The 40 by 40 Project is written by Angie Teater, a New York-based interior designer & travel writer. The Project begins on Angie's 39th birthday (March 11, 2017) with only 365 days to accomplish everything on the list before turning big Four-Oh! 

Forty goals. One year. Endless possibilities.

#9: Afternoon Tea / Part 3 of 4

#9: Afternoon Tea / Part 3 of 4

Pinkies up!!!! It's tea time once again! My third fancy adventure in finger sandwiches and warm scones took place at The Pembroke Room inside the Lowell Hotel. Their afternoon tea is rated by "Oh, How Civilized" blog as one of the best in New York so naturally, I had to sip - I mean see - for myself. 

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In a crazy twist of fate, I somehow managed to be the ONLY person with a 2:00pm reservation on a Thursday afternoon, despite it being the holiday season. This means I had the entire wait staff and lavish dining room all to myself. It felt very Downton Abby. All I needed was a little bell on my table and a feathered hat to declare myself the official Dowager Countess of Pembroke Room. 

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My first order of business as the unofficial Countess: choose a tea. 

The Pembroke Room's extensive menu offers all sorts of great options, including black, green, and herbal teas. I took my sweet time (because I could) and finally decided on the luscious Vanille flavor, described as a "blend of Ceylon and China teas with vanilla flavor, embellished with vanilla cuts and flower petals." 

Countess approved.

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Soon a lovely three-tiered server arrived displaying five finger sandwiches and five colorful sweets, all looking quite decadent. 

I was politely informed that my scones would arrive after I'd enjoyed the sandwiches. Don't mind if I do! The lobster roll was my favorite, quite rich and decadent. The cucumber dill sandwich required a generous shake or two of salt to detect much taste. Meh. But the salmon with caviar was a lovely touch and inspired an appreciative nod ala Countess. 

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After enjoying the sandwiches, I was presented with a basket of piping hot scones. I chose a blueberry beauty, which I've never had for afternoon tea, and a plain one with sugar topping. Both were absolutely delicious, especially when drizzled with lemon curd. 

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I'm an unabashed lover of desserts so the sweets are always the highlight of my teatime. The offerings at The Pembroke Room did not disappoint!   

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The chocolate eclair was wonderfully decadent and I absolutely adored the holiday touch of a red velvet macaroon filled with Nutella. 

If I'd actually been the Dowager Countess of the Pembroke Room, I'd have rung my little bell to summon more of those yummy bites.

But alas, it's all a fantasy.

At least I didn't have to wear a feathered hat.

#13: Tourist Day in NYC

#13: Tourist Day in NYC

#14: See the Taping of a TV Show

#14: See the Taping of a TV Show