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Nestled at the top of a narrow alley in Gemmayzeh lies an ornate metal gate, shaded from the sun by trees and climbing plants.hidden gem is The Blue House, an English-inspired tea salon with a Lebanese twist, situated in a charming cottage formerly belonging to the Sursock family.Blue jasmine candles drip from brass candelabra and hand-painted china in mismatched colors lie on tables waiting to be filled with fragrant, organic teas.Abla creates all the salon's brews, under the direction and tutelage of Chinese master blender Liang Di Liu. They've recently concocted six new blends for the Lebanese selection, made with Lebanese-grown herbs, spices and flowers. Tea lovers sitting down for afternoon tea can enjoy a selection of little cakes and savory treats made fresh on-site, which include both traditional English options and a few Lebanese-inspired additions.The salon also offers master classes and tasting sessions, seeking to educate people about various types of tea and preparation methods.
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