Tea at the Lobby at the Peninsula in Chicago.
For an early Mothers Day celebration we took my mom to afternoon tea at the Lobby at the Peninsula in Chicago.
I got coffee. Because I don’t really like tea.
But, as always, with afternoon tea, what I really was looking forward to was the food. And there was a lot of food, both savory and sweet.
On the savory side there were delicate tea sandwiches: house smoked turkey with with cranberry chutney on pretzel bread, smoked salmon and asparagus roulade on marble rye, grilled seasonal vegetables and boursin on multi-gran bread. Plus there was a winter mushroom and fontina quiche.
On the sweet side there were maple glazed scones and dried blueberry scones. There was an earl grey meringue and a Parisian macaron. There was “Le Russe” pralin, a golden chocolate tart, a raspberry financier, and an allumette “royale.” They even brought us a bonus chocolate filled coconut cake.
At $40 an afternoon tea at the Peninsula might sound a little steep. But, really, it was well worth it. All of those tiny little treats add up and were both delicious and filling. And it was a perfect Pre-Mothers Day present for mom.
Photos from our afternoon tea at the Lobby at the Peninsula in Chicago: