Monday, September 16, 2019

Paragon Teacup: Yellow Roses

The teacup that I'm showcasing this week was a gift from a woman that I met at work.

I love yellow so I've always been partial to yellow roses.

This gorgeous teacup was made by Paragon--one of my favourite china companies.

With the autumn season just 1 week away, my teawares in the fall colours are now out on display!

Have you started decorating for the fall?

Monday, September 9, 2019

Chayo Tea's Boba

On Labour Day weekend, I visited Chayo Tea
"Chayo" (Madarin) translates to "Friend" in English.

I've seen Chayo Tea's booths at tea festivals, but this is the first time I've visited their new shop in downtown Burlington.

Inside the tea shop.

I was in the mood for a cold beverage so I ordered the peach bubble tea. Very refreshing!

Last weekend, I tried Donut Monster's Peach Earl Grey fritter. YUM!
I love trying out desserts that feature one of my favourite tea blends!

Monday, September 2, 2019

September Sipdown

How can it be September already?!?

Every Labour Day weekend, we go to "Canada's Largest Ribfest". This year, I was delighted to find The Fresh Tea Shop as one of the vendors. I tried out the cactus fig green tea which was a nice, light tea (and also tasted good iced!).


A friend shared this hilarious 1-minute "When you like tea too much" video with me. It's funny because it's true for this teaholic! 

How many kitchen cabinets do your teas take up? This is a safe space! I've reduced my number to 1.5 cabinets...

I've been trying to drink the teas in my stash before purchasing any new ones. Some Instagram tea lovers call finishing up a tea a "sipdown" and they even do monthly challenges! I don't usually record my sipdowns, but I'll try to track my sipdowns for the last 4 months of the year.

Sept 1 sipdown: the Lemon Coconut Pie black tea.

Have you ever participated in a sipdown challenge?

Monday, August 26, 2019

Sorelle and Co.

Last week, I visited the Sorelle and Co. in downtown Toronto (the flagship boutique is in Vaughan).

Sorelle's elegant boutique is located in the ritzy Yorkville area.
The high-end stores in this neighbourhood are too rich for my blood!

Sorelle means "Sister" in Italian.
This cute mural depicts the 5 sisters with food allergies that inspired Sorelle.

All the foods on the menu are:
Gluten-Free 
Soy-Free 
Sesame-Free 
Vegan 
Nut-Free
Preservative-Free

L-R: grilled cheese; macaroni and cheese; pizza

For dessert, we had this delicious opera cake.

The selection of Sloane Teas.

Since it was a hot day, I had the peaches and cream white tea as an iced tea. My companions had the raspberry lemonade spritzer.

I hope to return to Sorelle again to try out their afternoon tea!

Monday, August 19, 2019

A summer tea social

Last week, we had a summer tea social potluck to celebrate Afternoon Tea Week, and a colleague's new position (in a different department). Even though she'll no longer work with us, she'll still be part of our tea socials!

The tea social had a floral motif so of course, I had to bring the Garden Party Oolong by Whittard Chelsea.

A colleague also brought in rainbow lemonade iced tea by Davids Tea.

Pretty paper napkins always elevate a tea social!

I think this was the healthiest tea social we've ever had!
I got distracted and forgot to photograph: Tortilla chips (for the dips); cheese and crackers; another green salad.

Even the the desserts were fairly healthy!
Bottom right: they look like teabags, but they're actually cookies with white chocolates.

Photo by Dan Gold on Unsplash
What made this tea social extra special: sipping tea while listening to beautiful live violin music by our summer student!

Monday, August 12, 2019

Dessert by Deb

Back in June, I ordered some teas from Dessert by Deb, a new tea business by Deb Wong, a fellow tea lover from Toronto. Deb's first business was The Sugared Teacup Tea Boxes and Tea Subscription which she shut down in late 2018 so she could focus on her new line of organic dessert teas (a partnership with Lemon Lily).

My tea package included these super cute postcards (teabags and teapots) and stickers (bubble teas) that were designed by Deb herself.

I loved the handwritten note! I was touched that Deb remembered meeting me at the RBG Tea Festival last November.

I'm a coconut fan so I had to try the coconut teas from the collection.

The lemon coconut pie black tea was delicious and had a subtle fruity taste.

I also enjoyed the yummy coconut maple custard black tea--it made a great latte!

I'm looking forward to drinking the other teas in my package:
-Chocolate, berries and cream black tea
-Coco goji island green tea
-Berry bouquet green tea (this was a free sample)

I know, I know. I've been trying to limit my tea purchases this year, but I wanted support Deb's new business! Hopefully, Dessert by Deb will be at the RBG Tea Festival this year.

Monday, August 5, 2019

A Royal Albert Teacup: Sensation

This week, I'm sharing a teacup that I found at a church sale last spring.

I was drawn to the teal band and colourful roses.

This teacup is part of the Royal Albert Garland Series (circa 1970s to 1980s) which has six patterns. The teal pattern is called Sensation.