|Sweet D's Tea Room is located in historic Linden|
|Phyllis Barkey and Barb Gulley, fellow tea bloggers|
Sweet D's is the creation of Dee Birch who not only runs a tea room, but a hair salon, also located in Linden. Birch has a fascinating resume of careers and specialties. As a hair professional, her skill in period fashions led her to Mackinaw Island's "Somewhere in Time Weekend", where she once took part as actress Jane Seymour's personal stylist. She continues to be a guest presenter every September at the Grand Hotel.
|Dee Birch, owner of Sweet D's|
But, her love of tradition, which she credits to her grandmother, took her many places, including her current tea room, housed in a Victorian home built in 1899. For more about Sweet D's, see The Detroit Tea Examiner's article Afternoon Tea at Sweet D's is sweet indeed.
|Endless pots of tea served in white pots|
|Tray filled with pastries|
|Chunky chowder has a creamy tomato base|
The five course meal started with "chunky chowder", followed by a selection of tea sandwiches, fresh fruit and a tray of miniature pastries.
|Variety of tea sandwiches served with min quiches and fresh fruit|
Next, we had freshly baked scones served with cream, jam and lemon curd, all contained in tiny crystal glasses with demi-tasse spoons.
|Scones served with cream, jam and lemon curd|
Dessert came in a trifle filled with pudding, cream and other tasty ingredients. Dee referred to it as a "whim wham", a term used in Victorian times to describe a dessert that was made up of what was on hand and served on a whim.
|Afternoon tea ends with a trifle|
We had a dee-lightful time over afternoon tea!
Sweet D's can seat up to 25 guests and, in addition to lunch and tea, can also host special events.For more information, visit Sweet D's on facebook.