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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Monday, June 26, 2017

Canada 150

This year, Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday.

White teacup by Aynsley
  Of course, my Canada 150 celebrations involved red and white-themed tea times!

Rosecrest snack set by Federal Glass
Celebrate Canada Birthday Cookies with Red Rose orange pekoe tea from a blogging friend.

Established in 1894 in New Brunswick, Red Rose Tea is considered a Canadian food icon.

Red and gold teacup by Old Royal Bone China
Another blogging friend sent me this delicious "Canada 150 Blend" by Murchie's:
"A mosaic of black, green and oolong teas, blended with a hint of maple to celebrate our nation’s history and diversity." (From: Murchie's)

Some of you may have seen this Canadian Tire commercial already. 
Click on the image to watch the 30-second commercial.

I was proud to see the Valley's charming downtown featured in the commercial.

Happy 150 Canada!


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Monday, June 19, 2017

Vessels | Pouring & Storing

A few weeks ago, I attended the Carnegie Gallery's opening reception for Maureen Landry's exhibition titled, "Vessels | Pouring & Storing."

"I have a fascination with teapots and all the facets that make up a teapot – the body and the many shapes it can take, the lid and spout and how they correspond with the body, and the handle that invites you to pick up the teapot." (Maureen Landry)

This black porcelain teapot, sugar and creamer would be perfect for a Gothic tea party.

The Mad Hatter would approve of these whimsical celadon green teapots.

Green and brown teapots with a matte finish.

My favourite: Dancing teapots
Save the last dance for me!


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Monday, June 12, 2017

Tea at the White House's Pop-Up Tea

When I heard that one of my favourite tearooms, Tea at the White House, started hosting pop-up teas at the Jitterbug Cafe on Sundays, I had to make a reservation for afternoon tea!

My high school friends and I were able to meet up earlier this month.

The Jitterbug Cafe was transformed into a cozy tearoom.

The pretty white china made an elegant table setting.

I drank the House Blend, a fruity black tea with "notes of hibiscus, currants, raisins, and a flowery finish."

Afternoon Tea for One
I was famished and ordered the full afternoon tea.

Top Tier: Sweets for Two
I didn't know what those meringue things were but they were delicious!

Middle Tier: Scones with Devon Cream and Jam for Two
My favourite part of the tea: Scones with Devon Cream and Jam!

Bottom Tier: Sandwiches for Two
The sandwiches were: the classic cucumber and cream cheese; egg salad, and salmon mouse.

As we were paying our bills, I heard this. The 24 CTU ringtone was the last thing I expected to hear at a tea room! It turned out that the Tea at the White House Proprietor had downloaded the CTU ringtone for his cell phone.

I enjoyed the elegant ambience, delicious food and tea, and wonderful service and hope to experience Tea at the White House's pop-up tea again!

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Cornflowers

Like many teacup addicts collectors, I often browse online for tea sets. Several years ago, I purchased my first complete tea set from a local seller.

The set included a small teapot and 4 cups and saucers.

According to Replacements.com (which tends to overprice items), the teapot alone was worth around $100. The seller was helping his mom downsize her china collection and was selling the entire set for only $10! I gave the man a $10 bill and skipped away with my purchase.

 The pieces were all in pristine condition. The pattern was called "Cornflowers" by Adderley.

A few weeks after my purchase, an e-mail from the seller popped up in my inbox. I thought, "BUSTED! He finally realized how much the tea set was actually worth..."

It turned out that he found the matching cake plate and was offering it to me for $5. SOLD!

Some Earl Grey teas are blended with cornflower petals.

Screenshot of Monarch Tea Co Instagram
"Blue cornflower can help ease anxiety, smooth skin & help boost immunity. It also provides a natural creaminess to tea." (Source: Monarch Tea Co.)

Earl Grey Cream by Tealish
Cornflowers enhance both the look and taste of teas!


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Monday, May 29, 2017

Tea at Holland Park Garden Gallery

During a recent visit to the Holland Park Garden Gallery, I was delighted to see various tea-themed items for both the garden and the home.

 
Small teacup planters with flowers for $19.99.

 
I'm stalking these huge teacup planters ($34) until they go on sale.

An impressive collection of For Tea's Sake artisan and wellness teas. 
I'm tempted to go back and sample some of the herbal blends.

These colourful tea sets are perfect for summer.

"Let's have tea" in these fun mugs!

Teabag holder
I was good and didn't bring anything home with me!


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Monday, May 22, 2017

A Contemporary Victorian Tea Set

Happy Victoria Day to my Canadian friends!
 
In honour of Queen Victoria's birthday, I'm sharing the "Priscilla" tea set that I received from my relatives a few years ago. This contemporary ceramic set was from Bombay Canada.

The small teapot serves 2-4 cups of tea.

One of my four teacups and saucers.

Left: Tea Caddy
Right: Cream and Sugar Set
Not pictured: 3-Tier Dessert Tray

The elegant medallion labels give the Priscilla pieces a dainty touch.

Victorian tea time never goes out of style!


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