Recently, while on vacation in Singapore, I found myself in the Royal Copenhagen Tea Lounge in the Takashimaya Department Store halfway between the Hermès and Jimmy Choo shops. As I perused the menu, a bus boy circled the tables with a crystal pitcher full of water and fresh-cut strawberries, the taste was so refreshing, I asked for a refill. I then was served a steaming pot of Earl Grey tea, so complex was the mingling of flavors. In complement was the two scones, strawberry jam and orange marmalade, with clotted cream. This was definitely a respite well enjoyed. So, if you ever find yourself dodging an afternoon monsoon in Singapore, tuck in at the tea lounge.