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Tea at the Lobby at the Peninsula in Chicago.

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:

Afternoon tea at the Lobby at The Peninsula in Chicago, Illinois.

Tea sandwiches at the Lobby at The Peninsula in Chicago, Illinois.

Tea sandwiches at the Lobby at The Peninsula in Chicago, Illinois.

Tea sandwiches and scones at the Lobby at The Peninsula in Chicago, Illinois.

Coffee at afternoon tea at the Lobby at The Peninsula in Chicago, Illinois.

Desserts at afternoon tea at the Lobby at The Peninsula in Chicago, Illinois.

Afternoon tea at the Lobby at The Peninsula in Chicago, Illinois.

Chocolate filled coconut cake at the Lobby at The Peninsula in Chicago, Illinois.

 

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