The St. James Gazette & Market Scoop ~ #70

“Welcome to the Roaring Twenties: An Invitation to the Abbey”

Come and let the St. James Abbey staff prepare for you the dinner party of the century! Mrs. Patmore has kindly assisted our kitchen staff in crafting a culinary experience sure to leave your company equally satisfied and inspired. Expend your energy on lively conversation and deepening your relationship with your company instead of on the hours it would take to create, shop, and prepare a special evening to celebrate your connection with them.

Help us welcome 2020 as we pay homage to the celebratory era of the Roaring Twenties. Accept your invitation by making a reservation online, or by calling us at (505)242-3752. We have been awaiting your arrival, and our staff is ready to serve you. View full menu.

Take the Abbey Home With You

Capture your memories at our custom-designed photo corner and share the picture with your friends for a chance to win one of five complete deluxe box sets of the full Downton Abbey television series on DVD! Take your most Downton picture and share it to Instagram, tagging @stjamestearoom and #stjamestearoom after your Tearoom experience. One guest will be selected per week to receive the set of DVDs and take Downton home with them!

Images shared may be re-shared by the Tearoom or used for marketing purposes. Entries must be shared as a post on your personal Instagram account, and your account must be public to allow us to view it for consideration. Images shared in stories are not able to be taken into consideration. Winning guests must pick up their prize at The St. James Tearoom within 30 days of being notified through Instagram.

Featured Drink: The Bee’s Knees

Join us for tea and you might be tempted by our featured cocktail, uniquely crafted especially for this menu theme! Originally developed during the prohibition era, alcohol was fermented in less than desirable circumstances, such as bathtubs, which could give it a somewhat unpleasant aroma and flavor. The Bee’s Knees used ingredients that were pungent enough to help mask some of these traits, smoothing the drink into a sweet and appetizing concoction.

We’ve taken our own twist on this classic cocktail, infusing the lemon and honey flavors with our very own Lemon Soufflé rooibos tea and a wine-based gin.

Featured Products for January

four colorful journals fanned out on a lace doily on top of a table


Journaling can be a perfect habit to form to help slow down. It can be used to organize thoughts for a new story, document the day for future nostalgia, practice drawing, or simply a place to pour your thoughts into the pages to give clearer vision.

Exclusive Tea: The Earl of Grantham

This month’s Market Exclusive The Earl of Grantham is an Earl Grey loyal to tradition with a debonair nod to modern times, this tea incorporates the smoothness of chocolate and fragrance of rose. Just decadent enough to be accompanied by an exclamation of, “Golly gumdrops!” Available to sample and purchase in our Market from December 31st, 2019 – February 2nd, 2020.

One of the most popular types of tea, Earl Grey originally made its mark when black tea leaves that had been imbued with the oils of bergamot fruits were gifted to the Charles Grey, the 2nd Earl Grey and British Prime Minister in the 1830s. It’s not surprising that this became a winning flavor combination that has endured through the centuries; the soothing nature of a hot cup of tea combined with an oil that is known to help reduce anxiety and enhance creativity is the perfect pairing. While Earl Grey teas stand well on their own, cream and sugar often complement and mellow their flavors making for a smoother cup.

New Year Aspirations

As the New Year approaches, there is an unspoken pressure to select a part of our lives that doesn’t measure up and commit to changing it. But how does dwelling on what we see as shortcomings benefit us? Indeed, we perhaps at times neglect to honor that what we consider flaws may actually be valuable characteristics of what makes us unique.

So, what if instead of seeking a resolution this coming year, we turn our sights to the pursuit of an aspiration? For example, what if we don’t resolve to get in better shape, but instead we aspire to the pursuit of excellence in our health and well being? Our words and our thoughts are a powerful thing, and they can be used to our benefit or detriment.

The way we talk to and about ourselves shapes how we interact with the world and can expand or limit the effect we can have upon it. In 2020, we encourage you to elevate yourself to greater heights by influencing the language with with you speak to yourself. We have all done so much in 2019, from overcoming obstacles to finishing great feats. Celebrate your accomplishments as this year comes to a close, and aspire to great deeds as the curtain rises on a brand-new year!

Tips from a Tea Master: Susan

A lot goes into the perfect cup of tea. Today’s tip on how to brew the ideal cup comes from Susan, St. James Tea Master and Reservationist:

“Here is how I learned and mastered a perfect pot of tea for two….

– Measure your tea and have it ready to steep. A heaping tablespoon of loose leaf tea is a great measurement for a two person pot, which can hold about 24 ounces of tea. Also, be sure when using a T-sac, it is large enough to allow for the tea leaves to expand.

– Boil your water. Filtered water works best in the process, for oxygenating the water, which enhances the flavors in the teas. Water temperature is important too, with white, green, black, and herbal teas all requiring different temperatures.

– Warm the teapot by adding boiling water to it, but just an ounce to swirl it around, and pour it out before steeping to avoid cracking your teapot from a temperature shock.

– Cozy up, literally! Find your favorite tea cozy and cover your pot while making your tea. This keeps your tea at the best temperature while steeping and drinking.

– Steep your tea for the recommended time, and remove the T-sac from the pot. Depending on how you like it to taste, you can steep it about 10 seconds more or less. I have found that when I make my favorite herbal tea, Lemon Soufflé, I like it just about 10 seconds over, because it tastes full, and I still taste the vanilla flavor.

– Finally, pour and enjoy! It’s always best to find someone to strike up conversation and enjoy the tea with you!”