The idiomatic expression “my cup of tea” is used to describe something you like or enjoy. This morning, as I left my exercise class, I decided that I would enjoy exhorting a cup of tea from my sister as I knew she still had this awesome chai oolong on hand that was “calling my name”. She happily let me in, made us breakfast, had me steep the tea and said, “get whatever cups out you like”…I spied her gorgeous Italian tea cups and pulled them out. The tea tasted so refined out of these cups. It reminded me just how special a beautiful, porcelain or unique serving vehicle can make one’s tea experience. I’ve been rushing around lately, consumed with the “stuff” of life…but this little experience brought me back to appreciating the calm and joy of a simple ritual…made more special by using the “good cups”…
I came home thinking about how much I enjoy tea tastings and that tasting cups are intriguing to me…the anticipation of trying new varietals is exhilarating and is one of my favorite things to do. In flipping through photos, I came across these favorite tasting experiences of recent months…
Samovar in San Francisco, as one might expect, offered the most contemporary, and yet traditional individual tea services. D. ordered the Matcha, served in a personal beaker, I had the Russian menu, with a smoky Russian black tea and milk to temper and fine the tannins…just a delightful experience – I also love their press tea pot. Each tea comes out with it’s unique steeping accessories.
While I haven’t actually experienced the Italian tea shop, La Vie Del Te. I am enjoying their Special Oolong (a gift from my good friend A…) and imagine drinking it from the beautiful white and fleur designed individual service here, photos from their website… with a French Macaron? (what?, notice the pastry stand) (I’d actually rather go for a little biscotti) 🙂 What a gorgeous, stylish personal tea pot and cup.
Lastly, two of my favorites – Tea with my darling husband in Carmel this winter…enjoyed while playing dominoes
And tea with my sister…using her Italian tea cups…and some scrambled eggs with salami…a spontaneous awesome sister experience!
Remember…get out the good cups!!!!