Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas Tea At The Crown & Cumpet

Ho, ho ho y'all!
Jill and I snuck off to San Francisco yesterday. Ah, the city at Christmas... I love San Francisco always, but at Christmas, I think I love it even more, if that's possible. Everything was merry & bright and we had a grand ol time first at the Ferry Building, then wandering at Ghiradelli Square, then taking tea at The Crown & Crumpet, and afterwards, meandering around SF enjoying the scenery. It was a great day, I thought I'd share some pictures with you.
The Crown & Crumpet is starting to feel like our little hiding place in SF, this was our third trip to the C&C, but our first at Christmas and to our delight the C&C was dressed for a party and full of holiday merriment. It is really such a special place, we love, love, love it.
A holiday tea! Those words alone make me all kinds of happy.

Look at all these sweets!

And these sweets, too.

This fabulous red Christmas tree grabs your attention as soon as you walk into the Crown & Crumpet.

A cheery fireplace mantle. Love those fabulous, pink feather trees!

The tea, service and food were as fabulous as always. That's one thing about the Crown & Crumpet that I especially love, the consistency of the product. Each time we've been there, we feel like "friends" of the shop, like they've been waiting for us to arrive. It's awesome, and not stuffy. Such a joy!

Of course no trip is complete without a memento, or three. I bought this happy, little soldier at the Crown & Crumpet's gift shop, so sweet.
He went straight onto the tree in our family room.

And my happiest purchase of the day, this lovely little broach! I've loved the work of the maker, Lorie Marie for some time and she has a terrific blog which I follow (it's over there on my side bar too, have a look!) as well. I knew that she sells some of her wares at the Crown & Crumpets gift shop, and I was excited to see them in person. When I did, I HAD to have one of these pins. It's everything I love, felt, happy colors, flowers, stitching, in a word; perfect. I really wanted one of these, but it's just not in the budget at the mo... maybe for my birthday.   

Oh, and then there's this! Couldn't leave Ghiradelli Square at Christmas without some, it's my favorite.

I know I've said it before, but you can be sure I'll say it again, if you're a tea fan, and ever you're in San Francisco, you must find the time to have tea at the Crown & Crumpet, you will love it. I promise.

I know this has already been a picture heavy post, but I'm really enjoying and learning to use my new camera, so I hope you'll forgive my photo indulgence a little more. Here are a few snaps that I think are pretty from the Ferry Building...
Just inside the Ferry Building.

Rose & geranium French macaroons, tasted as pretty as they looked. Miette.

Beautiful shrooms, Far West Fungi.

Gifts from the hive, Bee Kind.

All sorts of wondrous fromage (hot guy not included), Cowgirl Creamery.

Mine! Mine! Mine! This guy crept up on me, good thing Jill was watching.

So that about wraps it up, I hope you've enjoyed another trip to my favorite city by the bay!
More Christmas goodness coming soon, stay tuned!


Becky said...

I love your pictures - don't apologize. Looks like lots of fun!

Anonymous said...

isn't it magical there!? i love Crown & Crumpet and Amy is just the BEST! thank you so much for posting my cluster are so super sweet for saying such nice things about my work. happy holidays to you and your family!! xx lori

parTea lady said...

I'd love to visit the Crown & Crumpet. Your pictures are great. The Ferry Building looks like a fun place too. Thanks for all the links.

Crystal Rhew Staley said...

What a fun trip! The Crown and Crumpet looks pretty amazing.

Jill said...

Girlie, you're rockin' that new camera! It was so fun to re-live our fun day through your fabulous photos! I'm so glad that we took the time to play and explore The City at Christmas time. Getting stuck behind a cable car is so much more fun when there's caroling elves and a Santa on it!
PS: Buddy! Buddy!.... Santaaaaaaa!

Bonnie said...

What a great post..especially for someone like me who doesn't get out of town much at all. I would love to tour San Francisco! I did get to see a bit of the city once when our plane to Hawaii was delayed overnight. But, it wasn't nearly enough time, of course! I love the pics from Crown and Crumpet..that makes me really want to go there! The tea cups are adorable as ever! Love them! The decor in the place is total eye candy! This looks like it would be my favorite place if I lived there! I'm also loving the pics from the market in the Ferry Building! You know what? I have never ever had a French macaroon! I see them all over blogs! There are no macaroons at bakeries in this little town where I live. I really want to try one!