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  • - This is not good for my body,

  • but it's so good for my everything else.

  • (upbeat, string music)

  • - Today, us two Americans are going to try

  • afternoon tea for the first time

  • in the heart of London.

  • - Although this guy is in it,

  • does not mean that it's a Worth It video,

  • I'm not Andrew.

  • - You're not Andrew?

  • - No, I'm not.

  • - Oh my gosh, I couldn't tell!

  • - Are you ready to have a tea party?

  • - Cheers.

  • (ding sound)

  • - Thank you for joining us here.

  • - Traditionally, afternoon tea comprise of

  • an afternoon tea stand.

  • Afternoon tea is basically

  • to bridge the gap between lunch and dinner,

  • and it comes with three tiers.

  • On the bottom you'd have your savory sandwich tier,

  • traditionally finger sandwiches.

  • And then moving up, you'd have a scone tier,

  • with scones, traditionally clotted cream and jam.

  • And then, on the top,

  • you'd finish with all of your delicate pastries.

  • And that'd also be accompanied with a cup of tea.

  • Today, I'm going to be preparing

  • our Charbonnel-inspired afternoon tea.

  • - So, tea is just one component of afternoon tea.

  • Did the focus of afternoon tea--

  • - Traditionally, it's the whole package.

  • - What is the right way to go about this whole experience?

  • - And the pinkie.

  • - Yeah, does the pinkie go out?

  • - No pinkie.

  • - No pinkie? - No pinkie?

  • - Is that just pretentious?

  • (laughs)

  • - I don't know where the pinkie came from.

  • (upbeat music)

  • So you take your filter, and then you pour it in.

  • - What is the filter for?

  • - It catches the tea leaves,

  • because traditionally, you wouldn't use a tea bag

  • with your tea, it's loose leaves.

  • - Does that make the flavor even broader in the tea?

  • - Yeah.

  • - Do people cheers when they do their tea?

  • - I've never cheersed to a tea, but--

  • - You've never cheersed?

  • Well, you're about to right now.

  • (laughs)

  • - You don't know us so, cheers!

  • - Cheers!

  • - We cheers everything.

  • (upbeat music)

  • - Ooh, beautiful!

  • - That looks amazing!

  • - For some reason it reminds me of a dollhouse,

  • it's so properly put together.

  • I don't even want to eat it.

  • - So, as tempting as it may be to start at the top,

  • unfortunately you have to start at the bottom,

  • and then you work your way up through the tiers,

  • from savory, to sweet and savory,

  • to finish on the sweet.

  • (upbeat music)

  • - We have a selection of five different finger sandwiches:

  • smoked salmon is quite popular,

  • cucumber and cream cheese is ever so popular as well,

  • we've done a twist on the (mumbles) tomato focaccia,

  • we have a ham and mustard there,

  • a red onion and cream cheese,

  • and then at the back we have beef and horseradish.

  • - So finger sandwiches.

  • At first I was worried that these would be sandwiches

  • made out of fingers of different animals, but it's not.

  • - Yeah, I was worried about that too.

  • Whoo. - I mean

  • you're telling me that thought didn't pop into your head

  • for a second when he said finger sandwiches?

  • All right.

  • - Its' so easy to eat, it's almost scary.

  • - I feel like I could eat 20 of these, like popcorn.

  • - I have the roast beef here.

  • Roast beef, it's like a really rich mayonnaise.

  • - That's really good.

  • - This is cool, cause these are the kind of sandwiches

  • that I would make at home.

  • - They're very simple, there's something like,

  • nostalgic about it, like this is something

  • my mom would make me, like going off to school.

  • - I like this experience, because this makes me feel

  • a little posh.

  • - A little pampered.

  • - Somebody is putting it in the easiest form

  • for you to just put it in your mouth.

  • All right.

  • Round one - Tier one complete.

  • - I'm already pretty full.

  • (upbeat music)

  • - The middle tier is two types of scones,

  • we have a Sicilian lemon scone, and we have a

  • Charbonnel et Walker chocolate scone.

  • Traditionally it's served with clotted cream and jam,

  • but we've done our little spin on it,

  • and we've done vanilla mascarpone, and an orange marmalade.

  • You break the scone, and then it's up to you whether you

  • cream first, and then jam, or jam and cream.

  • - What do you, I know there's a lot of controversy.

  • - For me, you've got to put the cream on first.

  • - I'm going for the lemon one first.

  • - Yeah, cause they're already pre-sliced almost.

  • - Cream first.

  • - Oh my god, that is thick.

  • - Did you just eat without me, without cheersing?

  • - You're making a sandwich?

  • - A proper scone.

  • That's really good, it's not dry at all.

  • It looks like it's crumbly, like to the point of dry.

  • But in your mouth, with the cream cheese, and the jam,

  • it really helps solidify the whole thing.

  • It comes together.

  • - Perfect combination of flavors.

  • - Chop into this guy.

  • - Oh man, I'm making a mess over here.

  • - Yeah.

  • - All right.

  • - It looks like egg yolk.

  • Cheers, old bloke.

  • - Cheers.

  • (ding sound)

  • It's so good.

  • What a great tea party this is.

  • - Oh my god, this is awesome.

  • (upbeat music)

  • - Look at that, it's a powdered donut,

  • and you dip it in chocolate.

  • - Oh my god.

  • - Dunk that.

  • - This looks so good.

  • - Look at that.

  • - Cheers

  • - Cheers.

  • - We've reached the seventh layer of hell, whatever it is.

  • We are in pure sin.

  • (techno dance party music)

  • You know how I know it's so wrong?

  • - Cause it tastes so good?

  • Cheers.

  • Caramel.

  • The crumpet, this must be the...

  • - No.

  • - No?

  • - It's a brownie.

  • - Oh, it's a brownie.

  • - First pour the chocolate on top.

  • - Oh my god, go big or go home.

  • - Let the rain flow.

  • Let the sin blow over it.

  • - Dude I always pictured afternoon tea as this very light,

  • sophisticated, like, we're going ham over here.

  • - Oh god.

  • - That's a unique flavor right there, it's not just

  • straight-up chocolate.

  • - There's like a lemon or something in there.

  • It's really good.

  • Look. I'm dead.

  • We did it, we had afternoon tea.

  • - We did.

  • - I feel like we are in the British version of

  • Sex in the City right now.

  • I don't know what those people do in that show,

  • but they're always hanging out in cafe's at 2pm.

  • - How people do this in between lunch and dinner,

  • commonly, is beyond me.

  • - I did enjoy it, it was a good time.

  • - I did too.

  • You know, it's exciting, you get such a variety of things.

  • You get to go on a little adventure with your friend

  • while you hang out.

  • (light music)

- This is not good for my body,

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Americans Try Afternoon Tea In London For The First Time

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    Samuel posted on 2018/08/06
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