Friday, April 29, 2011
The Royal Treatment at Tea & Sympathy
I wonder if she'll be in the crowd today at Will and Kate's nuptials? Patricia Routledge, who played Mrs. Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced Bouquet), one of my favorite sitcom characters ever, from Britain's Keeping Up Appearances. Surely this will top luxury cruising on the QE2 and put that Lydia Hawksworth in her place once and for all.
If not, she should be. After all, as she says, it was only an accident of birth she wasn't born someone more important.
Perhaps she and Emmet could do a duet to entertain the crowd. I'm sure he'd love that. It always brings the over seventies to their feet.
The royal fever is sweeping America. Even the library has caught it.
Shall we go to New York City's Tea & Sympathy in spirit to toast Will and Kate? Any excuse to revisit memories there and meals eaten by myself and dear mates, including Kristin who pens the poetry blog Wordfall, and Jennifer who authors Heart Laundry and has a writer site.
How does a pot of fragrant blackberry tea sound? $4.50.
Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie (lentils, onions, carrots, celery, eggplant and parsnips), $14.95.
Cheese and onion pasty with a salad, $13.95.
Off of the dinner specials: mushrooms (shiitake, portabella and button) in a vegetarian gravy on grilled white toast, $8.50.
Cream tea anyone? Rosie Lee (half English Breakfast, half Earl Grey)...
with scones and clotted cream and strawberry jam, $10.
Rhubarb crumble in warm golden custard, $8.
Pineapple upside down cake, $5.
Sticky toffee pudding, $8. After ingesting such heavenly comfort food, I wondered, as Daisy asked Onlsow, "Do you think we'll be slimmer in the afterlife?"
Pop by Carry On Tea & Sympathy next door for cups that will be almost as nice as Hyacinth's Royal Doulton.
Congratulations! And as a poster I read reassured us, "Keep calm, Harry is still single."