Cheerio! It’s Tea Time in Londontown

Since it’s technically spring (although Boston seems to have missed that memo) and I’m feeling nostalgic, I had to do a throwback to my spring semester abroad in London. While they do have one of the best accents out there, they aren’t particularly known for their cuisine. BUT what they are known for is their exquisite afternoon tea.

ImageAfternoon tea is one of my favorite things out there–besides popcorn, which deserves its own post. It is one of the things I miss most about London—there must be something about the delicious assortment of finger sandwiches and an endless amount of scones and pastries that gets me every time. A smoked salmon sandwich is usually in the assortment of sandwiches so naturally that helped fuel my love for tea (since I don’t think I’ve professed my love for smoked salmon clearly…. not). I had it practically every week when I was abroad. Coming back to the states meant I couldn’t have it every week, which was devastating (I was tempted to pack hundreds of Harrods scones in my suitcase but I was stopped by my suitcase being already overweight).

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Luckily my love for put me on a search to find afternoon tea in Boston and I was successful. The two best places for authentic afternoon tea I’ve found so far are the Boston Public Library and the Taj hotel. I recently just went to the Taj for my birthday and was pleasantly pleased—I managed to clear mostly everything on the dainty china platters. It’s perfect for an afternoon adventure when you want something delicious, relaxing, and low key. Plus it gives you a reason to dress up if you want! If you haven’t had authentic afternoon tea, you should try it! But until next time, keep eating!

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Love for Lox

If I could live off one thing for the rest of my life it would be smoked salmon (aside from Jamaican barbeque and tzatziki of course). I know it’s an acquired taste for many, but man I could eat it for days—and that’s what I did.  Over the past week and a half, I had smoked salmon for either breakfast or lunch (and sometimes both).

It pairs so incredibly well with cream cheese (I tried it with an herb cream cheese, which may just beat plain old cream cheese), fresh tomatoes, red onion slices, capers, and a soft, doughy, plain bagel. As if this couldn’t get any better, you must top it off with some fresh lemon juice—seriously you won’t want to eat anything else.

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While I haven’t truly explored to find the best smoked salmon in Boston, I must say that Espresso Royale Café on Commonwealth Avenue, part of Boston University’s campus, does make a mean smoked salmon bagel–the Santa Monica. If consuming that much raw fish wasn’t bad for you, I would eat it all day, every day, breakfast, lunch and even dinner. Some would say that’s excessive, but I beg to differ. The thing that I like about that sandwich is that they add an avocado spread, which makes the rest of the flavors of the sandwich pop (particularly the smoked salmon).  Discovering the Santa Monica has made my college experience that much better (but can’t say the same for my wallet).

The funny thing is, is that while I absolutely love smoked salmon, I don’t ever buy it when grocery shopping. How strange. They do say there is a first for everything, so maybe I should start now? If you haven’t already experienced the wonderfulness of smoked salmon, I strongly recommend you do (especially with a bagel)—I now can’t imagine my life without it. But until next time, keep eating!