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18 November, 2008

A Tea Party at the Teacup Cottage...or...I'm Out to Lunch

As some of you know, my sister just celebrated her birthday, so I took her out to lunch at the Teacup Cottage. It is actually two separate shops, one associated with the tea room and another called Côté Soleil, with the tea room itself located in the back of the shops.

The Teacup Cottage's little shop had a wonderful selection of vintage style tea towels.






You know I want this rooster wreath! Isn't it cute?



Then we headed back to the tea room to have lunch. We had to study the menu to order our tea. There were 52 selections to choose from!



Look at the little tea cozy. Isn't it cute? We chose "Gingerbread" for our first pot and "Christmas Spice" for the second. Hey...where's the other muffin???...I told you to wait until I could take the picture!!!




This is what my sister had for lunch...a turkey, ham and cranberry quiche. Très français, oui? Notice that her teacup is different from mine. Hey...You were supposed to wait until I could take the picture to put the dressing on the salad! It's a good thing it's your birthday....




This is what I had...the salad trio. There is tuna, chicken and frozen fruit salad. The chicken salad was really tasty. It was seasoned with rosemary and thyme. Where's the parsley, sage....? I thought mine was better than hers. lol



We didn't get dessert. The carrot cake looked really good, though. There's CHEESE CAKE in between the layers. The lady at the table next to us ordered it, but wouldn't let me take a picture. I can't understand why...





After lunch, we checked out Côté Soleil. The owner welcomed us so graciously. Her husband is from Nice and they actually make trips to France to bring back their products. (I'm trying to do a post where there's nothing French, but it keeps creeping in! lol) There is a generous selection of Terre è Provence pottery. Hmmm....15% off......




Here are some French pieces for serving appetizers. What do you think the little built-in cups are for on the olive dish? Ohhhh...Page tells me that the little one is for the toothpicks and the larger one is for the pits. Hmmm...



I liked this artificial rosemary plant and the wonderful pot. They were each around $30...not bad! But my yard is overrun with real rosemary... Oops! I forgot to hide the tag!



If my kitchen were bigger, this piece would have followed me home...my favorite!



Look at the drawers...pain, fruits, légumes....bread, fruit, vegetables. Isn't it unique? It was $500. Wah!



I loved the Christmas tree. Do you see the Eiffel tower?



These tablecloths were bought in Old Nice. Aren't they gorgeous? The candles smelled so good!



This picture is a little blurry, but I loved this candelabra! This is one of those things I will lie in the bed tonight and wish I had bought..$59....sigh!



I love the bath products! Look at the little sign..."Le Bain"..."The Bath."



Ohhhhhh! Look!! Quimper cookie tins! They are filled with those Breton butter cookies....Yum!



This is just a little bit of the best of all of the goodies.... I want that red apron from Provence!





Love this wreath! And look at the little lantern....another goodie I will be thinking about tonight...sigh.



There was also a nice selection of soaps from Provence. They smell so good! They had larger sizes, too. I bought one scented with herbs.



I loved the lamp! I was scared to look at the price. I REALLY wanted this one.



There were also a lot of cute things for children to please all the grandmothers like me! I loved those Babar books when I was little. My sister is a new grandmother with a 6 week old grandson. She spent a lot of time in the granny room. Come on....we need to finish our tour!




Isn't the little French doll cute? She says "au revoir!"



Thanks for joining my sis and me for her birthday lunch. See you next time!.....Debbie

30 comments:

  1. I am so glad that you stopped by my blog. I absolutely love yours. I have seen that tearoom advertised and always thought about stopping by if I'm in Atlanta. So you and I have a lot in common--we both love tearooms and dishes! I am a plate-a-holic as well. Oh, I love that wreath, it gave me a great ideas--cuz I love roosters too. I'm also jealous that your were a French teacher. That is AWESOME! I will visit again real soon.

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  2. DEB,YOU'RE ALWAYS SO KIND TO COME BY MY BLOG.I DO SO APPRECIATE IT,AS I AM JUST SO NEW.
    YOU MADE ME SO HUNGRY.NOW I'VE GOT TO GO FIND SOME TUNA SALAD.HA.
    THAT ROOSTER WREATH WAS PRECIOUS.YOU SHOULD'VE BOUGHT BOTH THE CANDLEOBRA AND THE LAMP,YOU SESERVE IT.AND THE EIFFEL TOWER,THAT SO REMINDS ME OF VANNA.
    KEEP UP THE GREAT JOB.I LOVE READING YOUR BLOG....ANN

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  3. Wow Debbie, what a FUN day you had!!!!! yes, I see the Eiffel Tower!!!! I like the rooster as well, I have a Portuguese one ( I have a Portuguese heritage).
    The food looks so delicious!!!
    I just love the bath sign how cool is that????

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  4. Oh Debbie, what a fun day. I just love the restaurant and the little shop. So many great finds. I really loved that lamp too. That would have been hard to pass up, and I'm with you, the red apron would be just perfect. Yes, I did see the Eiffel tower. Thanks for sharing such a great place. Loved the tour and sharing your sis's birthday. Marty

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  5. Hi Debbie:
    I just love your blog, I am very new to blogging and I love following your blog. It is so informative and has such lovely pics.The food looks so delicious!!!
    Its like being in France at the computer. Looking forward to more...
    Deb

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  6. What a wonderful day! The tea room looks scrumptious, and the shop next door, what a find. So many unique items. My biggest question is how did you find the willpower to not get dessert? Can't wait for your next post. Kathy

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  7. Debbie thanks for the fun shopping trip today and the great lunch...I could use a slice of that carotts cake girl!! loved the soap..nothing like hand made soap...hugs and smiles Gloria

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  8. Well, I'm going to have to get myself to Georgia! Between all the wonderful things you showed and what Susan shows from Classy Flea, Georgia must just be the best place to shop! I love everything you showed us! If I'm going to GA, I am certainly going to have to start putting more money in my piggy bank. laurie

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  9. Hi Debbie! Could you please come to my house and take me out for my birthday? *winks* This looks like a PERFAIT Birthday to me!! Wonderful food in a lovely setting and then shopping at a french store!!! I'm sorry but I thought your sisters lunch looked better! Lol! And I wonder why that lady wouldn't let you take a picture of her carrot cake? Bizarre! It did look scrumptious! Oh my goodness I would have been in trouble at Cote Soleil. Some of that Terre è Provence pottery would have had to go home with me! And the soap.....and the wreath...and the squatty lookin' apothecary jar...And mai oui! Je peux voir La Tour Eiffel! I have the same one hung in the window of my shabby chic guest room! I'm a little overwhelmed at all the yumminess! *drools* Vanna

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  10. Evening, Debbie! Happy birthday to your sister! What a wonderful place - the food looks so scrumptious and the shop. I'm drooling all over my keyboard! Thanks for sharing this. Yes, our dear Gollum is something else, isn't she?
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  11. Hi Debbie! Your posts always make me so happy! I always feel like I'm right there with ya. Beautiful lunch and the shop.... Out of this world... Loved the same whitewashed cabinet with the precious drawers that you liked. You NEED that! Go back and treat yourself for Christmas. It's so unique and so YOU! Happy B-day to your sis. My hubby's was yesterday.
    Thanks for coming by tonight and admiring my red tree. You are too kind. The pre-decorated garland is really a nice thing. I'm definitly not a good floral decorator. ~Melissa

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  12. Hi Debbie, Acworth is about 15-20 minutes from me. I knew they had a great tea parlor, but I was remembering it by a different name. I love the shop with all the wonderful french goodies. Even when you don't go looking for french, it finds you doesn't it! :-) Great post and great pics! :-) Susan

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  13. Oh what a fun day it turned out to be. I wish I had something...anything...similiar nearby. You know, I have about 50 or more teacups and saucers I collected of every shape and size with the hopes of opening my own tea shop. Just don't see it happening here in Jacksonville, NC. sigh! Love that rooster wreath - gives me some thoughts...hmmm. Also, its ok your posts are always French - thats what I love about them. :-)

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  14. Hi Debbie...it's so much fun to visit your blog. What a fun birthday outing for your sis, Page. Bring on all the "Frenchness" you want to..I'd love seeing it! ;-) Bo

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  15. Good morning Debbie..what a fun day you both had.. I loved the tea cozy and that lamp..ummmm I know you took the picture to tease me didn't you? The carrot cake looks soooo yummy..I love the display with the lantern..wish my kitchen could accomodate the arch and all the goodies inside..You didn't say if you brought any of the treasures home...This was so much fun..
    hugs ~lynne~

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  16. OOOOH! Deb, I would have totally ordered the same thing you did, I of course would have had dessert,that might just be why I need to go on a diet,Hmmmm. Thankyou for the side-bar of lavender I LOVE it!You really do need that rooster wreath, that would be perfection for your home. I love the way the wheat was tied on. I am so glad French , Keep slipping in. That is what makes you so unique. We love it , keep up the wonderful job, this was a great post. I am off to see what I have missed the last couple of days......

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  17. GM Debbie...thanks for taking the TIME to come by and see my clocks..Now girl I don't have to tell you how to enlarge the pictures on your blog..just click on any picture you have on your blog and it will enlarge it for you..thats how easy that is..I did that my mistake one time and found that one out...hope you have a great day on your side of the mountain girl...hugs and smiles Gloria

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  18. Morning dear Debbie!..Well it's still morning here *winks* I saw Carla Bruni on the telly this morning and couldn't help but think of you! I really like her music! Very soothing and easy to listen to. I remember she was quite the little jet set girl! Dated EVERYONE!! And now she's 1st lady of France...Some gals really know how to work it! Lol!! Doesn't hurt to be one of the worlds top models either *winks* And I forgot to add yesterday that you should buy that server!! It is totally adorable!! Vanna

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  19. I really like that tea cozy. I'll have call a tie on the luncheon plates. Both looked equally delicious and I am sure tasted that way. In fact you made me so hungry, I just cleaned out the leftovers in my fridge.
    I really enjoyed this post very much.

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  20. Hi Debbie and thanks for the visit!! Hope you're having a lovely day!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  21. Hi Glenda...It's so nice to see tour name on my blog! I get hungry all over again looking at the pics myself. Thanks for the sweet remarks...Debbie

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  22. Absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing :0)


    I 'met' Deb from "what's at the cottage" tonight and then found your beautiful blog. Wow, such talent and wonderful ideas. I am just a simple yakkety yak type blogger :)

    It's the 'cottage country' phenomena (sp?)here in Ontario. It's a "everyone heads to cottage country for the weekend", or "the traffic/weather/entertainment up in cottage country..." We ALL want to settle here at the cottage :)

    Debbie who also has 4 cats,also a teacher AND who has the middle name of Isabelle.*inserts twilight zones music* lol

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  23. Wow! Are we triplets separated at birth? lol

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  24. Debbie are you on Micasa?? what is your name ther..I go there also to see Vanna and Xinex..let me know you I can give you my five girl..hugs and smiles Gloria

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  25. Hi Gloria...I am profenretraite just like here. I would love to see you! You should join us. It's nice over there.... Debbie

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  26. Good morning Debbie...I'm glad you enjoyed the virtual tour this a.m. No snow here "yet" thank goodness. But is sure feels like it could. However, the sun is shining brightly so that makes it a "great" day..I hope things are well your way.. Did you go back to check out the price of the lamp? It sure is a beauty..
    hugs ~lynne~

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  27. Thanks for the visit this morning, Debbie!
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  28. Hi Debbie! I enjoyed the tour of that neat store that carries a lot of French stuff from Nice. Oh how I love Nice! It's such a wonderful, clean and rich city, we were just there last summer and I want to go back! Beautiful French stuff, love everythign you loved too especially the lanterns. Belated happy birthday to your sister! The pictures of your lunch and tea made me hungry!....Christine

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  29. I'm SO excited to find your blog!! I also love all things French. In fact, I have enrolled to start taking college classes in January and want to major in French with a possible minor in Spanish. I've tossed around the idea of teaching so am excited to find you. If I have questions, you may be hearing from me. Meanwhile - I'm LOVING reading your posts.

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  30. What a beautiful shop...and the food looked awesome!

    c

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie