Taste and See on the Northside is now open on Holland Street!
Taste and See is a Tea House on the South Hill in Spokane.
(NOTE: As of January 2011 they have closed this location with plans to reopen on the North-side of the city in the spring. Check their website for more information.)
)Having never been to such a place before I was delighted when a friend of mine asked me to join her for a Christmas tea. This is something I would definitely enjoy doing again, and I most certainly recommend it as the kind of thing to do when you want to dine with someone and spend time talking and enjoying one-another's company. The experience of enjoying tea with a friend was fun, relaxing, elegant, a bit whimsical and most definitely a delightful way to spend an afternoon in anticipation of the Christmas Holiday. Taste and See is the brainchild of Thada Ziegler.
The shelters I saw listed that they are associated with were Anna Ogden Hall and the Union Gospel Mission, Christian ministries, so one might assume it is a Christian oriented ministry organization, but whatever it was specifically, was not particularly obvious to me, except for the reference to the Psalm in the name, and most certainty the kindness and respect they showed all the customers there, including us. There is definitely a spirit of serving here. As for cost to the customer, each reservation was $20.00, which I thought was reasonable, especially as we were there two hours. Tips and donation all go directly to the ministry.
After our tea and salad, we were brought two more pots of tea that we selected from a tea menu. Shortly thereafter we were served Lemon Scones, severed with Devon-shire Cream as well as Lemon Curds. (above)
After these were were offered more tea and then we were brought fancy little lunch treats.
There were stuffed potatoes, Chicken Salad Croissants, Pesto and Sun Dried Tomato English muffins and Turkey and Cheese wreath-shaped white and wheat sandwiches. (pictured to the right)
Next there was more tea and then dessert
The desserts were assorted samplings of several tasty morsels. I do not remember exactly what all we were served but I do remember that in the center were balls of peppermint ice cream that had been rolled in coconut. It sounded a little odd to me, not something I would have chosen for myself, but it was delicious.(below)
It was really nice to spend time with my friend, talking laughing, and not having to think about what to order except for tea. (The meal was preplanned by the kitchen staff.) We were there for two hours. They told us to expect that when we made our reservations, and that is exactly what occurred.
We tried numerous teas, mostly Roobios types. I think may very favorite was the Cinnamon, although the others were delightful to experience. I understand that Roobios (pronounced like "roy-bos") also known as Red Tea is a very healthy drink. Tea in general is supposed to be good for you, so, drink more tea. And, if you can, get together with a friend, someone special to you, and make reservation for a tea party of your own at the tea room,; it's fun.
Here is a photo of the house. Upstairs, I understand, is a Bed and Breakfast!