I’ve decided to start a new series celebrating two of my favourite things: reading and tea. Once a month I am going to share one of my favourite books at the time, and one of my favourite beverages! No matter what is going on in my life, I can almost always sit down and enjoy a cup of tea, and I can read or listen to a book to escape for a few hours. I’ll try to vary it month to month (with both books and beverages), and if you are interested in guest-posting for A Book and A Beverage, please use the Contact Page or send me an email at email@example.com! Now, for the book and beverage….
I love Advent calendars. Even though I’m not particularly religious, they are one of my favourite parts of the holidays! Countdowns make everything more excited, and when you factor in that each day of the countdown means that you receive a tiny gift, it’s the best possible scenario here. Nowadays you can find chocolate Advent calendars, sock Advent calendars (if I was in the US, I would have that Harry Potter sock calendar from Target ASAP), beauty Advent calendars, short story Advent calendars, and everything in between. Well, obviously I was going to choose a tea related calendar- the David’s Tea Advent Calendar!
I think all of us have seen the million memes, instagram posts, and t-shirts with “But coffee first.” While I think we can appreciate the sentiment, there are a whole lot of us who don’t drink coffee. If my option is coffee or water, it’s always water. I’m a tea drinker, through and through from start to finish. The world is becoming more tea friendly as the years pass, but we’ve yet to get our tea shops where you can order any sort of tea concoction to go on our way to work. So, today I’m sharing my favourite teas and tea accessories to hopefully bring tea out into the mainstream!
If you read my Banff To-Do List a couple weeks ago, you will know that taking afternoon tea at the Fairmont Banff Springs was at the top of my list! I’ve been waiting for this for weeks, and it was certainly worth the wait. If you ever happen to find yourself in Banff, you need to spend an hour or two enjoying some wonderful tea and delicious food. You will have some of the best views in the town, five star service, and a peaceful oasis away from the bustle of travel.
I have received quite a few comments and emails from my post on The Crown and Planning Your Binge- all about tea (Odd given that I’ve posted about tea several times in the past and it’s never come up, but I’ll never give up a chance to talk about tea!). Some have said that you should only use a mug, others only a teapot. Some have said that loose leaf is too extravagant, while others have said that grocery store teas are worthless. My thoughts?
Tea bag vs Loose Tea?
In my post, I linked to both loose tea and tea bags. Specifically I linked to Twinings, as I understand that not everyone is a tea aficionado and that they won’t pay the price of loose leaf tea. I also get that not everyone understands tea or want to take the time to learn about it, and a cheap tea bag steeped for 2-3 minutes is easier than a pu’erh at 90.5 C with a 30 second steep, a flush, and then a second steep for 3-5 minutes. I believe that tea should be accessible and easy for everyone, no matter how much time you are willing to put into your tea! One last note: loose leaf tea might seem expensive, but when you do the math per cup, it’s typically not heinously expensive. Yes, it will be more than grocery store variety teas, but still not outrageous.
Teacup vs Teapot?
On the teapot vs cup, I am a fan of using a cup. (Disclaimer: all of my cups are only used for tea, never for coffee as it will leach into the porcelain.) I personally only have a large teapot and don’t like to limit myself to having the same blend 2-3 cups in a row. If you would like to make loose leaf tea in a cup, I would recommend a basket steeper! A basket steeper allows for larger teas to expand as much as necessary while not allowing smaller teas to slip through, all while still preserving the quality of loose leaf tea (rather than the dust and leavings found in most teabags). It also creates less waste in the long run, also helping the environment where we can! Final thought: cups with basket steepers allow me to make tea at work- a teapot is simply not feasible in my office.
TL;DR? Tea is for everyone, and we all have different preferences! Some are for a specific reason, and some are just because, but we are all allowed to feel that way. I am an oddity who greatly dislikes coffee and that is one of my quirks. Accept everyone for their tea habits, and share a cup with a smile 🙂
Although it is always crammed full of tourists, I love Piccadilly Circus. I’ve been lucky to visit on quieter days, and there can be a peace about it that isn’t easily achieved in London. However, it is most often bustling and full of energy! I *usually* visit Piccadilly in London because that is where you can find one of my most absolute favourite-st shops in the world- Fortnum and Mason! You can head down Regent Street for shopping, or to Leicester Square for any number of amusements. You quickly realise exactly why this is called a circus! Continue reading
One of the big benefits of working at a university is that most things aimed at students are cheap. I never even thought of checking it out while I was a student, but I finally decided to stop by the poster/print sale a few weeks ago. I found some lovely prints that I am on the hunt for appropriate frames now!
1-2 times a month, I am going to be posting a round up of all of the historical news happening in the world! I will try my hardest to make sure that they are interesting to the general public, and not only specialist historians with years of training. I could spend the rest of my life happily ensconced in an archive researching; until that happens though, I will spread my love of history here! And there has been some fairly interesting things happening historically as of late…
As I posted earlier, I unfortunately got food poisoning on the way home from Seattle. Yes, it was horrendous but I am continually grateful that I no longer feel like a possum is clawing it’s way out of my stomach. I never thought that that would be a sentence that I would type… Once I was on the mend from that, I got hit with a cold/possible sinus infection. Of course. It logically makes sense, my immune system was still recovering, but it really is beating me down. I was winded from getting my tea. Also, Buckley’s is the most disgusting substance on the planet. So, where am I at with my health and fitness?
Today is December 1, the day that my David’s Tea Advent Calendar begins. I have waited exactly one month to crack it open, and today is the day!