3.5 oz. all for me! Woo!! As you can see, I received my first Teavivre order yesterday, and I’m so freaking happy! I’m enjoying a cup of these pearls right now. I think I’ve figured out the optimum parameters for me to get as much chocolate-y goodness as possible – 7 pearls in 12 oz. water, steeped for 9 minutes. I’ve found that a bigger cup, (16 oz.) doesn’t result in a better cup, even when I add a couple more pearls. Weird, but true.

Mmmm, great ending to our mini stay-cation. We took Wed-Fri off for our anniversary, and enjoyed day trips to Carmel and Monterey (where we hiked at Point Lobos, shopped, and ate delicious Italian food), and SF (where we visited the Academy of Sciences and enjoyed sushi with genmaicha, of course!) I really don’t want to go back to work tomorrow! We need more vacations like this!!

Stephanie

Sounds like a wonderful time :D

Lariel of Lórien

The Academy of Sciences was one of the most fun places I’ve ever visited. Did you go to the Japanese Tea Garden as well?

Tealizzy

Lariel – I know, it’s so fun, especially the planetarium and the rainforest exhibit. We didn’t go to the Japanese Tea Garden this time, but I’ve been there before…it’s pretty.

Lariel of Lórien

I was in Oakland Chinatown today, and it made me long for San Francisco. Did get to try some green teas though.

TeaVivre

Wow, what an enjoyable vacation, you must had a wonderful time. And so glad you have figured out the optimum parameters for you.

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Stephanie

Sounds like a wonderful time :D

Lariel of Lórien

The Academy of Sciences was one of the most fun places I’ve ever visited. Did you go to the Japanese Tea Garden as well?

Tealizzy

Lariel – I know, it’s so fun, especially the planetarium and the rainforest exhibit. We didn’t go to the Japanese Tea Garden this time, but I’ve been there before…it’s pretty.

Lariel of Lórien

I was in Oakland Chinatown today, and it made me long for San Francisco. Did get to try some green teas though.

TeaVivre

Wow, what an enjoyable vacation, you must had a wonderful time. And so glad you have figured out the optimum parameters for you.

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I thought my profile needed a facelift, so here we go:

My obsession with tea really started around October 2012 when I discovered DavidsTea. Before that, I had the occasional cup and enjoyed going out to afternoon tea with my mom. I was really into An Afternoon to Remember’s creme brulee tea, since they had an afternoon tea place at that time, which has since closed…so sad and I haven’t found a good replacement.

So, I kinda went nuts when I discovered both DavidsTea and Lupicia in the SF mall, and I still frequent them, though my tastes have substantially changed over time from wanting to try all the teas to being a bit more particular.

Once I discovered steepster, literally by looking up reviews of a DavidsTea tea, I was hooked! So many tea companies I never heard of and everything sounding so delicious!

I found I still love dessert teas, like flavored black teas, but I also really enjoy oolong (both green and roasted). I occasionally enjoy flavored rooibos and white teas. I’ve had a rough time with puerh, and still think it tastes like leather. Recently, after having some really amazing teas from Teavivre, I can now say I love unflavored Chinese black teas and green teas.

Favorite tea companies right now include: Teavivre, Golden Moon, Butiki, Lupicia, and DavidsTea.

Just a note: I don’t rate my teas numerically because my iPad doesn’t like the scroll bar. Maybe someday that will change…hint hint, steepster! ;)

P.S. My profile picture is of one of my 2 cats, Holly, who is a little princess but very photogenic, and she loves boxes, including those that bring me tea! :)

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