By Muriel Moffat
A tasty peek on the culture of afternoon tea on the Fairmont Empress lodge -- and the spell binding heritage of taking tea.
Muriel Moffat has been sipping tea at Victoria's storied Empress resort for 60 years -- and sharing all these wonderful cups with 4 generations of Moffats. whilst she poured her love of all issues tea right into a darling little ebook, it quickly grew to become a bestseller, with 30,000 copies offered from the cabinets of the Empress reward store in exactly 5 years.
Beautifully redesigned and prepared for its publication exchange debut, Afternoon Tea deals a peek backstage on the brilliant resort, the place afternoon tea has been serious about splendor and connoisseur indulgence on the grounds that 1908. integrated are numerous well-loved recipes from the Tea foyer, which has hosted the likes of Queen Elizabeth II, Rudyard Kipling and Shirley Temple.
This captivating publication can also be a chatty and vibrant background of tea and the various rituals surrounding it, bound to entertain the amateur and fanatic alike. Steeped in a love of traditions, Ms. Moffat's liked e-book celebrates a littleknown ritual that could simply be the root of every thing necessary -- relations, associates and, after all, tea."
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So guests had to whisper for fear of being overheard. The Afternoon Tea service was quickly relocated to the hotel’s lobby, for after all, what was the point of taking tea if one couldn’t talk? Like the kitchen is to a home, the lobby is the heart of a hotel, and it was the perfect place for people to gather, to be seen and to watch others. Careers were lost and launched, reputations built and crushed, relationships broken and formed, family matters discussed and resolved or made worse . . all during the Afternoon Teas in the lobby of the Empress Hotel.
The tea gowns were made of filmy chiffon or fine silk, trimmed with an abundance of lace and often free of corsetry, which afforded women great comfort and a tremendous sense of femininity, all the while fueling the gossip of what was going on behind tea doors at these private gatherings. None of my family members have ever confessed to owning a tea gown! indd 29 19/04/12 9:18 AM If Teapots Could Talk Story has it Barbara Streisand came to tea at the Empress inappropriately dressed and, instead of being turned away for tea, she reluctantly agreed to be seated in a private room.
Afternoon Tea: A Timeless Tradition by Muriel Moffat