Monday, December 8, 2008

Afternoon at the Drake

Another fun thing we did in Chicago was enjoy Afternoon Tea at the Drake Hotel. According to The Drake:

"Afternoon Tea is a tradition that began in 1840 by the Seventh Duchess of Bedford. Due to a long period between the meals, the Duchess experienced a sinking feeling that afflicted her between 3 and 4 o'clock. One afternoon she requested a tray of tea, bread, butter, and cake to be brought to her room.

Gradually, she became accustomed to this habit and invited her friends to partake in her daily ritual. Within a short period of time, this affair, known as Afternoon Tea, became an elaborate social event. During this time, the Earl of Sandwich invented the sandwich, enhancing the overall experience of Afternoon Tea."

The Drake serves Afternoon Tea (accompanied by a live harpist) 365 days a year, but the hotel is especially beautiful during the holidays.

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