For me, tea is a ritual of relaxation. Taking the time to savor a steaming cup of tea literally melts all stress away.
Tea is my weeknight ritual. I like to spend a few hours watching TV, snuggled up in my polar fleece throw, sipping tea and escaping from work-related stress. Honestly, I like that better than clubbing… I guess I’m 29 going on 80! When I feel really stressed or am going through a very busy period, I also like to enjoy a long, leisurely soak in the tub, surrounded by a few candles, drinking a divine cup of tea and reading a magazine or chick-lit book. It’s good for clearing the mind and a great escape.
Right now, I’m partial to teas with a low caffeine level, infusions and herbal teas, so that I can get a blissful night’s sleep. I absolutely love very fruity, almost-sweet infusions that could stand in for dessert. I have a tremendously sweet tooth and find a “dessertless” dinner immensely sad, which is obviously not great for my waistline! A tea that’s just fruity and sweet enough makes it easy for me to replace my sugar craving with a much healthier hot beverage.
On weekends, I have a tea as soon as I get up. It’s the perfect way to start an amazing day. I’ll take it easy, savoring a tea and making the most of a day off to unwind. A cup of tea, Food Network (ideally a Jamie Oliver show!) and my polar fleece throw are all I need to spend hours thinking about anything and everything but the stress of “real life”. It’s a moment’s respite, a well-deserved day off and total bliss.
I discovered iced tea because of green tea, which may seem quite astonishing, but I love green tea’s strong, distinct taste and characteristic bitterness. I’m guilty of letting my tea steep longer than recommended in order to get an even more intense flavor. I love my green tea piping hot and chilled, too. Green tea has a Zen flavor, and it’s my go-to tea for a relaxing moment. I never add milk or sugar to my tea because I like the “real” taste of tea. I love discovering its different layers of flavor and adore its gorgeous lime green color!
Last December, I came across a tea called “Sugaring Time” in the TeaTaxi Advent Calendar. It was love at first sip! Imagine the flavor of classic green tea enhanced with a hint of sweetness, which I also love (this tea blend contains real maple sugar!)… Simply put, it’s happiness in a cup.
I think I’ve found a new tea and the perfect date for lounging with my pink polar fleece… or soaking in the tub!
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