An Adventure in Tea.

Let me start by telling you this: I hate tea. Tea is my least favorite beverage of all. I would rather anything else. Growing up in the South meant that I have been subjugated to many a glass of Sweet Tea. All of which have been drunk begrudgingly. Just over a year ago, I went to celebrate my Kiwi’s birthday. She wanted us (2 Canadians, 1 American, 1 other New Zealander, and 1 German) to experience “high tea”. So we went to one of the many tea rooms in Glasgow: The Willow Tea Rooms.

Birthday girl with our high tea
Of course it meant we all wore the obligatory celebratory silly hats!

Granted, going out for high tea when I cannot stand tea might have seemed silly to a normal person. For me, I just thought about what Sandy told Danny in Grease “You don’t have to drink tea”. Luckily, they were willing to give me a hot chocolate instead of tea. By the way, if you ever have the chance to go to high tea in Britain: Do! It is a delightful way to spend an afternoon. And you will be stuffed from all of the yummy sandwiches, scones and desserts!

This dislike for tea and being an Anglophile makes things difficult. I cannot tell you how many people kept offering me a cuppa (tea). Since I am fully embracing life in Britain (which will hopefully start soon!), I decided it is high time I learn to drink tea. So off I went in search of a tea guru. I went into Teavana. I’ve seen their shops all over and was drug in one time, but I’d never asked them to teach me their ways. I sampled a few of the teas they had brewed and found one that wasn’t that bad! In fact, I even liked it! It’s a blend of Blueberry Bliss and Pineapple Kona Pop! Rooibos/Herbal Infusion teas. The nice guy sweet talked me into buying 1 lb of tea! Since no one in my family has ever (I don’t think) brewed tea from loose tea leaves, I also needed assistance in that. So he showed me this super cool brewer-thing. Yes, that’s the technical term for it. Off I went home to try my hand and brewing tea and learning to like it!

So you start off by measuring out your tea in this thing (I put like 1/2 of what you’re supposed to because I’m a bit silly and can’t read directions very well).

Then you pop hot water in and let the tea steep for the allotted amount of time.
So you put the brewer-thing on top of the cup, and it just comes out of the bottom! This may seem normal to you tea-lovers out there, but this was amazingly cool when I saw it in the shop.
Voilà! Enjoy your cuppa! They had this tea nice and cold in the store, and so that’s how I’ve been enjoying it the last few days. Next one will be a hot cuppa, I think!

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