...making life's celebrations sweeter!
 
Elaine's Afternoon Tea's Meetup group met for the third time on Saturday 2nd March 2013. This time we went for Afternoon Tea at The Phoenician. As they say on their website...
"Whether you desire an evening glass of wine or a hearty lunch after a round of golf, The Phoenician offers unique eateries, casual cafes, and romantic lounges for wining and dining in Scottsdale. Enjoy spirits, live contemporary music selections and fabulous views at the Thirsty Camel. Join the tradition of afternoon tea in the charming Lobby Tea Court. Stop by the Café & Ice Cream Parlor for homemade ice cream, pastries and cappuccino. Relax poolside with a refreshing concoction at the Oasis Pool Bar & Grill."
16 of us FABs got together for another afternoon of fun, food and of course tea! We met in reception and each FAB was presented with their name badge and a favor bag of Elaine's Afternoon Tea's Scottish shortbread.
The Phoenician is a resort in Scottsdale, AZ with magnificent facilities. The balcony adjacent to the Lobby Tea Court looks out onto the beautifully landscaped grounds and swimming pools. We were seated at the central table with a great view all round!
From their website...
"In the English tradition, afternoon tea is served daily in the Lobby Tea Court. Consistently voted "Best Afternoon Tea" by the Phoenix New Times and Arizona Republic readers, full tea includes finger sandwiches, scones with Devonshire cream and preserves, pastries and a selection of fine blends. First Seating: 2pm, reservations required."
Afternoon Tea at The Phoenician consists of 3 courses - finger sandwiches, scones and desserts. They are accompanied by a wide choice of Teas - some of us choosing to taste more than one flavor from their menu of Herbal, Scented, Green and Black Teas.
We were each served a pot of our choice of hot tea, made from leaves. We strained the tea into our cups through the little silver tea strainers on each place setting.
The first course was finger sandwiches. There was a selection of 5 different sandwiches and a Vegan alternative was available for the healthier members of our group! We all had second helpings, as the sandwiches were, by design, small, but they were also packed with flavor.

English Cucumber - seedless cucumber, fresh mint savory cream cheese on white pullman.
Hickory Smoked Salmon - mousse of cream cheese, dill and citrus on pumpernickel.
Classic Egg Salad - watercress, daikon sprouts on whole wheat rounds.
Phoenician's Lemon and Thyme Chicken Salad - creamy chicken salad with fresh thyme and lemon on marble rye.
Crisp Asparagus and Garlic Herb Mousse - poached asparagus tips, boursin mousse, aged Parma ham on white loaf.

I hadn't eaten wheat for a month and so far I appear to have had no ill effects from eating these delicious finger sandwiches.
The second course was fresh baked scones (plain and cranberry) with lemon curd, strawberry jam and Devonshire clotted cream. We were starting to get full by this point!
The tea was flowing, everyone was smiling. I suspect we all had a sugar rush going on...
and then...
...the servers brought out the desserts! A choice of 8 mini desserts:

Eclairs
Coffee Opera
Scottish Shortbread
Mango Dome
Fruit Tartlette
Chocolate Bavarois, Sable Breton
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
Brandied Cherry Pomponette

Each one unique and delicious. The chocolate dipped strawberry was absolutely gorgeous!

At the end of our Tea, I presented the servers with favor bags of Elaine's Afternoon Tea's Scottish shortbread for doing such a great job of looking after us.
A few of us FABs decided to move onto the balcony to digest, helped along by a little tonic water!
It was a beautiful, clear and sunny afternoon and we talked for hours about many interesting things until the Sun went down. On the Phoenician's menu it says "Remember the experience" - we certainly will!
Full Tea is $36 per person
and Grand Royale Tea (which includes unlimited premium sparkling wine) is $45.
A 22% gratuity and tax is added to the bill.
It is actually very good value!
I am so glad that I started this Meetup group! It has enabled me to meet so many new and interesting people and I hope that they think the same of me also.
Thank you to Sara, Debbie, Angela S, Anne W, John D, Patti, Kelly, John P, Alice, Cindy, Linda, Cheryl, Laurie, Linda and Moira for making the day such fun!
One lady in particular who I have had the pleasure of meeting is Patti. She is an artist, intuitive consultant and an all round gentle soul. She has many interesting stories to tell, always told with a beautiful smile. For more information on what Patti does, please see her website www.morethanintuition.com and information above and below...
Our next Meetup is in April. We are going for High Tea at the Arizona Biltmore. I am very much looking forward to seeing the FABs again! Our group has been growing steadily and we now have 55 members!
John D suggested he and John P start a group for "Men named John who like drinking Guinness", as both he and my John are big fans! Let's see if they get that group off the ground in the near future...
Until next time, have a FABULOUS day!
Elaine
 


Comments

03/04/2013 2:00am

What a great day - we did not want it to end!
Great food & service and even better conversation with wonderful (fab) new friends!

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Elaine's Afternoon Tea
03/04/2013 10:16am

Agreed!

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Linda
03/04/2013 6:35pm

Enjoyed reading the blog and the photos

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Elaine's Afternoon Tea
03/04/2013 10:20pm

Thanks Linda!

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Patti
03/04/2013 9:02pm

The blog and the pictures are wonderful. They really capture the fun of the day. The teas and tasty treats were delicious and served in a beautiful setting, but as you can see by all the smiling faces, the best part of sharing afternoon tea at the Phoenician was chatting with fellow FABs. (I'd also really like to thank Elaine for her kind words. You can imagine my great surprise to see my business card and promotional materials posted on the site. :-)

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Elaine's Afternoon Tea
03/04/2013 10:24pm

Thanks Patti - it's who you are with, not necessarily where you are. Although, The Phoenician's not bad!!!

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Ellen Harrington
03/05/2013 5:58pm

So sorry to have missed this beautiful event! Pics & hotel look lovely! Will definitely look forward to news of the April event. Thanks so much, Elaine, for hosting these gatherings and showing us how to be ever so proper!

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Elaine's Afternoon Tea
03/05/2013 10:27pm

Hi Ellen!
I can't wait until the next one either! Will you be with us on Paddy's Day at the ICC by-the-way?

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Patti
03/06/2013 3:49pm

I have to admit my favorite picture is the one where the server is showing the dessert tray to Elaine. The expression on her face is priceless!

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    Elaine Price is the owner of Elaine's Afternoon Tea LLC, based in Phoenix, AZ. Elaine’s Afternoon Tea is a home-based bakery providing high quality homemade Irish Soda bread, Scottish Shortbread, English Fairy Cakes, and Scones,
    also offering gluten and sugar free options,
    all baked with love.

    Elaine always uses real butter and buttermilk, and never preservatives. You can certainly taste the difference, making Elaine’s baked goods increasingly popular among the local community. Elaine’s recipe for Irish soda bread was taught to her by her ‘Grandma Monaghan’ on yearly Summer visits to Ireland.

    Orders by the box can be delivered to you in Central Phoenix or collected from the Irish Gift Shop at the Irish Cultural Center (ICC), where you can also find a fresh delivery
    of Elaine’s scones every week.

    Elaine was born in Birmingham, the largest city outside of London. However, she is probably more Irish than most, as her Mother, Mary was from County Kerry and her Father, Pat was from County Wexford.

    On trips every year to Ireland as a child, she would watch her grandmother making Irish soda bread, so she has a great family recipe up her sleeve!

    Elaine trained as a Graphic Designer in London and worked for almost 8 years at Dorling Kindersley Books Ltd in Covent Garden, as a Designer and Project Art Editor, before going freelance for a year.

    In 2001 she changed careers and became a Teacher! She taught Information and Communication Technology, Art and Design, to children aged 11-17 for over 9 years. Elaine found both her careers in Publishing and in Teaching immensely satisfying and in fact life-changing.

    She left Teaching the day before she moved to America in April 2010, to join her fiancé, John, who she married that same month!

    Elaine fell in love, not only with John, but also Phoenix, Arizona and the USA when she visited her brother, Colin in 2008.

    Elaine also has five nephews and nieces, five American cousins and an aunt in the USA.

    In creating her bakery business, (an idea she'd had for quite a while) Elaine has brought together all of her artistic, design and organizational skills to create, not just 'something nice to munch on', but an experience, not easily forgotten!

    Her aim is to make people sweeter!
    To that end, Elaine not only bakes great-tasting and eye-catching goodies, but also presents her delightful desserts in unique and colorful boxes and packaging, to suit the occasion.

    She is motivated by the positive feedback she receives. Her satisfaction comes from the smiles she sees on her customer's faces!

    If you want to try something wonderful and different for your next celebration, check out her sweet treats for yourself!

    Elaine is a member of the Arizona Home Baked and Confectionary Goods Program, the Irish Cultural Center & McClelland Irish Library, the Irish Network Phoenix (INPHX)
    and the Celtic Crafters.

    Through Charity events held at the Center, such as the Celtic Crafters weekend, the Winter Solstice and several Tea Parties, Elaine has contributed to raising money for local causes and charities, such as Living Streams Food Pantry, The Friends of St Patrick Young Ambassador’s Program, the AZ Colleen Program and of course the ICC.

    Elaine holds a Maricopa County Environmental Health, Food Service Worker Card.
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