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Afternoon Tea at the Biltmore Hotel - British Miami

The acclaimed Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables - Afternoon Tea at the Biltmore Hotel
The prestigious Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables - Afternoon Tea at the Biltmore Hotel

Afternoon Tea at the Biltmore Hotel Miami

The tea hour at the Biltmore Hotel in Miami's suburb of Coral Gables shows it clearly. Miami is not all Cubans and Latin Americans. Every visitor to Miamis is stumbled upon with his nose again and again in travel guides, films, and television series. Most of the residents of the metropolis of Florida have fled Castro's Cuba. Some of them produce cigars and serve mojito. In any case, many are associated with their neighbors living in the Caribbean. We're going to Miami for a weekend looking to see what other ethnic groups are doing here.

Other ethnic groups are rarely mentioned. Although I knew that American cities were made up of a diverse group of people, I was surprised to find out about Tea Time at the Biltmore Hotel. In any case, I did not expect this typically English tradition here! We wanted that on ours Winter trip to Miami try out.

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Opulent pillars at the Biltmore Hotel
Opulent pillars at the Biltmore Hotel - Afternoon Tea at the Biltmore Hotel

 

Drink tea at the elegant Biltmore Hotel - an experience!

We'll have tea at the Biltmore Hotel! No sooner said than done - we reserve a table for tea time at 16.30:XNUMX p.m. and we're lucky to get another one. As expected, the Biltmore Hotel is well worth a visit on its own. It is located in one of Miami's most beautiful neighborhoods, Coral Gables. On the way there, we pass front gardens that reveal a view of Spanish-American style villas. Our first impression of the hotel is breathtaking. It rises like a castle across from a church that looks as if it belongs to the hotel with the Hispanic building elements on its facade.

 

Birds are singing in the aviaries
Birds chirping in the aviaries - Afternoon Tea at the Biltmore Hotel

 

Elegant luxury hotel

We park our car in the parking lot of the golf course that belongs to the hotel. From there we go up the driveway to the main entrance of the Biltmore. A bellman opens the door for us and the receptionist tells us that the tea will be served in the hotel lobby. We still have some time to study the hotel's equipment. Two aviaries with birds stand in the middle of the entrance hall. With its wood paneling, pillars and coffered ceiling, it is reminiscent of a castle.

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Noble silverware makes a real Tea Time, right?
Noble silverware makes a real Tea Time, right? - Afternoon Tea at the Biltmore Hotel

 

The tea ceremony

Shortly before half past four we are shown to our table by a lady. You can't do without a Latino flair. Because Lydia is Latina. She introduces us to the types of tea that are available. Then she prepares our tea. She tells us that it should steep for another five minutes before it unfolds its full aroma. While we wait, we admire the china and silver dishes.

The guests who enjoy tea with us are just as colorful as the residents of Miami. In addition to a family with a Latino background, there are three women who celebrate their tea hour in style. A couple finally arrives a little late: an Anglo-American with his Asian companion. Nice i think. Tea connects people.

 

Delicious vegetable sandwiches have to be
Delicious Vegetable Sandwiches Must Be - Afternoon Tea at the Biltmore Hotel

 

Sandwiches, scones and more

Then come the sandwiches and cakes that are part of tea time. The breads are topped with vegetables. Only the cucumber sandwich is missing, which is a must in England. Instead, we find zucchini slices, tomatoes and artichokes between our bread slices. The scones, the English biscuits that you eat with clotted cream and strawberry jam, shouldn't be missing. These are then served. There are also muffins, raspberry tarts, nut wedges and macaroons. We enjoy the atmosphere and the surroundings until our Darjeeling or Souchong pot is empty. It's hard to get back into the hustle and bustle of Miami after relaxing two hours.

 

Typical tea biscuits for afternoon tea
Typical tea biscuits for afternoon tea

 

Afternoon Tea is served daily at the Biltmore Hotel at 13.00 pm and 14.30 during the week. A reservation is advised. During the Christmas season, there are Christmas cookies.


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You can also stay overnight at the Biltmore Hotel in Miami:

Biltmore Hotel
1200 Anastasia Avenue
Coral Gables,
Miami, FL, 33134
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Source: own research on site with the kind support of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau

Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline

Comments

  1. Tea time fan
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    Scones are not, I repeat it urgently, NOT eaten with butter!
    It is clotted cream, and it is most similar to a mascarpone, if you can and do compare it with anything.

    • Monika & Petar Fuchs
      | Reply

      Hello Tea-Time fan,

      Thank you for your comment. The problem is, you do not get clotted cream in Florida. I've never seen them anywhere except in England. At our tea time at the Biltmore Hotel, there was butter and jam with the scones.

      Best regards,
      Monika

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