Sipping tea while overlooking the city on a clear day is a good day to be at Blu. I spotted a pair of dapper hats sitting in front of an impressive spread of tiered silver trays with scones, cookies, sandwiches and cakes displayed like a trophy.
Go figure – Gail, from Lake Mills, is a hat maker by trade. A cluster of beads, greenery and lace adorned her camel wool hat and an interesting smattering of necklaces tangled around her neck.
Tracy donned the classic charcoal newsboy and thick black frames, looking professor-like in his wool blazer.
“So how’s the tea?” I ask.
“Oh well do you really want to know, because I love tea and I’ve had tea all over the world,” replies Gail.
I brace myself for her assessment. She points out her favorite treats: “This one right here, this scone – it’s like God!”
Gail gives the Pfister’s tea service a 99 percent. She docks it one point only out of respect to her guest Tracy, who doesn’t like cream cheese (which really is a staple in tea sandwiches, she understands). Her only other critique was that the tea butler should actually be called the tea sommelier because it is more accurate and proper.
So naturally, my next question is, “Where is the best tea you’ve ever had?”
“Oh I don’t know, no one has ever asked that,” she reveals (which surprises me) “I’d say the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills or the Hyatt Taipei. I got to sit beside Morgan Freeman and his mother in Beverly Hills and that was really neat.”
Afternoon tea at Blu is available Friday-Sunday and by reservation only. Call (414) 935-5950 to reserve your spot.