" Come sit by my side and over a cup of tea, speak to me of the goodness of life."
Lady Evelyn Fitzgerald Dodson

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Danish Pancakes and Tea

Sunday we served Danish pancakes, turkey bacon, and Ausperitea Silk Road Bazaar Kandy Mid-grown Organic Ceylon on the patio. The Danish pancakes are just slightly sweet, so a sprinkling of powdered sugar is all they need. The smooth Ceylon is a wonderful accompaniment. This tea grows even more on one with each tasting.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Bungalow

The Bunglaow in Mesa, AZ., is a wonderful, turn-of-the-twentieth-century bungalow remodeled into a cafe, yoga studio, and event location. The cafe is fronted by a large patio with ramadas and shaded tables and chairs. Three of us had lunch at the Bungalow yesterday and were enchanted. The Chicken Waldorf Salad had been recommended to me by the woman at the Fiber Factory (which is just steps away from the Bungalow), and it was delicious! The chicken salad was freshly made after I ordered it, not scooped out of a large bowl, and served on a wonderful bed of greens. A raspberry vinaigrette is also available for this salad, and it is also available as a sandwich (on whole wheat), which one of our party tried. A small cup of fresh, seasonal fruit is one of the sides (a bean salad or chips are the other options). The third member of our party had the curry chicken salad, which was nice and spicy, but a little too spicy for her.

The Bungalow serves loose leaf tea (I think it was Sereni-tea, but cannot verify that at this time), and we sampled the Bard's Tea, a brisk, tasty black tea that was perfectly brewed. Three sizes are offered, with loose tea served in paper sachets. We also love that condiments included honey and agave nectar (which is served here in the parlor).

The cafe itself is very low key, with separate dining areas in the various rooms and patio, large couches in front of the fireplace, bookshelves and windowsill brimming with hardcovers, and a reproduction antique map in the original dining room. The patio has been used for several weddings (see the photos on their webpage for some lovely images), but is perfect for just sitting, sipping, and relaxing. And for the other dog lovers out there, they have Leash and Latte Nights.

The Bungalow is worth is worth a visit if you are in Mesa, and makes us wish we had something like it here.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Tea Stationary

Delightful stationary with a charming tea cup atop is a cry to return to the days of the hand-written note.