The weather has turned cold here. Bitter cold! Which means my feet are ALWAYS frigid and I often have a cup of hot tea sitting close at hand. And I'm not talking a small cup; I'm talking the LARGE cup. I feel like Mike Meyers in "So I Married an Ax Murderer" with the LARGE cappuccino. "Hello!"
(Once again, I have no camera while Alex is in China, so you'll be getting Internet photos on my blog for a while.)
I served my mission in the Czech Republic, which is where I really became a tea drinker. In a country where they serve you a cup of tea as soon as you enter the door, no matter if they know you or not, you very quickly learn which teas are against the Word of Wisdom (a sort of code of health required in the LDS faith) and which teas are fantastic! A good rule of thumb is that "colored" teas (black, white, green, etc.) are against the W of W, and the fruit and herbals are just fine.
Having said that, not all fruit and herbal teas are made the same. For instance, Celestial Seasonings (which is typically the only brand available in US grocery stores) is really not very good stuff. I'll grant their Peppermint is not bad; but then again, you really can't mess up mint. The other flavors that I've tried are really not that pleasant to choke down.
The cup of tea I have in front of me at this moment, however, is something that most Americans, unfortunately, have never experienced. It's a brand I discovered in Liberec, Czech Republic; is actually an English company; and I have to special order it on the Internet (or visit a tea shop in Europe) to even find it. The London Fruit & Herb Company, by far, makes the best fruit teas I've ever tasted; some of my favorite flavors being Strawberries & Vanilla, Blueberry Bliss, Peach Paradise, and the flavor I'm enjoying at this very moment, Raspberry Rendezvous. Mmmmmm
Drop on by sometime and share a cup with me! It's a delicious way to cut the chill, and, believe me, I'm very well stocked. I think I've got a full box of just about every flavor they make. (There's no shipping charge if you order bulk enough.) Watch out though. You just may find yourself shopping on the Internet for tea, of all things.
And now my cup is empty, so I'm off to bed.