Tuesday, September 4, 2012

My Favorite Things, Monday: Tea!

I'm that girl in front of you at Starbucks who orders a Venti Black Iced Tea unsweetened with extra ice. Sometimes I'll even switch it up with a Chai Tea Latte, soy milk, no water, extra hot, with a shot of espresso. You know, the one that drives you crazy with such a long order that has to be repeated at least twice because I talk too fast and the Barista is wondering what the heck it is I'm trying to order, to which you roll your eyes, tap your foot and wonder how you got stuck behind me in the first place. I'm not apologizing though because I'm serious about my teas. 

For the past couple of weeks I've been obsessed with tea. The perfect refresher on a hot summer's day. The magic beverage to soothe a sore throat. That piping hot beverage that seems to be necessary on a rainy day. Tea is just a good idea any time of the year.

Lately, I've been particularly interested in loose leaf teas. Most people won't even bother with loose leafs since it involves adding the element of a tea infuser but the taste is significantly better than tea bags. The whole steeping process is the same so just invest in the infuser! You can even get that cool robot one I talked about last week. Do it, you won't regret it!

I found a tea shop not too far from my office, it's called Bamboo Tea House. It's a tiny hole in the wall kind of shop tucked away in The Claremont Village. When you walk in there's a whole wall of tins filled with loose leaf teas. The flavors range from Almond Cookie Black Tea, to Lemonade Sencha Green Tea and even Chocolate Truffles Black Tea! 

You can buy tea but the pound but I opted for some prepackaged 2oz bags of the Zesty Blood Orange Black Tea and Lychee Black Tea for $3 each. 2oz might not sound like a lot but to make a cup of tea all you need is a teaspoon of loose tea. So besides loose leaf tea tasting better, it's actually way more cost effective. The fruity  black teas taste pretty terrific hot but iced, they're to die for. 

So if you're looking to grab some new teas to try check out Bamboo Tea House! They also take orders online if you're not in the area!

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