The fall season is upon us here in the NW, and it brings with it a lot of my favorite things. Crisp days, falling leaves, stew & soups, and holiday fun. It's also means a switch from ice tea to hot.
I love perfectly brewed tea in a beautiful mug. It makes me feel cozy, calm, and warm. Add a seat by the fire, a fresh baked scone and a book or some knitting and you have one of my favorite ways to spend a fall afternoon.
A lot of my favorite teas come from Leland Tea Company, a great shop in San Francisco. I was introduced to their tea through a tea swap on Ravelry, and have been mail ordering from them ever since. The tea is lovely, reasonably priced even with shipping, and the service is fantastic. I especially like their Kookiedoodle (black tea with cinnamon, hazelnut, and vanilla), Kisses (black tea with Scharffen Berger Chocolate), and Pear Carmel (black tea with pear and carmel). They also have a great selection of herbal teas (I like the Pepperminty Chamomile) and just about every other kind of tea you could want.
If you get a chance to visit them in person, they do a very nice tea lunch for two. You get a pot of tea, little sandwiches, salad, scones and cookies all for around $20. They are even within walking distance of Artfibers.
Since I usually drink one cup at a time, my favorite way to brew is a tea maker from Tevana. It's like a bodum, you dump in the the loose tea and the boiling water, brew, but then you just place it on your mug and it drain out the bottom into your cup.
No scones today, but I do have pumpkin muffins. I think it's time for a break.