*Guest post by chicago foodie girl contributor, Diana.
At least once a year, I indulge my mother's dream of having "proper ladies" as daughters, so my sister and I take her out for afternoon tea, usually for her birthday. Mind you, my mother's idea of a proper lady is one who wears pillbox hat, white gloves and crosses her legs at the ankle, tucked away under the chair and away from the table. That same proper lady does not swear, speaks when spoken to, and wears a fancy dress when preparing her husband's meals.
Oh, mom. :) I'm not saying that I'm NOT a proper lady, but I definitely do not fit that profile. I have tattoos and curse like a sailor, but on days like this, I wear my fancy pants clothes and put the brain to mouth filter on 15, so I don't get "the look" from my mom. The next thing you know I'm being lectured and I'm back to my grade school days. Yikes.
Our favorite place to go is The Lobby at The Peninsula Hotel, located just off of The Magnificient Mile in downtown Chicago. It's classy, elegant and my mother is floating a few inches off of the floor the entire time we are there.
The menu consists of afternoon tea type fare - finger sandwiches, scones and sweets, all in single to two bite sizes. The menu changes frequently, and it's always a lovely assortment of deliciousness.
The waitstaff is amazing - they treat you like royalty and bring you everything you ask for, lickedy split. One minute you ask for it, the next minute, it's right in front of you.
I can't get over my mother's cuteness and the fact that I always have to yell at her to smile big when I take her picture. I guess this is as good as it's going to get, huh? But then again, I think she's just waiting for me to take the damn picture so she could dig in! :)
I have to say my favorite things were the scones (bite sized and warm, just like scones should be), the warm chocolate moelleux (you had me at warm chocolate!!), chestnut tea cake (a nice surprise), french ham and Brie on pretzel bread (all three together - my favorite sandwich!). The tea I chose was a lychee black tea, which was fruity and slightly floral and just lovely.
My mother was on cloud nine and I have to say that these moments with her are priceless. Seeing her smile and spending quality time with her and my sister are things I'd never trade for anything in the world.