You might have read my earlier post about an Afternoon tea we did at the Park Hyatt, Saigon? Well we actually did another afternoon tea, this time at the hotel we were staying at in Ho Chi Minh City, Hotel Des Arts, Saigon.
I was even more keen to do this one when I discovered that this was a parisienne/travel themed tea (no surprises there) Its all vintage traveller themed, with the menu printed on a boarding card. How unbelievably cute!
If I thought the theme of the tea was cute, that's nothing on the actual tea. Mini lobster burgers, salmon canapes and other Vietnamese infused treats are served in a mini vintage style luggage.
And as it's the festive season, the desserts naturally had a little nod towards Christmas! Too cute. We were served free flowing Champagne, which really got us in the spirit for the new years festivity's later that evening.
One of the places we loved whilst visiting Ho Chi Minh City was The Park Hyatt, Saigon. It is such a beautiful setting for afternoon tea, with its shimmering chandeliers and beautiful floral arrangements. Id say it was a very simple and elegant affair, and I was so pleased that I could add this to my ever growing collection ofafternoon teas around the world.
They say first impressions are the most important, so walking into the hotel to this amazing floral display definitely sets the tone. A sparkly chandelier and beautiful floral display go a long way with me.
We started with Iberico pork belly reuben, lobster brioche bun, Phu Quoc pepper crusted salmon and meredith valley goats cheese.
Before moving onto the most delicious Park Hyatt signature sweet selection including pomelo ginger profiteroles, strawberry lime slice, orange blueberry macaron or badiane scented chocolate tartlet.
In my opinion it was the perfect way to spend the afternoon
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I have wanted to visit the Ritz Paris for afternoon tea for quite some time now, so I was delighted when my husband surprised me with a reservation for my birthday. If you have followed me for a while now, you'll know that not only am I obsessed with Afternoon tea but with my favorite city too, Paris!
Despite visiting Paris frequently over the last few years we have never actually visited The Ritz Paris before. For the last few years it has been undergoing renovations, so I was really excited to see it in all of its renovated glory. After all, if it was good enough for Coco...
Incredibly regal and traditional in its styling, it definitely sets itself apart from its competition from other hotels of its caliber in Paris. Iconic royal blue upholstery dominates the hallways, with delicate pink ranunculas florals softening the ascetic.
We were shown to our table Salon proust for tea time
Unlike most afternoon tea's we have experienced, there is no savory course here, its straight into the sweet stuff... much to my husbands absolute delight.
We selected our teas with help from the Tea sommelier. For le homme, The ritz -Signature tea Ripe berries lend a malted sweetness to this blend of black teas, which is fragrant with notes of vanilla and warm spices.
For myself, Vervienne -Slightly lemony with relaxing and digestive properties.
It all start's with an amuse bouche (again another afternoon tea first)
A tiny Madeleine (remember, Salon Proust!) with some creamy milk poured over.
Sponge fingers, tuile cigarettes, florentines, sugar tarts and buns with cocoa nibs and chocolate chips followed
How cute are these iconic Ritz teddy bear biscuits!
And just when we began to worry that we were going to appear incredibly wasteful and not managing to finish such wonderful treats, we were asked if wed like to take the remaining biscuits and cakes with us. Well, who in their right mind would turn down a doggy bag from the Ritz!
To add the icing to the cake, the lovely staff at the Ritz presented me with this gorgeous birthday treat. Now I really was feeling very spoilt
Isn't it all just too beautiful!?
A travel, beauty and lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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