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I had a fantastic food day today. I made sticky buns with pecans for breakfast which turned out moist and gooey and awesome. I don’t do a lot of baking with yeast doughs, so it was a good experience and something I’ll definitely be making again.
And then for dinner, we went to check out a new restaurant with my partner’s family. I didn’t really know what to expect, as this restaurant was basically a total remaking of a restaurant and lounge that used to be one of my favourite places to go for drinks and live music. It’s very different in this incarnation, but gorgeous and my god, was the food ever amazing.
We started off with some lovely oysters, and then for apps had bacon wrapped figs stuff with blue cheese (wonderfully balanced flavours!), pounded cheese whipped with butter on fried sourdough bread, and a really nice assortment of olives.
The entree I chose was a rack of Berkshire pork with apples, fennel, dates and cider. Sweet, delicious and rich. I also tried the bison flatiron steak with whisky glaze, chicken livers with chorizo and tomatoes over grits, and eggplant and quinoa sausage. For sides we shared garlic mushrooms, roasted cauliflower with currants and fries with truffle salt, thyme and pecorino cheese.
And then for dessert, brown butter cheese cake with deep fried sage and stewed pears. And tea. The food was all amazing and the tea was a very decent accompaniment. I kind of hope for loose leaf tea at fancy restaurants, but this is a nice, balanced Earl Grey. It was good with cream and sugar, and a fine way to cap off the evening.
This is one of my favourite Earl Grey teas. It is so smooth and fragrant and tastes as good as it smells. There is a sweet tinge to the bergamot and it blends in lovely not too overpowering just the right amount. Side note – the first place I actually had this was at McDonalds and was surprised the tea was actually so good!
Forget delicate, this tea has incredibly strong floral notes, more than I was expecting from a straight black tea. I’m almost surprised that there isn’t some jasmine in there or something of the sort. I tried adding milk and honey and found that I didn’t mind it, but I think that overall I prefer more of a malty than a flowery cup of black tea.
Meh meh meh meh meh.
I had this last night to start off my love’s Christmas party. I need two tea bags to really get a good steep in. It always amazes me how restaurants think that 1 tea bag for their pots of tea is enough to brew a decent steep. Not to mention, the water is never hot enough either.
It seems like a lot of restaurants use this brand, even the Keg (which is surprising.) It always makes me wince to pay for tea like this, but last night the bill was on my love’s boss, so I wasn’t concerned.
I had this with lunch at Save On Meats in Vancouver last week. It was a tea bag of fannings. It was very light and very floral. I’m pretty sure the water was not at boiling. I left it in the cup all through lunch, steeping 3 cups off of it. It didn’t change much in character over the steepings. Not excellent, but better than expected for a restaurant.
Tried a cup of this at the reception. Blech. I suppose it mostly tasted kind of apple cidery, but I was unimpressed and barely drank any (and then my cup disappeared, aka I went and sat somewhere else). It probably isn’t a terrible tea, really, but it wasn’t what I wanted right then! I’ll refrain from rating, as a result.
I have had the most horrible, terrible weekend. My bad weekend had nothing to do with no tea, but everything to do with inconsiderate people.
So happy to be home. I can’t even have a nice cuppa because it is too close to bedtime and I am on fluid restrictions, and yes, I am 3 years old.
So I will review the only cup of tea I got to have all weekend but couldn’t get onto steepster to post about. This was so delicious, mostly because I needed tea so bad. It was a strong black base, and very strong but sweet bergamot. The black tea was still smooth and blended well with the bergamot. The slight sweetness to the tea made it very easy to drink. It also resteeped very well – gasp – I resteeped, must have been a bad weekend.
This is a bagged tea I could buy a box of and keep around for those “just in case” moments.
Tea #2, and another sipdown – 789! I wonder if I can reach 775 before the end of the long weekend?
Anyhow, this tea is obviously also hibiscus-heavy. However, it is a bit less hibiscusy than Raspberry Blackcurrant, and I can pick out the flavouring a bit more. That said, the flavouring is coming off to me as kind of artificial, so I’m not entirely certain whether I prefer it to a hibiscus overdose. Ah well. Always fun trying new teas even if they don’t work out! :D
So at my sister’s wedding reception, there was a chest with a bunch of individually wrapped Higgins & Burke teabags. I tried one, an Apple Cinnamon herbal tea (if I haven’t logged it, I will do so shortly) – it was kind of icky. I didn’t want to drink 15 cups of tea, so I squirrelled away two teabags to take home – this one, and a different herbal.
So, I think I perhaps should have looked at the ingredient list before nabbing this tea… does’t sound all that appealing, honestly. Hibiscus, chicory, lemongrass, licorice root… none of which exactly fall into a category of my favourite flavours.
Unfortunately, this is a definite miss. Even with a short infusion of somewhere between 2-3 minutes, hibiscus is dominant in the cup, which was obvious by the colour even before I tasted it. It’s fairly sour, and although I can almost taste raspberry, it’s not quite there. Raspberries are not that tart. I would know; I grew up with bushes of them in my backyard. Perhaps this would be ok with sweetener, but to me, it’s too much like Tazo Passion, which I find rather unappealing now.