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drank Crème Brulee by Bayswater Tea Co.
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So I started my “job” on Monday (quotes because I am not getting paid but rather it is placement that is part of my school program that is costing me $15/day for parking) and my life has basically been waking up almost 3 hours early to sit in traffic for what feels like forever to then nap in the parking garage, go to work, come home in yet another traffic-filled drive, eat dinner, and turn in. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Honestly, if not for my 365 days of tea thing on instagram, I probably wouldn’t have even looked at the kettle this week. Though I guess this is life. Plus, it comes with a cool title which makes it sound like I am legit – “Immigration Case Analyst”.

Work is fairly interesting at least though I am not loving my “mentor” who is pretty fake and seems far more interested in gossiping with the other girls in the area than she is in teaching. Anytime she does give me something to do, it is clearly something just to keep me busy and out of her hair, like filing or organizing the file folders on the computer. Luckily, she tends to pawn me off and have me shadow another girl in the office who is actually teaching my stuff, or if she has nothing new to teach me, she arranges for me to go with someone else who can show me something they are doing. So I am not loving it but it could be worse.

Anyways, back to the tea…I made this as a smoothie and when I took my first sip the first thought that came to mind was that this was a deeper flavor than normal. Weird description but its what came to mind. It is like the difference between milk chocolate and dark. This isn’t overly sweet but still has a great dessert flavor. It is sort of nutty but this definitely captures creme brulee. Add to that the banana element from the smoothie and its like bananas foster with a dark chocolate drizzle. Rich and satisfying while also being a little bit sophisticated.

KiwiDelight

That parking fee…

VariaTEA

That’s actually super cheap tbh. The other parking lot nearby we used when we went to buy my sister’s wedding dress and I think we were parked for like 2-3 hrs. and it cost over $40

Evol Ving Ness

Why not park at Finch and take the subway down?

Evol Ving Ness

Also this tea sounds fab.

KiwiDelight

Oh wow. I thought one dollar per hour was bad (it’s the fee for smaller cities near where I live).

VariaTEA

@Evol Ving Ness, you now need to pay to park at Finch, add to that the cost of the subway, and the fact that Finch parking is basically impossible to find and it is not much cheaper and far less convenient to subway. The alternative is taking the GO train but that is also $14.30/day and requires leaving home a 1/2 hour earlier. Unfortunately driving is the best option and it just isn’t a great one. And the tea is really quite lovely!

Evol Ving Ness

I had no idea. You would think that we would want to encourage drivers to take the TTC to alleviate congestion on the roads. But no, apparently not.

VariaTEA

Unfortunately the TTC is losing a lot of money while also spending a lot of money and they needed to make that back somehow. Hence the parking fees. Sadly, driving is my best option and it really is not a great one.

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KiwiDelight

That parking fee…

VariaTEA

That’s actually super cheap tbh. The other parking lot nearby we used when we went to buy my sister’s wedding dress and I think we were parked for like 2-3 hrs. and it cost over $40

Evol Ving Ness

Why not park at Finch and take the subway down?

Evol Ving Ness

Also this tea sounds fab.

KiwiDelight

Oh wow. I thought one dollar per hour was bad (it’s the fee for smaller cities near where I live).

VariaTEA

@Evol Ving Ness, you now need to pay to park at Finch, add to that the cost of the subway, and the fact that Finch parking is basically impossible to find and it is not much cheaper and far less convenient to subway. The alternative is taking the GO train but that is also $14.30/day and requires leaving home a 1/2 hour earlier. Unfortunately driving is the best option and it just isn’t a great one. And the tea is really quite lovely!

Evol Ving Ness

I had no idea. You would think that we would want to encourage drivers to take the TTC to alleviate congestion on the roads. But no, apparently not.

VariaTEA

Unfortunately the TTC is losing a lot of money while also spending a lot of money and they needed to make that back somehow. Hence the parking fees. Sadly, driving is my best option and it really is not a great one.

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My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

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