Afternoon Tea And Lemon Cranberry Scones

Although the ritual of drinking tea with little sandwiches in the afternoon started in England, the enjoyment of this event is now celebrated around the world. What started as a habit to stave off hunger until dinnertime by Anna, the seventh duchesses of Bedford during the Queen Victoria era has become a statement of grace, power, and elegance. Among the most popular tea consumers, today are Wall Street, power brokers, holding teas in the afternoon when conducting meetings over mega million-dollar deals alongside women who are looking for a break from the frenzy of a day of shopping. (Which sometimes would be about 3 p.m. just about the time tea would conveniently start.)