This past year I wrote two blog postings about our good friend and author Cynthia Reyes. One posting celebrated the launch of her first book, A Good Home; the second was about apples – inspired by the apple trees near Cynthia’s Good Home and an old English recipe for apple cake, which with a little bakery magic became the Lady Cynthia Cake. I am grateful to Cynthia for her most recent blog, Tea Lover, (today’s blog posting!) wherein she recounts how much the cake was enjoyed by her friends and blog followers and paying tribute to our afternoon tea company, Simply Splendid Victorian Afternoon Teas.

Cynthia Reyes

“Simply Splendid” 

As Christmas approaches, Marilyn Mirabelli is a very busy woman.

Marilyn, the person behind one of my favorite websites, has a tea catering company called Simply Splendid Victorian Afternoon Teas.  In the weeks leading up to Christmas, you’ll find her filling clients’ orders and preparing  to cater afternoon teas for tree-trimming or other Christmas parties. Marilyn Mirabelli knows her tea. And, since 2004, she’s been living her dream of having a thriving tea business.

As you’ll see on Marilyn’s website, she’s revived the afternoon tea in classic style:

A Simply Splendid Victorian Afternoon Tea unfolds with the well-appointed tea table: Crisp white tablecloth and tea napkins; china teapot and cups and saucers; freshly-made tea sandwiches that are trimmed and quartered, small cakes, biscuits, and of course, classic English scones with imported Devon double clotted cream. This is accompanied by the choicest loose leaf teas.”

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