Nine times out of ten, Lexi and I would prefer to grab a pizza for 10 bucks, a bottle of wine, and call it a night, rather than going to a fancy AF dinner somewhere. Partially because we’re poor, and maybe partially because we’re a tad lazy after working all week (and weekend). However, we’ve recently started a new tradition – Treat Yo’ Self weekends every other month. We take this time to do things we’ve been wanting to do or spend a little extra cash on something we normally wouldn’t. Activities range from dining out at a new restaurant, and most recently, Tea at TASCHEN, the swanky library inside the Joule downtown.
I had recently returned from London, where my mom and I treated ourselves to high tea at The Dorchester, so I was eager to see what tea would look like at the TASCHEN library. Lexi and I got dressed up a little more than normal and popped into Americano (one of our favs) for a pre-tea cocktail. When it was time to head into the TASCHEN library, we were greeted with glasses of champagne (um, the best welcome no matter where you are), and walked into the gorgeous and chic space.
I’d never been inside the TASCHEN, but immediately fell in love. The lucite tables and chairs complemented the unique and colorful book selection, and of course, the spread of sweets and tea cups perfectly. The space is small, yet cozy. We sipped on champagne and waited for tea service to start.
We were told to take a seat and encouraged to pick up books off the shelves to browse through during tea. Tiered plates held delectable cakes and sandwiches, including an olive oil cake with goat cheese icing (my favorite), ham mousse brioche and salmon and beet napoleon with horseradish crème, dill and thyme. Delicate egg cups were placed in front of us, which held the Joule Egg – a modern spin on the original deviled egg, with a deviled egg filling and egg white foam (literally life-changing. We each ate two of them). Colorful tea cups brought the whole aesthetic and experience home, topped with traditional shortbread cookies, and, most importantly, the champagne was flowing freely.
Before each tea was served, we were told what we’d be drinking, and how we should take it (ex: lemon and sugar, straight). Throughout the different teas, we continued to nibble on the cakes and sandwiches, read through the New York Times’ 38 hours in Europe, and chatted with the other ladies at our table. There was a table of about 10 ladies next to us who were there for a baby shower, and the library seemed like it made the perfect setting for the party.
For dessert, we indulged on a chocolate graham tart, a white chocolate caramel, huckleberry buckles and winter trifles. The portions were all fairly small, which was good, because we were pretty much constantly eating for two hours (some things never change, yanno). As a little parting gift, we were given macarons, which we saved for a later day. Extra plus from the tea: you get 10% off all books in the library, which is good, because after staring at the books for a couple of hours, we couldn’t leave without getting one. We snagged the Times’ 38 Hours in Europe.
It was a perfect girls’ afternoon, and although it’s not something we would do every weekend, it was a perfect fit for our treat yo’ self activities. If you’re looking to spoil your mom for Mother’s Day, this would be the perfect idea (Saturday, May 7 @ 2:30 p.m.).
The Joule is genuinely one of our favorite places in Dallas, and the TASCHEN is no exception, especially now that they’re offering cocktail classes (!) the second Sunday of every month (email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations).
Already planning our next Treat Yo’ Self weekend – ideas (and companions!) are welcomed! xo – kels
Tea is served Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. at $59 per person, inclusive of tax, gratuities and valet. Reservations should be made by emailing email@example.com
The Joule graciously paid for our tea, but as always, opinions are our own!