Friday I had a date with Mom to do lunch at the Glass Slipper Tea Cottage in Fort Walton Beach. I was looking forward to it for a number of reasons. I love tea, I love food, and I don't think Mom and I hang out nearly as often as Dad and I do. Dad and I are running addicts so we've been able to run a few races together (like our first half marathon this past January) and we also love traveling. Last summer we took an incredible road trip to Breaks Interstate Park in Kentucky for a week. Mom and I tend to do more of the traditional female activities. Shopping, eating, and obsessing over Christmas in July on QVC together.
The Glass Slipper Tea Cottage is owned and operated by two sisters and one of their husbands. I think it opened in 2010 in a converted house. Mom was introduced to it through a friend, and I'm the second person she's taken there. It's one of those places that as soon as you go you leave thinking of who you can show it off to!
They are a very small place so you have to have reservations to go. As you can see in the photo below it's a very intimate environment! I think there are maybe 5 or 6 tables (including the couch) total. All those hats you see are available to wear. Many of the 'red hat society' ladies frequent the establishment!Before you sit down you are asked if you'd like to pick out your own teacup. They have a cart with a gorgeous ecclictic array of tea cups you can select from. As for the menu they only have a few food items to chose from (salads and sandwiches) but there must have been about 30 teas you could pick! I went with a mint verbena and it was one of the best teas I've ever had. You get an entire pot of tea so they bring the kettles out with little cozy's wrapped around them and leave them at your table.
While we were there I mentioned to Mom that I don't think I'd ever spoken so quietly in my entire life. They had classical music playing very softly so it seemed like most of the women there (and it was all women) were talking in whispers. I liked it. No blaring music or televisions everywhere. I felt like such a fancy lady!I went with the Cottage Salad minus the Turkey. They ended up bringing it out with extra cheese to compensate. IT WAS DELICIOUS. Everything was super fresh and I liked it so much I actually got the ingredients from the store later that day to make it for dinner every night this week. Sorry for the bad lighting but it's the best I could do with the antique lamps at our table! Mom and I had to get dessert and they had scones or a dessert tray you could choose from. We chose both. I'd never had a scone before! They brought our order of two out (so we each had one) and it came with lemon sugar icing and cream you could put on it. I died. The dessert tray had a few different bite sized items on it and the plan was to split them all but Mom gave up halfway through so I had to eat them all. The struggle.
I had such a great time there! If you live anywhere near FWB you should absolutely try to go there sometime. The prices are extremely reasonable, and the food and atmosphere were amazing.
When is the last time you had a Mother-Daughter date? Could you ever drink a full pot of tea with lunch (I thought my stomach was going to explode!)