High Tea at the Langham Hotel Boston

 

Here is a guest post from a fellow always hungry wanderer, my Sister! Enjoy!

After studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland this summer, I found myself craving that European charm in everyday life. From the accents, to the diverse foods, even how different the culture was in general over there, I wanted to bring some of those elements here to Boston. Out of the eight awesome people that I lived with in Dublin, my two friends Joe and Caroline shared my love for baking and high tea. There were days where we would come home from our internships and share the new bakeries we found on the side streets of Dublin. This transitioned into the topic of High Tea. I would describe to the girls how jealous I was of all the guests at the hotel that I worked at who got to experience the Alice in Wonderland high tea. As our time in Dublin ended, we all agreed we needed to find somewhere back in Boston to experience a true high tea.

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After doing some research and talking to my fellow hospitality experts, I stumbled upon the high tea offered at the Langham Hotel. Since I am in the School of Hospitality at Boston University, I often have assignments requiring me to work with various hotels around the city of Boston. This led me to already know the hotel, and it certainly was a perfect fit for afternoon tea. The Langham Hotel used to be a Federal Bank Reserve, but was converted into a hotel. The lobby is charming with chandeliers on the ceilings and soft pink and silver accents everywhere. Immediately to your left is a piano player, supplying music to the guests seated with cups of tea and tiers of finger sandwiches.

At around $50 per person, the Langham offers unlimited tea with three courses of finger foods. We started by selecting our teas, which took a while as the menu must of offered over fifteen different types of tea. I chose a peach vanilla tea, which I was very satisfied with. The first course consisted of various finger sandwiches, such as cucumber mint, a salmon whip with caviar on top, a chopped hard-boiled egg on white bread, and a chicken salad sandwich. Following the sandwich course was my favorite part: the scones. I was so excited for this part that I forgot to take a picture. The plate offered two scones per person with jam, butter and a lemon curd on the side. I was ecstatic! Joe, Caroline and I had been craving good English scones for months now, and we had certainly gotten our fix.

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Of course, the excitement didn’t stop there. The last course consisted of desserts that looked too pretty to even touch. The plate consisted of pumpkin cream puffs, apple crisp shooters, chocolate pecan tarts, and chocolate brownies with heaping amounts of frosting on top. I tend to favor more desserts without chocolate on them, so I selected a pumpkin cream puff and an apple crisp shooter. Both were absolutely delicious. Joe and Caroline tried each of the other desserts as well and took some leftovers home.

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After four cups of tea and satisfying our European pastry cravings, we were ready to call it a day. If you’re ever in Boston and have already gotten you’re lobster roll and Dunkin Donuts coffee, call the Langham hotel and make a reservation for high tea. You’ll feel as if you’re back in Europe!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After four cups of tea and satisfying our European pastry cravings, we were ready to call it a day. If you’re ever in Boston and have already gotten you’re lobster roll and Dunkin Donuts coffee, call the Langham hotel and make a reservation for high tea. You’ll feel as if you’re back in Europe!

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Mike’s Pastry in Boston

One of my favorite parts of Boston is the North End. It has the distinction of being the city’s oldest residential community, where people have continuously inhabited since it was settled in the 1630s. Though small, only 0.36 square miles (0.93 km2), the neighborhood has nearly one hundred establishments and a variety of tourist attractions. It is known for its fine Italian restaurants.

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I’ve been to several different Italian restaurants in the neighborhood and I’ve enjoyed everyone one of them. The only thing I like more than good Italian food are great Italian desserts. My sister and I had dinner in the North End during my most recent visit and when I suggested ordering dessert at the restaurant, she balked at me. I thought maybe she was full from the heaping plate of pasta but actually, she really wanted to show me Mike’s Pastry. After living in New York and visiting Little Italy a few too many times, I’ve become jaded about these type of places. The ones you hear so much about but then they never really live up to the hype.

We walked in and there was no real sort of organization. People just wandered up to the counter after they reviewed the countless types of cannolis and walked away with a little box wrapped in string. When it was our turn to wade through the crowd, I saw an espresso cannoli calling my name. We paid and left with our own little box to be eaten back in bed at the hotel.

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I apologize for the hideous photo quality because the picture does not do this dessert justice. First of all, the cannoli was huge, it was bigger than my hand. But I managed to eat the entire thing and still wanted more! It was delicious. A perfect end to an evening in the North End.

Brunch at City Table and Sightseeing

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My sister is now in her final year at Boston University so I have visited her in Boston several times. One of the places she always takes me and the rest of the family to is City Table, and this visit was no different. The restaurant is located in Back Bay which is a great area to explore. It’s close to Newbury street, a great street for shopping, as well as other Boston attractions, including the Public Library.

The restaurant is attached to the Lenox Hotel, making it very easy to find. Inside is pretty swanky but the menu is very eclectic with various breakfast and lunch options. When we come with the whole family, Dad always gets a sandwich and my sister and I always get the eggs. This time, I opted for tea as well and that was delicious! Perfect for a chilly fall day.  

After brunch we had some time to kill so we wandered around the area and went into the Boston Public Library. I’ve walked by the outside many times and admired it but had never been inside. Inside is even more breathtaking than I imagined! The city of Boston has such a unique identity from many cities in the United States because it is one of the few with such a rich and long history. 

This location of the Boston Public Library was completed in 1895. In 1986, the National Park Service designated the McKim Building a National Historic Landmark citing it as “the first outstanding example of Renaissance Beaux-Arts Classicism in America.” Within the McKim Building are fine murals series, fine collections of rare books and manuscripts, maps, and prints, and splendid gallery space for displaying the numerous treasures assembled over the past 160 years. 

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 The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel is across from Trinity Church and the Public Library. The hotel cost $5.5 million dollars to build and opened in 1912. The Copley Plaza Hotel has been host to many famous people. Every U.S. President since William Howard Taft, and royalty from Greece, Thailand, Abyssinia, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Belgium, Denmark, and the United Kingdom have visited the hotel. Celebrities including John Lennon, Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, Dorothy Lewis, Frank Sinatra, and Luciano Pavarotti have also been guests. But I think one of the best parts about the hotel is Carly Copley, Canine Ambassador. Carly, a black Labrador formerly trained as a guide dog, warmly greets guests upon arrival to the hotel. She is also available for scheduled walks and runs with guests. 

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Trinity Church, directly across from the Boston Public Library was completed in 1877. Trinity Church is the only church in the United States and the only building in Boston that has been honored as one of the “Ten Most Significant Buildings in the United States” by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). In 1885, architects voted Trinity Church as the most important building in the U.S.; Trinity Church is the only building from the original 1885 list still included in the AIA’s current top ten list. The building was designated a National Historic Landmark on December 30, 1970.

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The Old South Church on Boylston Street was completed in 1873. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970 for its architectural significance as one of the finest High Victorian Gothic churches in New England.

Brunch in Boston – Tatte

This is a very “basic” thing to say but I can’t help it – I love brunch. It’s a combination of my favorite meal of the day, breakfast, with an excuse to be decadent and linger over your meal. Luckily my sister shares a love for this perfect hybrid meal and whenever we are together, we make the effort to have an extra special brunch at least once. When I visited her in Boston in October, she picked another perfect spot for our special brunch – Tatte.

Tatte has several locations in Boston, but our visit took us to the Charles Street location. We wandered on cobblestone sidewalks under trees with red, yellow and orange leaves to this quaint spot in Beacon Hill. I personally think Boston is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever visited and Boston in the fall is truly hard to beat.

We were met with a line at the door but my sister assured me that it would be worth it. I honestly didn’t mind waiting in line so I could drool, figuratively and somewhat literally over the freshly baked pastries on display. I believe heaven is a heap of croissants like this one. Normally I am only interested in savory items for brunch but I couldn’t walk by all of these gorgeous baked goods without sampling one.

My sister and I split a cinnamon roll as well as an almond milk latte for each of us. I am slightly lactose intolerant, a fact I will deny when I am presented with gelato, so it is pleasing to see more coffee shops and restaurants offering lactose alternatives.

After our appetizer and coffees, the brunch entrees arrived. My sister had the vegetable tart tatin and I had the shakshuka. Everything on the menu looked incredible but it’s hard for me to ever pass up on shakshuka. Both dishes were delicious.

I would definitely recommend stopping by Tatte when you’re in Boston if you’re looking for a quick, delicious brunch. I can’t wait to go back during my next visit!

 

 

Fall Flavors Baking Class

My sister and I are really the chefs in charge when it comes to our family’s holiday meals. We start planning it weeks in advance down to the appetizers we are going to eat during the day while cooking. One of the most exciting parts for us is planning the desserts.

While visiting my sister in Boston in October, we took an Autumn pie baking class to get our creative baking juices flowing! The class was at the Sur la Table store in the Prudential Center.

The first recipe was for a rustic cranberry galette and the second was a traditional apple pie. We used homemade pie dough for each that was made ahead of time and then we got to make our own at the end of class.

My sister is really the master chef, I’m more of a line cook but a great taste tester. These galettes were straight out of the oven and I wish I could describe how incredible they smelled.

The class had a total of twelve people including two mother-daughter duos and a family so this type of class is perfect for all groups. Everything was simple and straightforward but still fun and informative. There are Sur la tables all over the country so I definitely recommend checking out a cooking class or even their online classes! http://www.surlatable.com/category/cat2211278/Find+a+Cooking+Class