Monday, August 4, 2008

The Bold & the Beau-tea-ful

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Generally we’re not down with being prim and proper. But sometimes it’s fun to pretend we live in the days when ladies lunched, servants doted on every whim, and all you had to worry about was keeping your pinky in place.

Now we can all time travel in style at A Cup of Tea, Kailua’s new Victorian tearoom. The pink wallpapered rooms, adorned with lace, flowers, crystal and china, slow time and make Hawai‘i disappear.

A rolling brass cart allows you to see and smell 30-plus loose teas from around the world—including the hard to find, smoky lapsang souchong and two types of flowering teas. While yours is being professionally steeped, settle in at a doily-topped table and nibble on ala carte items like scones with lemon and ginger curds, or one of the set menu’s tiered trays with finger sandwiches, fresh fruit, and even soup and salad, followed by fragrant rose champagne sorbet.

The food is a mere accompaniment to the  old-world ritual, inspiring you to sit up straight, take small bites, and use hushed tones. In other words, to start acting ladylike.

But with only a hint of proper, and absolutely none of the prim.

A Cup of Tea , 407 Uluniu Street, Suite #101, Kailua, 808.230.8832,  Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.

Posted on Monday, August 4, 2008 in Permalink

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.


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