Tea lattes seem to be the new thing these days. London Fogs have been a long time favorite of mine and now they are even on the Starbucks menu. It's a combo of earl Gery tea, vanilla syrup and mounds of steamy milk. It is absolutely delicious. Just don't order a Venti size without asking for only one teabag. I made that mistake when I picked up two for a meeting. By the time I arrived and we took our first sips they were terribly bitter and there was no going back with either milk, nor sugar. Starbucks uses Tazo teabags and they are seriously concentrated.
A rooiboos latte is also a lovely treat and rooiboos is so good for you. It's a tummy soother, antioxidant and lots of other wonderful stuff. When Ry was colicky I often gave him bottles of watery rooiboos to sip and my older boys love it iced with a bit of sweetness added.
I have also tried the Starbucks berry chai latte and it was thick and rich with a depth like a hot glass of mulled wine. It was yummy...but I have yet to check how many calories go into making it so delish.
oooh just found this, it's not too bad...
|Berry Chai Infusion
Combines Chai Tea concentrate with a proprietary blend of aronia berry (tart berry similar to cranberry) and black currant (dark colored berry with a sharp, sweet taste) juice.
By far though, the very best tea latte I have ever, ever had t was last summer on Prince Edward Island at the Farmer's Market. It was from Lady Baker's Tea Trolley , she had a tea machine that was very similar to an espresso machine but especially for tea! It was made by Affinitea, this machine is dreamy.
Imagine being able to use loose tea leaves to pump out steamy glasses of your favorite tea anytime you wanted...I'd have tea parties all the time.
Lady Baker made me a yummy mango tea variety one time, a London Fog another day and of course I also tried a green tea latte. (the market was a frequent stop for me!) Her high quality teas are also available on line for sale now too, just visit her site at Lady Baker's Tea Trolley. As for the machine...I'll keep dreaming and perhaps one day the tea fairy might drop one by Birch Hill.
Tea is not the same without scones and I have been trying to find the perfect scone recipe...tea time with scones, devonshire cream, jam and hot tea is pure bliss. I wish everyone still did tea in the afternoons still, it was such a nice tradition. Now it seems to be $5 coffees and chaos with a little bit of chit chat thrown in for good measure. Definitely not the same.
Farewell for now, off to boil some water for tea and try yet another scone recipe. I am also starting to potty train Ryan...this is day two. You think by now I'd be good at this stuff, it is after all my third attempt! We are doing the Nemo method, he adores Nemo and I don't have pull ups so we are using Finding Nemo swim diapers. "Don't pee on Nemo" seems to be the phrase of the day.
Scone recipes? Potty training tips? Send them along...I'm ready for em!