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Local Muralist, Shahla Jahromi, was recently commissioned by Aladdin's Tea Room to create a work of art fit for Aladdin himself. Her newest work, titled Magic in a Teapot, is flowing with blooming steam and tea cups. Her incredible talent and ability to transform an idea onto canvas is remarkable.
Shahla has a Bachelor's Degree in Art/Design from the University of Toledo, as well as a Master's Degree. She has many successful and well received murals, including design work for the Catholic Chronicle, and Tolco Inc. Her work is celebrated in many local businesses and resides in private homes.
Aladdin’s didn’t need a Genie, just Shahla Jahromi, to transform a tea room into a showcase. Come to Aladdin’s Tea Room to see and drink Magic in a Teapot. You’ll be glad you did.
02:29 PM PDT on Friday, May 8, 2009 Aladdin's Tea House in Redlands is taking Mother's Day reservations both Saturday and Sunday, offering soups, sandwiches, salads and, of course, high tea. The traditional English-style tearoom offers more than 50 tea varieties served hot or cold. Usually my kids and I sip imaginary tea from a miniature tea set surrounded by stuffed animal "guests." This week, we went for the real deal with lunch at Aladdin's, where we sipped two tasty tea blends, one hot and one cold, and sampled several plates. The restaurant offers a "Jr. Sandwiches" menu for the 10-and-under crowd, with Royal Grilled Cheese, Good ol' PB&J, Tiny Turkey Wedges and Happy Hammy Sammy. My kids both went with the Happy Hammy Sammy meal, which included a ham sandwich on white bread, sliced into four squares. There was a small bowl of sliced fruit with cream in the center, and it included soup or salad.
It's time to celebrate Mom. She's the person who took you to soccer practice, bandaged your scraped knees and recited multiplication tables with you until you both were blue in the face.
Aladdin's Tea House in Redlands is taking Mother's Day reservations both Saturday and Sunday, offering soups, sandwiches, salads and, of course, high tea.
The traditional English-style tearoom offers more than 50 tea varieties served hot or cold.
Usually my kids and I sip imaginary tea from a miniature tea set surrounded by stuffed animal "guests." This week, we went for the real deal with lunch at Aladdin's, where we sipped two tasty tea blends, one hot and one cold, and sampled several plates.
The restaurant offers a "Jr. Sandwiches" menu for the 10-and-under crowd, with Royal Grilled Cheese, Good ol' PB&J, Tiny Turkey Wedges and Happy Hammy Sammy.
My kids both went with the Happy Hammy Sammy meal, which included a ham sandwich on white bread, sliced into four squares. There was a small bowl of sliced fruit with cream in the center, and it included soup or salad.
I chose a Harvest Salad and the soup du jour, which was a creamy vegetable. The salad was a delicious crisp blend of baby greens with apple slices, almonds and feta cheese with a balsamic vinaigrette dressing.
The kids were charmed by the china from which we sipped our White Strawberry tea, and we all enjoyed the Autumn Harvest blend we drank over ice, which was a cinnamon/plum mélange containing plums, cinnamon pieces, apple bits, hibiscus and beet root bits.
"Autumn Harvest and Fruit paradise are our two most popular blends," said Brett Seliger, who owns the restaurant along with wife Cheri.
The restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and high tea.
"Some people just come in for the traditional afternoon tea and scones," Seliger said. "We bake everything fresh."
In addition to special occasions such as Mother's Day, the tea house is also a destination for celebrations such as bridal and baby showers.
Reach Jennifer Dean at 951-368-9336, jdean@PE.com or http://blogs.pe.com/moms
All meals for restaurant profiles are paid for by The Press-Enterprise.
Aladdin's Tea Room
Where: 838 Tri-City Center, Redlands
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Entrees: $8.50-$9.95, sandwiches; $6, junior meals; $6-$7.75, salads, $5, soup; $17.99 per person or $22.95 full sampler for Afternoon Tea.
Reservations: Required for Mother's Day weekend; accepted other times.
Walking into Aladdin’s Tearoom in Redlands is reminiscent of entering your granny’s dining room where she displayed collections of teacups and spoons from her travels. Aladdin’s is a warm, friendly place where friends meet to share food, tea and conversation. In the midst of Redland’s Tri-City Shopping Mall, Aladdin’s offers a peaceful respite from shopping, or a sunny corner table where you can enjoy a pot of your favorite mint medley tea.
Owner Cheri Seliger has visited many tearooms in Southern California. Working in the hectic medical world, she discovered that a few quiet moments with a relaxing cup of tea helped her cope with daily stress. Combining her business experience, and the operations skills of her husband and co-owner, Brett Seliger, Aladdin’s Tearoom opened just over a year ago to positive reviews. “We wanted a place to showcase my teapot collection,” says Cheri, “I received my first teapot from my Grandmother, who told me stories about the Jewel Tea sales man who walked door-to-door along with the Helms Bakery man.” Jewel Tea teamed with the Hall Company to style an Aladdin teapot, and in the 1920’s a Jewel Tea Autumn Leaf pattern was created that has become a collector’s item today. The tearoom also features designs of Arthur Wood, one of the most famous tea ware designers in England. “We love chatting with tea ware collectors,” explains Brett, who has learned the complexities of tea brewing from his knowledgeable customers.
With over 50 varieties of loose leaf tea, Brett searches for new products so that customers can experience new flavors. Whether you prefer a strong black tea from Ceylon, or an herbal green tea from China, come to Aladdin’s and talk to Brett and Cheri. They will share with you their many teas and help you through the tough decisions of which one to try next. They make special orders, and also cater to clients who need vegan or vegetarian food choices. The food is prepared fresh on the premises, and the staff offer details like fresh lemon curd, and heart-shaped cheeses with scones and tea breads.
Centrally located in the Inland Empire, Aladdin’s Tearoom has become a favorite gathering place for the Red Hat Society ladies and party planners. The tearoom can accommodate groups of 34 for a private high tea, or an intimate luncheon with a close friend. Brett and Cheri also honor the classic tradition of a young girl’s tea party by creating the Princess Tea Party for birthdays. Girls still appreciate a lovely tea set, even in today’s electronic toy market. If you want to experience high tea, come prepared for more than tiny cucumber sandwiches. It’s a sensory experience from tea breads with curry and chicken, to lemon bars, orange brownies and samplings of international teas. If you’re interested in purchasing tea sets or other tea related items, Aladdin’s has that too.
Several famous quotes have endeared a cup of tea to our social culture, but C.S. Lewis said it best: “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” Georgie Rhein
By JESSICA L. KEATING, PHOTOS BY THOMAS R. CORDOVA
SCRUMPTIOUS sandwiches, pretty petit fours and a warm cup of comfort - there may be nothing more relaxing this Mother's Day than a trip to one of the Inland Empire's tea rooms.
From soft music to ladylike place settings and multiple courses, tea sets the table for reflection and old-fashioned girl talk.
Brett Seliger, of Aladdin's Tea Room in Redlands, which he manages for his wife, Cheri, the owner. says "People come here to be spoiled and we do the best we can." he says. So, moms, put down your cell phones, turn off your computers and resist the urge for a quick caffeine fix at your neighborhood Starbucks. Slow down and stop for a perfectly steeped pot of tea - and let someone pamper you for a change.
Aladdin's Tea Room
838 Tri-City Center Drive, Redlands, (909) 307-0793 Mother's Day Tea will be served beginning at 10 a.m. May 10-11. Choose from 50 loose-leaf teas and sample sandwiches featuring fillings such as roasted tomatoes and crabmeat. Each mother will leave the store with a new teapot.
The tea room is open 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Reservations for parties of four or more are appreciated; walk-ins for lunch or dessert are welcome.