Monday, October 24, 2016

A Return to the Old Curiosity Tea Shop

Last Saturday, I returned to The Old Curiosity Tea Shop to meet again with Judith from Lavender Cottage and Wendy from September Violets over afternoon tea.

The Victorian afternoon tea and service were just as wonderful as my first visit.

The Royal Bengal Tiger Tea was a smooth black tea with a mild taste of cinnamon and fruits that was perfect for the autumn season. I totally wanted to take this gorgeous Aynsley teacup home with me!

Judith and I wore our finest fascinators. The conversation flowed easily like the tea we enjoyed. The three of us are part of a small group of Canadian bloggers who exchange "happy mail" throughout the year. We hope that the other members can join the next group outing.

Thank you, Judith and Wendy, for the laughs and fun times!

This week's pumpkin treat of the week: Pumpkin spiced cold chocolate. So rich and creamy!

Enjoy the last week of October!

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Monday, October 17, 2016

"Because of Her"

On October 18th, we celebrate Persons Day in Canada.

This 1-minute video provides a nice overview of the Canadian suffragette movement that lead to the 1929 historic ruling that, "Women. Are. Persons." and allowed women to participate in public office.

The Women are Persons! Monument in Olympic Plaza, Calgary, Alberta (photo taken in 2012)
86 years after this milestone victory for women's rights, Canada had its first cabinet with equal number of men and women. The Famous Five would have raised their teacups to this gender-balanced cabinet!

The Women are Persons! Monument in Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario (photo taken in 2015)
"“Because of Her”, Canada’s democracy is stronger than ever. 
Persons Day reminds us all that women’s voices matter. 
When women step forward and make themselves heard, the changes they create benefit us all."  

As a tribute to the "pink teas" held by the suffragists, I'm sharing this tea for one set that I purchased at a thrift store years ago. The pretty combination of pink roses and white polka dots is reminiscent of Royal Albert's Cheeky Pink design.

Pumpkin treat of the week: Pumpkin pie frozen yogurt from Yogurty's.

Public Service Announcement: The Celestial Seasonings holiday teas are now available at Bulk Barn and on sale for only $2.99 until October 27th! If you live in Ontario, you can also use this coupon for purchases over $10. It's never too early to buy Christmas teas!

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Monday, October 10, 2016


Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends!

My family is not a fan of pumpkin pie so the only pumpkin pie that I had during the long weekend was this blizzard from Dairy Queen. My favourite part was the crunchy pie crust. YUM!

 I also enjoyed some tasty pumpkin loaf (from Whole Foods) with a cup of jasmine green tea.

This 7-minute video, "An Experiment in Gratitude", by SoulPancake is a nice reminder to express appreciation to our loved one and shows that giving thanks can boost our own happiness!

Thank you for visiting my little corner of Blogland today!

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Don't You Forget About Me

You know you're the crazy tea lady at the office when your colleagues give you tea-related presents.

A few weeks ago, I received this pretty teacup decorated with forget-me-nots as a thank you gift from a woman at work.

The Queen Anne Ridgway backstamp circa 1960s (Pattern No. 7527).

What makes this teacup special is that it came from the gifter's own collection. 
I will treasure it always!

The yummy pumpkin treat of the week: 
Dare Ultimate Pumpkin Spice Creme Cookies enjoyed with a mug of honeybush vanilla herbal tea.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Sock Away

The transition to the cooler temperatures means it's time to bust out the cozy socks! I always keep an eye out for funky socks with a tea-themed design.

Kicking back in my "Iced Tea" Snoozies which are a hybrid of socks and slippers.

My friend gave me this "Tea Time" socks. How cute are the teapots?

I found this "Teacups" socks at the Talbots Outlet last month.

I have a tendency to "save things for a special occasion" so it's time that I actually wear these fun socks!

In exciting pumpkin news, David's Tea has brought back my favourite pumpkin tea: Pumpkin Cheesecake Roiboos. YAY!!! What distinguishes this blend from other pumpkin teas is its creamy and sweet flavour--the  result of the divine combination of pumpkin, spice, maple sugar and white chocolate.

Enjoying my first cup of pumpkin cheesecake roiboos with a s'mores treat made by some relatives.

Photo credit: Indigo Online Bookstore
"All you need is tea & warm socks."

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Pumped for Fall

As soon as the calendar flips to September, I go pumpkin crazy.

I kicked off the Labour Day weekend with my first pumpkin spice frappucino.

The inaugural pumpkin spice tea (by Tazo Teas) of the season was sipped from this charming mug (Made in England!) purchased from HomeSense over the summer.

I also couldn't resist trying the Pillsbury Ready to Bake! pumpkin spice cookies. Very tasty!

With the official start of the fall season just days away, I'm looking forward to: 

There are still a few days left to sign up for The Enchanting Rose's 9th Teacup & Mug Exchange!  Click here for more info.

I am SO EXCITED for the series premiere of "Designated Survivor" on September 21st.
I feel a frisson of excitement every time I see the promos. Please note that I will be incommunicado from 10-11 pm on Wednesdays as the new president requires my undivided attention.

Mark your calendars: the Royal Botanical Gardens (Burlington, Ontario) is hosting its first Tea Festival on November 5th. I will definitely be there!

What are you looking forward to this fall?

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Terrific Tasting Tea

Wayyyy back at the beginning of this year, I attended a "Tea 101" event at my local public library.

This free tea tasting event was offered by Lesley, the lovely owner of 3 Teas, a Canadian company that sells only ethically produced Terrific Tasting Tea. We sampled 5 classic teas, starting with the light teas and progressing to the dark teas.

Tea #1: Organic Pai Mu Tan White Tea

Tea #2: Organic Chummee Green Tea (slight vegetal taste)

Tea #3: Formosa Oolong (slight fruity taste)

Tea #4: Yorkshire Harrogate Black Tea
This smooth tea's name was inspired by Downton Abbey. The Dowager would approve of its rich taste!

Tea #5: Peppermint Ginger Green Tea is an exclusive blend by 3 Teas.
This last tea turned out to be my favourite of the bunch! Who knew that peppermint and ginger would taste so good together?!?

The Tea Tasters at the 2016 Toronto Tea Festival also voted the peppermint ginger green tea as one of the Top 10 Teas so I wasn't the only one impressed by its refreshing flavour!

One of my favourite fall events is here: The Enchanting Rose's Tea Cup and Mug Exchange
All are welcome to join!

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