When we first transplanted ourselves in the Pacific NW, we engaged in frequent trips to the neighboring metro of Seattle, and, by frequent, we mean once a month for the first 6 months of our move. Often, it was, like many other days, a random drive that had gone too far; other times (and pre-Portland IKEA), it was a premeditated venture to grab a shelf or two at the Renton IKEA. And always between running our target errand and driving back home, we ended up at The Crumpet Shop (1503 1st Ave, b/t Pike & Pine in Pike's Market) to nibble on ricotta, honey, and almond topped crumpets and to sip tea blends. What a rare treat.
It's been a while since we've made it up north, but a gift from a dear friend recently made me think of tea parties, crumpets, and the random treats life brings, Anglo-French or not.