The Tea of All Teas
While most people strive to do admirable things like become a doctor or join the Peace Corps, I strive to accomplish things like having tea in as many cities around the world as possible.
Yes, I reach for the stars. I’m sure my parents are super proud.
My pathetic aspirations aside, thus far I’ve been able to partially fulfill my goal by having afternoon tea in Amsterdam, Paris, London, Toronto, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and as of last week, Tokyo, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur.
Most of the time I research and plan where I am going to overpay for a cup of tea, but for some reason I didn’t have any location in place for Singapore. I guess by the time I organized all details for Tokyo and Kuala Lumpur, my tea plan sort of fell by the wayside. But sometimes the best plans are those that aren’t planned at all, as was the case last Saturday.
After walking around Singapore for the better part of the day Ali and I were hungry, tired, and getting cranky from lack of food. So before things got too ugly we caught a cab and headed to the Ritz with no reservation and no idea what was in store for us. Little did I know that we were in store for not just an afternoon tea, but an afternoon tea buffet. My God how could I have never heard of a tea buffet?
To say I was overwhelmed is an understatement. I didn’t know where to start. I just kept telling Ali, I think I am in heaven.
There was a savory section with a variety of finger sandwiches, dumplings, grape leaves, and smoked salmon with caviar, among other things:
There was also a chef on hand to make crepes to order with Nutella, chocolate, bananas, etc., but in attempt at maintaining a tiny bit of decorum I didn’t try the crepes.
I stopped taking photos of Ali’s plates around this time because I was slightly distracted by the most beautifully displayed dessert station I have ever seen. I felt like I was in a dream garden filled with sugar. Am I the only one who dreams of sugar?
Are you grossed out by my sugar consumption yet? In my defense I ate all of the scones but just a little bit of everything else.
I had a taste of Ali’s brownie and it was out of this world. It was a momentous occasion because we agreed on something for a change – the brownie was the best dessert on the table! Although to be fair we weren’t able to try them all. I really wanted to but couldn’t. Actually, I haven’t touched sugar since Saturday…that was how sugared-out I was. But I’m glad I did it and I’d do it all over again. It was worth the slight stomach ache too.
If you ever find yourself in Singapore with an hour or two to spare and some lofty/vapid aspirations like mine, I highly recommend checking out the tea buffet at the Ritz-Carlton Millenia. It was hands down one of the best, if not the best, culinary experiences of my life.
Do you have any “silly” aspirations like my goal to have tea around the world?