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Sep 17, 2014 || by eayana

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Ann Arbor is undeniably a canada goose outlet store coffee town, with crowds of the faithful paying daily obeisance (and treasure) to experience the mystic alchemy canada goose outlet uk sale of artisan roasted single origin expert preparations at any number of establishments. For the tea lovers among us, canada goose clearance the pickings are slim. Just one place makes an attempt to elevate the tea drinking experience (minus the irritating self consciousness of the coffee shrines), and that one place is TeaHaus on Fourth Avenue in Kerrytown.

By “elevate” I mean carefully selecting quality tea and focusing attention on its preparation and service. TeaHaus’ 179 varieties of tea come from “Europe most reputable and highest quality tea company, located in Germany,” which is “the only tea company that has their own testing facility, testing for both pesticides and heavy metals residues,” according to TeaHaus owner Lisa McDonald. She notes that she was trained as a “tea sommelier” and that in her shop they are “first tea connoisseurs, who also happen to have really great food.”

While the tea is excellent, the food stands on its own merit. With interesting choices influenced by France, Germany, Sweden, and Africa, McDonald says she’s chosen her menu based on “where I’ve canada goose outlet lived and what I liked.”Tea Haus

204 206 N.

Plastic: AllPrices: Inexpensive to moderate options. Tea sandwiches $1.50 each. Two scones served with clotted cream, lemon curd and jam. $5.95.

Noise level: Moderate

Wheelchair access: Yes

Although she doesn’t advertise it, she says that she shops in season at the Ann Arbor canada goose outlet new york city Farmers Market, just a block down the street. She buys whatever produce looks good for their all vegan soups and for the fruit and berries from which she makes their jams and preserves. She says, “I think my regular customers know duh, it’s obvious, the market is literally right there.”

The food at TeaHaus including canada goose coats on sale finger sandwiches, soup, salad, scones and other sweets, canada goose store is all “Haus canada goose black friday sale made” as they punnily write on the menu, and it is well put together and delicious canada goose outlet store uk in an un fussy way. No matching hat, handbag or gloves required.

I recently made a reservation for the “Full English Tea Service” with some of my lady friends. Although TeaHaus offers a “quickie tea service” option with no reservation required, a 1 2 day notice in advance is needed for the long playing “full” version that comes with soup, savory finger sandwiches, scones (served with jam, lemon curd, and clotted cream), along with pastries and petit fours, and all the tea you can drink.

This full English tea is not the posh watered silk and hushed pinkie curling experience of the iconic Fortnum and Mason in London. The vibe at TeaHaus reminds me more of canada goose uk outlet Apartment Therapy, with a sort of organic, modern, euro slant. The space is painted a rich brown and has funky gold and crystal chandeliers suspended from the high ceiling. Bright euro mod and Asian tea wares share space with antique leather tea caddies and a collection of white porcelain teapots canada goose outlet reviews in many shapes my favorite is the elephant.

After a somewhat lengthy wait (10 or 15 minutes), our afternoon tea service started with a round of white porcelain canada goose outlet nyc mini cocottes holding a richly flavored roasted red pepper soup, appealingly infused with coconut green tea. The soup, with its felicitous melding of warm tropical flavors and a hint of astringency from the tea, was just one example of many items that are made to include their teas.

After the soup and another significant wait (in which we wished for accompanying bread or crackers and “Downton Abbey” style attentiveness), my friends and I were thrilled with the triple decker serving contraption that appeared, filled with layers of sandwiches, scones, and pastries.

Attempting to follow English tea etiquette in a manner that would have made Lady Grantham proud, we started with the petite open faced and crustless sandwiches on the bottom layer and worked our way up to scones and finally to the tea sweets at the top.

It may not have been very traditional, but the spicy cheap canada goose salami with black pepper served on an herb buttered baguette was particularly flavorful. The chicken salad a scoop of finely chopped chicken with a sweet and sour poppy seed dressing canada goose outlet and bits of dried strawberry and tarragon on a small toasted round of baguette was also delicious. And I enjoyed a thick, melty slice of Brie topped with a confit of apricot stewed with their ginger rooibus on a sturdy slice of baguette. Both the egg salad on wheat and the triangles of cucumber and cream cheese on white were tasty but in the way my grandmother likes: plain and very rich.

Lemon blueberry and traditional scones were buttery with a tight, tender crumb. A bit on the dry side, they go well with the tea and also the “Haus made” plate of delightful accompaniments silky lemon curd, fresh clotted cream, a stewed berry jam, and an orange marmalade that our server told us they “doctor up with elderflower tea.”

The ladylike portions meant that we still had room for a final layer of pastry sweets that included: chewy, buttercream filled French style macarons in Easter egg colors (also made with their teas); richly moist carrot cake balls covered in a white candy shell; and dark chocolate covered peanut butter petit fours with a triumvirate of dragees for decoration.

One friend exclaimed that our teatime was so delightful that she was adding it to her list of “top food experiences.” Except for the lengthy waiting times, I was pleased with it too. The food was delicious, fresh, and abundant, the tea was excellent (if somewhat under brewed for my taste), and the company was excellent.

However, in my note to self for visiting on my own nickel, I could be just as satisfied with the “quickie,” which comes with fewer sweets, Canada Goose Online no soup, and one pot of tea. Lots of tables seemed to canada goose be ordering it and I would get it for the lemon curd alone.

On a follow up visit to TeaHaus with other friends, we ordered from the regular menu, which McDonald says changes from week to week. I was curious about the North African “dukkah,” canada goose uk shop a platter described as “nuts seasoned with coriander, fennel and other spices (including their Darjeeling or Assam tea). Served with bread, olive oil, dried fruit, olives and cheese,” our server explained that you eat this dish by dipping the bread in the olive oil, then in the nuts, and choose a sweet or salty accompaniment with each bite.

Lisa McDonald explained that she offers this dish as a reminder that tea culture canada goose outlet shop is worldwide, and that tea is second only to water as the most goose outlet canada common beverage around the globe. She said dukkah is something that would often be on the tables at meetings in Europe, “a fun nosh canada goose outlet in usa that’s filling yet healthy, and it’s sustaining throughout the day.” While I loved the crushed nuts with fennel and coriander, the cheese, olives and dried fruit may have been sustaining, but they weren’t compelling.

We also tried the Swedish pannkakor, a large pancake folded in quarters like a crepe, but puffier. It was filled with frozen strawberries that had been stewed with their popular strawberry mint lavender tea. Topped with whipped cream, this would Canada Goose Outlet be phenomenal with the fresh berries that will be here in a few weeks.


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