Thursday, June 12, 2008

SereniTea Now (Because girls just wanna have lunch.)

I've come across a new favorite lunch spot in Paducah. And those that know me well know that this doesn't happen very often. I'm a voracious luncher (all the best dish comes out at lunch, doesn't it?) and I have my favorite spots and they don't change real often.

However, a newly-opened and delightful exception is "SereniTea" owned and operated by Erin Coale. Located between Broadway and Jefferson on 5th Street in the imposing and statuesque old elk's lodge, SereniTea is a charming combination of girly eatery, shopping experience, and tea house.

Erin, a certified tea expert, features a different exotic loose-leaf perfectly brewed iced tea each day. Happily, these teas are also available for sale (just ask my debit card and refer to photo above--those are dried hisbiscus blossoms). On the menu you'll find a delicious daily quiche (asparagus, mushroom and sausage, veggie) or chicken or tuna salad or luscious tiny individual ham and cheese sandwiches on biscuits--your choice served with a bit of fresh fruit on the side.

And don't pass up the homemade dessert--today it was strawberry shortcake--the real deal--with flat sugared shortcake (like God intended), ice cream, fresh strawberries and spanked heavy cream. Heavenly, I assure you.

After lunch, you can meander through an eclectic selection of gifts, soaps, candles, candies, teas, and tea accoutrement in the breezy historic space that features mega-high original stamped tin ceilings and all the early 20th century trimmings.

For the little girl in your life, Erin has a room set aside for tiny tea parties complete with a roomy but miniature table and chairs, itsy bitsy tea sets, and a selection of munchkin sized wide brimmed hats and feather boas. Just the thing to inspire the younger set to appreciate the ritual and brush up on their "pleases" and "thank-you's". And make big girls hearken back wistfully to their own tea parties and simpler times. And go all sigh-y. Over that pink tea set with the black polka dots in particular.

But since you can't go back, or even fit your finger through the handle of that tiny tea cup, you need to grab your girlfriend and your debit card and seize the day by stopping on in to Serenitea Tea House for some lunch and that long overdue big girl chat.

Open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
121 N. 5th Street

Tell Erin I sent ya.


Mary Thorsby said...

I had lunch there today! It's FABULOUS!

K.C. said...

Sounds like such a perfect place to go. Making me want to go and call my girlfriends. Would love to open a place like that in my hometown. Nothing like that here. Such a cute idea, too, with the room for the little ones.. Kayce