True story. “Hello sir, may I help you?’ “TURKEY PIE, PLEASE.” “Ok Sir, Large or small?” “LARGE TURKEY PIE PLEASE! ” This is all the man behind me, on line at the The Pie Store in Montclair seemed to be able to say. He had this rather hypnotized look over his eyes — a bit zombie-esque. But I completely understood his single minded pie-speak. He needed one thing and one thing only. I too have been there, and have scorched the roof of my mouth after not being able to let my hot-out-of-the-oven dinner cool. I’m that girl and these are those kinda pies.
If you are feeling the need to get your British fix or host a Royal Wedding tea, Samantha Codling, proprietor of The Pie Store, is featuring all kinds of brilliant specials this week. Cucumber, mint and cream cheese tea sandwiches are at the top of the list (pictured below). The scones, sausage rolls, Cornish pasties( pictured below), Chicken madras soccer pies (pictured below) to name a few more.
If you have ever been fortunate to travel to the UK and are craving a particular food item, check out their selection of everything from tea to toffees (and if they don’t carry what you are looking for Samantha will probably order it for you….shhhh…. don’t tell her I said that).
The gorgeous tea items pictured are from my new favorite store in Baristaville :GARNISH (they sell way more than parsley). The store is a fun mix of antiques and vintage goods. Located on the corner of Walnut St. and Forrest St. (right by the train station) in Montclair open-Thursday-Sunday.
You can also add these lovely Royal Wedding cookies, spotted by Liz George at Le Bakers Dozen in Upper Montclair. They’ll make a lovely addition to any tea party.
Or if you are looking for something fun to do with the kids check out the royal headbands and how to make them on Barista Kids.
S.J. Streeter visited with Diane Isreal, who said she’s been called the “Queen of Montclair” since 1987 when she opened Essex Fine Arts Gallery on South Fullerton Avenue. Townspeople stopping in for conversation and a cup of tea couldn’t miss noticing her love for all things British Royal. To celebrate the Royal Wedding this week, Diane is displaying her personal collection of royal memorabilia, commemorating coronations, weddings and jubilees.
As for the royal outfit, Israel said “Since everyone calls me the queen, I decided to dress as a queen on Friday.” You can get a bit of the London experience by viewing the display from the sidewalk or inside the gallery. If you stop in, the queen will be serving tea.
Items pictured above available at Garnish
- Spode lace edge decorative plate $32
- Set of 6 light blue napkins $16/set
- Light blue pedestal custard or sherbet cup $10
- White hobnail pitcher $22
- Milk glass pedestal cake plate $42
- Vintage Tetley tea tin (date may be on tin) $18
Blue and white Tea Pot Available at The Pie Store
What British things are you craving this week?