Monday, December 29, 2008

Good Will Huntington

I love tea. I love my friends. I love tea with my friends. Bax, Giggles, and Glam are all members of The Huntington Library, so Slim and I were lucky enough to tag along for free as their guests.
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The Cafe and Rose Garden Tea Room is a lot more casual than one might imagine.
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The service is warm and friendly, although a bit forgetful, but it's a nice place to go with noisier friends like yours truly. We were not shushed!

Warm scones arrive at your table almost as soon as you sit down. These were chocolate chip and cinnamon apple.
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Fresh Devonshire cream arrives later if you have a forgetful server, and then you are so excited about the Devonshire when it finally comes that you slather the Devonshire all over your scones and fail to take a picture of it because the forgetfulness is apparently contagious.

Tea at the Huntington is essentially all-you-can-eat. While the scones are brought to your table, the remainder of your repast sits in the center of the room at your disposal.

All-you-can-eat, folks! For $25! With no threats of penalties like at Korean BBQ!

My two fave sammies of the day: (1) smoked salmon with chive and cucumber and (2) tarragon chicken salad with walnuts.
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Prosciutto di Parma with Maytag bleu cheese and Bartlett pears. Good ol' cucumber.
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Watercress and cream cheese. Carrot and ginger.
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Cheese. The green one was as nasty as it looks.
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Lemon bar. Pecan bar.
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And what is tea without...actual tea?
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There were many other pastries and tartlets not pictured here. And you can get as many as you want. Like a lot, if you really really want.

Not that I did this or anything. I am a model of constraint, yo.

After tea, we walked a small portion of the grounds very briefly, as the Library was closing.
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I love when strangers actually know how to use my camera. I also love that Giggles consistently lives up to her name.


  1. love tea at the huntington. haven't been in years.

    yay for awesome CWs, too!

  2. I *love* "high tea" or whatever you call it. Love.

    Beautiful photos.

  3. Oh, how charming and quaint!
    Is it wrong that I'd be perfectly content sitting there with the basket of scones in my lap? And clotted cream? Oh yeeeeeah!!!!!

  4. You are in my head. Over the weekend I was thinking about how it's been a while since I have had a proper tea.

  5. How fun! Haven't been to Huntington Library in years.

  6. the huntington library is lovely.

    however, compared to tea at other places, it's not my favorite :/ i've tried several times and it just doesn't cut it. i guess it doesn't h elp that i'm not a big buffet fan anyway.

    but at least you get to walk through the grounds on the way there!

  7. Huntington is obviously Heaven, if there is one. Even at tea in London we didn't get salmon sammies.

  8. Oh my gosh I love tea at the Huntington!! My favorite thing of all time there is the strawberries with that creme fresh stuff they've got. I could bathe in it. So delicious. This post reminds me I need to go again soon!

  9. Also? The chicken tarragon sandwich with the walnuts rocks my world.

  10. I've been wanting to check out their tea for ages, looks delightful!

  11. Gorgeous photos. And you are right....I could easily spot said "giggles" in your photo. lol

  12. Oooh sounds like fun. I used to say that I've never met a cheese I didn't like, but you reminded me of that awful green cheese. It just tastes like...garbage?

  13. Oh my gosh, what fun! When I went to the London, the two things I absolutely *had* to do were ride on a double decker bus, and have high tea. I will never forget both.

  14. I love going to the Huntington, but I've never had tea there. I'll have to try it.

    I have no words for that green cheese.

  15. i still have plans to take my MIL here one day. oh, and i just found out our local library has passes you can check out for freeeee!


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