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Valentine’s Tea with my Valentine

The Fella and I are very into afternoon tea. It’s kind of a tradition for us, now. When we go on a trip, if there is a place to have afternoon tea (or places) then tiny sandwiches and scones will be consumed. We are also on the hunt for local places. We found a humdinger, the Hummingbird Bakery and Tea Room in the Woodlands, Texas.

It’s rather unexpected, tucked into a nondescript strip center, that looks very much like many other strip centers in the greater Houston area. Inside the doors, one finds a charming mishmash of furniture, knowledgeable staff, and delicious foods delightfully prepared and presented.

The service started with the house tea, a black blend of Assam and Darjeeling. The spread was heavy on the sandwiches and savories and light on the desserts, which is fine with the Fella and me. The sandwiches were mostly traditional with a twist. Each sandwich was served on a different kind of bread which complimented the fillings beautifully. The Fella’s favorite was the smoked salmon on a German rye. I am torn between their green sandwich which was pesto and avocado on pistachio-cranberry bread or a fig and brie on country French bread. In addition to the sandwiches, we had tiny spinach quiche and salad served in a pastry cup. The scones were a chocolate chip and strawberry, hot from the oven, served with marmalade, strawberry jam, lemon curd, and house made clotted cream. For dessert we had mini macarons, lemon curd filled creme puffs, and a Victoria sponge cake with raspberry infused chocolate ganache. Everything was perfection.

The Humming Bird Bakery and Tea Room boasts a selection of over 100 different teas. In addition to the house blend, the Fella had Lapsang Souchong and we both sampled White Orchard, which was a very fruity white tea with notes of peach. It is supposed to have notes of melon, but I tasted pear and Fella tasted apple. Taste buds are weird.

The owner spent a lot of her time waiting on her guests. She was lovely and paused to chat with us about her shop, to make tea suggestions, and to explain every food in great detail. We were incredibly impressed. I would love to go back just to have cream tea and read a book. If it weren’t such a hike!

Happy Early Valentine’s Day!

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