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Afternoon Tea at the Queen Mary (which is one of the closest Tea locations to Palos Verdes) gave me a feeling of being on a cruise. It has been several years since I visited the Queen Mary and it was better than I remembered! From the moment we stepped onto the ship, it felt like we were out at sea. The Tea Room is at the top of the Queen Mary and as we wandered through the ship, we really felt the nostalgia of the era. The Tea Room had a very formal period look with large windows to view the ocean.
The food was delicious. Our favorites were the chicken curry sandwiches, pumpkin scones and lemon tarts. There were only four selections of tea which seemed a slim choice. The service was excellent though. We spent the afternoon leisurely sipping tea, nibbling treats and visiting. It was exactly what I needed; I felt refreshed as if I had been on a vacation.
The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, and phone number is 562-499-1682. Reservations are recommended. For more information, click here.
Top photo is courtesy of The Queen Mary
Every year, I wait for Harry’s Berries to appear at two of our local farmer’s markets – Torrance (at Wilson Park) and Hermosa Beach. Their Gaviota strawberries are not only the sweetest berries I have ever tasted but are also full of flavor. Other strawberries will taste dull after you experience Harry’s Berries Gaviotas. Last week, they were at their peak flavor and it would be a good time for you to give them a try as they have a short season. Harry’s Berries said they planted more strawberries this year and hope to have them past the beginning of August. The tend to sell out early so I recommend that you arrive at the farmer’s market within the first couple of hours. You will also want to buy a jar of their strawberry jam – such a treat!
The Hermosa Beach Farmer’s Market is located at the corner of Valley Drive and 11th Street (just north of Cypress Park) and is open Fridays from noon to 4:00 p.m. The Torrance Farmer’s Market is located at Charles H. Wilson Park, 2200 Crenshaw Boulevard and is open Tuesdays and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Photos courtesy of Arvin Design