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Teatime

Carolyn Jung | February 21, 2017 | Food & Drink Story Eat and Drink

Silicon Valley may be the epicenter of trailblazing apps, drones and self-driving cars, but what it really is in dire need of is a proper spot of tea. So believes Gina Meyers, owner of the new Lovejoy’s Tea Room in downtown Redwood City. “In this high-tech world, it’s important to have a place where you can slow down, enjoy the ritual of tea and interact with friends in a more low-tech way,’’ says Meyers, who licensed the name and menu from the original Lovejoy’s in San Francisco.

The cozy parlor draws you in with its mismatched china and chairs. The Queen’s Tea ($29) will bring out your inner royal with its dainty sandwiches, petit fours, biscuits and crumpets slathered in Devon cream. It comes with a bottomless pot of tea of your choice. For more hearty fare, there’s puff pastry sausage rolls ($10) served with baked beans.

A former accountant, Meyers grew up with the tradition of high tea for celebrations with her mom and sisters. After her first visit to the San Francisco locale, she was so smitten that she started waitressing there. Now, in the ultimate expression of love for Lovejoy’s, she’s opened one herself. 901 Main St., Redwood City, 650.362.3055

Originally published in the January issue of Silicon Valley

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