Etiquette Tuesday: The Jefferson Tea

[ 1 ] January 10, 2012 |


Before I set out on my two vacation, I had the pleasure of visiting The Jefferson Hotel.  Writing an Etiquette post every Tuesday has made me more aware of my dining etiquette and entering The Jefferson took this heightened sensitivity to a new level.  The Jefferson is a veteran in the DC accommodation world.  Rooms that are triple the size of my apartment and perfectly pinched pillows, the place exudes classic style and elegance. It also knows a thing or two about afternoon tea, which is the reason I was present.

I love learning new etiquette tips and refreshing my memory on things forgotten which is why I was pleased to receive a brief run down of the important afternoon tips to keep in mind. Let me share a few:

Milk and lemon must never be added to the same cup, since citrus instantly spoils the milk.

A fork is not used to eat a scone. Please, no dipping!

Today, tea cups have handles, and it is now considered improper to hold your cup with your pinkie finger extended.

Who knew?! This year I hope to participate in more tea sessions where my tea time is often overshadowed by my coffee time.  Tea for two?

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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