The problem with vacations is that when they end the reality of life hits me like rock. The letdown I am going through right now reminds me of the Christmas season when there is all this anticipation leading up to December 25th and then wham, suddenly all the excitement is over and Target’s clearance racks are full of wreaths and Santa hats.
In case my metaphor made no sense to you, and it likely didn’t, I’m having trouble adjusting back to real life. I miss the breakfast buffets, the leisurely swims, and the 8 hours of sightseeing. I want to be anywhere except in California doing mundane things like taking Maya potty, cleaning up Ali’s collection of cables, and brainstorming ideas for Maya’s letter bag (don’t ask).
My mom said a smart thing yesterday which was that I should plan 2-3 vacations a year so that when one is over I have the next to look forward to. Good idea. So as I brainstorm my next vacation allow me to share the mini-vacation my mom, Maya, and I took yesterday when we hit the Peninsula for afternoon tea and an early Mother’s Day celebration.
For those of you who can’t eat bread and need a good scone in your life, what I am about to say will your life forever – The Peninsula Beverly Hills has an entirely gluten-free tea! Yes, it is now possible to enjoy tea time and finger sandwiches without a stomach ache. Who would have thought?
Tea began with strawberries + whipped cream + a Lactaid tablet. One can never be too careful you know.
After indulging in whipped cream I indulged in my gluten-free tea-tray consisting of a plain scone, a raisin scone, open-faced sandwiches (egg, smoked salmon, veggie), a macaroon, 2 tiny snickerdoodle cookies, a giant strawberry filled with mixed berries, and a little container filled with whipped cream, raspberries, and raspberry sauce.
I was very impressed. The scones were definitely the highlight of this meal. The smoked salmon was also good and my mom loved the macaroon, but as it usually is, the gluten-free bread was very dense and kind of hard. Still, beggars can’t be choosers and I was glad to just be able to eat without stressing out.
My mom had the regular tea and I almost took a bite of her fluffy scones but managed to restrain myself. I can’t say the same for Maya who probably ate half of my mom’s food.
In order to avoid the inevitable complaints of “I’m hungry, Mama!” I also ordered Maya a proper lunch of salmon and rice.
I can take my kid to a classy place but I can’t make her stop eating asparagus with her fingers.
Nor can I get her to keep her shoes on.
But I didn’t freak out. I have to pick my battles you know, so we can take “happy” photos to remember the occasion, like these:
We had a great afternoon and I highly recommend checking out the Peninsula’s afternoon tea. I only have one suggestion for the hotel – it may be time to look into some new couches, chairs, and a carpet cleaner. I don’t believe that much in the Living Room has been replaced/cleaned for at least the last decade.
But whatever points you lost in cleanliness you made up for with your gluten-free tea. Kudos to you Peninsula for understanding how important scones can be in a person’s life!