Monday, June 10, 2019

A 10-cup teapot

At long last, I have found an item that's been on my wish list for YEARS: a teapot that can serve 10 cups of tea!

My heart almost stopped when I spotted this giant teapot at a church sale. It was in terrific condition!

Exhibit A of my lousy bargaining skills.
Me: How much is that teapot?
Church lady: Five dollars...what do you want to pay for it?
Me: [hands over a $5 bill].

Left: The 10-cup teapot by London Pottery (Designed in England, but made in China).
Right: The 6-cup Brown Betty teapot by Price & Kensington (Made in England?).

The tea cozies sold at stores are usually for small or medium teapots. So I was thrilled when I found handmade 10-15 cup tea cozies at a local artisan boutique.

I love how the pattern features the different types of teas. It matches my coasters.

This tea cozy is sooooooo pretty!

 A closer view of the yellow teawares and purple flowers

I can't wait to use my 10-cup teapot and tea cozy at our next office tea social!

Monday, June 3, 2019

A Mad Hatter Tea Party at Work

Last week, we had a special tea social at the office.

My inspiration for the Mad Hatter theme came from these super cute Alice in Wonderland napkins, paper plates...

...and "teacups and saucers"!
(Note on function: the cups filled with hot tea were hard to hold so these cups are more suited for iced tea.)

The "Drink Me" teapot served Fireside Cider green tea by the Mad Hatter Tea Co.

We also enjoyed hot and iced versions of Davids Tea's Flamingo Fresca--a fruity white tea with strawberry, passion fruit, and little flamingo sprinkles

The delicious foods brought in by my co-workers.

My co-workers' creativity was impressive: The March Hare Fare (aka veggies); the Mad Hatter and Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum's bowtie pasta salad.

One of my co-workers baked this amazing teacup cake (chocolate peanut butter. YUM!). Unfortunately, the handle broke off during transit. But teacups break all the time, right?

"It's always tea time." - Mad Hatter

Monday, May 27, 2019

Tea gifts from Japan

A friend visited Japan a while ago and thoughtfully gave me some really cool Japanese teas!

Genmaicha, Sencha and Hojicha teas from the Tokyo Disney Resort.

The matcha treats didn't last long!

I'm intrigued by these herbal teas: Corn tea...

...and adzuki beans tea.
I'll have to find some Japanese sweets to enjoy with these interesting teas.

Monday, May 20, 2019

A pop-up tea with macarons

Happy Victoria Day to my Canadian friends!

I love this charming British-themed melamine tray which I found at a local store a few weeks ago.

At our most recent pop-up tea at work, I served the ginger papaya and peach chai tea.

One of my colleague generously shared this box of Ladurée macarons that her sister brought back from France! Last year, Ladurée opened up a store in Toronto. I hope to visit its Tea Salon one day.

We also enjoyed lemon cranberry loaf and banana bread. Gotta love leftovers from a meeting!

Our next tea social will be held the last week of May. I can't wait!

Monday, May 13, 2019

Ginger, Papaya and Peach Chai

Chai tea is one of my favourite teas so I'm always on the lookout for interesting blends.

Victoria Road Chai Co.'s Ginger, Papaya and Peach Chai drew my attention because of its exotic ingredients: black tea, papaya pieces, peach pieces, ginger, blackberry leaves, calendula petals, sunflower petals, natural flavours.

The tea smelled sooooo good and tasted delicious. The papaya and peach were the dominant flavours so it tasted more like a fruity black tea than a chai to me. But I still enjoyed it!

I couldn't resist getting more of these cute teapot cookies from my local bakery. The blue and white polkadot motif reminded me of...

...Royal Albert's polka blue pattern!

Monday, May 6, 2019

Pottery and cookies

Last weekend, I went to the Hamilton Potters Guild Spring Pottery Show. As always, there was a myriad of teapots and mugs to admire.

These colourful mugs scream "SPRING!"

I resisted the temptation to buy more teabag holders.
(Last year, I purchased these purple teabag holders).

This teapot is the cat's meow.

If I ever hit the jackpot, I'll buy this $90+ teapot with the cute little feet.

The only teapots that my wallet could afford. 
My local bakery made these adorable cookies for Mother's Day. They're almost too pretty to eat!

Monday, April 29, 2019

Garage Sale Mystery: Murderless Version

Church garage/rummage sales are the best places to hunt for teawares. Last Saturday, I went to a "mammoth garage sale" at a local church. I don't need another teacup...

...but this pastel beauty caught my eye and I couldn't leave it behind.
Yellow is one of my favourite colours and the teacup was only $5!

The swirly design has strong Aynsley vibes. If you know which English pottery made the teacup, please let me know.

I also scored this Emma Bridgewater piece for only $2!
The seller thought it might be a candle holder or cookie container. The inside had remnants of either spices of tea leaves. My internet searches failed to identify its purpose.

What do you think this is?

Monday, April 22, 2019

Eggcellent Easter Treats

I hope you had a wonderful Easter!

How cute is this tea cosy? 
It's so big that it covers the entire 6-cup teapot!

I finally tried a cream egg brownie.

I also enjoyed a mini-egg cookie.


What Easter-themed treats did you try this month?

Monday, April 15, 2019

Some bunny loves tea!

The bunnies are out in full force in the Valley.

My green/white toile rabbit teapot was a HomeSense find from a few years ago. 

My violet chintz tea set includes a teapot, sugar, creamer, and 6 demitasse cups and saucers.

Last week, we had an Easter-themed tea social at work.
My co-workers brought in some healthy foods...

...and yummy sweet treats!

My cup of Tiger Eye Black Tea (a chocolate and caramel tea by Adagio Tea) and some "bunny mix" and cookies.

Wishing you a joyful Easter season!

Monday, April 8, 2019

A Persian-inspired tea time

This month, I finally went to Nannaa Persian Eatery, a new restaurant that's been on my to-visit list for months. 

This is what I came for: Nannaa Tea, a tasty blend of cardamon black tea and fresh mint, and chickpea cookies.

The "melt in your mouth" chickpea cookies were smaller than expected, but were a great (and healthy!) treat to enjoy with the Nannaa tea.

Have you ever had a chickpea-based dessert?

Monday, April 1, 2019

Hello, April!

So this is what spring looks like in the Valley...

Photo taken on March 31 2019
...and why I wait until late April/early May to put away my winter attire.

I went to a book sale last weekend and purchased a copy of "Anne of Green Gables". The 1985 TV mini-series starring Megan Follows will always be my favourite big screen adaptation.

As the temperatures sloooowly warm up, I've started drinking more cold beverages. This is a cream-base frappuccino version of the black sesame tea latte. Very tasty!

How's spring looking in your corner of the world?

Monday, March 25, 2019

Easter Egg Oreos for Tea Time

Last week, we celebrated the arrival of spring with a pop-up tea social at the office. Pop-up teas are super easy because the preparation is minimal: I brew a pot of tea and people bring their own cups and lunch.

One of my colleagues brought Oreo Easter egg limited edition cookies which we enjoyed with Organic Fashionista black tea.

The Oreo cookies were egg-shaped with cute Easter designs. The purple filling tasted like the white filling. Can you see the little chick wearing bunny ears?

Have you tried any interesting Easter-themed treats?