While I really enjoy tea- black tea, green tea, herbal tea, you name it- the main purpose of this post is for me to show off my new tea pot. Yeah, I’m a super dork.
One of our local home furnishings store, Traditions, had this Japanese tea set in the 50% off room [my favorite room] and was on sale for $20!! I’ve been wanting a traditional style set for some time now, and really- you can’t beat 50% off.
For how much I enjoy tea now, it took me a while to get to that point.
It’s funny, I used to think that since I hated Lipton Iced-Tea, I also hated tea in general. Such a silly little girl. One summer I worked in a tea room that bought their stock from Harney & Sons, and I started tasting. My first victim was called Bangkok Green, then it was the Gun Powder Green, and soon I had systematically made my through all of their green tea selection. I was hooked. I was very hydrated that summer.
Harney & Sons is still our go-to brand for specialty tea [the Moroccan Mint is my current obsession], but you’d be surprised at how good regular ole grocery store options are. One of my Architecture classmates introduced me to Bigelow Chai Tea, and when I was studying abroad in England I quickly developed a love of their ‘fairtrade’ English and Irish Breakfast teas [aka- the cheapest brand]. Now, they’re my favorite. I almost always have a box of the Chanticleer Breakfast tea from the Eastern Shore Tea Company, but I’m currently sipping on a cup of Allegro Breakfast Blend from Whole Foods. I can’t even imagine a day without my morning cup.
Sometimes, it’s just necessary to take the time, boil the water, steep the tea leaves, and enjoy a cup of hot tea. So I did. With a plate of roasted and salted beets. I can’t explain it. These combinations just happen.
FYI- I recently discovered this specialty tea store based in NY. You should check it out! I’m hoping to order some once I’ve made my way through this Moroccan Mint!