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Through the grapevine, I recently learned that another tea shop had opened up in Tallahassee. Being a big fan of the beverage, I quickly did some research and, to my delight, discovered that this tea shop was delightfully retro in decor and offered something that made my little tea loving heart go pitter patter, tea flights. This past Sunday, Andy and I waited for a break in the rain and then headed there to procure beverages and tasty treats.
They had me the moment I saw those tiny vanilla cheesecakes with the lacy doilies. The front room, where you order, was nicely cozy, but it was also full of people so I didn’t want to take any photos. The dining area was open and airy, with soft pink walls and funky vintage accents. They also had a kid’s corner which I thought was great; a lot of my friends have kids, and it’s nice to have a place to meet up where they would be able to play and hang out while the grown ups catch up.Since we were visiting in that magical time between breakfast and lunch, we decided to indulge in something savory. I went for the veggie hand pie and Andy opted for the sandwich puffs filled with their vegan chickpea salad and avocado egg salad respectively. Since we did what we always do, which is go half-sies, I can confidently say that it was all delicious and I’d order any of these items again, although he and I both agreed that the chickpea salad was the winner as far as best flavor goes. We also took one of their cinnamon rolls to go, we tried it later that evening, and Andy was over the moon. His biggest complaint about most cinnamon rolls is that there is never enough spice and the roll is just over sweet, but these guys nailed it. Plenty of cinnamon and just a touch of cardamom, and I had one very happy husband. So how was the tea? You know, the thing that inspired our visit in the first place? Since Andy was such a good sport about this excursion, I decided that we should go for the “Chai Flight” since I don’t ever think he’s met a chai he didn’t like. It took a few minutes to put together, which is to be expected because the different blends require different “steeping” times. The tea arrived hot, but safe to drink. We took our time working our way around the delightful vintage inspired “swoosh”, sipping and sharing before deciding on our favorites and divvying up the rest for consumption. We had a wonderful time. Andy and I both love food, and we spend many of our more creative meals sharing and discussing flavor parings, things we’d like to integrate, and things that we are surprised by. This experience was tailor made for people like us. I am very excited about this new addition to Tallahassee. I already have a couple of friends who want to go tea tasting sometime soon, so I’ll be heading back across town in the very near future 🙂
Before everything exploded a couple of weeks ago, my mom and I had the chance to try out a new tea house that had opened about 20 minutes away from my childhood home. This delightful place was appropriately named The Twisted Teapot.
Off of a fairly busy road, you make a right turn, pull into the parking lot, and all of a sudden, you are transported from a hectic business laden street to a quaint and wonderfully charming garden. The sound of dozens of passing cars was exchanged for the trickling of fountains and the tinkling of wind chimes, and that vague smell of “city” was exchanged for baking pastries and blooming roses. The entryway was a delightful combination of dainty floral cottage chic and subtle, almost steampunk-y Alice In Wonderland inspired decor. I can’t even tell you how many delightful white rabbit accents we encountered as we moved about the house! We followed the black and white checkerboard floor to a cute little glassed in patio off the main dining room. The staff had already started decorating for the holidays, and there were beautiful garlands, frosted pine cones, and gilded ornaments artfully arranged throughout. We sat down at our little table, admired our lovely floral tea cups and perused the tea offering for the day. After much waffling and debate, we opted for two of their in house holiday blends, one iced and one hot. I do also want to note that when I called for reservations, I told the hostess that I was vegetarian and she made sure to note that our party contained one veg only and one “regular”. This may not seem like a big deal, but usually a tea room has an “all or none” attitude when it comes to accommodating dietary restrictions. I usually have to make sure that whoever I am with is okay with missing out on the meat, but these guys not only accommodated but offered to make two separate trays so my mom wouldn’t have to miss out on any of their meatier options. This may just look like a cup of soup, but my mother has declared this potato and leek soup to be one of the best soups she has ever had. She was right -it was really good-, and I was actually a little concerned that after she finished hers that she’d want mine. I can’t remember every item on our trays, but the standouts were the roasted veggie mini quiche, the guava and brie bite, and the coconut macaroon. That being said, everything was delicious, and we cleaned our towers down to the last fruit garnish. This little guy is the swan pastry for which our “Swan Tea” was named. It was a wonderful little cream puff and was a fun finish to an amazing meal. I honestly wish I could have gotten a picture of my mom’s face when she tried it; she was ALL about the fluffy, lightly sweet filling. After finishing our tea, we had the chance to poke around the tea house a bit more, checking out the main dining room and the area I am guessing (based on the giant dollhouse) that is used for children’s parties. So many wonderful details and the gentleman below was still hard at work adding even more beautiful decorations to the rooms.
Hands down, this is one of the nicest tea experiences I have ever had. Hand to God, top three to be sure. It’s also nice to know that as I have to travel to and from my dad’s house to wrap up his estate, I can always make a call and schedule a little tea themed pick me up when things are feeling especially disheartening.
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