Last Saturday, I spent a lovely afternoon with my women's group, the Lemon Blossom League, at the Tea House on Los Rios in San Juan Capistrano. That's right, this is the same Capistrano where the famous swallows return each year. This tea house is unique as it is in a historic home in the oldest neighborhood in California.
The arbor and path beckon visitors to come in.
Here's a peek inside one of the tea rooms. Isn't it just filled with old fashioned country charm? You almost feel like you're at Granny's home coming for a visit.
But let's stay outside on the porch, where our friends await us.
You're here! Glad you made it. Come and have a seat with us!
Our lovely hostess and organizer, Candy, will pour you a cup of her Bourbon Vanilla Rooibos.
Isn't this tea cozy, just...well...cozy?
And here's a tea strainer to strain the loose tea leaves from the pot.
Maybe you'd prefer my pot of Cinnamon Apple tea. Look, you could see the apple pieces floating around. And the aroma, oh my, just as comforting as apple pie.
You must have a pretty tea cup, of course.
Oh, you must try the currant scone with the early California cream and raspberry jam.
If you'd like something rich and decadent, how about some homemade bread pudding?
Something lighter, perhaps? You might want to try these Victorian baked eggs with fresh fruit.
Or are you feeling traditional today with an assortment of tea sandwiches and fruit with cream and brown sugar?
Me? I'm not feeling like traditional tea fare at all today. I think I'll have the Curry Chicken topped with toasted coconut, dried fruit, and nuts and served with rice and mango chutney.
Our gracious Candy gifted each of us ladies with a small pink purse filled with lemon drops as a keepsake. How thoughtful!
Well, I just had to throw in this last picture for fun. It's an antique piano. So what, you say? Well it wasn't in one of the parlor rooms, but in the Ladies' room. Where else would you see that? Nowhere, I guess, unless you're at the tea house on the historic Los Rios street in the world famous San Juan Capistrano. The swallows know where it is, now you do too! Hope you enjoyed the tea tour. Thanks for stopping by at the Lace and Ivy Cottage. Please say hello, I love hearing from you!