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Fraterni-tea at the Tea Leaf

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Yesterday I was dragged, kicking and screaming, by my fellow alumni, to a fraternity event at the Tea Leaf in Waltham. Well. That’s a bit of a lie. Actually all I heard was the word “tea” and I was already in the car; I think there was a sonic boom.

Our fraternity is more of a “fraterni-tea” as teatime has been a tradition of ours since before my time there (they’re really my kind of people), so it made sense that in celebrating the weekend of our fraternity’s 100th birthday that we have tea.

So I happily got up early and got as much work as needed to be done before I got there, as the original idea was to be there for about three hours or so, and I had a feeling we would go past closing–which we did.

They do afternoon teas there, which involves many delicious sandwiches and pastries, none of which are vegan. However when the owner found out that anything containing eggs and dairy and meat were denied to me, she whipped up some mini vegan sandwiches containing red pepper tapenade and eggplant tapenade plus a beautiful fruit plate. I honestly just figured I would go there and enjoy the ginormous pot of extremely good Earl Grey and get full on that, but I managed to get full on those little sandwiches, the fruit, and approximately eight cups of tea.

The entire shop is filled with all kinds of excellent tea, teapots, mugs, and anything pertaining to tea. There is also some lovely jewelry there, and along with two containers of tea some teapot earrings managed to find their way into my shopping cart. Oops. It’s also a very nice, casual place, good to relax in and enjoy your tea.

Anyhow, I very much recommend the place and a good time was had by all. 🙂

The tea-addicted geek talks about…tea.

My online handle (TeaAddictedGeek) often inspires the following question: “What are your favorite teas?”

I would have to go with green tea (especially jasmine green), Earl Grey, chai, and various blends from Teavana–which is sadly now closed. These days I get blends from either the Republic of Tea (I’m hugely fond of their double dark chocolate mate), T2 (New York Breakfast with Just Cinnamon is my jam), or I pick up some tea from Starbucks in jade citrus mint.

Depending on the tea I like it as is, or I’ll add both stevia and almond milk. The double dark chocolate mate from Republic of Tea or the T2 New York Breakfast tea I typically have with both stevia and vanilla flavored unsweetened almond milk. They go well with vanilla flavored soy milk, too.

Tea is also very good for you. Studies have shown that green tea can help lower cholesterol, burn fat, and may even have cancer fighting properties.

So, drink up! Tea is squee. 🙂

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