Thursday, 27 August 2015

Iced Herbal Tea

Yeah, yeah, I know Iced tea isn't exactly the first thing that comes to mind when the UK has had day after day of cold rain..  But don't despair, there's a bank holiday weekend coming up with a chance of sun!  If you're having a posh picnic or having a summer party, then don't be without your on-trend drink jars and Iced Tea. 

Here i've used Whittard of Chelsea's Blueberry Blaster caffeine-free Infusion, which was a gift but can be bought online or from the shop for £4.00.  I made the infusion as usual but then added it to a pyrex bowl and put it in the fridge for a day.  All I needed to add was some sugar for taste.  I didn't add a  splash of vodka to mine this time, but I think it could work as a fun cocktail!

 Wishing you all a lovely weekend!

Monday, 17 August 2015

Samovar Tea Lounge - San Fran!

Hey all!  Here's a few photos from our visit to the Samovar Tea Lounge in San Francisco during our recent Road Trip!  Rude not to start with a foggy bridge pic... 

I've always admired the look of this small chain of tea lounges which are a world away from our vintage-style tea rooms in England. I had to put Samovar on the "must-see" list while we were in the area, specifically the Yerba Buena Gardens tea lounge as this is the one i'd mostly seen online...

Below is the view opposite the Lounge with its mixture of old and new buildings.  The Samovar Tea Lounge also felt like a similar mixture of old and new with traditional 'tea-time' in our modern age.  In fact it seemed like a place that people go to unwind when they've finished work and the outdoor space reminded me of the atmosphere you'll find in a pub garden in the summer.

A really nice interior as well, which helped to create a relaxing atmosphere...

This menu was so annoying as I wanted to try everything!! In the end I chose a Turmeric Spice herbal tea, which came in a cafetiere/press.  It could be re-infused so I had a few cups out of it and then also ordered some food.  Both were delicious! 

My husband ordered the Masala Chai as he loves those and he said this one was the best he'd ever had.  I love herbs and spices so i've since been trying to re-create this at home.

We had a road trip to get started on so I bought a bag of the Turmeric Spice to take with me! 

We later drove through Yosemite National Park, which was amazing!  

We stayed in a hotel in Mammoth Lakes once we'd passed through Yosemite and it was perfection waking up to this view in the morning, drinking my new purchase.

Ahhhh, wish I could do it all again xx