Saturday, January 26, 2013

A Chocolate Tea in Harvard Square



An invitation for a Chocolate Tea with friends?  Harvard Square? A warm, cozy eatery on a brutally cold day?  Yes, please!



So today I went to Harvard Square with my friend Kim to enjoy a chocolate tea. The location? Upstairs on the Square. We met our friend Jill there.


I liked the colors on the outside of the building. Purple is a favorite color of mine.


This was the scene when we entered the restaurant. How fun! I loved all the colors, the checkboard floor, and funky lights.


Zebra fabric on the benches, pink tables, a couple of fantastic fireplaces. What a feast for the eyes and the tummy!


These ladies were here for lunch, not afternoon tea.  Can you see the cool fireplace in the background and a balcony to the right? What an architectural wonder!


The tea was part of Harvard Square's Chocolate Festival.  Some of the businesses in Harvard Square were giving away free samples today. We did not go for the samples since we were going to the tea.

Isn't the zebra logo cute? The Winter Events include dinners as well. I might just have to make a return visit!



While Kim and Jill conversed, I got a better look at the place through my lens. It looks like lots of women were relaxing with their friends.



This mobile was interesting. Looked liked a collection of art works. And upon closer inspection....



it was a mobile made from children's drawings and handwritten notes. Too cute!



There were some very interesting light fixtures. Do these lightbulbs have wings? Yes, they do, they are angel lightbulbs.




Another interesting light. Bottles tied together and illuminated within. Fantastic!



That is one fabulous mirror! And yes, that is yours truly catching her reflection in this shot.


And it's teatime! Our tray was filled with so many delights! Gruyere cheese tarts, blue cheese crackers, a chocolate chip scone. Then egg salad, ham salad, chicken salad, and salmon tea sandwiches.  The lower tier was for desserts. Chocolate eclairs, chocolate cupcakes, fudge, date bread and chocolate dipped strawberries. All of it so delicious!


Did I say chocolate dipped strawberries? Yes! One of my personal favorites. I make 'em at home sometimes. I think it is a healthy snack if I have some strawberries with my dark chocolate.



The tea flowed freely. Jill and I shared a pot of earl grey. Make that two pots, we got a refill. And Kim went with English breakfast tea.


Here's a view from the upstairs. A better shot of the amazing fireplace. It would have been nice to sit in front of that fire.  Upstairs on the Square was a 10 minute walk from where we parked so we were chilled. Kim works at Harvard so we parked for free! Quite the coup. Parking in Cambridge and especially Harvard Square can be a challenge.


There's another room in the back that we haven't even explored! Let's see what's back there.


I do love that floor and the pinks in this room. A very festive vibe in this room.



It's adorable isn't it? And look at the zebras on the wall. They are too cute!


A closer look at the crowd. Young Harvard students no doubt!  Since Upstairs on the Square is within walking distance of Harvard University I would imagine this is a student hangout.


Tea was over and we walked down Winthrop Street. The light on the building ahead was fantastic! It was still freezing, well more than freezing. The high temperature was 22 degrees and the low was 10 but that was without the wind chill!


This is the other side of Upstairs on the Square. Another restaurant is downstairs.



We had a little snow this morning but most of it is gone now. Still pretty though.


And at 4:41 PM, the sun was starting to set on this bitter cold day. Light traffic, some runners out for a jog ( yikes!) and me standing there taking it all in through my lens. It was a great day!













7 comments:

Robin Larkspur said...

From the moment you wrote "Chocolate Tea" I was hooked. And then that wonderful little tea place, all the colors, lights. And right there by Harvard. How fab. I would love love love to go there! Thanks for sharing this really fun post!

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Oh what a fun day, little chilly though!

Blondie's Journal said...

This is a really awesome place, Elaine! I love restaurants with their own special personality...something for everyone. Your tea nibbles looked fabulous! What a great way to spend an afternoon with friends. I like the outside of the restaurant, too. Very inviting.

It's cold here, too, we are being warned of an ice storm. Not sure what that is but it sounds like I'll be staying in!

XO,
Jane

Yarni Gras! said...

Amazing photos! I love the places you take us!

Two French Bulldogs said...

What a nice afternoon
Benny & Lily

Susan said...

Oh, fabulous, fabulous! Loved your photo tour. What a great place to go. All that pink would send me over the moon since pink is my favorite color!

Oh, thanks so much for taking us with you to such a fun excursion.

Also, thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting, too! Susan

Donna said...

Isn't Boston the most photogenic city? My Amanda posted about the same place when she went with friends last year. They really enjoyed it! I don't envy you being out and about in our bitter weather though!!!

Donna

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