Monday, July 27, 2020

Sweet tea in the summer

Last Friday, Taylor Swift surprised everyone by dropping her eight album, folkore, which she wrote and recorded remotely in quarantine. What a fantastic record! This cardigan-loving and storytelling nerd LOVED the dreamy music--I listened to the tracks for countless hours over the weekend.

folklore listening T party: My brown betty serving Geek+Tea's Comfy cardigan--an apple cinnamon rooibos that matched the record's strong autumn mood!

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Our province has been slowly re-opening businesses this month, including tearooms, this month. But I don't feel comfortable dining (indoors or outdoors) any time soon. So I've been enjoying tea time at home.

July Zoom Tea #1: Geek+Tea's Honey Bee rooibos with mini Chips Ahoy!

July Zoom Tea #2:  Ahmad Tea's Mango Lychee green tea

Social Circle Tea with my parents: Lemon Blueberry Earl Grey Cake (by La Rocca) and Honey Bee rooibos. 

Screenshot of Taylor Swift - seven (Official Lyric Video) 
Did July bring any happy surprises for you?

Monday, July 20, 2020

Matcha and Earl Grey Ice Cream

Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month?

What's inside my freezer: Earl Grey and matcha ice cream by artisanal and supermarket brands.

Last Sunday was National Ice Cream Day (third Sunday of July) and I had the KitKat Matcha Green Tea ice cream. I liked the matcha green tea ice cream, but the chocolate pieces didn't taste like Kit Kat to me.

Matcha Green Tea by Haagen-Dasz

Meiji's tasty Matcha Latte Ice Bar (all the way from Taiwan!) contains with tiny mochi (rice cake) cubes.

Taken in 2018
My all-time favourite Matcha ice cream is by Foundry Ice Cream, a local small business that produces ice cream is small batches. I've been rationing my last pint because I don't know when the Matcha ice cream will be available again!

I was sad when I finished my last pint of Foundry Ice Cream's London Fog ice cream.

Fortunately, I can still satisfy my craving for Earl Grey ice cream with Righteous Gelato's Earl Grey Lavender London Fog. This yummy gelato is soooo creamy and tastes like a frozen London Fog!

What's your favourite ice cream flavour?

Monday, July 13, 2020

Summer Teas: Blends off the beaten track

When your pandemic stress can only be assuaged by teas from Canadian companies, you order some interesting blends!

Mojito Mint Black Tea (Blair Elements)
I've never had a real mojito. So I can't tell if Blair Elements' Mojito Mint black tea tasted like the cocktail. But I enjoyed this tea version!

Lemongrass Milk Pudding Green Tea (Dessert by Deb)
I almost passed on Dessert by Deb's Lemongrass Milk Pudding green tea because I'm not a lemongrass fan.  I'm glad that I gave it a chance because it tasted delicious, with the coconut and ginger being the dominant flavours.

Sticky Rice Oolong (Davids Tea)
I was intrigued by Davids Tea's Sticky Rice Oolong. It was more savoury than I expected. I'm glad I tried this blend before it was discontinued, but it won't be a staple in my tea cupboard.

Some disappointing news for Davids Tea fans: The Canadian tea business will be closing 82 stores in Canada and all 42 stores in the U.S. Davids Tea sales have declined over the years so I'm not surprised that they're moving their operations online. I've always preferred their stores over online (shipping is $$$) because I can smell and buy teas in smaller quantities.

EDITED TO ADD: Davids Tea official release and FAQ on the restructuring plan

Monday, July 6, 2020

The last of my tea hauls (I hope!)

We're in the midst of a heat wave and my A/C is broken, but I'm still drinking hot tea!

Sipping delicious maple teas from handmade in Canada mugs on Canada Day:
1) Morning: Sipping Geek+Tea's Dark Side oolong from a teacup by Scott Barnim.
2) Afternoon: Sipping Dessert by Deb's Butter Toffee Cream black and rooibos tea from a mug by Greg Voisin. The raspberry matcha chocolate almonds were by a Toronto chocolatier.

June empties
Oldest sipdown (Sept 2018): Chinese black tea with the cream packaging.

Newest sipdowns (May 2020): Monarch Tea Co.'s Love is Love herbal tea and Stay Young, Go Dancing (a peach black tea).

I regret to report that I also ordered more teas in June. I wanted to support the small Canadian tea companies!

Blair Elements (free shipping): two black teas and one green tea

Blue Mountain Tea Co. (free shipping): Two of the teas were gifted to other people. I kept four teas for me (three black teas and one Pu-erh).

Tea Amo (free local delivery): After months of online stalking, I finally bought this cute 3-cup turquoise teacup and teabag holder. I also purchased one green tea and one Pu-erh.

Me on my June 15th post: I also received a Davids Tea gift card, but I'm going to try to wait a while to use it.

Eleven days later, this was delivered to my door: Jasmine Creme Brulee green tea is one of my favourite DT blends and I had been wanting to try the Sticky Rice Oolong and Organic Black Thai teas. This was my "last chance" to stock up on these discontinued teas. 

I added the "Fan Faves" and metal strainer to get the free shipping. The tin was a free gift with purchase of 100g of tea.

My last June order: one fruity herbal and two black teas from Tealise.

Once again, the number of new teas exceed the number of sipdowns. My poor wallet! There are several more tea companies on my wish list. But I'll try my best to use up some of my stash before buying new teas.