Let It Brie in Downtown Fullerton

I usually blog about afternoon tea rooms, but my lunch at Let It Brie in downtown Fullerton was wonderful and I highly recommend you stop by if you’re in the area. Downtown Fullerton is super cute, walkable and one of the stops for Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner if you like to ride the train. This is a great little cafe and cheese shop that has been open for 3 years. They have a patio in the back and live acoustic guitar on Friday nights. It’s exactly the type of place you would hope to find in Orange County, California.

We had 1) The Caprese Panini 2) their Signature Side Salad 3) and the April Special – Larry’s Peppery Pig — a lightly toasted flatbread, seasoned with a zesty garlic blend, lathered in a spicy pepper jelly, then topped with goat cheese, prosciutto, onion, basil and a drizzle of their dark balsamic vinegar. Our server Heather told us that Larry’s Peppery Pig was created by one of their workers named Lauren (but her coworkers nicknamed her Larry). Lauren was worried that people would be turned off by the name. In fact, it is one of their best sellers. While it is the April special, as long as they have the ingredients you can order it year round.

The Caprese Panini
Signature Side Salad
Larry’s Peppery Pig

Best friends Amy and Heather opened Let it Brie in 2019. They offer an incredible variety of cheeses and make fantastic charcuterie boards to eat there or order to go. It’s easy to order online. They also create beautiful grazing tables and cater for local events.

Let It Brie

  • 117 E. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, Ca 92832
  • Open Tuesday – Sunday
  • Acoustic guitar on Friday Nights
  • Order online
  • (714) 519-3094

Worth the Detour: Arlington Garden

I was in Old Town Pasadena for afternoon tea and decided to visit nearby Arlington gardens. It’s super cute and I noticed the focus on water-conservation right away. The three acre garden is a also refuge for Pasadena’s native fauna. Birds, bees and butterflies can be seen throughout the year. This is a public, water-wise garden that celebrates Southern California’s mediterranean climate. It’s free to the public and open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset. If you’re in the area it’s worth the detour!

If you’re a local and you like to garden they have two volunteer programs that allow you to be hands on.

Arlington Garden

Afternoon Tea in Pasadena at Tea Rose Garden

Pasadena is famous for the New Year’s Day Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl. It’s a beautiful city with historic buildings that’s only ten miles from Los Angeles. Old town Pasadena seems like the type of place that would have a tea room and a quick search on Google led me to Tea Rose Garden. They have been serving Afternoon Tea and flower arrangements for over 20 years. They have a beautiful tea room, tea shop, and flower shop.

When I entered the tea room the first thing I noticed were the vaulted ceilings and beautiful gazebo that makes you feel like you’re at an outdoor garden party. It’s a lovely atmosphere for afternoon tea.

My group ordered the Spring Tea (which is seasonal) and the Tea for two. The food was excellent and the proportions were spot on. The spring salad had edible flowers which make a colorful addition. They make the best cucumber sandwich I’ve ever had. The cucumber is marinated which completely changes the taste and elevates the sandwich. It was amazing!

The Spring Tea:

  • Tea Rose Charcuterie – Our Classic Collection of Cheese, Fruit, Nuts, Honey & Chocolates
  • Spring Petal Salad – Mixed Greens with Petals & Raspberry Rose Vinaigrette
  • Mini Spring Quiche – Bacon, Broccoli & Cheddar
  • Classic Tea Sandwiches – Egg & Watercress (2pcs)
  • Ribbon Tea Sandwich – Cucumber, Arugula & Carrot with Goat Cheese & Sun-dried Tomatoes (2pcs)
  • Open-Faced Sandwiche – Smoked Salmon & Dill
  • Springtime Sweets – Cream Puff, Lemon Curd & Carrot Cake Bites with a French Macaron
  • Cake of Choice – Lemon Chiffon
  • Pot of Tea – April Showers (A dewy Earl Grey with notes of Jasmine & Lavender Petals)
  • Fresh Spring Gift – a beautiful mini bouquet of flowers to take home.

Tea for Two:

  • Fresh seasonal fruits
  • House Devonshire cream
  • Tea Sandwiches (16pcs) – cranberry and chicken, chicken curry, goat cheese and sun dried tomato, cucumber
  • Spring Petal Salad
  • Scone of Choice – lemon and raspberry
  • Choice of Tea – peaches and cream, peach (decaf)

The food and the atmosphere did not disappoint, but a few things would have made this a better customer experience. The service was average at best. We asked our server for water and they never brought it to us. They didn’t have a selection of preserves for the scones, just marmalade. Our tea was served in standard white catering coffee cups not the beautiful china tea cups that are usually used at tea rooms. They didn’t have warmers for our tea pots and by the time the food came out our tea was cold.

That said, they have a lovely selection of loose leaf teas which they serve and sell in their tea shop. We loved the April Flowers tea. It was delicious and unique. We bought some to drink at home. They also have tons of cute places to take pictures!

Tea Rose Garden, 70 North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, Ca 91103. (626) 578-1144