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This morning I decided that I absolutely, positively had to have Queen Catherine with a Toasted Everything Bagel with Cream Cheese. There could be no substitutes. Nothing else would do.

Of course we had a crazy fog morning which delayed the train, then there’s the construction going on in the station delaying everything even more. It seemed that everywhere that a Toasted Everything Bagel with Cream Cheese could be procured had a line from Here to Eternity, but I could not be stopped. I was a full half hour late to work because I had, had, had to have a Toasted Everything Bagel with Cream Cheese along with Queen Catherine today!

Readers, I have just finished my Toasted Everything Bagel with Cream Cheese along with my first steep of Queen Catherine and IT WAS WORTH IT! I don’t know anything that pairs so wonderfully! The slightly smoky, bracing Queen with the garlicy, oniony Circle of Heaven and that creamy Spread of Delight playing off both?

Ahhhhhhhhhh!!!!!

On to another steep of the Queen. I only wish I had another bagel!

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Veronica

Your post made me smile. I used to live in Collingswood, and when I got stir crazy I would load my kids, the stroller and myself onto the train and walk around the city for awhile. My son was fascinated by the water towers and the high speed line. :)

gmathis

Glad to know I’m not the only one whose brain gets stuck on ONETHOUGHTONLYAND…CAN’T…UNSTICK!

KeenTeaThyme

OK, enough – I must order this Queen Catherine I hear so much about! :)

ashmanra

I understand completely!

JacquelineM

Veronica – neat! How long ago did you live in Collingswood? We moved here from Philadelphia in 2007 and like it lots. I still work in Philadelphia which is why I am always on the high speedline :) They are redoing the stations at 15th and Locust and you never know where to get in or out! The bridge was absolutely surreal in this morning’s fog – it was like a dream sequence in a movie!

JacquelineM

gmathis- I haven’t had a bagel in weeks and must have been going through bagel withdrawal. I was even talking about bagels all weekend but we were so busy in the house I didn’t have time to make them!! Next weekend I hope because now I have my husband talking about them too!!

Veronica

We lived there five years ago. We moved to Westville, so it’s not too far away. Still, I haven’t walked around downtown Collingswood in… years. Yikes! I’ll have to fix that soon.
My husband and I were going to hear the orchestra a couple of weeks ago. We took the train and pretty much everyone in our car was going to the Kimmel Center, too. None of us knew about the construction at 15th and Locust. The looks of confusion on people’s faces was pretty amusing. I’m sure my face mirrored theirs’!

JacquelineM

Veronica – I work at UArts right next to the Kimmel! It is a treat hearing the orchestra there, isn’t it!?

The downtown area in Collingswood needs a tea room!!!! :) There is a coffee shop that serves tea (Grooveground) but just a few teas.

Veronica

Small word! It is a treat hearing the orchestra at the Kimmel. It is one of my favorite places.

Collingswood does need a tea room. I know that Haddonfield has one, though I have never been. I didn’t know that the Treehouse was gone. It used to be my favorite coffee shop. It was a bit more kid friendly than Grooveground. :)

JacquelineM

I’ve been meaning to go to Haddonfield for the day! So many cute places and just two stops on the train. We did go to the British Chip Shop though!

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Veronica

Your post made me smile. I used to live in Collingswood, and when I got stir crazy I would load my kids, the stroller and myself onto the train and walk around the city for awhile. My son was fascinated by the water towers and the high speed line. :)

gmathis

Glad to know I’m not the only one whose brain gets stuck on ONETHOUGHTONLYAND…CAN’T…UNSTICK!

KeenTeaThyme

OK, enough – I must order this Queen Catherine I hear so much about! :)

ashmanra

I understand completely!

JacquelineM

Veronica – neat! How long ago did you live in Collingswood? We moved here from Philadelphia in 2007 and like it lots. I still work in Philadelphia which is why I am always on the high speedline :) They are redoing the stations at 15th and Locust and you never know where to get in or out! The bridge was absolutely surreal in this morning’s fog – it was like a dream sequence in a movie!

JacquelineM

gmathis- I haven’t had a bagel in weeks and must have been going through bagel withdrawal. I was even talking about bagels all weekend but we were so busy in the house I didn’t have time to make them!! Next weekend I hope because now I have my husband talking about them too!!

Veronica

We lived there five years ago. We moved to Westville, so it’s not too far away. Still, I haven’t walked around downtown Collingswood in… years. Yikes! I’ll have to fix that soon.
My husband and I were going to hear the orchestra a couple of weeks ago. We took the train and pretty much everyone in our car was going to the Kimmel Center, too. None of us knew about the construction at 15th and Locust. The looks of confusion on people’s faces was pretty amusing. I’m sure my face mirrored theirs’!

JacquelineM

Veronica – I work at UArts right next to the Kimmel! It is a treat hearing the orchestra there, isn’t it!?

The downtown area in Collingswood needs a tea room!!!! :) There is a coffee shop that serves tea (Grooveground) but just a few teas.

Veronica

Small word! It is a treat hearing the orchestra at the Kimmel. It is one of my favorite places.

Collingswood does need a tea room. I know that Haddonfield has one, though I have never been. I didn’t know that the Treehouse was gone. It used to be my favorite coffee shop. It was a bit more kid friendly than Grooveground. :)

JacquelineM

I’ve been meaning to go to Haddonfield for the day! So many cute places and just two stops on the train. We did go to the British Chip Shop though!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jackiemania/4761024806/in/set-72157624294962481

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I love to cook, bake, read, paint, knit, do needlework, and garden. I need my coffee, but I LOVE my tea. I work at an Art School, and attend a large public university doing post-bac work (my BA is in English). I’m interested in the liminal spaces between art and craft, the academic and the practical, the individual and community, and the old and the new. I’m currently exploring these ideas through the disciplines of education, literature, history, and psychology.

I enjoy writing tasting notes, but have decided not to numerically rate teas as of 9/14/10. For an explanation, see my looooong tasting note about Mountain Malt from the Simple Leaf.

My favorites:
Chinese black teas
A good “milk and sugar” English style black
Earl Grey (classic, and in all variations!)
Vanilla teas (classic, and in all variations!)
Jasmine, Rose, Violet and other froofy, flowery teas!
An Occasional Oolong
Flavored Rooibos
Herbal Tisanes

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Collingswood, NJ

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