Welcome to Oh, How Civilized! This New York City-based blog is devoted to my love of refined experiences with a focus on afternoon tea, food and travel.

Want to know more about Afternoon Tea? You can find information on how to eat a scone properly, learn what to eat first on the three tiered tray, find out the difference clotted cream and Devonshire cream, and most importantly, how high tea isn’t afternoon tea.

The Afternoon Tea Reviews section includes all the afternoon teas I’ve had in New York City, plus the tea services I’ve had while traveling including Florence (Four Seasons Hotel Firenze), and Paris. I love traveling to new places and trying their version of afternoon tea.

The Recipes section is filled with tea sandwich ideas and matcha and tea-based recipes. The Matchamisu is the most popular recipe on the site with the BLT Tea Sandwich and Matcha Truffles following close behind.

All photos have been taken by me unless otherwise credited. I use a Sony RX1 (since 3/2014) to take all my photos. Before that, I used a Canon T3i with the kit lens and a 50mm 1.8 and a Sony RX100 (10/2013 – 3/2014).

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Hi! My name is Jee and I’m a freelance digital designer in New York City. I’m always seeking out places that offer exceptional customer service and services that offer unique and luxurious experiences. I’m a big fan of urban retreats that feel exclusive but are completely accessible, near and far.


I would love to hear from you! If you have questions, inquires or just want to say hello, send me an email: ohhowcivilized@gmail.com


A big thanks to contributing copyeditor Michele Perez, who catches and corrects all my grammar and spelling mistakes so things I write make sense.

Queenie Fok is my cooking and baking guru. We collaborate to create recipes inspired by afternoon tea and matcha.


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