Rather than just sit down for afternoon tea while I was in London last month, I was able to bake English classics and learn the craft and etiquette of the tradition with an expert in her beautiful Victorian home. Giuliana Orme, author of Afternoon Tea at Home Made Simple, has been offering home-baking and tea-making classes in her home for several years, providing guests with the opportunity to learn the history behind this British institution that dates back to the reign of Queen Victoria and the secrets behind the makings of the perfect afternoon tea. Our class with Giuliana began with a brief tour of her Victorian home, then it was straight to the scone and shortbread baking and specialty sandwich making. Giuliana welcomes all levels of abilities and gave detailed step-by-step instructions on how to assemble the teatime treats and desserts in her homey, quaint kitchen. With a very relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, the time it took our group to make the scones and cucumber sandwiches flew by, and we were soon escorted to the lovely drawing room to enjoy the fruits of our labor and learn proper tea etiquette. Over cups of hot tea, scones with homemade jam and warm conversation, we learned interesting information about the history of afternoon tea from Giuliana. The Duchess of Bedford reputedly started the institution in the 19th century as a way to fend off the hunger she felt between lunch at noon and formal dinner at 9 p.m. She would order tea, cakes and bread and butter to be served in her room and later started inviting relatives and friends over for snacks and conversation. Guiliana also showed us the beautiful china she’s aquired over the years and informed us of suggested topics of conversation for tea, such as music, food and travel. We all left full and happy with a goody bag filled with cake and scones with clotted cream and jam. If you can’t make it to Giuliana’s beautiful home for a lesson and traditional afternoon tea party, check out her book, which demystifies the tradition and includes delicious, easy-to-follow recipes to make at home. — Monique Barrett, eFlyer editor/associate editor
Galataport Istanbul, a new cruise and lifestyle destination on the Bosphorus in Istanbul, welcomed its first ship, SeaDream II, on Oct. 1. Approximately 150 passengers and crew from Bulgaria Varna arrived at 10 a.m. for a two-day homeport operation before continuing to Bulgaria Burgaz.
This holiday season, escape to the Caribbean with Celebrity Cruises and reconnect with family and friends in luxurious accommodations that make you feel right at home. Savor globally inspired cuisine designed by our Michelin-starred chef, paired with the most awarded wine collection at sea. Elevate “me time” with a soothing spa treatment sure to renew. With both long and short cruises to celebrate in December, and even three special Ultimate Holiday Cruises that sail over Christmas and into the New Year, the time to gift an experience and create unforgettable memories is now. Celebrity Cruises’ Always IncludedSM pricing — drinks, WiFi and tips — ensures a seamless, carefree vacation with the ones you love.
The countdown to Halloween weekend is on! Are you are still unsure about plans? Do you go to a house party? Stay in to hand out candy? Try something different this year and join Philadelphia’s The Mütter Museum at its 6th annual Mischief at The Mütter.
There’s an aspirational rustic chic/farm-to-table restaurant genre often associated with Northern California’s wine country. When you drive down the main street of Napa, Sonoma or any of the other towns, it appears there are as many of them as there are vineyards. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this genre, as the quality of the food is consistent and ambitious chefs earnestly endeavor to elevate home-style dishes to a higher standard.
The Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Convention 2021 will be unlike any other convention before it, as we come together in person for the first time since the business travel industry drastically changed and look forward to rebuilding and reshaping the future. GBTA Convention 2021 will bring all of us together to learn from experts and each other, in-person at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 17–19. The safety of our attendees is our top priority. View health and safety protocols.
The InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco announced a new amenity for guests in collaboration with Porsche. Porsche electric vehicle charging stations will now be located in the valet area of the hotel’s parking deck, allowing guests and visitors to top off the batteries of electric vehicles while enjoying a cocktail at Top of the Mark, enjoying farm-to-table fare at Nob Hill Club or staying overnight at the property.
Since its prestige for attracting the world elite grew in the 1960s, Greece remains the go-to destination for glittering holidays. Each step of the journey is enrobed in luxury, from culinary traditions with the highest standard of execution and name-brand, high-end shopping to first-rate wellness locales and elite accommodations, like 5-star hotels, private villas and yachts.
It’s time to start dreaming of your next trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Reykjavik with us.