Monday, 20 July 2015

Japanese Tea Gardens, San Francisco

We came back from a Californian Honeymoon last month and i've been itching to share some of my tea-spotting moments since then.  Once we landed and got settled into our hotel in San Francisco, the Afternoon Tea Ladies tweeted me a recommendation for the Japanese Tea Gardens

It's a lovely place in the middle of Golden Gate Park, which makes for a beautiful stroll on the way there (It's a good job actually since we got ridiculously lost trying to find it as I think we took the wrong bus!)

Golden Gate Park
Once we found the Japanese Tea gardens, we were parched and relieved to see this little oasis of tranquility. 

I decided to go for the Sencha tea, mainly because I wanted to use a Yokode Kyusu, or handled teapot.  Only it was a bit tricky since i'm left-handed!  We also ordered the Sencha and Matcha iced tea and some delicious Kuzumochi sweet rice cakes.  Rice cakes sounds like the cardboard circles we get in the UK, but these were more like turkish delight in texture. 

A nice view to look out to...

Once we'd rested, we had a stroll around the Zen Gardens before heading back.

...So that's all for today but I have a couple more places to share soon!

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Gallivant Hotel

Hi everyone!  We recently took a trip down to Camber Sands to stay for a couple of nights at a rustic-chic beach hotel called The Gallivant.  We'd just got married (woo hoo!)  and needed a little break somewhere peaceful to get over all the amazing mayhem.  Down on the coast near Rye East Sussex, this was just the place for relaxation as it was just over the road from the huge stretch of sandy beach and they served a complimentary tea in the afternoon.  Here's a few pictures I thought you'd like to see, which I think shows how this Californian motel-inspired hotel has received numerous awards including The Independent's 'Top 13 Best Beachside Hotels' award...

The rooms are decorated with a shabby-chic nautical style, with these lovely loose-leaf teas, which I hadn't tried before.

Brilliant idea for a hotel - a shared pantry!  If you have the munchies, you just write down what you've had and pay at the end, like a delicious mini-bar.  I wish this was in my house!

The restaurant is open to hotel guests in the afternoon for complimentary afternoon tea

Breakfast the following day

After a little wander around the area we came back to stuff our faces with tea and cake again! 

We had a great few days away and I hope you liked the piccies!  Click here to look on The Gallivant's own website, with more info and of course booking details if you fancy it... X