(Luckily) She never agreed to it.
Besides the matching outfits, the other girlie thing I dreamed about was having high tea (which may be caused from irregular childhood addiction of watching Masterpiece Theatre on PBS) and the thought of being in a civilized environment away from my rowdy brothers. I finally had the chance a few years ago to have high tea in Victoria, B.C., but the time had come to have tea again. The perfect opportunity arose to meet my friends Esi of Dishing Up Delights and Fiona of Gourmet Pigs in Venice one Saturday afternoon for high tea before jumping states to Oregon.
Abbot Kinney in Venice can be a madhouse and parking nightmare, but everything turns zen upon entrance to the lovely garden of Jin Patisserie.
The tea selection is epic, but I chose the most popular green tea, 1842, for my tea service. A delicate tea flavored with almonds, rose, lime, and orange blossom. I had to remind myself while drinking that there were no refills and to savor every tiny sip. The good news is that Jin's water is wonderful and spa like, flavored with cucumbers, melons and/or strawberries (with free refills).
1842 Green Tea
The pastry selection with the high tea service includes Jin's signature cakes as well as scones, egg salad finger sandwiches, mini quiches, and chocolates. The most exciting aspect of high tea for me is diving into a scone with clotted cream and jam. Jin's version of scones was more of a fluffy orange biscuit than a scone, which was a little disappointing but still a very nice piece of baked good. The egg salad sandwich was rich, layered with extra spreads of butter.
The cakes were all delightful and fresh. Being a hot summer afternoon and in the mood for something tropical, the mango cake was my favorite. I avoided the banana cake underneath the chocolate since I can't stand anything banana flavored, especially banana breads and cakes.
Fiona eyed her favorite seasonal Jin cake: The Spring Bouquet, so we ordered one to share with our tea. The chewy meringue wrapped around rich cream mixed with juicy strawberry and mangoes was luscious without being overbearing. A perfect way to end a ladies (or men secure in their masculinity) high tea noshing.
Spring in the summer
Read Dishing Up Delight's review here.
1202 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291