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Furla Afternoon Tea, Raffles Hotel Makati

One of my all-time favorite storybook tale is Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Mostly because of her many wonderful, zany adventures with talking animals. But partly because of her tea escapade with The Hatter. Since then, I’ve always been fascinated with Afternoon Tea. Of course, I would always assume to be Alice whenever I would pretend-play as a child. And even now as a grown up -you’d be surprised! ;)

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Alice in Wonderland tells of a girl named Alice falling through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures.

Sadly, here in the Philippines, the english Afternoon Tea isn’t celebrated much. So whenever an occasion arises -like when a hotel offers it for a very limited time, I make sure the girls & I attend this delightful British and “proper” event! <3

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Raffles Makati launches its second Prêt-à-Portea series at the iconic Writers Bar. In collaboration with Italian luxe brand FURLA, this delightfully designed Furla Afternoon Tea will be offered from March 16 to May 16. Available daily from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM, enjoy a tête-à-tête as high tea recreates Furla’s Neo Pop collection for confectionary connoisseurs at Php 1550++ for two.

Furla is an Italian company that was created by the Furlanetto family over 80 years ago in 1927. Furla features Italian-designed products that range from handbags and shoes to accessories. Its headquarters are located in Bologna, in a historic 18th century villa.

Sip on a tea of choice while nibbling on a medley of teacup sandwiches. From a timeless ham and cheese layered in an apricot chutney spread, to a bruschetta tapenade topped with finely sliced olives and cherry tomatoes, this savoury selection will surely satiate the palate.

Chocolate aficionados are also in for a delectable treat with orange-coated macarons, luscious lip-shaped truffles, and divine nutty pralines – all inspired by Furla’s Spring Collection.

Relish the taste of the season with a three-tier assembly of raspberry beignets dusted with pink snow powder, apricot-flavoured scones, and a vanilla éclair donned with edible silver leaves. The highlight of the day are the toasted marshmallow macarons flashing Furla’s Neo-Pop print design and the Candy Bag taking form in a black and red religieuse.

Add the classic touch of a sparkling glass of Rosé champagne for Php 1000++ to end the afternoon. For more information and reservations, please call the Raffles Makati Restaurant Reservations at 795 1840 or email dining.makati@raffles.com.

Afternoon Tea or Low Teanoun. BRITISH
  1. a light meal typically eaten between 4 pm and 6 pm. Observance of the custom originated amongst the wealthy classes in England in the 1840s

Difference between AFTERNOON TEA (classy) & a HIGH TEA (typical)

How to throw an Afternoon Tea

To read my first Afternoon Tea experience at Raffles Hotel Makati, CLICK HERE. After my first taste of the posh Kate Spade Afternoon Tea, Raffles Hotel took an immediate #1 spot in my heart. <3 Not only does Raffle Hotel give top notch service & delectable food, but it also has the most romantic setting too!

Do you know that Raffles Hotel Makati won the Manila’s Best Kept Restaurants Secret (MBKRS) 2014 award for the following? 

* Manila’s Best Hotel Restaurant 2014: Spectrum (Raffles)
* Manila’s Best Hotel Bar: Long Bar (The Raffles)

Patterned after the Oscars, the awards are deliberated over by a panel of over 100 judges composed of individuals distinguished in the restaurant industry and other related fields, who decide which restaurants are in their view the best in the city. The event has grown to become one of the most anticipated events of Manila’s restaurant industry. More at www.mbkrs.org

Writers Bar, Raffles Makati

1 Raffles Drive corner Makati Avenue, Ayala Center, Makati (02) 555-9777
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Go wild with the following tea choices to pair with your sumptuous Furla Afternoon Tea delights: White vanilla grapefruit, Darjeeling, Dorchester breakfast, Genmaicha, Ginger oolong, Mango fruit, Organic passion plum, Palm court, Sweet Paris and many more! Do ask your server for suggestions. Have it hot OR cold. 

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The Writer’s Bar is a pleasant place to just sit back. relax, people watch, and sip your tea in comfortable silence while the pianist tinkers away discreetly in the background. Enjoy the dainty sandwiches & pastries as sweet, beautiful music fills the air.

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I love how the room -which resembles a library, is masculine yet feminine at the same time. With delicate accents here & there guaranteed to make the ladies feel right at home. Men however, will definitely not feel out of place here in spite of, I assure you.

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While my girls each enjoyed a hot pot of tea..

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I went for a cold tea beverage. I am definitely starting to feel the summer heat so I try to avoid anything that will give rise to my temperature (like exercise! LOL).

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This serving is actually for 2. If you are more than that number, I suggest you just order the rest from the ala carte menu like we did for a variety. Aside from the 3-tiered platter, the Afternoon Tea comes with a plate consisting of tiny sandwiches made of turkey pastrami and bruschetta tapenade. And a smaller one with assorted chocolates.

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If you have a sweet tooth, these toasted marshmallow macarons, vanilla éclair and apricot scones will surely please you.

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My girls loved the lip & heart shaped chocolates..

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Can you tell??? ;)) My lovely girls. I’m happy to spend every waking moment with them. Afternoon teas are great mommy-and-me bonding moments! <3

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Instead of having 2 sets of Furla Afternoon Tea, we opted to get an Artisanal Cheese Platter 950 php. With Baguio honeycomb, fruit compote, and grapes.

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and a Spicy Salmon Tartare & Salmon Roe 850 php. Coriander, mint-chili dressing, and toast points.

This FURLA Afternoon Tea Neo Pop Spring collection prêt-à-portea is available exclusively at the iconic Writers Bar from 16 March to 16 May 2015, from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM, daily at 1,550 php++ (good for 2). But on other days, The Writer’s Bar also offers the RAFFLES CLASSIC Afternoon Tea 995 php++ (good for 2).

Thank you so much Raffles Hotel & my dearest LONI BALAGTAS-BAYANGOS for another wonderful afternoon tea at the Writer’s Bar. I love dates with my girls, and this is one date we will forever treasure. Love, Alice (and her posse). <3
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FURLA is available in all SSI outlets…

* 2/F Rustan’s Makati, Ayala Center, Makati City +63 2 550 1724
* G/F, Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City 632 728 8067
* 3/L Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong City 632 634 4867
* Duty Free Philippines, Fiesta Mall 632 879 3647
* G/F, Newport Mall, Resort World Manila, Pasay City 632 2391 409
* Bonifacio High Street Central Square, Bonifacio Global City
SSI Group, Inc. is the largest specialty retailer in the Philippines, retailing more than 100 international brands through 670 stores all over the country.
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