June 26, 2009

No tea for you and you

Update, Sept. 9, 2009: A check of the hotel's website revealed the following dress code information (I should have protested more vigorously):

No rubber flips-flops or beach sandals. Additionally, after 7:00 pm, full-length trousers only and no sleeveless shirts for gentlemen.

Beautiful tea room but an unpleasant memory. We were politely and almost embarrassingly ejected from the queue for afternoon tea at the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong. I was told that I was inappropriately dressed in nylon beach sandals akin to flip flops. Also, I was told I could have tea if I simply went back to my hotel and changed into more acceptable footwear. Never mind that I was wearing a below-the-knee skirt with a modest blouse and that my husband was wearing a button-down shirt, chinos, and loafers.

For the record, my Chacos are not nylon beach sandals. The straps are made from polyester and the "BioCentric" soles were created "with the assistance of a certified pedorthist" in order "to control pronation and maximize performance."


  1. I guess I'll have to leave my Birkenstock's if I want to attend any formal teas. I'll switch to a pair with closed toes and see if that'll appease the wrath of the fashion police.

  2. Jason, thank you for reading the blog.


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