Simple pleasures are so often overlooked in the hustle and bustle of daily life. In the rush to get everything done, we sometimes take for granted the intrinsic beauty of the objects around us. This week, we encourage you to take a break, slow down, enjoy afternoon tea and appreciate the vessel that delivers the steamy hot elixir.
On exhibit now through Sun., April 22, is Craft Alliance’s Hot Tea: The 13th Biennial Teapot Exhibit. This invitational celebrates tea pots fashioned from all sorts of media. Whether they are ceramic, metal, glass or fiber, their form, function and sometimes non-function is studied and presented by more than 50 artists.
When you’ve finished perusing the exhibit, you’re sure to be parched. A perfect next stop on your teapot tour: The London Tea Room, a cozy purveyor of afternoon tea complete with white linens, silver and china.
Upon being seated at a table that is discretely labeled “reserved,” you’ll be handed a menu of potable teas that offers 48 varieties. I recommend the FTO Lavender Earl Grey. It’s fragrant and floral, and with a touch of milk, it soothes away all of your jagged edges.
Of course, afternoon tea should include divine midday delicacies. Delightful finger sandwiches (classic cucumber and chive, honey ham and whole-grain mustard, and salmon and lemon aioli); a fabulous scone complete with strawberry jam and decadent Devonshire cream; and a selection of delicate sweets, including a habit-forming shortbread, will have you planning to make afternoon tea part of your everyday routine.
The London Tea Room, 1520 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.241.6556, londontearoom.com
Hot Tea: The 13th Biennial Teapot Exhibit, Craft Alliance, now through Sun., April 22, 6640 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.725.1177, craftalliance.org
Amy Burdge writes Eat It, St. Louis!, a blog dedicated to the pure love of food, the artistry and passion of those who create it and the sheer experience it provides.