Monday, February 20, 2017

The Heart Wants What It Wants

Tea at the White House in Waterdown was one of the first tea rooms where I enjoyed afternoon tea.

This quaint tea room offered both indoor and outdoor seating. 

Unfortunately, the sale of the "white house" a few years ago forced the tea room operators to shut down their popular tea room. While the owners searched for a new venue for their tea room, they continued selling their teas through their online store and holiday pop-up shops.

During last weekend's snowstorm, I visited the Tea at the White House Valentine Pop-up Shop.  I fell off my tea wagon (47 days without new tea purchases!) and brought home a tin of Chocolate Raspberry Rendezvous black tea... 

...as well as these yummy heart-shaped scones. 
I've always loved the scones served at Tea at the White House.

We celebrated Valetine's Day at the office with the first tea social of 2017.
We sipped the tasty chocolate raspberry rendezvous black tea from my heart cups and saucers.

Some of the savories and sweets brought in by my co-workers. 
Not pictured: veggies, cinnamon bread, strudel.

This Black Tea Rose candle by Bath and Body Works was a Valentine gift from my mom.

I was stalking this small pink with red heart teapot on Indigo's online store for weeks.
The teapot FINALLY went on sale (50% off!!!) so I rushed to the store over the weekend and used my gift card and Plum rewards special bonus to make it mine.

You got me sippin' on something...


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Monday, February 13, 2017

Miss Match

This Valentine's Day, I'm playing matchmaker...

...with this soft pink teacup by Taylor & Kent rescued from a church sale a few years back...

 ...and this gilded Grosvenor saucer found at the same church sale.

This wide mouth teacup has pretty flowers inside.

What a perfect match!

Happy Valentine's Day!


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Monday, February 6, 2017

Hygge at Home

Recently, I learned about an interesting Danish concept called hygge (pronounced "hoo-gah"). I had visited Denmark in 2010 (one of my favourite trips!) but this was the first time that I've heard of this unique part of Danish culture.

Taken in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2010.
The Oxford Dictionaries define hygge as:
"A quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture)."

Photo credit: Internet
I'm a sucker for cute book covers so this book had me at the teapot and teacups.
You can learn more about The Art of Danish Hygge here.

This past weekend, I practiced some hygge at home to help combat the winter doldrums.
Cozy blanket? Check!
Mug of tea? Check!

 
 This charming book (pun intended!) was recommended by another blogger.
You can learn How to Hygge Your Reading Life here.

I miraculously stayed spoiler-free of the sixth season of Game of Thrones and binge watched the episodes with glee (sorry, Fitbit!).

You can't get more hygge than enjoying a cup of tea with a chocolate scone by the fire.

Do you practice the art of hygge?


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Monday, January 30, 2017

Something to Crow About

Happy Lunar New Year!

photo credit: Laurence & Annie Year of the Rooster via Flickr (license)
I kicked off the Year of the Rooster with Buddha's Blend by David's Tea.

This delicate tea is a blend of white and green tea, jasmine pearls and hibiscus blossoms.

This vintage Chinese teacup was gifted to me a few years ago.

Is tea a wake-up call or zen experience for you?


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Monday, January 23, 2017

Born Free

I love freebies so I took advantage of the special offers that celebrated my turning another year older.

I enjoyed a free all-you-can-eat lunch at Tucker's Marketplace.

As a Frequent Steeper at David's Tea, I was treated to a free cup of tea, Oolong Supreme, on my special day. The DT staff loved the tea cozy handcrafted by my talented friend!

Last but not the least, I used my Starbucks Rewards card to score a free beverage of my choice: a Venti Smoked Butterscotch Frappuccino.

At the family gathering, I used my Royal Albert Polka Blue teapot (a Christmas gift from my parents) to serve one of my birthday gifts: For Tea's Sake Sour Apple Martini--a light, fruity green tea that was a hit with the guests.

My family and friends showered me with tea-themed birthday gifts.

China fit for royalty.

Come on, come on, turn the radio on...

A matching purple cup, tray/plate and spoon by Hampstead Fine Bone China.

My tea tastes better in this adorable mug from my sweet godson.

A cute infuser and pretty teabag holders.

My old soul loves this vintage-style "Tea Party" oven mitts, paper napkins, and tea towels.

Put a ring on it!

I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth.

For my dry skin: Bath and Body Works Georgia Peach & White Tea body cream.

Tea samples tucked in birthday cards from my blogging friends.
Not pictured: the teas already consumed.

Thank you all for the birthday blessings!


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Monday, January 16, 2017

Flashback Travel: Bavaria (2008)

During my younger and more adventurous days (aka pre-teaware obsession era), I traveled quite a bit through Europe. I always wished that I had brought home teacups as mementos of my international trips...

...so I was beyond thrilled when my friend gifted me this gorgeous teacup from West Germany for Christmas!  The contemporary Victorian-inspired teacup featured a courting couple.

The inaugural cup of tea.
A sip of the yummy Stash Black Forest Black Tea transported me back to my 2008 visit of Germany.

On our way to see Schloss Neuschwanstein, the most popular castle in Europe, we passed the 19th century Schloss Hohenschwangau. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to stop for a visit.

At Marienbr├╝cke ("Marie's Bridge"), we enjoyed stunning views of the castles, mountains, and lakes. Just don't look down!

A view of Schloss Hohenschwangau from Marienbr├╝cke.

The magnificent Schloss Neuschwanstein was built in the 19th century by King Ludwig II whose nicknames included: Fairy Tale King, Swan King, Mad King of Bavaria. You can read more about the castle and king's interesting history here.

Almost there...

Castle entrance
Unfortunately, photography was prohibited during the 30-minute guided tour which was limited to certain floors/rooms. You can do a virtual tour of the beautiful interior by clicking here.

photo credit: lhbrizzante CINDERELLA'S CASTLE via photopin (license)
The resemblance between the Bavarian Fairy Tale Castle and the Magic Kingdom is no coincidence. Walt Disney had modeled Cinderella's Castle after Schloss Neuschwanstein.

photo credit: Eric Black Forest German Cake via Flickr (license)
I tried to order Black Forest cake during my trip, but had trouble finding it at the cities that we visited (Munich, Berlin, Dresden). I did enjoy quite a bit of Bavarian Apple Strudel though!

What's your favourite German dessert?


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Monday, January 9, 2017

Spoiled!

Once again, I'm very grateful to my thoughtful family and friends for spoiling me with tea-related gifts on Christmas.

I adore the purple teacup on this Peter Pan quote:
"Would you like an adventure now, or shall we have tea first?

Tea first!
New herbal, black and green teas to sip before embarking on an adventure.

This adorable infuser is a marriage of my favourite things: tea, purple and polka dots!

Good thing that I meet the minimum age requirements for this sweet miniature ladybug tea set!

How cute are these handmade coasters?

A tea nerd can never have too many tea-themed towels...

...or tea-themed cards!

 Socks to be me!

Green Tea bath and body products.

This "Teacups" puzzle will be a fun indoors activity during winter.

My generous family and friends also gifted me beautiful teawares which will be shared in future posts. Since I now have more than enough teas and teawares, I've gone on a "tea diet". We'll see how long I stay on the tea wagon! 

Now it's time to announce the winner of my 2-year blogiversary giveaway!

And the Winner selected by Random.org is...(drum roll):

Sylvia from SMD Paper Arts.

(How cool was it that the random number that was generated was my birthday?!?)

 Congratulations, Sylvia!!! 
Please send me your mailing address and tea preferences (e.g., black, green, herbal, etc.) and I will ship your prizes you.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the giveaway!


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