CHECK IT OUT: Kate Spade Afternoon Tea at Raffles, Makati

Have tea with the American designer-sort of

Writers Bar
Raffles Makati, 1 Raffles Drive, Makati Avenue, Makati City
Tel. No. 555-9888 (ext 6840)
Available from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.


( Kate Spade fan? Indulge us with a little tick off. Bag, check. Shoes, check. Wallet, check. Sailor knot ring, check. Limited edition tumbler, double check (check for limited edition, check for tumbler). Pastries, che-wait, what?


The iconic American designer is stamping her signature quirk onto macarons and eclairs for the first in the series of sartorial tea sessions at Writers Bar in Raffles Makati. Their Pret-A-Portea promotion transforms the typically pretty affair into a prettier one.




Savory sandwiches


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The three-course spread begins with savory starters like classic tomato, mozzarella, and pesto bruschetta, and mini-bagels of cream cheese and smoked salmon. Tea is set for two, but you might have to fight for both pieces of the ciabatta with grilled marinated bell peppers, which brings out only the best in the vegetables. If your companion is one to compromise, trade your share of the turkey pastrami and cheddar sandwich, not because it's not as delicious, but only because you've never seen bell peppers work the spotlight this well before.



Chocolate Chip Scones


Or better yet, save your appetite for the pair of scones. Chocolate chips replace the usual raisins and what you have is something delightfully richer. As always, Writers Bar’s homemade clotted cream makes the difference.


The tower of goodies


See the bag?


The three-tiered pastry tower is where Kate Spade's style reveals itself: homemade chocolate shaped into shoes and accessories, chocolate financiers tote adorable gum-paste bags, mini-cakes are transformed into fancy luggage and jewelry boxes, French cookies are embellished with spade-shaped logos. We asked, and no, you may not take them home to put in your closet; they’re happier "stored away" in your stomach.



If tea's too delicate for Kate Spade's spunk, why not trade your tea for Rose Champagne. Just add P1,000 on top of the original P1,500+.


The Kate Spade New York Pret-A-Portea is available from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. until September 14 only.

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