15 March 2012

A Lady, Even At Eighty

Recently my beautiful an amazing grandmother turned eighty years old! Eighty, can you believe it? I would only be so lucky to live so long and look so great. I wanted to plan something fun for her birthday, but I also wanted it to be an experience she would remember for always. Since I was little I thought of my grandma as one classy broad, she never left the house without lipstick, never used curse words and she was always gracious and polite. I totally picked up those qualities from her...yeah right, ha ha! Even though I may be lacking in grace, my grandmother still loves me and is indeed very proud of me. Pretty much since last March when she turned 79, I began pondering what I would do for such a fantastic lady that raised me as her own child. One day as I was thinking of her I saw for a split second her dressed to the nines and drinking out of a dainty cup and that is when it hit me, TEA! I will take this woman to tea! I immediately asked around for fancy tea houses when a friend told me that the Ritz-Carlton does a traditional tea time.

In December I made reservations, informed the Ritz that I was Vegan and then began to count down the days. Flash forward to March 3rd, I show up in a lacy dress with my sister to my Grandmother's house, scoop her up and deliver her to the fanciest of lady brunches this woman has ever seen! Our host for tea is a world traveler and had an amazing array of teas, not to mention tea infused vodkas to make the most incredible "champ-tea-ni's! The plating was gorgeous, the food divine and the whole time we were there a beautiful woman played on a grand piano less than 10 feet from us. The tea service lasted for a little over two hours and the three of us had a lovely time.

My fancy face. I even bought blush for this occasion, I have never worn blush in my life! :)

A bit of a blurry pic, taken with my phone. My grandma does not look 80, seriously she looks incredible!

My sister enjoying a spot of tea

my fizzy champ-tea-ni in all of its glory

beautiful tea set

my Vegan dessert tray

My grandma and sister's desserts, beautiful huh?

delicious Vegan scones

my super tasty lunch

The chef at the Ritz was eager to cook an all Vegan meal as his wife recently became Vegan and he wanted to try out some of her new favorite meals. The strawberry and basil balsamic salad was ah-mazing an the grilled watermelon was smokey and almost didn't taste like watermelon. I was impressed. The best by far was the strawberry cupcake with a vanilla pudding filling and the fluffiest, creamiest frosting I have ever had the pleasure of eating. I will definitely be getting dolled up more often to enjoy these delicious delicacies again.


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  2. Looks like an amazing time! I don't get why chefs who have vegan spouses don't automatically offer vegan goodies in their restaurants. They clearly understand that vegan can equal tasty but they still don't do it!

  3. Nice post!! I also wanted to lick the screen as I'm on day 22 of my 30-40 juice cleanse. Always looking for inspiration for meals to fix my family. Thank you!!

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