I have a lot of books on tea and entertaining and I do mean A LOT. Sergiy can definitely attest to that. What 's rare to find in any of my Afternoon Tea books (written in the US) are man-centric teas. I'm sure the last thing my brother or dad is going to want come next Sunday is a froufrou kind of tea party that includes any of these things: ornate flower teapots, pastel colored desserts in cute shapes, or doilies of any kind. No dainty, delicate tea sandwiches for these two. My guys also wouldn't relate to the whole "tie", "golf", "fishing", "hunting" themed gifts that are out there. Sorry, but I feel bad that dads get stereotyped like this. I mean, can't they make a card where the dad likes to shop for electronics/gadgets, hip clothes, or jets off on a plane to some exotic destination? But, that's just them. So, I decided to look to the UK again for inspiration and I am so glad that I did.
My dad is a HUGE James Bond fan and I suppose that's where my brother inherited his love for James Bond as well.
Dad & my brother, Mike
Mike & Clarissa
I also want to give a shout to my best friend, Vaughn, who lives in Hawai'i. Vaughn and I met the first day at Cornell. He lived on my dormitory floor. Now, I spend loads of time with him and his amazing family whenever I go back to Hawai'i which (thankfully) is often!
Also thinking of all my friends, my uncles and my cousins that are fathers in Japan. Also remembering my grandpa Ryunn, grandpa Frank and papa Ramon.
Also want to wish Karina's dad a very Happy Father's Day! We are both so fortunate and blessed to have amazingly generous, kind, reliable and good humored fathers.
Now onto the tea and food...
Gentleman's Afternoon Tea at Aston Restaurant on Tottenham Court Road
"A selection of hand made filled crusty bloomer sandwiches, Mini Fish and chips with mushy peas, lamb kebabs and Yorkshire puddings with roast beef and onion gravy. And no afternoon tea is complete without freshly baked scones with Devonshire clotted cream and preserves. Add a pint of lager or sip on a classic Aston martini which will take you back in time to celebrate the location where the Aston Martin’s club was founded."
The Royal Horseguards says it's afternoon tea is getting a macho makeover this Father's Day. You can either "treat dad this Father’s Day at The Royal Horseguards’ relaxing lounge or the stylish Equus bar – a backdrop designed specifically with the modern gent in mind."
Start planning for all the special men in your life!