Wednesday, August 31, 2016

New Tea and Teacup

Recently while browsing in my favorite antique store - LaBelle Antiques - I saw a teacup I thought would be pretty for fall.  It was only $6, so I bought it.  

Its reasonable price is probably because it's not English bone china.  It's made in Japan.

Also... a friend at church recently gave me a gift bag containing two teas she got while visiting northern Michigan.

I've been wanting to try the teas, so my new teacup seemed like the perfect time.  I tried Cherry Amore first.  It's a Ceylon black tea blended with wild cherry flavor and rose petals. The cherry flavor is more dominant than the rose petals which is good since I don't care for strong floral teas.

Thanks, Debbie!  I'll be trying the tropical Mango soon.  I love the cute teapot note card tucked in the gift bag too.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Lakeside, Ohio Part II

After an 8:00 a.m. breakfast at The Patio restaurant we headed out on foot [a short distance] to the antique show which opened at 9:30 a.m.

[Internet Photo]

I spotted the car pictured below in a hotel parking lot on the way to breakfast and couldn't resist taking a picture.  What a quaint place for a honeymoon get-away.

The antique show is located in three large buildings as well as many outdoor booths.  It was a gorgeous, sunny day in the 80's with low humidity.  It stormed that night, however.

The five of us split up to see the antiques at our own pace and met in front of the building pictured above at 12:30 p.m.  We had covered all the vendors so we went back to the cottage for lunch [Subway sandwiches], and our "show and tell" time. In the photo below Linda is showing her beautiful lace place mats.

My purchases were a Beatrix Potter Jemima Puddleduck figurine by Royal Albert for $15

She makes the third Beatrix Potter figurine I've acquired, joining Tabitha Twitchett and Tom Kitten.  

I also purchased two teapot trivets.  The hand-painted trivet below was $6.75

The porcelain trivet was backstamped Bavaria, and was marked down from $14 to $3.  It has no chips, cracks or crazing so how could I pass it up??  I saw other trivets in Lakeside shops that were much higher priced so I was pleased with my bargains.

My last purchase was a tea towel with a handmade teapot applique for $2.25.  There's something for everyone at the antique show, and none of us went home empty-handed.

Later we drove to historic Mon Ami winery near Port Clinton for their famous Saturday seafood buffet.  When we arrived the place was packed and we were told the wait was up to two hours, but we were called sooner. They serve over 1,000 people at their Saturday buffets. The entrance to the large restaurant is pictured below.

[Internet Photo]

Mon Ami is one of the oldest wineries in the Lake Erie region.  Founded in 1872 by the Catawba Island Wine Company, it was sold in 1937 to the Mon Ami Champagne Company. It has changed ownership three times since, but has retained its name.

Below is an Internet photo of the dining room where we ate.  It was much too crowded for me to take a photo of my own.

Menus [pictured below] are provided for those who don't want the buffet. The seafood buffet consisted of everything you can imagine, with crab legs being the most popular, in addition to mussels, scallops, boiled shrimp and several kinds of fish, as well as prime rib.

My plate pictured below - I stuck with boiled shrimp [much easier to eat than crab legs], pan seared scallops, fried perch nuggets, and a slice of prime rib.  It was delicious.  I don't know when I've eaten so much food over a two-day period!

Then it was back to the cottage for the night.  We left for home late Sunday morning, but while the gals took one last look in two of the shops, I roamed around outside for a few last photos. I wish I could have taken a photo of every cottage to share because they were all so quaint, but I doubt you'd want to look at 300 photos!  ;-)

~ Entrance to the Lake Erie beach area ~

These adorable cottages are not cheap.  A cottage across the street from where we stayed was for sale.  It needed lots of work, yet the asking price was $200,000.00.  Yikes!

I snapped this photo from inside the car as we were departing.  The windshield was tinted so the color is a little skewed.

Main gate as we were departing.  Cheerio, Lakeside Chautauqua until next year - good Lord willing.  It was a wonderful outing.  Hope you've enjoyed coming along with me vicariously.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Three-day Outing to Lakeside, Ohio

I arrived at my girlfriend's house at 9:30 a.m. last Friday to depart for Lakeside, Ohio for a three-day outing with four wonderful ladies.  Lakeside is about a two-hour drive, and we had 11:30 a.m. reservations for Afternoon Tea at Tea by the Sea tea room.

This was my second visit to Lakeside Chautauqya.  I blogged about last year's visit here. The quaint, gated campgrounds, which is run by the United Methodist Church, West Ohio Conference, sits on the shores of Lake Erie and is open from May until September.  Since 1960, they've held an amazing antique show on the grounds every August, which is our main inspiration for going.

Approximately 300 picturesque cottages line narrow streets, 100 of which have year-round residents. It's a restful, slow-paced community, and reminds me of what Martha's Vineyard must be like [although it's not on an island]. Below is the gate we entered this year - much smaller than the main gate.  Tickets are purchased upon entering and must be shown when leaving and re-entering the grounds. 

We drove to the cottage where we were staying to unload our luggage, and had the privilege of meeting the hospitable owners who were out-of-town when we went last year. Then we rang for a 5-passenger golf cart [the mode of transportation on the campgrounds besides walking] to transport us to the tea room.

 Tea by the Sea is located inside Rainbow House.

Charming owner, Ruth Ann, was ready and waiting for us.

[L-R:  Louise, Barbara, Suzanne, Me, and Linda]

Our tea began with Swedish Scones, which look similar to Crumpets.  They're Ruth Ann's signature scones, and as long as she owns the tea room she won't share the recipe, but she said variations can be found on the Internet.

The first tea we selected was Coconut Pouchong by Golden Moon.  It was delicious with a wonderful aroma.  Later we switched to Ginger White Tea.

~ Three-tiered server laden with wonderful food. ~


[Top L-R: Cucumber/Cream Cheese on Wheat Bread; Egg Salad on White Bread; Ham and Cheese pinwheel; Smoked Pimento Cheese on open-faced Pumpernickel triangle; and Chicken Salad in a fried Won Ton Wrapper - in center. Ruth Ann used fresh herbs from her garden - mint, dill, parsley and lavender.

~ Fresh Fruit ~

~ Desserts ~

Dark Chocolate French Truffle; Individual mini Apricot Cheesecake; and Neiman Marcus Bar. 

~ The meal concluded with a dish of Sherbet ~

~ A peek at the tea room ~

The wicker lady below was in the parlor.

[L-R:  Barbara, Louise, Suzanne; Me and Linda]

Then we were off to shop in the quaint stores at Lakeside until they closed at 5:00 p.m. Below is the yard of Marilyn's - a shop near the tea room.

You wouldn't think we'd be hungry again, but someone recommended Ciao Bella restaurant in nearby Port Clinton, so we went there for dinner.  

It was a lovely restaurant and I ordered Portabella Ravioli with cream, herbs and white truffle oil. It was delicious!

We drove back to our cottage with very full tummies, and sat around in our jammies and talked until bedtime.

To be continued...

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Today I'm joining Rose Chintz Cottage for No Place Like Home
Antiques and Teacups for Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Bernideen's Tea Time Cottage for Tea in the Garden