Friday, August 3, 2012

Chilled Soup on a Hot Day

The sky was overcast, but the clouds were merely taunting and teasing. No rain. Despite the sun being hidden, the day was still over 100 degrees. Some of the Tai Chi and Tea gals decided to have lunch on a little road trip anyway. It wasn’t far and the clouds helped make us feel it was not burning outside.

We went to see Harry S. Truman’s birthplace in Lamar first. I had been there, but the others had not. Missouri school children learn about President Truman and his Missouri life. 

Note the chamber pot cover! And Harry's outhouse!

Harry Truman was born in this room.

I was born in Kansas, but still I knew a little about Ole Harry. A definitive biography by superb researcher David McCullough will reveal much about this president. Born in Lamar, his family later took him to a farm outside Grandview, Missouri near Kansas City. He and Bess returned to the area after his years in Washington, D.C.  He was an interesting man with humble beginnings who later shouldered the fate of the world with his decisions.

The home is small so it wasn’t a long tour. 

Then we went to the town square where a fairly new Victorian Tea Room served lunch. Sandy's Victorian Tea Room was wonderfully done, a real tea room. Too often places are labeled tea rooms but serve weak tea with no teaspoons to be seen or use Styrofoam cups. Yep, I am a tea snob on some things. Sandy’s Victorian Tea room has china cups and stemware. Tastefully decorated tables were mixed among some great shopping and gift items.  

The menu is typical tea room fare although there no quiche on the menu at the moment. 


Linda O'Connell said...

Cantaloupe soup? Now that's a new one. There is a fine little tea room In Kimmswick. I loved the endless blends of tea. Sounds like you and your friends had a fun day.

Dee said...

I have had pumpkin soup but never cantaloupe...seems they might have a similar taste. Your tea day sounded like a fun way to visit with your friends.

Tracy said...

The tea room looks like a lovely place to enjoy lunch with friends and perhaps forget the cares of the world for a time.

Harry Truman's home in Independence is close to the town square and I toured once. He and Bess had very simple tastes. Have been meaning to go the farm - it's on my list when cooler weather arrives.

glilygirl said...

What fun! The food looks delish. Am glad to see you're still blogging!

Susan said...

Oh, Bookie, SO HAPPY you had a lovely excursion. The tea sounded great, too, with the yummy lunch. Oh, what FUN!

Also glad the weather was a tad more bearable. Heard the midwest is just cooking and I feel for all of you. I HATE hot weather. Susan

Donna Volkenannt said...

What a wonderful trip. One of these days I will get to the Truman Library. Your meal looks delicious