Friday, August 1, 2014

Harney Peaches and Ginger Tea

 Maureen of Tea and Talk Blog brought several gifts 
to me when she visited in March, including 
Harney and Sons Peaches and Ginger Flavored Black Tea. 
This is a black tea blended with dried peaches and ginger, 
and can be served as hot tea or iced tea.
With the current summer temperatures, my next
brew will be iced tea. 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Bourbon Black Tea and More

While Glenn and I were out and about yesterday,
we stopped at Elmwood Inn Fine Teas in Danville,
located about 45 minutes west of our home. 
I purchased the new Bourbon Black Tea,
a new tea blend designed by master tea blender Bruce Richardson,
a long-time favorite,  Kentucky Blend Black Tea, and a Scone Mix. 
The Bourbon Tea is a blend of black tea
with the aroma of fine Kentucky Bourbon. 
Bruce says,
 "This is not your grandmother's cup of tea. 
Unless your granny was from Kentucky!"
Did you know 95% of the world's bourbon is made in Kentucky? 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Austin In Japan

Austin tells us he is having a "blast" in Japan,
and it is the most beautiful place he has ever been. 
The group is in the Hokuto City area in the
Yamanshi Prefecture where Mt. Fuji is located. 
This is the same area Glenn and I have visited
several times with our sister city delegation.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Austin to Japan

 Austin departed on Saturday morning, July 26
with the Madison County Homestay students and chaperones
for a one-week stay at Hokuto City, Japan.
This visit is a part of our sister-city program.
Glenn and I have been active in the program for many years,
and have visited the Hokuto City area of Japan several times.
Lexington to Minneapolis, to Narita/Tokyo
then a bus ride to meet their host families. 
Austin's host student Kotaro visited us last summer
when the Japanese students were here for a week.  
The Madison County group arrived safely
in Japan, and Austin is having a "blast"
with his friend Kotaro. 
Austin's first text informed us he enjoyed a
cup of green tea and a "sweet of some kind"
upon arrival at Kotaro's home.

Friday, July 25, 2014

New Series - A Teapot Collector Mystery

While shopping at Barnes and Nobel on Tuesday,
I found a new book, just released in June,
the first in A Teapot Collector Mystery Series, 
"Tempest in a Teapot"
by Amanda Cooper. 
I couldn't resist purchasing this paperback mystery. 
According to the back cover, 
"the story is set in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York
in the charming town of Gracious Grove."
I look forward to reading this book
in my "spare time."
You can see several mystery series by the author at:

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Afternoon Tea at The Cottage

The Cottage, Café,  Bakery and Tea Room is located in
historic Bluffton, SC. 
After several jellyfish stings (Austin) everyone wanted a day off the beach.
We called for reservations for afternoon tea.

The menu below shows the
afternoon tea menu options and the list of
loose leaf teas. 
I have discovered in my many years of travel to different tea rooms,
every one is unique and very often reflects the personality of the owner.
I would describe the The Cottage as being a funky casual
café and bakery with a nice selection of loose leaf teas. 
It reminds me a lot of Alice's Teacup in NYC. 
The Cottage is located in a historic house with various
rooms and porches used as dining rooms.  It is
decorated with teapots and tea cups and the displayed art is for sale. 

Everyone was hungry and ready to eat when our food arrived.
Sandwiches were chicken salad, pimento cheese, and ham and cheese.
Fresh fruit, mixed nuts, and scones were on the 2nd tier, with the sweets on top.  
My gluten free version was served on its own plate. 
I forgot to take photos of Peyton's Children's tea
with PNB, banana and Nutella sandwiches,
and an extra large cup of hot chocolate.
A piece of artwork came home with Glenn!
It is a print which reminds him of a Cotswold Cottage.
We all enjoyed the food, tea, and respite from the beach.


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