Going Out to Eat
I have only ever felt the need to bring my own tea when going out for sushi. So far, every sushi place that I’ve been to serves green tea infused at a very high temperature so the resulting does not smell or taste just right. I once brought my own tea to a sushi restaurant (David’s Tea High Mountain Oolong- I feel that Oolongs go very well with sushi!) and I simply asked for an empty tea cup. No one said anything but I did receive a strange look from the server when I asked for an empty cup. Since then, I’ve devised a plan that if any server wanted to question my need for bringing my own tea I would simply state that it was a medicinal tea and I was told to drink it with my meal by a Naturopathic doctor! I doubt that anyone would want to argue the issue further.
When going out I usually DO bring my own teabags and I just ask for a mug of hot water. I were no difference between this and asking for an ice water (which I also usually get). The exception to this is if I know the restaurant has a good selection of tea.
I’ve done this in the past, though usually to coffee houses when I have a feeling that I want tea, and I don’t like the selection. I usually will buy a snack along with asking for a cup of hot water, so I am giving them some business. I’ve thought about starting it again, though for the most part will stick to the bagged tea that I still like because that is the most convenient, and would probably include 1-2 bags of each type I got, and put it in maybe a small travel bag in my purse, along with a metal stirrer, packages of sweetener. although I guess I could prepare a T-sac of a particular tea and bring it with me, but that doesn’t really appeal to me. A fair amount of Happy Tea Time is figuring out what am I in the mood to drink.