Ok.... let's just get this out in the open now....
Let me preface by mentioning my assumption that either you or someone you know is a fan of afternoon tea or you would not be reading this... No doubt the tea parlour aficionados in your life have been to their fair share of eateries .... perhaps even dozens. I too enjoy going to tea... and .... well.... here goes.... at last count I have visited 403 different tea places... some more than 50 times.
|The Palace Hotel, San Francisco - my favorite room for tea|
So there you have it... Now you know. Before you ask why I don't have a tea room of my own I should say, yes, I have been a tea room owner, as well as a fine dining restaurant owner etc.; and I do think it is likely I will have a tea-ery again someday... if for no other reason than to cut down on the cost of going out to tea hahahahhaha.
Because of my great love for afternoon tea and the steady decline and disappearance of tea rooms in my home state of California, I started the SoCal SocieTea website a few years back. The hope was to support and promote the dear and dedicated proprietors of the businesses I love so much. But as with many elective pursuits, I at length found I had neither the time nor resources to keep up with it, and so it fell into disrepair.
|Hotel Pierre, New York City - another perennial favorite|
When the idea came (through much consecrated prayer and listening) to undertake my new business (joie de vivre lifestyle which will officially launch this January), I was thrilled when a lightbulb went off and I realized I could once again champion my favorite cause by changing the SocieTea's scope and name... we're going national over the course of the next year you see. And just for fun I merged my JdV Lifestyle biz's rewards program with the SocieTea's previous Cups of Kindness system.
And so here I am.... a shy girl who who finds herself blogging and gabbing up a storm on facebook.... no the pics I have in my facebook album are NOT of me by the way. I am far too shy for that. They are snaps of the lovely dance fitness guru with whom I will be working.
A key aspect of my new business involves at-home theme dance parties which I see as an excuse to go to tea as I will have a way to work it all off afterwards - tea hee hee... and now if you'll excuse me, the tea kettle is beckoning, and a big cuppa Yorkshire Gold awaits.
Postscript -- here's one of the last fave places I will post some art on today
|The Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles|