High Tea at the Banff Springs Hotel
14.07.2015 - 03.08.2015 65 °F
We thought we’d have a lunchtime picnic at a vista point, across the street, from the campground. We packed up our smoked salmon, dips, crackers and wine in our picnic backpack. We hiked over to the vista and were going to sit down on the chairs when it started raining. When the drops really started dropping we turned around and went back to the RV for an inside picnic. Of course, the sun came out and was bright while we had our inside picnic.
The whole lunch idea was a big mistake as we’d booked a reservation for Tea, but we didn’t want to be starving when we had our High Tea.
We dressed up, Zaya in the best dress she had with a pretty pink sweater. She had me brush her hair and put it into braids.
We got to the Banff Springs Hotel just at 3pm but were told that there wasn’t a reservation for us after all and that they were booked. Well that was the wrong answer! I told them that we had come into the hotel and made our reservation and we were now there to have tea. I was firm but did not have to demand to see the manager. After many apologies, we were seated with a nice window view.
Our mistake in eating lunch became apparent very soon. After our selection and sniffs of tea, we were brought small sandwiches and scones. The selections were brought on the 3-tiered servers. I had my own gluten free selections. Dale and Zaya shared theirs, but peanut butter and jam sandwiches were made for Zaya. Some of the sandwiches included: smoked salmon with capers, cucumber and radish, boiled egg, curry, ham and brie.
We didn’t stuff because we knew that we’d be getting a selection of desserts. There was one of each for Dale and Zaya; opera cakes, cream-filled cookies, other petite fours, and lime cheesecakes. I had hand-made marshmallow, brownie with a crispy rice crust topped with chocolate mousse, chocolate covered strawberry, another chocolate cake and cream filled cookies.
Fortunately, what we couldn’t eat they packed up for us to take. We still have desserts waiting to be finished.