Reminiscing in White Bear Lake

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Yesterday Jeff had a short business meeting in the cities and asked if Gracie and I would like to hang out somewhere while he was working. I had been wanting to visit the Avalon Tearoom & Pastry Shoppe (formerly the Buckingham Bee Tearoom where I worked while we lived in White Bear.) It had been a few years since my last visit, and I was so excited to share this place over a pot of tea with my daughter Grace.

Before the tearoom opened at 10:00 AM, Gracie and I had a big breakfast at the Cobblestone Cafe just across the street from the Avalon Mall. When I lived in White Bear, this was a favorite breakfast spot for me. Especially in the summer when you can sit outside.

pancakes as big as platters…

After breakfast, it was time for tea! We walked over to the Avalon Mall…

Just walking through the front door brought back so many good memories.

I remember the distinct feeling that I was walking into the pages of

Victoria Magazine…

and the feeling was still present yesterday. What a sweet place.

Even though we were full, we looked at the delicacies in the bakery case…

The cups and saucers stacked with care…

We selected Lady Londonderry as our tea choice, and were seated…

pretty soon the tea was ready…

one lump or two?

We had a lovely couple hours together.

Can’t wait to go back for a formal tea sometime!


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  18 comments for “Reminiscing in White Bear Lake

  1. Grace
    April 23, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Lol that was fun 🙂

    • Melissa
      April 23, 2011 at 8:41 am

      I had fun too Gracie! So glad you and Andie love tea 😉

  2. Dana
    April 23, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Looks like a great day! I can’t believe you were only like 10 miles away from me yesterday! I have been by that tea house. Didn’t realize it was the one you worked at. 🙂

    • Melissa
      April 23, 2011 at 2:21 pm

      I would have loved to meet up with you and some other friends who live in WBL, but we were only in town for a couple hours.

      Yes, this is the tearoom I worked at first. Where I learned to love tea. So many awesome memories. Going back was bittersweet. 🙂

  3. Sandy
    April 23, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Looks like I have to do a tea cup presentation at the Avalon Tea Room? I have one in Rochester at the Rochester Senior Center on May 16…

    • Melissa
      April 23, 2011 at 4:06 pm

      It’s a great place Sandy! And the ladies who own it are wonderful.

  4. Dana
    April 23, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Time-limits are so limiting, aren’t they? LOL It’s totally understandable. I mean, I live within 10 miles of LOTS of people I’d like to get together with; proximity doesn’t equal possible, unfortunately.

    Sandy, I’d go to your tea cup presentation, if you had one at the Avalon.

    • Melissa
      April 23, 2011 at 4:34 pm

      Dana, It would be fun to get a little group together and go to tea there sometime! You can do a formal luncheon tea for around $16 pp.

      Addie, I love it too!

  5. Addie
    April 23, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    I love this place! My Mom used to take me there every now and then=)

  6. Kimber Dunn
    April 23, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Speaking of which – Dana, we should plan a tea date soon!! I have been wanting to try the Avalon too. Always drive by and think to myself, “hmmmm, that’s the place Leisa is always praising” but yet I never stop… Think it needs to be shared with a friend. (and then we can hit the bar next store!! LOL)

  7. Chantelle
    April 24, 2011 at 12:33 am

    So beautiful! Thanks for sharing your day with us! I can understand why you love the place so much. The pictures capture the feeling you described to me….gorgeous!

  8. Melissa
    April 24, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Kimber and Dana, if you go, please have a pot of the Lady Londonderry and think of me 🙂

  9. Melissa
    April 24, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Chantelle, I just love it so much.

  10. Dana
    April 24, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Kimber – a lovely pot of Lady Londonderry, in honor of Leisa. And then we will completely resort to our crass, I-love-Kid-Rock-deal-with-it ways and go drink too many wine coolers next door. 😛

    I also like the aforementioned idea of an entire group and the formal luncheon. 😀

  11. Melissa
    April 24, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    The 617 Lounge pours a great martini! 😉

  12. Kimber Dunn
    April 25, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Dana, I like the way you think!! Except I can’t drink wine coolers. I’ll take ya up on Shots or Sours though!! ;->

  13. Kimber Dunn
    April 25, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    And Melissa, we’re always thinking of you! 🙂

    • Melissa
      April 25, 2011 at 2:07 pm

      Oh, I know. Hee hee 😉

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