Do you ever have one of those books that you hem and haw about for months- “It looks good but I’ve never read anything by that author,” “should this be bumped up my to-read list,” and so on? Well, I do. All the time. Sometimes I never end up reading them, sometimes I end up regretting waiting so long in the first place. This month’s book is one of the regretting waiting type…
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 firstname.lastname@example.org! Now, for the book and beverage….
From now until Christmas, I will be sharing my favourite ornaments and their stories every Tuesday and Saturday! I collect ornaments of all kinds- our tree is not a cohesive set of ornaments, bought to be one picture but rather a mish-mash of ornaments that are all over the place but each tell their own story. The ornaments that I will be sharing are ornaments that have a unique story or a special meaning to me, and I hope that you enjoy them!
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.
Hello, all! Today’s Snapshot Saturday is a two parter- you will get a sneak peak of something going on in my life, as usual, but there is also a fast poll to help me to decide where I should focus my lifestyle posts for next few months! Continue reading
What do you do when you are at Starbucks for a meeting and the only herbal tea that they have in stock is the one that you can’t stand? Continue reading
If we were sharing tea, hot chocolate, coffee, or any other beverage, I would tell you them I am in Seattle enjoying my time. I’m super frustrated that it took so long and such a convoluted path to get here but the positive is that I’m here! Continue reading
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 🙂