Tag: Used Tea Leaves

Mini mincemeat pies with lattice crust

Mini Mincemeat Pies

Inspired by traditional English Christmas treats, these mini mincemeat pies, with flaky lattice tops, are the perfect addition to any holiday teatime or dessert table. With warm spices, sweet and tart fruits, and a hint of rum, they pair splendidly with strong black teas, such as Indian Assam, swirled with creamy milk. Make the filling […]

Employee of the Month September 2019: Adrianna

September 2019 – Adrianna

We are overjoyed to be honoring Adrianna as our Employee of the Month this September. Adrianna has been with the Tearoom since December of 2015 in every capacity she can find! She has served our guests as a Server, Market Attendant, and Shift Leader. Behind the scenes, she diligently cleans the Tearoom every week, makes […]

Banoffee Pie Recipe

Banoffee Pie

This banoffee pie recipe (banana + toffee = banoffee) is our take on the classic British dessert that we imagine could have been one of the selection of pies that Professor Slughorn passed around on the Hogwarts Express at his first meeting of the “Slug Club” at the beginning of Harry Potter and the Half […]

August 2019 – Chloe

This August, we are honoring Chloe-Joy as our Employee of the Month! Chloe has been with The St. James Tearoom as a Server since March of 2018. During her time with us, she has been a constant presence of grace and cheerfulness. Chloe remains ever positive and kind to those around her. Her quiet sense […]

Plum Turnover Recipe The St James Tearoom

Plum Turnovers

Dainty, flaky plum turnovers are just the sort of thing one could imagine eating on a picnic blanket at Pemberley or Netherfield Park. For this easy version of the treat, a sweet and tart homemade plum jam is encased in puff pastry for the perfect handheld delight. Serve these plum turnovers with hot or iced […]

July 2019 – Joaquin

We are pleased to honor Joaquin as July’s Employee of the Month! Joaquin has been with The St. James Tearoom since August of 2018 as one of our Servers. During his time here, he has had such an influence of dependability, knowledge, and humor! Without any need for recognition, Joaquin is consistent in seeing a […]

June 2019 – Kendra

We are overjoyed to honor Kendra as June’s Employee of the Month! Kendra has been with The St. James since August 2018 as one of our lovely Market Attendants. Kendra’s presence can be described in a word: generous. She is generous with her time by covering shifts as much as she possibly can, and making […]

Eccentric Wonderland Scones

Looking for recipes for an Alice in Wonderland tea party? Our Eccentric Wonderland Scones will pull your guests into the whimsical spirit of Alice’s adventures. Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s description of “drink me potion” in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, these scones pull in the flavors of cherry, pineapple, toffee, and turkey bacon – a blend […]

May 2019 – Emily

This May, we are celebrating Emily as our Employee of the Month! Emily has served her team and our guests as a Market Attendant since April of 2018. Though Emily has only been part of the Tearoom family for a little over a year, she has quickly become a valuable leader with her quiet strength. […]

Greeting Cards

The season of sending love and congratulations is upon us. Graduations, weddings, showers, and birthdays fill this year with celebration. The St. James Market has a variety of both whimsical and classic greeting cards for every occasion. If the celebration calls for flowers, or a bear playing the banjo, we have it covered with charming […]

May Featured China: Lomonosov Porcelain

The Imperial Porcelain Factory, formally known as the Lomonosov Porcelain Factory, was founded in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1744 by order of Empress Elizabeth, daughter of Peter the Great, after Dmitry Ivanovich Vinogradov discovered the secret of creating hard-paste porcelain. Though found in the traditional shapes of teapots and teacups of England, Russian china has […]

Victoria Sponge Cake Recipe

Victoria Sponge Cake Recipe

Queen Victoria’s favorite afternoon tea treat is now known as the Victoria Sponge Cake, a simple vanilla cake filled with strawberry preserves and cream. However, it was Anna Russell, the Duchess of Bedford and good friend of Queen Victoria’s, whom we have to thank for introducing the world to the ritual of afternoon tea, for […]

April 2019 – Halla

This month we are excited to honor Halla as our Employee of the Month. Halla has been part of the team since November 2017 as a Server. The Tearoom always gets a little bit brighter when Halla is on shift. She sees the best in others and is gracious with her time and energy. When […]

Chocolate Tea Variety Pack

Chocolate in tea? We do believe Willy Wonka might approve. In true Wonka fashion, the Market has put together a chocolate tea variety pack. Tucked in a beautiful little box you will find two of our chocolate teas, Chocolate Raspberry Truffle and Renaissance Chocolate Treasure, a tea ball infuser, a miniature bag of sugar, and […]

Bee-Inspired Stationery

Spring has sprung in our Market! We love the time of year that brings beautiful, fresh blossoms. It may be the blooming flowers, or the rumors of a sweet Wonka-inspired menu, but along with spring comes happy little bees. Found in our stationery section, brand-new bee-inspired stationery has begun to appear. Notepads, card sets, and […]

A decadent delight with rich coconut, salted caramel, and chocolate flavors

A Recipe to Make the World Taste Good

There are Givers and there are Graspers in this world. If you have seen that delightful old movie, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, you will know impoverished, young Charlie Bucket—generous Giver—who met the four other well-off children—the Graspers—to tour Wonka’s magical factory. Then there was the solitary owner of the Chocolate Factory, Willy Wonka […]

Featured China Pattern: Royal Albert

Our brand-new china pattern from Royal Albert is almost good enough to eat. Featuring charming blueberries, blackberries, and daisies, you might think we plucked the “Alpha Foodie Turquoise” pattern straight from Willy Wonka’s Edible Room! But never fear, these blueberries shouldn’t turn you violet. The Oompa Loompas are raving at the size of the teapot, […]

March 2019 – Isaac

This March, we are excited to present Isaac as our Employee of the Month! Isaac has been with The St. James Tearoom as an Expeditor Dishwasher since October of 2018. In his short time here, Isaac has made a huge impact on his team and the Tearoom as a whole. One word to describe Isaac […]

Search for God & Guinness

The Search for God & Guinness, a biography by Stephen Mansfield, details the life of Arthur Guinness as he changed his city of Dublin for the better. Through living out of abundance, Guinness used the vehicle of beer to create jobs, sanitation, safe drinking alternatives, housing, and much more for the people of Dublin. He is […]

Love Stories

Love Stories We must admit, in spite of the cynicism of our age, human hearts are continually captivated by stories of love and devotion; they are susceptible and tender when it comes to real loving relationships. We cheer for love to succeed; we are disappointed and sad when it does not. We find that, in […]

February 2019 – Maggie

We are excited to honor Maggie as our Employee of the Month for February. Maggie has been a wonderful part of the Tearoom as a Server since November 2017. Her guests have called her charming, delightful, and incredible. Her coworkers describe her as gracious, humble, kind, reliable, and selfless. She inspires her team with her […]

January 2019 – Beka

We are excited to honor Beka as January’s Employee of the Month! Beka has been part of The St. James Family since November of 2016 as part of our kitchen team. Beka is an incredibly hard worker. She is consistent and thorough with her tasks. This past Christmas season, she, along with her fellow kitchen […]

December 2018 – Sarah

We are excited to honor Sarah as December’s Employee of the Month! Sarah has been part of The St. James Family since August of 2016 as first an Expeditor / Dishwasher before becoming a Server. Sarah is a wonderful example of the St. James Aspirations of Grace, Civility, Beauty, Gentility, and Excellence. She strives to […]

Christmas Stollen Scones

Inspired by the German origin of Nutcracker dolls, we decided to bring you a Christmas Stollen Scones recipe – a scone version of the traditional, fruity bread eaten in Germany at Christmas time. Nutcracker dolls are an undeniable symbol of Christmas. Though carved nutcrackers have taken many shapes since their earliest days in the 13th […]

November 2018 – Denise

We are overjoyed to honor Denise as November’s Employee of the Month! Denise has been part of the St. James family as a Server since September 2013. After five years, you might call Denise a St. James staple. Her experience and passion for the Tearoom brings stability to her team. Along with leading and teaching […]

Narnian Baked Apples

If you’re a fan of The Chronicles of Narnia, you’ve probably noticed that C.S. Lewis describes food quite often. Though the most well-known book in the series is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the other six books in the series also describe numerous meals in the land of Narnia. This baked apple recipe […]

October 2018 – Marisa

We are so pleased to present Marisa as October’s Employee of the Month! Marisa has been with the St. James family since May of this year as an Expeditor / Dishwasher. We are so honored to have Marisa’s hard work and Servant’s Heart here at the Tearoom. While she is a great example of all […]

September 2018 – Isaac

This month, we are honoring Isaac as September’s Employee of the Month! Isaac has been with the St. James family since June of 2017 as an Expeditor Dishwasher. During his time here, Isaac has grown and flourished as a leader in the dish station. Though washing dishes is not always seen as the most glamorous […]

Rock Cakes

Throughout the Harry Potter book series, Hagrid serves his favorite students numerous homemade “treats,” including a traditional British drop scone commonly called a rock cake (for its rocky shape). For these Wizarding World-inspired scones, we imagine Hagrid making them with whatever he has on hand, so you can play with the additions to make them […]

August 2018 – Erin

For August, we are pleased to honor Erin as Employee of the Month! Erin has been with The St. James since November of 2017 as both a Server and a Reservationist. Erin is a true example of a Servant’s Heart. She is recognized as one who is constantly striving to help others in all that […]

St. James Sherry Syllabub

In the 18th century, syllabubs were a common feature of the dessert course, often served alongside puddings and jellies. Syllabubs evolved throughout the century from a sweetened wine-based drink into a more solid whipped dessert, similar to mousse, and then were eventually replaced by ice cream as a cold refreshing treat to end a meal. […]

July 2018 – Danae

We are pleased to introduce Danae as July’s Employee of the Month! Danae has been with The St. James since May of 2016 as one of our wonderful servers. Danae is one of the most cheerful and joyful people we know. She has a great attitude that is always uplifting, encouraging, and brings a smile […]

Neverland Star Cookies

These delightful shortbread cookies were inspired by the directions to Neverland — two star cookies stacked with a clear, golden, candy center. We recommend enjoying these cookies with either our house-blended English Breakfast tea or the malty black tea Sir Philip Sidney. Neverland Star Cookies Makes about 20 cookies. Ingredients: 8 oz. butter at room […]

June 2018 – Stephanie

We are overjoyed to honor Stephanie as June’s Employee of the Month! Stephanie has been with The St. James since November of 2017 as one of our lovely Market Attendants. Stephanie is a wonderful example of all our St. James Aspirations. Through Grace, she constantly gives of herself to others, always choosing kindness and love. […]

Strawberry Mousse

Just in time for strawberry season, we bring you this strawberry mousse recipe that couldn’t be easier. In just 10-15 minutes you can have this light, refreshing dessert ready for your next summer tea party. We think it pairs quite well with our popular Lemon Soufflé tea, especially if you ice the tea! This recipe […]

May 2018 – Sarah

We are excited to honor Sarah as May’s Employee of the Month! Sarah has been part of The St. James family since August of 2016 as both a Dishwasher/Expeditor and a Server, and we obviously love having her as this is her second nomination for Employee of the Month! Sarah is a beautiful example of […]

Berry Champagne Gelee

Berry Champagne Gelées

Combining real Champagne, fresh berries, and sweet white grape juice, our Berry Champagne Gelées are a refreshing accompaniment to any celebration, particularly in the warmer months of the year. They make for a sophisticated and light dessert following any meal, sure to add a splash of color to your menu. And if you want an […]

April 2018 – Chasya

We are excited to honor Chasya as our Employee of the Month for April. She has been part of the St. James family since August of 2015, making delicious goodies in our kitchen! Chasya is a great steward of our St. James Aspirations of Grace, Civility, and Excellence. She works hard to create beautiful food […]

Featured on Food Network!

We have the greatest pleasure in announcing that we made the list of FoodNetwork.com’s 20 recommended places to eat in Albuquerque! Click through to find us at the thirteenth image.   Food Network Article   For those who wish to Find Sanctuary from the hectic pace of life, we have been a haven and a […]

Enjoy a Guinness Stout

Enjoy a Guinness Stout at your teatime! Paired perfectly with our Guinness World Record Irish Soda Bread, this malty, caramely, and bittersweet stout is available only through March 31, 2018, as a special tribute to our St. James Great Arthur Guinness. Ask your server to order. About Guinness St. James’s Gate is the largest Guinness […]

Parisian Fare Video

As we travel to Paris with our menu served February 6th – March 4th, 2018, we are eager to share some of our favorite French-inspired menu with you! This is how we make our heart scones in the kitchen of our tearoom in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The scones pair wonderfully with our French Kiss Puerh […]

Délice à la Fraise

Délice à la Fraise

Introducing a New Parisian Cocktail for “La Vie en Rose” Inspired by Paris and our “La Vie en Rose” menu, we have created “Délice à la Fraise” (strawberry delight), a house-made cocktail for you to enjoy. Fresh strawberry, Vermouth, and Lillet Blanc have been lovingly blended together in this refreshing drink that is sure to […]

Tea in the Shire Video

Journey with us over the misty mountains as we take tea in The Shire of Middle Earth. Based on the classic novels by J.R.R. Tolkien, we have created a teatime menu that is inspired by the characters and the world he created. Served January 9 – February 4, 2018, this is a teatime sure to […]

Lothlórien Nectar

We are so excited to share the special tea shot we will be serving in January! Does it look like there might be some Middle-earth Elvish magic involved? Your eyes do not deceive you. Our “Lothlórien Nectar” sparkles like the light of Eärendil! Just like Sam in The Lord of the Rings, we dream of […]

Employee of the Month - January 2018 - Christina

January 2018 – Christina

Christina truly excels as a member of our Market Team. She loves greeting and interacting with guests that come to have tea or shop, often welcoming them by name. Her gentle spirit and gracious manner of speech put people at ease, enhancing the feeling of sanctuary The St. James Tearoom offers. A hard worker, quick […]

Turkish Delight Cocktail

“Each piece of Turkish Delight was sweet and light to the very center and Edmund had never tasted anything more delicious.” ~The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Turkish legend has it that Sultan Abdul Hamid I “summoned all his confectionery experts and ordered them to produce a unique dessert.” What caught that royal’s fancy […]

November 2017 – China

Our guests are largely responsible for China being our November Employee of the Month; their surveys continually praise her by name. Her gentle and observant manner truly shines with guests and coworkers alike. China is one of our most consistent Servers, and her reliability and communication skills make her a wonderful addition to her team. […]

Annual Masquerade Ball Photo Album

Masquerade Ball Photos!

This year’s Annual Masquerade Ball was a beautiful evening filled with music, dancing, elegance, and laughter. Thank you to our honored guests! You all looked fabulous. You can download your photos at full quality by following the links below! Photo Booth Portraits Event Album

Survey

We would love your feedback! In order to continue to provide you with excellent service and beautiful products relevant to you, our St. James Market invites you to take a short survey. Let us know what is important to you in your shopping experience and the products you love! Take the Short Survey Thank you […]

Introducing Our New Tea!

If you have perused our tea collection lately, you may have seen a new addition appear!  It is an honor to introduce our brand new tea “Duchess of Bedford.” This velvety traditional black tea is enhanced with raspberries and a subtle hint of rose. It is made most luxurious by a touch of brown sugar, […]

October 2017 – Shannon

Shannon, recognized as one of our September Superheroes, was chosen Employee of the Month for October 2017. In her dual role as a Server and Reservationist, she excelled in keeping a fabulous attitude during the greatest September our Tearoom has had in seventeen years. “Recipes from the Wizarding World,” an employee-driven menu theme, brought a […]

Matthew - Employee of the Month September 2017

September 2017 – Matthew

Matthew, our September 2017 Employee of the Month, is relatively new to our Tearoom family, so being chosen by his peers to represent them underscores how well he fits in here. As a Server, Matthew has a spirit of excellence that has revealed itself in his attention to detail and efficiency. He excels at vacuuming, […]

St. James House Butterbeer

Something delicious this way comes! For several years, The St. James Tearoom has created one-of-a-kind, non-alcoholic tea shots for special events, blending concentrated tea with flavored syrups for a small, yet thrilling treat. In honor of our menu “Recipes from the Wizarding World,” we have concocted a special brew to transport you to that magical […]

St. James Regency Punch

Introducing “The St. James Regency Punch,” the featured aperitif for our August Jane Austen menu! Our own take on a historic beverage, with local sparkling wine and our own Garden Bouquet green tea, this unique punch will transport you to the Regency Era, when it was commonly served at parties and balls. Ask for a […]

Chris - Employee of the Month August 2017

August 2017 – Chris

August Employee of the Month, Chris, our gentleman in the Market, has such a relaxed demeanor you would never know just how hard he works except for the fact that he gets his tasks done before you know it. He is able and super willing to help out wherever he can: in the tea station […]

Rachel - Employee of the Month July 2017

July 2017 – Rachel

Last month we got to congratulate Rachel on her recent high school graduation. This month we get to congratulate her for being chosen as Employee of the Month! Anyone who has ever had the opportunity to be served by Rachel knows just how sweet and friendly she is in her quiet, attentive, and gentle ways; […]

A Father’s Influence

We LOVE daddies! And we have more than our share of the very best ones! John and his youngest daughter Daniela have made St. James tea a tradition; it’s their special time together. When they come, they bring carefully selected poetry to read during tea. In the beginning, this father specifically sought out the Tearoom […]

Isaiah - Employee of the Month June 2017

June 2017 – Isaiah

Isaiah, our Employee of the Month for June 2017 has only been with The St. James Tearoom since November, but in that time, he has endeared himself to his coworkers with his jolly nature and large heart! Isaiah works in the dish station as an Expeditor; serving tea is a bustling business and our Expeditors […]

#1 Top Work Place!

We are proud to announce that we have won the Albuquerque Journal Top Work Place again this year for small businesses in Albuquerque! Thank you to our amazing staff—you all make the Tearoom such an amazing place to be! Would you like to become a part of our story? Learn more about employment at The […]

Mother’s Day Gifts

We love to celebrate and pamper our moms around here! With that in mind, we’ve decided to have an extra special Mother’s Day shopping event! Come into our Market next Wednesday, May 10th, 2017, from 4pm – 7pm and enjoy samples of our famous St. James Cream Scones and a cup of tea while you […]

Eric - Employee of the Month April 2017

April 2017 – Eric

Eric has been a wonderful blessing here at The St. James Tearoom for seven years now. He started working with us in the dishwashing station, and we have had the privilege of watching him grow into a member of our leadership team, managing the kitchen and serving as a chef who produces beautiful and yummy […]

Jeanine - Employee of the Month March 2017

March 2017 – Jeanine

Our phones are ringing off the hook! Our Employee of Month Jeanine answers and calm prevails. Jeanine has worked at The St. James Tearoom for 12 years and knows many of our guests by their phone voice. She is the anchor in a sometimes stormy sea of reservations, a master juggler of numbers, placing our […]

Aspirations Quarterly

The Five Aspirations

We’re eager to share why we continue to do what we do and how we continue onward in the midst of the storms of this world. Words to encourage, uplift, and even challenge–this little magazine is brimming with the heart of The St. James Tearoom!  Written by our owner and founder, Mary Alice Higbie, each article […]

Mary - Employee of the Month January 2017

January 2017 – Mary

This month’s Employee of the Month is our lovely server, Mary!  Mary has been working at the Tearoom for almost a year and has become such an important part of our service team and our Tearoom family.  Those that nominated her for Employee of the Month described her as “kind hearted, others focused, the definition […]

Sevon - Employee of the Month October 2016

October 2016 – Sevon

This month we are proud to announce our “Employee of the Month” is our beautiful server, Sevon! Sevon has been working for the Tearoom for a little bit under a year now. When she started working here, she caught on so fast and has completely surpassed every expectation we had for her. She learned everything […]

Discovery

Everyone’s journey is unique and valuable, all journeys take persistence and courage. It is incredible when our paths cross and we get to share stories and learn so much about one another, especially when our lives can get so hectic. We love our guests and we were thrilled to put together this photo story.  Each […]

Destiny - Employee of the Month August 2016

August 2016 – Destiny

The St. James is proud to announce our employee of the month is our sweet server, Destiny! Destiny has been working with us for almost three years now, making her a Tearoom veteran who has been invaluable to our team. At The St. James Tearoom, our servers are always looking for a way to “Surprise […]

Stephanie - Employee of the Month July 2016

July 2016 – Stephanie

For this month of July, we are proud to announce the Employee of the Month is Stephanie! Stephanie has been working at the Tearoom for almost 2 years now. She began as a server, but now fills the position as one of our reservationists. Though her job title is reservationist, she does so much more […]

Rebekah - Employee of the Month June 2016

June 2016 – Rebekah

The St. James is honored to present our Employee of the Month, Rebekah! Rebekah has been working at the Tearoom for almost two years now. Her positive attitude, sweet character, and servant’s heart are just some of her amazing attributes. One of our managers described her as being “consistently consistent.” She is always giving of her time even if it means […]

Adrianna - Employee of the Month May 2016

May 2016 – Adrianna

We are pleased to announce the EOM for May is Adrianna Salazar. Adrianna has been with us since December of last year and has grown so much over these past six months. She has mastered all of our teas and is on her way to becoming a tea master! She has shown a willingness to […]

Chantal - Employee of the Month April 2016

April 2016 – Chantal

The St. James is proud to announce Chantal as our Employee of the Month for April. Chantal has been working in The St. James Market for two years now, where she is a blessing to everyone who walks through our door. She is always going above and beyond what is asked of her, and she […]

Jon - Employee of the Month March 2016

March 2016 – Jon

The St. James is proud to present our Employee of the Month, Jon! Jon has been working at the Tearoom for a little over a year now. He started as a dishwasher and has slowly migrated to being a server. He is such a joy to work with because his positive and fun attitude makes […]

Searching the Deeps

“A soul must search with blinded eyes For that which can’t be seen. It senses yearnings deep within, Yet knows not what they mean.” * We have a tendency to skim along the surface of life, never reflecting on its deeper meanings. Our culture is not in the habit of ‘mining the deeps’ and so […]

Butterflies and Tea

This guest blog is by New Mexico writer Patrice Greenwood, a long-time guest who has become a very special, personal friend. You will see her love of beauty here, and will understand afresh the joys of taking time to appreciate those ephemeral marvels that exist right alongside us, whether we notice and appreciate them or not. […]

Come into my courtyard…

Come Into My Courtyard; Meet Ginger Syllabub Morning is peeking over my garden gate. Come in; I’d like to introduce you to someone special. I have been nurturing Ginger Syllabub since she was a baby – five years! I planted her roots in good soil in the certain knowledge that she had a great struggle ahead […]

Greetings!

The St. James is preparing to open in our new location on March 30, 2010.  We look forward to welcoming our guests in our new home! The new address is 320 Osuna NE (southwest corner Edith Blvd. & Osuna Rd), Albuquerque, New Mexico.