Sip a Cuppa with Me at the Plentea Tea Bar

Last month, I checked Toronto off my bucketlist. We had a weekend getaway to visit Niagara Falls, wineries and spend the day in that wonderful city. While we were there, we LITERALLY stumbled across a surprising gem of a place on Queen Street West called Plentea Tea Bar in Parkdale, Toronto.

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Plentea tea bar is located in the Parkdale neighborhood of Toronto.

Plentea’s mission is to evolve the culture of tea, upgrading the tea bag into a multi-sensory experience with an identity.

Their specialty: tea lattes.

But it’s not what you think. They don’t boil up a tea bag tea and throw some milk in it and call it a day. They steep your own personalized tea blend IN the milk. You heard me, personalized blend in the milk. Plentea has wall of individual herbs and spices and you can choose what and how much goes into your own tea blend.

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A signature tea latte being poured straight from the steep.

The staff will dispense fresh herbs and spices from their tea wall, then, depending on what you’ve ordered, they’ll grind the spices in a pestle and mortar, or fill a espresso brewing filter with your blend and pressurize hot water through the tea blend (just like making an espresso but not with ground coffee beans), or steep it in their signature milk method.

Even if you find this approach to tea a little intimidating, there is a vast menu you can choose from if you’re lacking in gumption. These recipes are inspired by family tradition, old culture, and a drive for a technicolor experience.

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This iced tea was an off-the-menu recipe that they suggested for me. It’s called a Sunny Cider: apple cider, ginger and hibiscus. Incredibly refreshing for such a warm day in Toronto.

Senses will be heightened, tea lattes will be drunk, and tea drinkers will be indulged at this unique tea bar, Plentea.

If you’re within diving distance (or even if you’re not), go to Plentea. You’ll not be disappointed!

Keep on steeping, tea lovers!

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Titanic Tea Party at the Tilted Teacup Tearoom

Over the Easter weekend, I was able to visit The Tilted Teacup tearoom & boutique for a special event: “Romance of Yesteryear, a Tribute to the Titanic” luncheon.

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Nestled in the sleepy town of Brooksville, Florida, this unique tearoom boasts a stunning building built in 1924, with 3 main rooms to enjoy you afternoon tea, as well as a boutique sporting a myriad of tea-themed gifts, handmade accessories and the teas you get to enjoy from the Metropolitan Tea Company from Ontario, Canada.

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Everyone was dressed in traditional Edwardian clothes and accessories. Even the waiters and waitresses looked like they stepped out of an early Downton Abbey episode!

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This tea room has quickly become one of my local favorites for the expertly executed event ambiance, the exquisite teas, the freshly baked sweets and the scrumptious savories!
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Our waiter (or better yet, our Titanic bellhop), escorted us to our table and immediately took our tea orders: we chose the Buckingham Palace tea and the Long Island Strawberry tea!

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I had the Long Island Strawberry tea throughout our Titanic experience and it went very well with the sweets and savories! It’s a bright summery green tea with notes of strawberry and papaya….more suited from our Florida heat than the chilly Titanic but who cares? It was absolutely delicious!

Our first course was a chilled strawberry soup with mint which was extremely refreshing.

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Then came the long-awaited tower of freshly baked blueberry scones, still hot from the oven, with Devonshire cream, vegetable quiches, beef wellingtons, salmon and shmear on a baguette, fig and walnut finger sandwiches, and cranberry chicken salad tarts.

On the dessert tier, there were raspberry lemons bars, pina colada mini cupcakes with toasted coconut, and strawberry shortcake cups!

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We were warned about halfway through our tea of the iceberg we just hit but that there’s nothing to worry about and that there may be a drill we would have to do towards the end of our tea. (I don’t know where the Tilted teacup got this waiter, but he was absolutely fantastic and never broke character!)

Once our tea was over, we “toured the ship” for a bit and took pictures with the harpist and the infamous grand staircase!

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This was a delightful event to attend and if you’re in the area, they’ll be having a Kentucky Derby themed Mother’s Day tea and an December Downton Abbey tea!

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The tea room: http://thetiltedteacuptearoom.com/

the teas: http://www.metrotea.com/

I hope you enjoyed your maiden voyage through the Titanic’s afternoon tea!
Keep on steeping tea lovers,
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Follow Me Through Twining’s Tea Tour at EPCOT

I’m spoiled to live only hours away from the happiest place on Earth.

No, not tea heaven, unfortunately.

I mean Disney World! And Epcot is my favorite 🙂

During Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival, which is between March 1st and May 29th, the Twinings Tea Caddy in the UK section of the World Showcase is holding complimentary tea tours of their meticulously kept English Garden. Pretty much the closest thing to tea heaven I’ve experienced thus far!

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Winding pathways take you through teacup displays of Twining’s teas, ranging from black teas, to flavored green teas and herbal teas. You may even catch a glimpse of Alice from Alice in Wonderland or my personal favorite, Mary Poppins!

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I’m no authentic British tour guide, But I’ll do my best to take you through the Twinings herbal tea displays!

Side note: the first half of the tour is dedicated to the Camellia Sinensis plant, from which “true teas” are derived. I’ll be diving in to the Twinings herbal teas, or also called infusion or tisanes, which are anything but tea derived from the Camellia Sinensis plant.

Camomile, Honey & Vanilla

 

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  • Camomile is naturally caffeine-free and the base of this herbal blend
  • Camomile flowers (Chamaemelum nobile) have a strong, aromatic fragrance and bloom in early to mid-summer
  • Twinings selects just the yellow part of the flower to capture the purest taste of Camomile
  • Vanilla (Vanilla planifolia) is the aromatic seed pod of a vining orchid that grows in the tropics

Pure Peppermint

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  • Twinings uses the purest peppermint leaves sourced from over 100 countries
  • Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is a perennial which flowers from mid to late summer
  • Caffeine free and enjoyed either hot of cold for a refreshing and uplifting experience

Lemon & Ginger

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  • Herbal tea made from lemons, lemongrass, blackberry leaves and Chinese ginger
  • Lemons (Citrus limon) are widely grown in India and China for their juice
  • Lemongrass (Cymbopogan citratus) and blackberry leaves (Rubus sp) contain no caffeine
  • Chinese ginger (Zingiber officinale) has been used from over 2,500 years to create invigorating teas

Berry Fusion

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  • Sweet and juicy blend of berry fruit flavors that is naturally caffeine free
  • Twinings Master blenders travel the globe in search of the finest ingredients
  • Mouthwatering balance of strawberry (Frageria sp) and blueberry (Vaccinium sp) flavors in a Hibiscus (Hibiscus sp) base

Orange & Cinnamon Spice

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  • Made with Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis), a native plant found only in southern Africa
  • Rooibos leaves are fermented to enhance flavors and produce a distinctive reddish-brown color
  • Blended with the refreshing flavor of orange peel (Citrus sinensis) and Vietnamese Cinnamon (Cinnamomum loureiroi) to produce a naturally caffeine-free herbal tea

Buttermint (The newest Twinings blend and my personal favorite!)

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  • New herbal blend of cool peppermint leaves (Mentha Piperita) and aromatic vanilla (Vanilla planifolia) creates creamy comfort
  • flowers of the tropical vanilla orchid vine are often hand-pollinated and the pods are laboriously cured to create intense flavor
  • Velvety-smooth Buttermint takes you back to sweet shops of olde

Bonus: Earl Grey with Lavender (a true tea made from Camellia sinensis but wanted to throw this one in for the Lavender!)

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  • A modern twist to a classic tea
  • the luxurious flavor of English Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) along with natural Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) creates a rewarding tea that will calm your soul
  • New, fresh floral aroma and soothing taste

Hopefully this has inspired you to “branch” out of the norm try out some new teas from the EPCOT’s Tea Tour!

Keep on steeping, tea lovers! And cheerio!

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