" Come sit by my side and over a cup of tea, speak to me of the goodness of life."
Lady Evelyn Fitzgerald Dodson

Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Book of Tea

"Teaism is a cult founded on the adoration of the beautiful among the sordid facts of everyday existence."

Tea "...has not the arrogance of wine, the self-consciousness of coffee, nor the simpering innocence of cocoa."

Okakura, Kakuzo  1906 The Book of Tea.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Carrington Tea

While shopping in a grocery store I do not frequent, I came across a new-to-me tea, Carrington Tea. It was very cheap,which may not be a good omen, but Carrington Tea is apparently out of Paramus, NJ, so we thought we'd give their English Breakfast a try in the parlor in the interests of fair tea tasting and supporting my old home state.

And we were pleasantly surprised. The breakfast tea is not as full bodied as pricier brands, but it does taste like English Breakfast, rather than orange pekoe, which may suit newcomers to tea drinking well. The price point, as they say in the business, will certainly attract tea drinkers on a tight budget. We've had two cups of the Carrington Tea English Breakfast, and both have been smooth, undistinguished perhaps, but not bitter and with no aftertaste. A smart choice for someone wanting to try different tea types but worried about buying expensive tea they will not like. And we really like the graphics on the box. 

Monday, January 3, 2011

New Year's Afternoon Tea

The parlor's new year's resolution is to branch out and try new teas beyond our black tea comfort zone. Inspired by the chocoloate-mint oolong of the other day, we served another peppermint tea for afternoon tea on New Year's Day in the parlor. The selection was Stash White Christmas Tea, a blend of white tea, peppermint, and ginger, served with mini chocolate cream puffs. The peppermint was very overpowering and masked any ginger notes. It was so strong it was decided we won't be serving this one again. 

Sunday, January 2, 2011

New Year's Day Tea

We started 2011 in the parlor with the Stash Christmas Morning Tea served with a delicious ham and cheddar quiche (although we cheated and used a store-bought pie crust).

Let's raise our tea cup and hope for lots of delicious teas and peace and health for all in 2011!