrets

  2. That place looks super cute! I’d love to take my mom there. Thanks for pointing it out!

  3. Yum… those little sandwiches are so cute. So cute at High Tea, I may love possibly Vena as much as Judy….

  4. @Lyssa- It was so much fun! Hope you and your mom get to go sometime soon.

    @Laurel-They were delicious, too! Vena is very sweet. 🙂

  5. Hi Emily,

    I live in Tampa for more than 16 years and haven’t been to the places you mentioned, but I am going to this year. You are a such sweet granddaughter.