Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Banff Springs, Travel Thursday

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.

Afternoon Tea at the Banff Fairmont Springs,Travel Thursday

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Tea for All!

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.

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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 🙂

Happy Thursday!

Until tomorrow,
The Historian!

Theatre Etiquette

October is a big theatre month for me! Remember that contest I said I entered at Ballet in the Park? Well, it turns out that I won!! This is pretty amazing because a) I don’t typically ever win anything, and 2) I actually tried for it and it paid off. What did I win? Tickets to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Dracula. Not only is this a world renowned production, it will be even more special because M will be visiting then! Before that, I am also seeing Potted Potter, a 70 minute retelling of all seven Harry Potter books, and The Book of Mormon. Today, in honour of all of these shows, I’m going to be discussing theatre etiquette!  Continue reading

Etiquette, Part V: Table Manners DO Matter

Eating is something we all have in common, but table manners aren’t as common. I don’t believe that people strike out to be rude or uncouth, but it’s becoming more and more rare to learn table manners. It’s actually a fairly simple practice, as well. This post is going to focus on basic table manners that we all use every day. Continue reading

Winter lends itself to reading

I have been reading quite a bit lately, mostly chick lit and cozies. I’m not sure why, but they really seem to help when it’s cold and dark and we are stuck in the dead of winter! So, what have I been reading?
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Etiquette, Part IV: The Debated Dress Code

Without further adieu, part IV of my etiquette series! There are numerous different dress codes, and they all serve a different purpose. I for one appreciate the inclusion of a dress code- it gives me a specific direction as to what you would actually like me to wear to match the level of formality of your event. I am going to quickly run through the major dress codes, and my take on them!

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Etiquette, Part III: The RSVP

With everything becoming more and more casual, the RSVP seems to be falling to the wayside. An “interested” reply on Facebook might mean that someone will come, they won’t come, they might if something better doesn’t come up, they don’t want to actually say no, or any other number of things. “Maybe I can be there!” often leads to “Won’t be able to make it” 30 minutes prior to the event, or even just a no-show. So, what should actually be happening? Continue reading

Etiquette, Part II: The Minefield of Gifts

Welcome to the second instalment of my series on etiquette. At some point in most of our lives, realistically multiple points, we have all done the dance of gifts. Do I give one for this occasion, for this person? Should I reciprocate in response? How much do I spend? The questions go on and on. I very much appreciate there being gift-giving and -receiving etiquette, as I would otherwise be lost.  Continue reading

Etiquette, Part I: A Small Note Can Make a Big Difference

For the month of February, I will be running a series on etiquette! I will touch on a variety of topics, one per post, that I think are relevant in 2016. The first topic? The handwritten note! I know that I am traditional when it comes to correspondence- I believe that a note is appropriate for every occasion, and some occasions demand a note! However, that train of thought has long fallen off of the tracks in modern society, and notes, letters, and cards are often met with surprise. I might stick out for it (bad or good, I guess that depends), but I think that handwriting a note for someone can make a big statement.  Continue reading

Online Etiquette

The internet, without a doubt, is an integral part of our lives (says the girl with a blog). And as such, we are interacting with hundreds, if not thousands, of people a day. Sometimes it is easy to forget that there isn’t a person behind that username, but there is. I go by a few general rules to keep myself, and hopefully others, happy!
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