Monday, August 14, 2017

Afternoon Tea with English Flowers

Happy National Afternoon Tea Week!

"Summer Passion" by The Polar Tea Co. was a herbal blend of pineapple, papaya and lemon.

 The tea tasted sweet and fruity. 
I had made it as a hot tea, but it would also be refreshing as an iced tea.

Paragon is one of my favourite teacup makers. 
This pattern is called "English Flowers."

Can you identify these English flowers?
(Because I have no clue!)

A butter tart and vanilla slice was the perfect accompaniment to my afternoon tea!


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Monday, August 7, 2017

Wonderland

Last month, I visited the new location of the Mad Hatter Tea Co. The proprietor had a degree in interior design so the shop was beautifully decorated!

Whimsical decor met me at the door.

I love the huge mural of Alice and the Queen of Hearts!

Isn't this floral light fixture gorgeous?

"M" is for Mad Hatter.

The menu and teawares for sale.

The Wonder Blend Wall

Choose Me!

Patrons are encouraged to create art on the chalkboard tables. 
I had a sample of the Mad House Rosé: an oolong tea blended with strawberry, coconut and pineapple. This tea was too tart for me though so I purchased different samples instead.

The samples came in these cute little tins.

"Cherry Bomb" was a fruity tea made of rooibos tea, cherries and coconut flakes.


 "We're all mad here."


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Monday, July 31, 2017

Afternoon Tea at Nicol's Pastry Shop

One of the highlights of July was my afternoon tea meet-up with some local members of my Canadian card and tea exchange group.

Nicol's Pastry Shop is a family-operated business that specializes in European pastries and cake. The shop recently started offering high tea by reservation only.

Our elegant tea table was set with gorgeous Royal Albert china.

Miranda Kerr for Royal Albert Collection
"Friendship" teapot, sugar and creamer

Miranda Kerr for Royal Albert Collection
Top (L-R): "Gratitude" & "Blessings"
Bottom (L-R): "Joy" & "Devotion" 

I enjoyed Sloane's delicious "Heavenly Cream"--a smooth black tea with bergamot and vanilla.

The tier stand served delicious afternoon tea for three.

Top tier: Melt-in-your-mouth scones served with Chantilly lace and jam.

Middle tier: Mini pastries for dessert.

Bottom tier: Finger sandwiches (salmon and cucumber) and quiche.

L-R: Wendy, Gaia, Judith, Margie, Sandra
Of course, the best part of the afternoon tea was the wonderful company of blogging friends!

Thank you, ladies, for great conversations and fun times!


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Monday, July 24, 2017

Tea Lemonade

The iced tea season is in full swing and I recently tried out Starbucks Matcha Tea Lemonade.

 Matcha and lemonade seems like a weird combo but it worked for these taste buds!
The green beverage tasted sweet and refreshing. 

Tea lemonade is so easy to make that I experimented with another odd mashup at home: 
Jasmine Creme Brulee Green Tea (by David's Tea) and lemonade.

Result: a sweet, citrusy drink with light jasmine flavour.

Have you tried any bizarre tea drinks lately?


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Monday, July 17, 2017

Summer Fling

I've been pretty good resisting the seasonal teas that have been released this summer. But my love for all things watermelon compelled me to purchase Monarch Tea Co.'s "Summer Fling" oolong tea.

This watermelon-infused oolong tea has a strong fruity scent. 
Ingredients: oolong, papaya, plum, safflower petals, natural organic flavours (watermelon?).

A 3-minute steep produced a very light coloured tea. 
The oolong was light and had a refreshing, watermelon flavour. The packaging says "Best enjoyed over ice" so next time, I'll try it as an iced tea.

"Meadowsheet" by Duchess (circa 1947-1960)
I found this teacup at a church sale a couple of months ago. 
The pretty, colourful flowers screamed "SUMMER!"

Are you drinking any summer teas?


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Monday, July 10, 2017

Aquagirl

I recently refreshed my bathroom's look and couldn't help incorporating some tea-related items in the updated decor.

 
The aqua/turquoise palate was inspired by this cute shower curtain purchased back in 2015.

On the wall: teacup canvas art.

"Antique Rose" by Skye McGhie night light
 I purchased this teacup night light for only $1 at a garage sale.

Top shelf: Radio teapot
Bottom shelf: teacup candle and musical teapot (Made in Japan)

Bath's all folks!

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Canada 150 Celebrations Continued

We couldn't let June end at work without having a tea social to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday.

 I didn't have red and white teawares so I brought in my "Serenity" teacups by Shelley. 
Murchie's Canada 150 and David's Tea's Oh Canada! (not pictured) teas were served.

Canada Birthday Cookies  

What's more Canadian than Timbits?

Some of the tea treats brought in by coworkers. 
I got distracted and neglected to photograph the other foods.

I kept cool during the Canada Day long weekend by drinking iced "Tea the North" by David's Tea. Red and white ingredients (white tea, coconut, watermelon, rhubarb) were blended together to create this limited edition tea for Canada 150.

I wasn't in the mood to deal with the crazy crowds on July 1st so I just tea partied in the comfort of my home.

Happy Independence Day to my American friends!


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