Saturday, January 30, 2021
The day after Thanksgiving was a great day to get out and do a little tea hunting. I had never gone tea tasting in the Fairlawn, Ohio area, so I spent the day hoping from one tea place to another.
This cafe has all kinds of food and drink choices. I was excited to find a place to eat where I could eat inside. This place seemed like a local hang out, or at least a lot of people seemed to know each other. There were many places to sit and everything was really clean.
I decided to try the egg salad and pumpkin chai.
I went with the chai. I watched the barista, he went to great effort , there were all kinds of steps he went through to make the chai. It was a bit sweet, but other than that it was really good. I also got more pumpkin then chai flavor...I was hoping for a nice mix of flavors.
The egg salad sandwich was good, but overpriced.
It is a cute little shop. I liked the neighborhood.
I gave this chai latte only 4 tea cups because it was a bit sweet and I got more pumpkin than chai. Also the price was a bit high.
Friday, January 29, 2021
During my Christmas break I the delight of having a day off when it snowed. Drinking tea and watching it snow is a perfect day to me.
My favorite tea shop was celebrating their 5 Year Anniversary in 2020! I could not wait to try their anniversary tea.
I love this tea shop! You really need to check this place out! Get registered and sign up for their mailing and they will ship their tea for free. They offer a variety of over 400 of the finest loose leaf teas, tisanes, herbs and accessories from around the world.
Ingredients in this tea...it is Black Tea, orange, honeybush, hibiscus, rose-hips, cacao, apple pieces, safflower pieces, white chocolate, vanilla and lemon.
(The white chocolate blended in the tea is from a local chocolate shop, Honadle's Fine Chocolates! )
Since it is a black tea, I heated my water over 200 degrees. I then steeped my tea for 3-4 minutes.
I put 1 tsp in the tea cup tea steeper.
Yes, I admit I thought this tea might have too many ingredients, BUT I WAS SO WRONG! I loved it. The notes of chocolate and lemon with the citrus and black tea. Every sip was full of wonderful and new flavors. I think this might be my new favorite.
This was a limited edition tea, I hope you are able to find and try it.
I gave this tea 5 tea cups, it was completely worth it! The flavors are so unique and delicious.
I enjoyed painting as I watched it snow and drank cup after cup of this tea. Earl Grey enjoyed watching it snow too.
I finished the lavender field painting
Thursday, January 28, 2021
I found this fun Thirst Aid Container at this fun shop in Berlin- Modern Farmhouse Home Goods. It was the first time I was in there, but not the last. They had great style and unique items.
This container was $10.50.
It is so simple to fill with tea. The mouth of the container is large and easy to fill.
I had opened to enjoy drinking tea from this container, but I think it is more of a novelty gift then a practical one.
The plastic lid that fits over the white nozzle doesn't fit tightly. Also it leaks a bit at the nozzle. So, while it is super cute and a clever idea, I don't think it is ideal to really use.
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
My parents gave me this tea pot for Christmas. I had seen it before and was excited to see it show up as a Christmas gift. They had gotten it in a box of items at an auction in Kidron a few years ago.
We have a friend who used to live in Hong Kong, so we asked what the teapot may say...here were their thoughts....
The little square with 4 characters is really to fuzzy, but if it is from the bottom of the tea set it probably is either a date or the name of the company that made it.The words on the teapot. It is quite possibly a poem. We are able to read the name of the one who wrote it. Shi Sheng Li, but after checking on google find no reference to a poet with that name.Of the 10 characters that are in the calligraphy, they are written in the author's own specific artistic style, making it difficult to look them up in any dictionary at our disposal, and rest assured we own quite a few besides the ones now available to us on the internet.
We are quite sure that we know 5 of the 10 characters, and have a pretty good guess about 4 others. There is however one that has us completely baffled and we cannot find it anywhere....leading us to believe it is either very obscure or written in such a flamboyant style it completely eludes our western minds!!FIRST LINESo here is our best bet for what it says,WanderLovemonthlyforothers,SECOND LINE??flowerswinddrophat.Your guess is as good as mine about what the writer may have been trying to get across, but it seems to be a fine sentiment and not something evil or harmful!!
I also got these adorable little wooden tea cup. It was hand made in Kenya.
I am not sure I will drink from it, but it is super cute.
I also got these fun tea items for Christmas... along with some tea too. I also got money for a tea plant...see another post about my tea plant, Camellia Sinensis.
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
So, I signed up for a virtual tea festival. How fun is that??
I was able to log in and view tea classes and seminars.
If you see one of these options, sign up for it. You can still do and see a lot for free. These classes were educational and easy to attend virtually.
I was so excited to receive my box of goodies. There as all kinds of fun teas to try, a t-shirt, a magazine, flyers. stickers. and a cup.
Some of the teas I received to try.
Here is one of the classes I signed up for. I found this interesting. I really thought this so was a super clever and creative idea for them to open this festival up to the public.