Sundays In My City finds myself and fellow bloggers featuring short pieces of photography and dialogue of destinations fit for any Sunday in our respective towns. Visit Unknown Mami to see other featured destinations.
When the weekend arrives, I like to take off in my truck for parts unknown. Since the city is built on a series of hills surrounded by mountains, almost any trip means meandering up towards the sky. Between land and sky, in the land of pine and banana, there's always something afoot.
This weekend my friend, Kathy, and I searched for a cool spot away from the steamy sunshine that settled in over the city after a week of clouds and rain. Our favorite coffee shop in Santa Lucia, just out of town, was closed. So, onward we went, driving over the cobble-stoned paths winding through the mountain hamlet of Santa Lucia. Around 12:30 or so, we stopped at a shop across the street from the main church in town.
The tiny place did not sell coffee. However, it did have tea. And atmosphere. Loads of atmosphere. Asian, African, Hindu, and Celtic religious symbols were scattered about the place. Gregorian chants spilled out the speakers.
The tea and cake were quite good. The black tea was perfect, robust but not overpowering. The Chai was milky but the spice had quite a zing. We both ordered cheesecake, but it was as offbeat as the shop. It had a marmalade sauce as well as toasted sesame seeds. Quite good, actually.
I highly recommend stopping for tea and and something sweet if you are in the area. Just remember that each Sunday, all day, the place transforms into a pizza joint, selling pizza to Catholic parishioners exiting the adjacent building. We stopped on Saturday, so only tea was in the air and on the menu. I don't know what to expect if one showed up on Sunday, especially right after mass lets out next door.
Here's a few photos from our afternoon tea.
|New landmark signs have been installed in the square in front of Catholic church.|
|The Teteria, or Tea Shop, of Santa Lucia.|
|Every table and seat were different.|
|Black tea and cake.|
|Mayan mask in front of the building.|
|Eclectic describes this place perfectly.|
|Small cottage and gardens in back of shop.|
|Note the steep drop off: Santa Lucia sits precariously among the hills.|