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>Margaret's Hope Estate Darjeeling at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay

A stroll along Half Moon Bay and an afternoon tea in the Ritz-Carlton's cozy library with mom and dad.

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The menu introduces the general h
istory of tea ("...It has been said that in 2737 BC, Sheng Nung, the Chinese Emperor, was banished to a remote part of Southern China. Poverty forced him to drink only boiled water. One day, when some leaves fell from a nearby tree into the saucepan he was heating, he was pleasantly surprised. The resulting infusion cleared his mind and relaxed him. He often drank it, naming it Tai (peace)...") and describes each tea in detail. (Margaret's Hope Estate Darjeeling, "the Champagne of teas with subtle Muscatel flavor and a wonderful aroma".)

Here's their "Royal Tea" menu.

Champagne, Laurent Perrier, "L-P", Brut, Tours sur Marne

Your choice of tea (see below)

Smoked Salmon with Saffron Cream, Salmon Caviar and Dill on Dark Rye Bread
Cucumber and Crushed
Pink Peppercorns, Dill Cream Cheese on Whole Wheat Bread
Sesame Chicken Salad, Apple and Currant Relish on White Bread

Egg Wedge with Paprika Mayonnaise, Onion Sprouts on White Bread

Caramelized Cashew, Cherry & Coconut Scone

Seasonal Fruit Tart
French Macaroon

Earl Grey & Raspberry Diamant
Olive Oil Cake with Apricot Confiture
Chocolate Fondant, Salted Caramel Ganache

Eclair Praline


California Strawberries served with Vanilla Whipped Cream and Grand Marnier

Fifty-Eight Dollars

The tea choices were: (unrelated links)
Yorkshire Gold

Scottish Breakfast

English Breakfast

Blue Sapphire

Afternoon Darjeeling

"Special Rare" Darjeeling, Margaret's Hope Estate

Earl Grey

China Rose Petal

Japanese Green Tea Whole Leaf "Imperial Gunpowder"


Jasmine Blossom Green Tea
Spiced Orange
Chamomile Flowers



"There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea."
-The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James

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