Tea was discovered in ancient China when a leaf blew in the window and landed in the emperor's bath, which he was slurping through a straw. Sip leaves steeped more decorously with today's Groupon: for $16, you get afternoon tea for two, including scones, sandwiches, and desserts, at Moulin de Paris in Pasadena (a $32 value).
Spend an afternoon inside the elegant yet modern Moulin de Paris, a Euro-Asian bistro that boasts a selection of more than 30 tea varieties. Sippable options include apple-honeybush rooibos, darjeeling, and cupid's arrow tea, which can be spilled on dates to win their affection. Thirsty mouths can also opt for a pot of coffee or iced tea. All brews are paired with a selection of mouth-watering morsels crafted from scratch by the eatery's Paris-trained pastry chef, starting with scones slathered with strawberry jam and devon cream. Shrimp cocktail also precedes the main course, which features an assortment of finger sandwiches and fresh fruit delectably displayed on a three-tiered platter. An assortment of miniature desserts caps off an afternoon of nibbling as magical and refined as a pair of opera glasses dipped in fairy dust.
Moulin de Paris
Winner of OpenTable Diner’s Choice Awards including ‘Best Overall Restaurant’, ‘Best Neighborhood Gem’, and ‘Great for Lunch’, Moulin de Paris has courted visitors with delicate Eurasian fare for the last 29 years. Serving an elegant trifecta of lunch, dinner, and afternoon tea, chefs meld east and west by combining ingredients such as smoked salmon and sweet chili sauce or mango salad and roquefort cheese.
Inside the dining room, mounted, blown-glass sculptures decorate a lemongrass-colored wall, and dark wooden tables accommodate plates. During afternoon tea, three-tiered trays showcase spreads of mini sandwiches and desserts made in-house by a Parisian trained chef.
31 Magothy Beach Rd.
Pasadena, Maryland 21122