I was in London for a number of days with my mom and sister. During that time, we were able to enjoy a number of delicious foods. Even though England is known as being the birthplace of non-descript boring food, we tried a number of delicious plates that were thoroughly enjoyed. Cream Tea was particularly enjoyable … as were the Tiki Masala options. Did you know Tiki Masala was actually invented in England?!? It’s not Indian at all!

Read more about our United Kingdom adventure here:
Scotland – edinburgh, the old cityall things national museum • holyrood views 15th century st. giles cathedral closes abound edinburgh’s castle headed north dunkeld, the first stop the highlands killiecrankie’s soldier’s leap a wee dram of tomatin here comes the snow clava cairns’ standing stones crossing the bridge to skye isle of skye sites the old man of storreilean donan castle the heeland coo kilt rock “city” of portree black and white glen coe the last loch celebrating william wallace it’s the food!
Wales – cardiff’s majestic castle countryside it’s the food!fantasy costell cochcaerphilly castle + dragons dusk cardiff buildings the national museum collection mermaids in cardifffireworks
England – bath’s abbey bath’s baths bath’s royal crescent bath’s eats bath’s pulteney bridge bath’s medieval sights mysterious stonehengesalisbury’s cathedral the queen’s calvary westminster cathedral’s stripes

An English photo adventure:

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{england} bath’s eats

April 17, 2018

Each part of England seems to be known for a different type of food. In Bath, they are known for its Bath Buns and Sally Lunn Buns. Since I wasn’t in Bath very long, I didn’t have that much time to try out all the Bath food world has to offer, but I did get a chance to try a local pasty, drink some afternoon tea, and get a Sally Lunn Bun. Sally Lunn Buns are different than what you’re imaging. Well, they were for sure different than I imagined. While, yes, a type of bread-like brioche. They are giant! Most of the time you only get served half. They can also be topped with savory (like meats and gravy) or sweet (like jam and cream) toppings. Bath Buns, on the other hand, are smaller and usually stuffed with sweets like a lump or sugar or dried fruits. Yum!

Read more about our United Kingdom adventure here:
Scotland – edinburgh, the old cityall things national museum • holyrood views 15th century st. giles cathedral closes abound edinburgh’s castle headed north dunkeld, the first stop the highlands killiecrankie’s soldier’s leap a wee dram of tomatin here comes the snow clava cairns’ standing stones crossing the bridge to skye isle of skye sites the old man of storreilean donan castle the heeland coo kilt rock “city” of portree black and white glen coe the last loch celebrating william wallace it’s the food!
Wales – cardiff’s majestic castle countryside it’s the food!fantasy costell cochcaerphilly castle + dragons dusk cardiff buildings the national museum collection mermaids in cardifffireworks
England – bath’s abbey bath’s baths bath’s royal crescent

An English photo adventure:

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After we walked around the Japanese-style home in Shifen, we sat down for the more unique portion of this visit. As part of admission, all guests get to enjoy tea and snacks in one of the Japanese-style building’s guest rooms. We chose one that looked out into the hills surrounding Shifen, which was quite beautiful. Since all the floors of this building were made from tatami material, we were hoping to lay down for a short rest, too, but I guess everyone thought the same thing we did and there were even signs up asking guests not to lay down! In terms of the tea, they had both hot and cold tea options and all of the teas were authentic Japanese teas. I’m not sure which kinds we ended up drinking since my uncle ordered for all of us, but it was quite a relaxing end to our trek from Taipei to Shifen.

A delicious Japanese-style tea photo adventure:

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Alice’s Tea Cup is like a real-life Alice in Wonderland. It’s crazy. The place is always really busy even though they now have 3 chapters (locations). We visited one of the larger locations with two floors. We got there early and had to wait about 40 minutes, which wasn’t so bad since that gave us a chance to walk around outside. Once we were called, we were seated on the second floor and were led to our table through a maze of cluttered tables, chairs, and Alice in Wonderland-esque decor like humungous butterflies.

First off, we had to decide on tea and scones. Of the two teas we tried, I absolutely loved Alice’s Tea, a house blend of Indian black Vanilla tea with Jasmine Green tea and rose petals. Then we had to decide on breakfast entrees. I ordered the Scones Benedict, but I’m so sad I ordered that. It turns out the Hollandaise sauce has a lot of rosemary in it and apparently I’m not that big a fan of rosemary infused Hollandaise because I felt like the sauce tasted extremely metallic and gross. I ended up scraping as much sauce off the eggs as I could, but it was pretty difficult and made the entire breakfast kind of blah. So sad. I hate bad breakfast food experiences!

A tea-ful photo adventure:

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I have tried a lot of different bubble tea places in San Diego and Boston including Bubbalicious, a Vietnamese place, and in various Chinese restaurants and bakeries, but my all time favorite is Tea Station. Tea Station is a chain from Taiwan that has many stores throughout California and one located in Las Vegas. Besides their oh-so-deliciously sweet bubble tea, they also offer a variety of other Taiwanese delicacies from shaved ice to noodles. The place is kind of pricey, but I would definitely recommend it! My whole family loves Tea Station!


Welcome to Tea Station!


Tea and decorations


Shaved ice with lots of toppings


Bubble tea!