TEA TIME: Lovely brunch at Hazel's Tea Room in Portland

It' TEA TIME again :) Actually, it started with looking for a nice breakfast place. My dear friend Jamie and I had the opportunity to get some breakfast together, but as we both like our breakfast dates and my time in Portland was coming to an end, we wanted to try something special. We literally texted each other for several hours an abundance of old and new suggestions, but weren't really convinced. I was close to giving up and agreeing to anything as Jamie suggested out of the blue to try this little place a couple of blooks down her street, that she had seen but never tried before. The Hazel Room. She hadn't thought about it before but it looked cute and I would probably like it with my addiction to Tea Time. And... she was so right!

Here is why I liked it so much:

  • The place is very neat and cute, with little wooden benches to sit outside which is definitely a plus during summer time.
  • It is actually a "Tea Lounge" and they are using these cute little English style cups and a nice selection of tea.
  • Their breakfast is not like the traditional hearty American Diner style breakfast, it was very creative and nicely aranged, and the portions weren't too big or overwhelming. They had fancy skillet baked eggs served in an actual little skillet, breakfast crostinis, and tasty scones and biscuits.

The menu is seasonal, but here are a few samples of the amazing little menu that we tried during summer time and loved:

  • Skillet Baked Eggs with Spinach, Sun Dried Tomatoes and Chevre: two sunny eggs with toppings (sauteed leeks, artichoke hears, sun dried tomatoes tossed with heirloom spinach, olive oil and herbs, topped with goat cheese & basil),  in a hot skilled served with a scratch buttermild side scone.
  • Breakfast Crostinis with Salmon: Two slices of grilled rustic baguette topped with  smoked salmon, goat cheese, capers, dill, lemon zest, chive & violet mustard
  • Scramble n Hash - Chorizo & Sweet Pepper: Scrambled eggs, choice of toast, yukong & yams roasted with leeks, baby bell peppers, sweet banana peppers, onions, garlic, chorizo sausage, toped with manchego, cilantro, spinach and served with roasted jalapeno yoghurt.
  • Lunch Sandwich with Turkey, Cranberry, Bacon and Goat Cheese.
  • A Side of Fruits, served in a very cute way.
  • Mimosas with Orange and Grapefruit Juice.

After trying it out once and immediately falling in love with it, Jamie and I went back there during my last week in Portland and Adam joined as well. We combined it with catching the soccer world cup game (semi finals: Brazil vs. Germany --- Germany won!) afterwards which we watched at the Horse Brass Pub, a cute English style pub. They have these nice little Scotch Eggs and Grapefruit Radlers (half beer, half soda) on the menu. A perfect last breakfast date in Portland!

Skillet Baked Eggs with Spinach, Sun Dried Tomatoes and Chevre served with Mimosa and Tea

Crostinis with Smoked Salmon

A Side of Fresh Fruit

Scramble n Hash

Lunch Sandwich

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