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Let's Do . . . Tea?

Make like a tea, and leaf the business dinner behind for a relaxing midday beverage.

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Lords and ladies do it. Counts and earls do it. So do kings andqueens. Now businesspeople are turning away from dinner or lunchmeetings and taking clients to tea. "Instead of meeting at acoffee shop, like Starbucks, which is kind of static and cold, meetat a place that leaves an impression," says Maria L.C.Salomao, owner of Armada Global, a communications firm in SanFrancisco.

You can find afternoon tea service everywhere from teahouses tohotels. Whether you prefer superformal English tea and crumpets ora more informal, earthy kind of place, tea is hot. "People Ibring usually sit back, take a deep breath and say, 'Aaahhh.This is so great,'" says Salomao, 34. "Instead ofbeing wound up, it's like they're sitting in their livingroom."

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