In The Artist's Way, Julia Cameron writes about the importance of Artist Dates. Taking time to replenish our inner well, restocking our artistic waters. Lydia and I meet once a month for an Artist Date at the magical McCharles House. Today was extra special because ChristmasTide Tea was being served.
Located in Tustin, CA - The McCharles House is a beautiful Victorian Home that is lovingly maintained by Vivian and Audrey - an immensely talented mother/daughter duo.
Beautiful surroundings, incredible food, wonderful conversation -
the ambience captured the feeling of my childhood home at Christmas.
Greeted with loose leaf hot teas, eggnog and my favorite McCharles House lime sherbet punch-
we progressed to Roasted Tomato Basil soup, Chicken Magdelena and Wild Rice.
Dessert, I'll remember for a long time: Chocolate Truffle (seriously decadent), Bread Pudding and Fruit Cake that tasted just like my Grandma's...
Then it was time for a stroll through the delightful gardens-
It went by all too quickly. Santa waved goodbye and we headed our to our cars - my artistic soul replenished with rich images of a wonderful afternoon. Need to go - I have to make my reservations for next month!