Afternoon Tea At Trump 2014

Afternoon Tea At Trump 2014

Afternoon Tea At Trump National in Palos Verdes

It has been several years since I enjoyed Afternoon Tea at Trump National which is the only place you can experience afternoon tea in the Palos Verdes/South Bay area.  They serve Naja Tea which has unique and flavorful blends of teas and is one of my favorite teas.  I ordered their delicious “Mix & Mingle” tea which is a blend of black tea, rooibos tea, toasted coconut, chocolate and vanilla.

The setting is hard to beat at Trump National with its beautiful views of the ocean, Catalina island and the golf course.  Our favorite sandwich was the Curried Chicken on a Croissant.  Our favorite scone was the cranberry and I really enjoyed their Deep Chocolate Brownie.  The service is excellent.

Afternoon Tea is a great way to celebrate a birthday or just have a relaxing afternoon with friends and is one of my favorite things to do.  Afternoon Tea is served Monday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m and 48 hour reservations are necessary.  For reservations or more information, call 310-303-3260.  Trump National is located at One Trump National Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275.

To read my prior article on Afternoon Teas near Palos Verdes, click here.

Photo courtesy of Trump National

City Of Palos Verdes Estates Celebrates Its 75th Anniversary!

City of Palos Verdes Estates Celebrates Its 75th Anniversary!

75 years celebratiom

This year the City of Palos Verdes Estates Celebrates its 75th Anniversary with a diverse list of special city events.  Some of these special events are sponsored by our community organizations which have presented these events over the years and will do so again this year in honor of Palos Verdes Estates’ 75th Anniversary Year and for the enjoyment of Palos Verdes home owners.


May 3, 2014  – Lunada Bay Homeowners Association presents “Spring Walkabout” Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. which includes garden tours, nature walks, bungee jumps, drum circle and historical displays.  This event will be held on the greenbelt at Palos Verdes Drive West and Paseo Lunado.

May 4, 2014 –  Founder’s Tea at La Venta Inn.  There will be two seatings on Sunday, noon to 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.  Join in the fun and meet your neighbors and city officials.

July 4, 2014 – Malaga Cove School will be home to the Palos Verdes Independence Day Celebration.

July 20, 2014 – Afternoon at the Plaza – Food and Wine Tasting in the Malaga Cove Plaza.  Event will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – ticket price is $75.00.

September 27 & September 28, 2014 – Recreation Days – Activities will be held at the PV Beach & Athletic Club, PV Stable, PV Golf Club and PV Tennis Club.

October 9 – 13th, 2014 – Heritage Days – Art & History Exhibit at Malaga Cove Library.

October 18, 2014 – 75th Diamond Jubilee at PV Golf Club – The event will start at 5:30 p.m. and ticket price will be $125.00.

October 26, 2014 – Lunada Bay Homeowners Association “Harvest Festival.

December 5 & 6th 2014 –  Neighborhood Church Yule Parlor Parade 

There will be more information about all of these events for Palos Verdes homes owners as the dates draw near.  If you are interested in volunteering or purchasing tickets to support the City of Palos Verdes Estates 75th Anniversary Celebrations, you can contact City Hall at (310) 378-0383.

Photo courtesy of the City of Palos Verdes Estates

Palos Verdes Afternoon Tea Informally

LAmande Bakery scones

I love the relaxation of Afternoon Tea and Palos Verdes does not have any choice other than Trump National.  I keep hoping that Terranea Resort will offer an Afternoon Tea but no response yet.  Yesterday, I learned that L’Amonde Bakery on Pacific Coast Highway in Torrance offers freshly baked scones every day at 3:00 p.m. and I decided to have my own little Afternoon Tea.  I purchased two scones (daily special was Lemon Lavender with lemon curd) and headed home to brew my own tea.  I chose Lupicia Caramel & Rum Rooibos (available at Mitsuwa Marketplace on Western in Torrance).  As the tea brewed, I set out my tea cups and plated the scones.  Within 10 minutes, we were sitting down and enjoying a mid afternoon treat!

L'Amande Bakery, Torrance, CA

Annie’s Tea Time, 656 Silver Spur Road in Rolling Hills Estates is also another good place to buy unique teas and they have a terrific selection of all things tea (teapots, cups, spoons, cozys, biscuits, etc.).  L’Amonde Bakery (2552 Pacific Coast Highway, Torrance, 310-326-8980) also has a fabulous Papilloto which is the closest thing to a kouign amann (a buttery Breton pastry with a crunchy caramelized top) that can be found locally.





Afternoon Tea At The Huntington Rose Garden Tea Room

Arbor Leading to Huntington Rose Garden Tea Room

I am always looking for new places for Afternoon Tea near Palos Verdes.  Several friends have recommended the Afternoon Tea At the Huntington Rose Garden Tea Room.  Last Friday night, we decided that we would visit The Huntington the next day and I checked online and there was only one reservation left for Afternoon Tea.  I happily made the reservation feeling very lucky.

After wandering the Gardens – we loved the Japanese Garden and Chinese Gardens the best, we went to the Huntington Art Gallery and enjoyed the European art including the famous Blue Boy and Pinkie.  Next we visited the Library with its incredible collection of rare books and manuscripts – the Gutenberg Bible on velum was awesome.

Buffet at Huntington Rose Garden Tea Room

Afternoon Tea was a perfect break in our day.  The Huntington serves it buffet style which is different from the traditional Afternoon Tea with its 3-tier presentation.  The advantage was that I could go back for seconds of my favorite Tarragon Chicken sandwich and several different kinds of salads.  Their Raspberry Black Tea was my favorite tea.  They also served a delicious pecan bar.

In order to enjoy Afternoon Tea at The Huntington Rose Garden Tea Room you must pay for admission into The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens itself.  Plan to make a day of it.  It is only a hour’s drive to San Marino/Pasadena.  For more information go to  For more information on the Afternoon Tea, click here or call 626-683-8131.

Top Photo is Arbor leading to Huntington Rose Garden Tea Room

Come To The Yule Parlor Parade Homes Tour & Afternoon Tea!

For the last 57 years the Neighborhood Church has been presenting the Yule Parlor Parade.  This year it will be held on Friday and Saturday, December 6 & 7, 2013.  The Home Tour itself is from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and the Tea and Boutique is held in the Fellowship Hall from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.

Each year a selection of beautiful homes are chosen and decorated in a unique manner for Christmas.  This year’s tour includes stunning Palos Verdes Peninsula homes and the historical Haggarty Mansion.  The homes have different themes such as: “Family Christmas,” “Christmas Breakfast,” “Christmas on the Coast” and “Christmas Open House.”  Each home has its own special charm, and is totally decorated to its theme.  Proceeds from The Neighborhood Church’s Yule Parlor Parade are donated to our local South Bay charities.

At the Christmas Tea, you can sit and listen to music while enjoying tea, sandwiches and cookies (which will put you in the Christmas spirit).   The patio is prepared for outdoor seating if weather permits and you can visit the boutiques which are steps away.  The boutiques offer one of a kind items that have been created by church members and there is even a Bake Shop with homemade goodies.  The Vintage Shop, which opened two years ago, has treasures from furniture to glass items that have been donated from local attics.

The Haggarty Mansion which was built as a private villa in 1927 and is now the home of The Neighborhood Church, will be giving tours each half hour and you can walk through this beautiful historical building while learning its story.

Ticket prices are $30 if you order before December 5th and then the price is $35 at the door.  Tickets can be purchased directly from the Church at 415 Paseo del Mar, Palos Verdes Estates, or you can go online to or order by phone (310) 378-9353.  A map with addresses of the homes on tour will be included with all tickets.  You can only wear flat shoes – no high heels.  They request no cell phones or cameras (no photos) on tour properties.  Children under 12 will not be admitted.

Photo courtesy of the Neighborhood Church