Mister Earl

Why are you so popular? classic? and smooth?  You know just how to woo the ladies…and gentlemen.  Oozing with bergamot flavour.  Floral with a citrus kick.  A dash of milk, a spoon of honey.  Don’t forget to let him cool down before you decide to kiss his lips!

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I was never a huge fan of earl grey tea.  As a young girl I grew up drinking orange pekoe out of small floral painted tea cups.  In University I drank Love Tea #7, a dark chocolate strawberry flavoured black tea.  Those are only a few of my (almost possibly earl grey) black tea experiences.  Earl grey was something I ordered from Starbucks as a latte, otherwise known as a London Fog.  Earl was too typical, too regular.  I was working at Davidstea where I could drink any flavour I wanted.  I was cool without Earl.

Can you guess what I love to drink every morning now?  With a dash of milk and a spoon of honey?

You got it.  2014 was the year Mister Earl Grey and I started a love affair.

Here are my two favourite earl grey blends to drink on the regular.

1. Earl Green Cream from Tealish.  A green tea blend with bergamot and vanilla.  I am definitely a vanilla girl.  Not too sweet, a bit on the creamy side with a warm but light flavour. Yum.

2. Earl Grey Rooibos from Davidstea.  This one is awesome because it is caffeine free!  I tend to go on caffeine free detoxes every now and then when I feel as though I’ve been buzzing around a bit too much.  Earl Grey Rooibos lets me have that floral earl grey taste without the caffeine and that makes a girl real happy when she just wants a cup of sweet tea in the morning minus the buzz.  Yes you can have this one at night too, but I tend to wake up with earl grey syndrome rather than night cap it.

How do you like your Earl Grey?

 

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Minty Fresh

Recently, my roommate and I have been blending our own teas in the evening to create the best soothing teas before bed.  Relaxing, yet lively, this particular blend stood out to me the most.

Spearmint

Peppermint

Chamomile

Ginger

Lemon Myrtle

Delicious. 

These are the ingredients I chose one evening after enjoying a nice day off in the sun.  A great evening tea packed with many immune system boosters and contrasting yet complimenting flavors.  I hope you’re focusing on the mint here and how refreshing it tastes when you make yourself a cup of this splendid combination.  It hits my palate on the best spots!  It creates more excitement in the tea when you have that splash of mint in there.   I definitely get into some flavors more than others, especially because of where they hit my palate.

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The flavors of spearmint versus peppermint are very different.  I find most people are used to the peppermint smell and taste, which is why working at DavidsTea I always try to bring both tins down for customers to smell because they each have a distinctive minty-ness to them.  Peppermint is sweeter and very soothing, blending well with other ingredients smoothly.  On the other hand, spearmint has a sharper taste that excites other teas when blended together.  It has a mint gum taste going on that pops in your mouth giving it a livelier feel.  I have been adding spearmint to a lot of my iced teas for the summer because it adds a refreshing taste that invigorates my senses!

Mint can simply be added to any of your teas.  I love adding it to greens, herbals and am currently experimenting with the black teas.  There is also a white tea from DavidsTea called Coco-lemon Thai‘ that is even better with a scoop of spearmint leaves added.  Tastes like a Mojito…minus the rum.

Lastly, everyone wants to know what each specific tea is “good for”.  Generally people know that peppermint soothes the stomach and is relaxing, can relieve headaches and has cooling properties when applied topically.  However, I wanted to contribute to a new fun fact about spearmint, so I hopped on Google and typed in “what is spearmint good for?” and this is what the Googlers came up with…

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This made me laugh.  Do people actually believe this? So I googled further… “Spearmint hair” and found this…

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In conclusion, I’ve learned that if I drink two cups of spearmint tea a day I can combat all that extra body hair, which is EXACTLY what I was hoping spearmint would do.

Thanks Google! 🙂

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Rainbow Raspberries

Remember Tealish?

Last week on a rainy Monday I walked into Tealish for the second time to check out some of their fruitier blends. Oh man this place is great, I love again the cozy atmosphere that wraps you up in a blanket.  It is also cool to be a customer in a tea store as most often I am usually behind the counter making tea for people at Davids.  Smelling all the teas does not get old. I love it.

I picked out a delicious coconut oolong to drink and bough two packets of tea as follows;

1. Razmintazz: a herbal tea with peppermint, giant raspberries, chamomile, apple and hibiscus.  The Tealish girl sold it to me by saying it tastes like pop rocks. Yum! Even though I don’t get that pop rocks taste when I drink it, it still satisfies my palate completely.  It’s so refreshingly fruity with a pop! of mint.

2. Rainbow Rooibos: what a great fruity rooibos with pomegranates, strawberries, raspberries, pineapple and rosebuds.  Not overly fruity as you would expect with so many flavours and that’s what I love about it.

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I need to have a tea party soon so I can share all these great teas with my friends. Look at these dinosaurs just enjoying their tea.  The little guy being the hostess:)

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Matcha Cups

Last Friday I had a very productive day.  I worked, did some hot yoga and then as the house became quiet, the cats curled up for their naps I headed to the kitchen with matcha in my hand.

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Matcha is green tea ground up into this powder.  All the great benefits you’ve heard about green tea pertains to this green matcha X10 because you are consuming the whole leaf!! I’ve done a bit of reading and matcha is super high in antioxidants, it boosts your metabolism, detoxifies the body and replenishes your red blood cells due to its high chlorophyll content.   Because matcha is highly concentrated green tea it also increases mental alertness and is super energizing!  Drinking matcha in the morning is a great alternative to coffee since it gives you that boost of energy you need in the morning, is low cal and is super healthy for you!  Click here to learn more about matcha.

Anyway, that is my little blurb about the wonders of matcha.  Last Friday I decided drinking matcha wasn’t enough I wanted to eat matcha! I started with a basic yellow cupcake recipe, one that didn’t require a lot of flour so my cupcakes would turn out nice and fluffy and moist.  I began mixing and mixing and singing to Bob Marley, and mixing…

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I added only one teaspoon of matcha powder to the cupcake mix and voila! I put them in the oven for about 20 minutes and I had the greatest cupcake ever.  It wasn’t too earthy as matcha tends to have a very strong earthly vegetal flavour, therefore I only added one teaspoon no more no less.  Also, I made sure there was vanilla flavouring in the recipe I chose to add a nice sweetness to the matcha flavour.

But wait there’s more!

I made matcha icing!

1 cup of icing sugar

2 tablespoons of butter

1 teaspoon of vanilla

splash of milk

1/2 teaspoon of matcha powder

This is a rough estimate as I usually mix all these ingredients together until I get the right icing consistency.  After I made the icing, let the cupcakes cool down I began to spread the icing over the cupcakes and then they were ready to eat.

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And what better way to enjoy a matcha cupcake than with matcha tea on the side!

MMMMM MATCHA!

 

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Tea Time

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It’s that time of day again.  The cinnamon rolls have come out of the oven, your warm socks that just came out of the dryer are covering your toes while a cool wind blows outside and rattles the tree branches against your window.  What is missing from this scene?

Tea of course.

For me tea time can be at any time of the day.  As soon as I wake up a cup of tea is already steeping to prepare me for the rest of the day. I love having a warm cup of tea in the morning to tickle my senses and slow down my morning a bit while I enjoy my early tea.  Todays morning tea was: Glitter and Gold from Davids Tea with a bit of warm milk.

Tea in the middle of the day with a little snack is one of my favourite tea times especially when you get to enjoy it with friends. Tea brings people together much like food does.  It becomes a good excuse to meet up with a friend allowing for pleasant conversation and also gives you something to keep your hands warm when the weather gets cold.  Hungry for a little more than a snack with your tea?  Try going for High Tea where they give you little sandwiches, baked goods and those little floral tea cups with the saucers!  My favourite tea time is when I get to share and experience new teas with someone who also appreciates a good cup of tea!

Tea with food. This becomes a great excuse to eat more food because tea helps with so many things like digestion, your metabolism and it keeps you hydrated! I love drinking green or jasmine tea with Japanese food.  Last night my friends and I decided to go for all you can eat sushi and having a few cups of tea on the side definitely helps you finish those last pieces of sushi everyone tries to hide on their plates at the end of the meal.

Time is what you make of it, anytime of the day can be tea time.  Tea experiences are special because they slow down your day a little bit.  No one is going to down a hot cup of tea in five minutes without burning their tongue.  It is something to be enjoyed slowly either on your own, with a friend or on the side of a meal.  I’m sure there are some of you who drink your tea on the go, at the office or after dinner curled up in front of the television.  Even when you’re on the go, that moment you take a sip from your travel mug makes your journey a little bit better and a little bit warmer!  Enjoy that cup of tea, that little extra boost of energy, that sip of stress reliever and antioxidant source, it’s worth it!

When is your favourite tea time?

 

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Falling for Pumpkin

Yellows, oranges, leaves, pie, scarves, sweaters, cinnamon, apples and pumpkin pumpkin pumpkin! Fall is coming!  Are you excited?

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A sweater is always needed just in case, scarves are coming out to warm those exposed necks and tea is essential for keeping those hands warm when you refuse to wear your mittens until there is snow on the ground. My favourite flavours that get me ready for fall are pumpkin…and cinnamon.  Fall is also my favourite time to drink tea because it is getting a little bit chillier and you need that extra liquid to keep your insides warm and toasty.  New flavours of tea including mint, chocolate, cinnamon and pumpkin are coming out of hiding to join the scarf-wearing fall frenzy.  It is so exciting!  I’m all warm inside just thinking about it, mmmm mmm!

I was walking around the mall the other day itching for a drink of some sorts and I came across a great sign next to Second Cup.  PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE, PUMPKIN SPICE CHILLER and PUMPKIN ROOIBOS TEA.  I bet you can guess which one I ordered when I walked into the store.

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It was really tasty!  I am not a frequent Second Cup visitor as it is not usually my first choice for beverages.  I am also strictly a tea drinker and don’t usually stray over to the coffee side very often and I always think of strange coffee drinks when I see Second Cup.  But I was drawn in with the promise of pumpkin in my cup, so how could I resist?

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And rooibos!  Who knew Second Cup would carry a rooibos tea? It was lovely and the perfect pumpkin piquant if you’re not feeling anything caffeinated because rooibos is completely caffeine free!  Enjoy this tea with any pumpkin infused pastry, muffin or scone, I had a delicious pumpkin scone from Starbucks today! mmm pumpkin!

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Yogi Bear

Under the Weather? Can’t smell the flowers? Pick yourself up with some YOGI tea!

This morning I woke up feeling like a 100000 ton rock was making itself at home on top of my head.  Stuffy, sleepy, headache-y, I slept until noon in my cool basement under my giant duvet.  What got me out of bed was the promise of a warm cup of tea filled with organic ingredients ready to get to work on my stuffy head.

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This tea in particular Echinacea Special Formula, has all sorts of great organic ingredients that help relieve stuffy noses, sore throats and in my case evil headaches! Lemongrass, Echinacea Root, Licorice Root, Spearmint and Ginger Root are just some of the ingredients that bring this tea together helping you get back on the road to better health.  Make sure you look for teas with Licorice in them if you have a throat infection, are coughing or just have a sore throat like I did when waking up in the morning. The Licorice helps coat your throat and soothes it wonderfully with its magical powers allowing you to speak normally and ease that coughing so you don’t sound like a scraggly bear.  Rawr!

Yogi is calming and nurturing with its organic ingredients combined specifically for different areas of the body and different purposes.  There are many different types of Yogi teas that help with digestion, detoxing, colds, menstrual cramps, etc.  Even if you want just an all organic tea to curl up with in front of a movie you’ve watched 6 times already, Yogi provides you with teas in all sorts of packages.  You can find Yogi in health food stores and organic grocers such as Whole Foods.  I haven’t seen them in regular grocery stores, but anywhere that sells organic treasures you’ll spot YOGI. Check out their website for more info on their teas: http://www.yogiproducts.com/

After my lovely cup of Echinacea Special Formula Yogi tea I was ready to get out of hibernating bear mode and enter the world of clear thinking people.  Not only that, but I was inspired by the secret message on the end of my tea bag.

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How about that?  Stop being sick, get out of bed and don’t dwell on the past! Thanks Yogi!

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