Monday, July 26, 2021

Saying good-bye to Taylor's Tea Room

This month, I was saddened to learn the closure of Taylor's Tea Room, a beloved and long-running (28 years!) tearoom in the community.

Taylor's was one of the first tea rooms that I experienced the traditional English afternoon tea with the bone china teapots and teacups. 

I enjoyed Taylor's afternoon tea so much that I returned with family and friends for afternoon and cream teas, as well as brunch, lunch, and dinner.


This photo was taken in 2015 after Taylor's renovations.

Taylor's at Christmas (2015)


I loved the whimsical tea cozies and elegant teacups.

Brunch at Taylor's

This pretty teacup became my Blogger profile photo.

Taylor's famous scones.


Celebrating Taylor's 25th Anniversary in 2018 with a cream tea.


This photo was taken on July 18.

Taylor's held a farewell celebration in their parking lot, where they sold their teawares, etc. I would have loved to have a bone china teacup as a souvenir. But I just couldn't bring myself to brave the crowds, even though I was masked and fully vaxxed. 

I'll always cherish the memories and special tea times at Taylor's. 

Monday, July 19, 2021

Summer Teas: Cherries, Blueberries, and Raspberries Edition

 Summertime and the tea drinking is easy!


Cherry Teas (cold brewed)

Top: DavidsTea's Cherry Berry Punch black tea

Bottom: DavidsTea's Cherry Blossom white tea


Blueberry Teas

Top (L-R): Dessert by Debl's Blueberry Buttermilk Short Stack Pancakes black tea (hot); Blueberry Lavender Angel Food Cake black tea (hot)

Bottom (L-R): DavidsTea's Blueberry Fields Forever oolong (cold); Clearview Tea Co.'s Blueberry Pancakes black tea (hot)

Raspberry Teas

Top (L-R): Teamancy's Raspberry Meringue green tea (cold); T by Daniel's Rated R black tea (hot)

Bottom (L-R): DavidsTea's Frozen Raspberry fruit infusion (cold); Biofix's Raspberry & Acerola herbal tea (cold)

Monday, July 12, 2021

My first DavidsTea's Nordic Mug

I've been buying teas from DavidsTea for years, and have always admired their famous Nordic mugs. I told myself that I already had too many mugs, so I resisted buying one...


...until last fall when this beautiful "Leafy - Teal" colour changing mug went on clearance! It was an older Nordic mug because it came with a stainless steel infuser. This is what the pattern looks like before you add the hot water.


When you fill the cup (16oz / 437ml) with hot water, the leaves changed colours and flamingos appeared!


Before and after shots

I've been stalking a few more Nordic mugs online, just waiting for them to go on sale...

Monday, July 5, 2021

Summer Teas: Peaches Edition

Gonna drink a lot of of peach teas this summer!


Monarch Tea Co.'s Stay Young, Go Dancing is a tasty peach ginger black tea.


Ironically, I enjoyed Monarch Tea Co.'s Warm Peach Pie green tea as a cold brewed tea!


Tea at the White House's Peaches and Cream Oolong was another delicious cold brewed tea.


AM Tea's Creamy Peach fruit infusion


DavidsTea's cold-brewed fruit infusions: Peach Zing had strong ginger notes (left), while Playa Peach was an interesting floral-fruity blend (right).


My favourite peach tea blend: Dessert by Deb's Peach Crumble Cake Black and Rooibos Tea is sweet and with a touch of cinnamon.

What's your favourite peach tea?

Monday, June 28, 2021

Five in June

I can't believe how fast June flew by!


1. My front garden's tea-themed decorations.


2. This is the first year that I had lilies in my garden. I was delighted to see them bloom.


3. I've been loving my awesome Hario cold brew tea bottle.


4. Tea Buying Ban Update: I'm proud to report that I've gone over 1 month without buying any new teas. I was tempted by DavidsTea's semi-annual sale, but I've manged to resist so far.

5. June tea empties

What I may repurchase:

1) Teamancy's Key Lime Chamomile herbal tea

2) Dessert by Deb's Fireside S'mores black tea

3) DavidsTea's Peach Zing fruit infusion



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Monday, June 21, 2021

Summer Teas: Strawberries Edition

Welcoming the summer season with these delicious strawberry tea blends!

DavidsTea's Strawberries and Cream Oolong


 Whittard of Chelsea Tea's Piccadilly Blend Black Tea


Clearview Tea Co.'s Martha's Vineyard Black Tea


Monarch Tea Co.'s Love You Tea Black Tea


Dessert by Deb's Strawberry Swiss Jelly Roll Green Tea

AM Tea's Strawberry Sour Herbal Infusion

 These strawberry tea blends also made fantastic cold brewed teas!

Monday, June 14, 2021

A Sweet Peas Teacup

This week I'm sharing a lovely teacup that an acquaintance gave me years ago.


The vintage bone china teacup features these lovely pink and purple sweet peas.


 The Royal Standard backstamp (circa 1949+)


Love the brushed gold on the scalloped rims!


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