Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Prep Praises: TeaLicious Tearoom in Delray Beach, FL

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Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending a lovely bridal shower at TeaLicious Tearoom in Delray Beach, Florida. {Cute name, huh?}

You know how lots of little girls have make believe tea parties at home, hosting fancy little soirees for their favorite stuffed animals? I've never really outgrown the desire to sit down to a dainty tea party as an adult. Luckily, the company has gotten a bit more, well... alive. :)

My family and I have attended tea parties before and really enjoyed them. I wondered how TeaLicious would compare to the beautiful Chesterfield Hotel in Palm Beach, where we attended our last tea-sipping affair, and was pleasantly surprised to find that TeaLicious has a charm all its own.

The ladies who hosted the shower did a wonderful job of decorating and adding beautiful details to the already inviting space.

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TeaLicious is whimsically adorned with touches that give the tea room a feel that is a cross between Alice in Wonderland and the Royal Palace. Wallpaper donning birds, butterflies, and blooms serve as a playful backdrop for gilded antique-style mirrors and jeweled chandeliers. The mix-and-match chairs at impeccably set tables add to a lighthearted feel... because nobody likes a "stuffy" tea party.

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Our table was set with delightfully mismatched teacups, saucers and elegant dishes, waiting for a taste of TeaLicious' teatime menu.

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Menu

Drinks
Mimosas & Bellinis
Tea {of course!} 

Soup Course
Minestrone

Tiered Server
Egg Salad Tea Sandwiches
Chicken Salad Tea Sandwiches
Tuna Salad Bites
Cucumber Cups with Cream Cheese & Radish
Eggplant & Hummus Wrap Bites
Brie, Apple, & Walnut Spread Crostini
Assorted Quiche
Stuffed Mushrooms
Spanakopita Bites

Warm Strawberry Scones with Jam & Clotted Cream

Sweet Bites
Banana Tea Cake
Oreo Truffles
Mini Cream Puffs

From the moment we arrived, our glasses were filled with Mimosas or Bellinis. The champagne was free-flowing, as was the tea. I know it's a tea room, but I was amazed by the collection of teas they offer on their extensive menu. {I chose Coconut Key Lime, and it was wonderful!} Each guest was given an entire teapot steeping with their selection.

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We were happy that the bites were substantial with all the bubbles that were being consumed! Our server, who was ever so accommodating {and we had a rowdy bunch at our table!} told us that the food was made in-house daily. Everything is brought out on fancy three-tiered servers that are overflowing with both sweet and savory offerings.

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While I don't normally make it a point to review restaurants {unless I find them too good not to share!}, I thought TeaLicious was definitely deserving of some Prep Praise! They made sure that the Bride-to-Be, Christy, and her guests had an unforgettable time, and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a place to hold a luncheon or tea party.

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The bride & groom to be! Cutest. Ever.
Sure, TeaLicious isn't everyone's "cup of tea" {I think the husband would fidget his way into breaking one of their delicate embellishments}, but if you find the urge to sit among the tea-drinking set from time to time, stop by TeaLicious in Delray Beach. 

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Inspired by the tea time menu at TeaLicious, I'm sharing these savory Ham & Cheddar scones that would be the perfect accompaniment to an afternoon tea service. A flaky, buttery crust on the outside with a soft, pillowy middle, these scones are dainty in demeanor but bold in flavor!

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Ham & Cheddar Scones
Adapted from Better Homes & Gardens

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon sugar
Pinch of salt
8 tablespoons {1 stick} cold butter, cut into small dice
1/4 cup cooked ham, cut into small dice
1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 teaspoon dried dill weed
1 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
1 egg
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.

2. In a blender or food processor, combine all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt.

3. Add diced cold butter to mixer and pulse until the butter is incorporated and looks like coarse crumbs. {You can do this by hand, too, but I find it easier to give it a quick blitz.}

4. Transfer flour mixture to a medium bowl. Add ham, cheese, and dill weed and toss together.

5. In a small bowl, whisk together Greek yogurt, egg, and Dijon mustard until smooth. Pour into the dry mixture and mix together until just moistened. {Don't overmix.}

6. Scoop mixture out onto a lightly floured surface. {It will be crumbly.} Knead it a few times {5-6} until it starts to come together and hold it's shape. Try not to over-knead it or you'll get tough scones.

7. Pat the mixture into a large disk about 3/4 of an inch thick. Using a biscuit cutter, cut out scones and place onto prepared baking sheet. Alternatively, you can cut it into wedges. {Optional: Brush a little half and half or cream on the tops to help the tops glisten.}

8. Bake for about 20-22 minutes or until golden brown on top and around the edges.

9. Cool a bit on a wire baking rack. Serve nice & warm!

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2 comments:

Jess @ On Sugar Mountain said...

Dianna I don't even know where to start! The tearoom looks ahmazing, and so do these scones! I'm so jealous you got to go there, I mean coconut key lime tea?!? Sigh - until I get to have a tea party of my own I'll just stick with your delicious cheddar scones :D

Dianna M. said...

Jess - Thanks so much! The tearoom was a lovely time, but you can definitely recreate the idea at home {or at school!} with friends... it's the company that makes the party! But yeah, that tea... must hunt that down! ;)

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