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Afternoon Tea at The Huntington in Pasadena

Afternoon-Tea-Dessert-The Huntington

If you ever find yourself in Pasadena, California – take a day to visit The Huntington Library, Art Gallery and Botanical Gardens. It can keep you captivated for hours and its a great place to meet up with a friend for their Afternoon Tea.

The Huntington was founded by railroad and real estate magnate Henry Edwards Huntington in 1919. The museum and gardens opened to the public in 1928. The room where afternoon tea is served used to be a parlour complete with a bowling alley (which is now the kitchen). I made a visit last month to enjoy their tea service.


Freshly baked scones greeted us at the table accompanied by The Huntington’s famous homemade marmalade (more tart than sweet), clotted cream, berry preserves and butter. We polished off maybe 2-3 scones out of the whole basket and took the rest home to enjoy for a snack later. I loved the chunky texture of the marmalade, but wish it were a bit sweeter. If you do love it, I did see jars available in the garden gift shop. (more…)

5 Low-Calorie Beverages


Cutting back after the holidays with low-calorie food and drink?

With my New Year’s Eve hangover still lingering and cries of, “I’m never drinking again” echo from every sofa across the country, This Beautiful Day brings to you our liquid detox guide. Check out these 5 low-calorie beverage ideas from The GetReal Gurls to get you back on the healthy wagon once again:

Bad beverage choices could bust your healthy eating plan in a snap. Don’t fall sucker to this common diet blunder by sticking to healthy liquid choices like the ones listed below.

1) Water – Yes I know, water is so boring right?! I’m sorry to break it to you but water is still and forever will be (yes I can say this without doubt) the best beverage choice. It’s thirst quenching, hydrating and calorie cost-free. Choose water at least six times a day and please skip the plastic. Try these water variations for fun and flare:

– water + lime slices or a splash of lime juice

– water + cucumber slices

– water + fruit slices

– drinking water from a wine glass (makes it fun dontcha think?)

– hot water with lemon

-or my favorite….sparkling water (aka Perrier, etc). Just choose a low sodium option. (more…)