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A Sampling of Afternoon Tea (England)

THE GREAT, THE GOOD & THE DISAPPOINTING

A good afternoon tea can be life-changing. But sometimes good food and good tea 
isn't good enough.

When I visit my aunt in England I never go to sightsee, or to be a tourist. I go there to eat. And specifically, I go there to consume inordinate amounts of scones, clotted cream, earl grey tea, and egg sandwiches on granary bread.

Here’s a ranking of the afternoon teas I sampled:

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Bad Boba

BUBBLEOLOGY

Cute concept. Gimmicky Execution.

I am the biggest fan of bubble (pearl/milk/boba) tea. There was a period of time in college when I had boba every single day straight for two full semesters (it was a dark time).

I even took this BuzzFeed quiz which only further confirmed my unhealthy obsession with the stuff.

I am such a fan of boba that I managed to convert my aunt and cousin (whom I was visiting this past week) to boba drinkers/lovers as well. So when we decided to go to London, dim sum and bubble tea was a no-brainer combination.

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Holes in the Wall

OVERSEAS CHINESE

Round two. London style.

I’ve never waited so long for dim sum.

The Californian in me is used to early brunches (early enough that they should probably be called breakfast) and dim sum is no exception. Dim sum can start as early as 9 a.m. with most of the morning crowd arriving by 11:00 a.m.

That was not the case of Overseas Chinese or, in fact, any dim sum restaurant in London’s Chinatown. Everything was closed – boba shops (understandably), dim sum restaurants, and even the Chinese buffets! The only two things open were Chinese bakeries (which nearly tempted us into spoiling our appetites) and cafés.

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