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Friday, August 29, 2008

Tea and Sea

Tea and the beach are two of my favorite things in life. Throw in a drive down the beautiful Oregon coast to Tillamook and you have cause for joy. A drive along Oregon’s rocky coastline that ends in Tillamook at La Tea Da can make for a pleasant, relaxing experience.

To celebrate the pending arrival of a new grandchild as well as three half-birthdays, our family and friends made the journey from Ilwaco, WA to Tillamook, OR for tea at La Tea Da. I have had tea at numerous tearooms in the Northwest and La Tea Da remains my favorite because of the food and service. It cannot be denied that the getting there is part of the experience.

My daughter-in-law Ana, headed for two months in Brazil, had never been to La Tea Da and thought it would make a good excuse to visit if we held the baby shower there before she leaves. My daughter-in-law Jamie, who is expecting, stopped in Seaside to get her grandmother. Friends from Gig Harbor had come for the weekend as well and so the tea group was ten in number, leaving behind my uncle, two sons and my husband to wander Ilwaco’s Saturday Market and buy tuna for the evening’s barbecue.

Our two hour drive from Ilwaco, WA to Tillamook, OR was scenic taking us through Cannon Beach,

Manzanita, Rockaway Beach, and Nehalem.

We got to “ouuu” and “awww” over all the pretty pink baby clothes for the baby

and seven High Teas and two Scamp’s Teas for our two little scamps sent us home with full tummies and boxes of leftovers. Best of all, I had a most beloved aunt all to myself for the four hours’ round trip drive.

Ana and the scamps.


JosephMcG said...

Sounds like great fun. (I was bemused by the men wandering the beaches while the women headed out for tea... not being into tea I have two questions... what is a scamp tea and what is a half-birthday)

Clueless in Tacoma

Lorraine Hart said...

Deelish all the way 'round Stephanie!

Stephanie Frieze said...

A Scamp's tea is a lovely little plate of tea sandwiches some made with peanutbutter & jelly, others with cheddar cheese, a sprinkling of Gold Fish crackers and cookies shaped like icecream cones.

My very best friend's birthday is the day after mine and she likes to celebrate the six month mark. Another friend's is two days later and so we had a three way 1/2 birthday celebration!

The tuna the fellas cooked that night was wonderful, too!

JosephMcG said...

Thanks for answering my questions without making me look like an ignoramus...

A Little More Knowledgeable in Tacoma

Kim Thompson said...

Cute pics!

And I LOVE the name of that tea place--darling!

Patty Cake said...

I LOVE Tea AND the beach! ohhh my! Stephaine . . . . you are getting to me.... gosh I am jealous teeeheeeeeee