Like Olympic swimmers and gremlins, tea leaves only reveal their true power after being dunked in water. Unleash hidden strength with today’s Groupon: for $18, you get an afternoon high tea for two at Nibbles Café (a $36 value). The high tea—modified from the usual menu—includes:
- Unlimited tea served in fancy tea-ware
- Scones and clotted cream
- Apricot-glazed puff pastry with fruit filling
- Two types of tea sandwiches:
- Chicken salad
- Cucumber with dill
- Bite-size dessert
Nibbles Café steeps diners in an elegant dining room surrounded by gold-hued walls, plants, and velvet love seats. Throughout the afternoon, high-quality teapots quietly whisper, “Tip me over, pour me out, old chap,” as scones and apricot-glazed pastries melt in mouths, preparing palates for freshly prepped chicken salad or dill-speckled cucumber sandwiches. After finishing with a bite-size dessert, couples and any additional guests ($15 extra) can sip, slurp, or gargle unlimited tea to their hearts’ content.
Nibbles Café’s high tea is served Tuesdays–Fridays until 2 p.m. High tea is also available on Saturdays as long as space is available. Please call ahead for reservations.
Baking is a science that requires exact measurements and timing. Perhaps that is why Emeline Bauder, a former environmental chemist, always knew she would return to the kitchen. At Nibbles Cafe, she now combines that precision with an armory of fresh ingredients to forge sweet pastries. Still warm from the oven, scones made with real milk and eggs drop next to teacups, whose delicate shape and bright hues bring to mind a tulip blossom. The bread that encases the café’s sandwiches bakes fragrantly in house, and eyes wander to impressive ranks of cakes. From delicate swirls of batter and frosting, Emeline has drawn forth a reproduction of an Italian castle, a groom’s treasured Jeep, and other elaborate sculptures.
High tea is served on gilt china in the midst of red velvet couches that capture the sensation of lounging in a Victorian salon or sitting on a stuffed trophy fire truck. A gleefully mismatched crew of chairs encircle wrought-iron bistro tables, and the light from the crimson chandelier brings to life the colors of cut flowers and the goldenrod walls.