I have always loved tea.
Growing up in the South, iced tea is generally part of daily existence.
Iced Sweet tea, Iced Green Tea, Iced Peach Tea, Iced Passionfruit Tea…the varieties are endless.
I’ve never really gotten into hot tea as much (aside from wintry days where my throat is highly unhappy).
A few years ago I stumbled upon Teavana in the Green Hills Mall and developed a very serious crush with the place.
But they are SO EXPENSIVE. And they try to up-sell you to death.
It got to the point where I didn’t even want to make eye contact with the sales associates when I went into the store.
They also don’t tell you that the canisters they put the tea in cost extra (or at least failed to mention that to me any of the 50 times I bought tea).
And some of the “teas” don’t even contain tea at all. Just sweetened dried fruit & flowers…but they still call it “TEA”.
(Is there not a rule against this)?
Anyway, I still love tea.
To be more accurate, I’m pretty much obsessed with hot tea since I moved to the UK.
Specifically Earl Grey.
At first, it’s a little weird that everyone is always going on and on about having a “cuppa” tea all the damn time.
But I quickly realized that I had never had Earl Grey tea with milk & sugar before.
MY BRAIN——-> WAIT A MINUTE! THIS IS EFFING STELLAR!
A hot cup of tea can fix your soul.
Part of the joy of tea is the ceremony…
And adorable china…
And having a hot tea date…
I can’t stop drinking it. I crave it!
I have even been using agave syrup and soy milk to be healthier.
It has fully replaced coffee in my life.
I know…THAT’S CRAZY TALK!
I just can’t help myself.
And people here even drink it alongside their meals. Even with cheeseburgers!
(By the way, I ate a cheeseburger the other day and it was phenomenally delicious).
So, long story short, tea is important. Drink it and feel better.
Now, how about I leave you with some spectacular street art from my travels around Brick Lane in London?
And of course, lest you forget…The Beginning is Nigh!