Saturday, December 27, 2014

Dragonfly Tea Room in Canal Fulton, Ohio

 
I think I've lived to close to this place, that is why I've not visited before.... but that's about to change!!!  Today I visited Dragon Fly in Canal Fulton, Ohio with my mom and two aunts.    There is even a coupon in the Discount magazine that we in Orrville receive in the mail.  It has a buy one meal, get one 50% off and a 25% off coupon.
 
 
 
 
 


 
Address:
116 S Canal Street, Canal Fulton, Ohio 44614
Phone Number:
330-854-4832
Tea Room Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday 11am-3pm
Gift Shop Hours
Tuesday – Saturday 11am-3pm



They blend their own tea.... in had the coconut oolong- it was great!!!!
The tea room is gorgeous inside...


Mom, Aunt Marge, Aunt Joyce and I enjoying our delicious meal

 
I got the Afternoon Tea Room Sampler.... with roasted red pepper and potato soup
 
Afternoon Tea Room Sampler
$9.95
Enjoy an assortment of three mini sandwiches filled with chicken salad, Tuna Salad and Southern style Pimento Cheese Salad. Served with tea bread and a side or cup of soup.


Mom had he Dragonfly Tea Room Salad Sampler....
Strawberry pretzel salad, broccoli salad, creamy cucumber salad with lemon blueberry salad. She said it was very good.

a pot of tea is only $1.95.  my only complaint is a complaint I have with most teashops- they put the loose tea in the tea pot and then after so long the tea is over steeped and then bitter. I enjoyed two cups of tea, but by the third cup the oolong was over steeped.  I wish that the loose tea was in something that could be pulled out of the water when the steeping was done.  

So very good!!!!




Coconut Oolong was so good I bough some to take home.
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Sunday, December 7, 2014

My hints for Christmas tea shopping...

 
I think- no I BELIEVE that making a good tea starts with the tea you choose, then almost just as important is the water temperature and how long you steep it.  You can completely ruin a wonderful tea by not making your water hot enough or making it too hot.  Also if you steep it too long or not long enough it can ruin your tea.
 
So, if you are just starting out I recommend the following things... an electric water kettle.  You can always pour your correct temperature water into a pretty tea pot- but first you need to have the right temp!  Next I recommend a timing device.  Lastly, a good tea infuser.

 
You can get inexpensive timers or go a little more high tech,  it's just important to steep your tea the correct amount of time!!! 
 
Example- a hot herbal tea should be steeped 5-6 minutes, while a green tea should only be steeped 2 minutes.  Don't believe me- try your green tea steeped 5 minutes virus 2 minutes.... it's night and day!

 
You can lots of different infusers.  I prefer the Perfectea Maker by Teavana or Ingenuitea.  I like that I put my loose leaf tea (or tea bag) in the infuser, add my hot water and let it steep- then I put the infuser on the mug and let it drain in to my mug. 
Hint- you need to have your water over  200 degrees to step your herbal, but you don't need to drink it at that temperature!  I am a sissy when it comes to the temperature my tongue can stand.  They say that is why Japanese and Chinese tea cups don't' have handles.  When you go to pick up your tea cup, if it is too hot to pick up, it's too hot to drink!

Next is an electric kettle.  I like this one, because it has a low setting good for green and white tea.  Then there is a higher setting for Herbal, Mate, Rooibos, and Black tea.
 
Again the water temp is huge!!!  If it is too hot you will bruise your tea and the tea is not nearly as good.
 
So- if you are just starting out I recommend those 3 items to help you make GREAT tea.  Next are my favorite brands of tea.  As you can see, I have tasted LOTS of tea.  So, I feel that I have drank enough tea to know what is really good!  I think you can trust my recommendations...



 I am a purest and I much prefer loose tea to bagged tea,   I think that you get a much better flavor with the loose tea.  But, that is a personal choice...

My #1 FAVORITE tea company is TEAVANA!!!  Hands down it is my favorite.  It is pricey, but I think it is worth it.

Now in no particular order are my next favorite tea companies....

Tealightful is purchased through home parties.  Above are my two favorite flavors from Tealightful.  This loose tea comes bagged... so once I open it I put it in these dark airtight containers.  I know tea looks pretty in clear containers- but tea and light do not mix.  Keep your tea in a dark airtight container.  I made these containers dark- by spraying the outside black.... its cheap and easy.
 

I also really enjoy Tea Forte.  They have lots of fun flavors.  They also do some loose  tea in a bag, some in loose tins, and some in a tea bag- but its in mesh bag, which I love!  I think if you are going to drink tea in a tea bag you should try to find tea sold in mesh bags.

Then we have Harney & Sons.  They have a ton of great. Flavors as well.  They too sell a bagged tea in a mesh bag for those who do not want the loose tea.


Twinings is classic company that has been around forever!  The have bagged tea as well as loose tea.  They are one of the few companies that I do like their bagged tea even though it is not in a mesh bag.  Their tea has great flavor.
Paromi is a tea I love, they have a meshed bag tea.  I really like their tea, and this is the company that gave me the idea to find a jar I like and just spray paint the outside black. This company does not a huge amount of flavors, but all I have tried I like!  My favorite from them is the Coconut Almond!  They also also have a oolong lemon and ginger that it really tasty too.

Smith Tea is great too!!  They have loose and tea bags for you to choose from..  I like so many of their teas- Jasmine tea, Chai, and Fez teas.  I have visited their tea house in Portland twice- that WAS such a treat!!

 
 Here  you can see a regular tea bag (old school) versus the mesh bag.  The mesh really helps release flavors!


I know that there are hundreds of teas out there and so many choices you can make,  I hope this helps you in narrowing down some decisions!  None of these tea companies pay me or give me kick backs- so these are just my honest thoughts in effort to help you.  You are on your own picking flavors.  That is always a personal thing.  Me, I like green but really only in Jasmine tea.  I am not a fan of white.  I am hit or miss with Mate teas and Rooibos teas.   I like black tea with milk and  I like a lot of herbal.

Friday, December 5, 2014

The Tao of Tea- Moroccan Mint (green tea)

I made this tea few days ago and I hated it!!!!  But wait, don't stop reading!    I added waaay to much tea.  I hardly ever measure tea, I just shake some in.  well, that was a mistake with this powerful green tea.



From on line.......Sweet mint tea is part of life in Morocco. Boiled mint tea has been a tradition since ancient times. Green tea from China was introduced by the British and it became popular to blend it with the minty brew, sweetened with sugar. We have attempted to recreate the Moroccan experience in this tea. Full-bodied green tea from China blended with flavorful peppermint. Crisp, cooling brew that can be enjoyed either warm or iced. Traditionally served in small glasses (istikan).


WAAAY to much tea.
 
  **********this is a good reminder- if you try a tea and you do not like it, read the directions see if they suggest it a certain way.... and try it that way.  If you try that and you still do not like it, then give it away and let someone else try it.*******



 If you make this tea the RIGHT way, this tea is great!!!!!  I added 2 teaspoons of tea and one sugar packet. ...just like the directions suggest 😉

I normally don't add sugar to my tea, but this tea was better with it.  I did taste the tea without sugar, but I did before with sugar.  This tea reminded me of what I've had in a Jordanian restaurant. I would recommend it.  Just do not add too much tea!!!




its also a beautiful tea..... and it smells amazing!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Buddha Bubble Boba Tea- lavendar

So very excited to make my favorite lavender bubble tea!!!!!  Love this stuff!!  I got the bubbles and the tea from Amazon. 


I boiled the water and added my bubbles.

I then added 4 Tablespoons off powder to my cup and then added the hot water to mix and dissolve it 





Once the mix was dissolved I added water and ice to the rest of cup.  I have made it hot and cold and it is great both ways.


I then added the bubbles to the cup.
So wonderful!!!!!  I can't explain the taste to you, it's not like anything else.  But it's so yummy!!!!

POSSMEI BUBBLE TEA

I was in the Massillon Discount Outlet store and I was THRILLED to find Bubble Tea!!!!  I may have actually squealed out loud.


I took it to work, and was delighted on how easy it was to make


 
I put 3-4 Tablespoons of powder in the cup

next I added about a half cup of boiling water to dissolve the powder

I then added ice cubes and water

It smells just like the Bubble Tea I've had in the past

 
SO VERY good!  I am delighted!  When I googled the company I discovered that I could buy more mixes on Amazon.  So I placed an order for my favorite Lavender Milk Bubble tea and the Tapioca balls.  Can't wait for them to arrive!!!!!!