Toronto Tea Festival

Hey everyone! Welcome back to my blog. Long time no see…read? chat?.

Anyways I am back and have been reinspired to find time to make a tea moment, to blog and drink tea to my heart’s delight and bring back some reviews for yall! I had the opportunity to join Libre Tea at their table at the festival this year which has been held for 5 years now at the stunning Toronto Reference Library! I joined Wendy the CEO and founder of Libre Tea at the table to share #teamoments with all the folks who came out today. If you didn’t know (from my instagram) I was a Brand Ambassador for Libre  on Instagram for the past few months, posting photos of the Libre Tea glasses I was sent. If you haven’t had a chance to check them out definitely do so (LibreTea.com).

 

I had a chance to wander around a little bit and here are some of my faves who I got to chat a little bit with

Chaiwala Chai

These are real cool kids with a really fun way to do Masala Chai

Zhen Tea

These folks are passionate about traditional teas from around the world and they make special trips to China to find and source different varieties. If you like traditional tea these are your people

Tea Journal

These folks know their stuff about tea. Check out their magazine if you want to learn more about tea. They work really hard on it.

And finally check out Libre Tea!

“Tea is quiet and our thirst for tea is never far from our craving for beauty.”⠀ -James Norwood Pratt. 📷@marlenelowden

A post shared by For Libre® Moments On The Go (@libretea) on Feb 9, 2017 at 8:07am PST

 

Thanks for reading!

xoxo

Kayla

Tea Life Review

Hey Steepers,

A Canadian tea company from Alberta contacted me through Instagram and offered to send me some tea to review. I chose Dragon well green tea, Clear Skin herbal tea and Coconut Beauty black tea.

I had made a YouTube video instant review but lost all the footage 😡

Dragonwell was a lovely fresh, light green tea. Steep with caution, 80C water and only a minute or less. You can definitely steep this one more than once to see what other flavours are brought out.

Clear Skin is an herbal tea full of all the good skin healing ingredients like anti-inflammatory lavender, red clover, chamomile, and peppermint, cleansing dandelion and antioxidant green tea. I would have to drink this one consistently to test if there’s visible results but it does have a nice herbal flavour with the chamomile peppermint and lavender that I would enjoy before bed. Purchase Clear Skin here

Coconut Beauty is a delicious tropical black tea with coconut and orange. It was really yummy hot but I bet it’s great iced too. It was kind of like a creamsicle but coconut rather than vanilla flavour. I love this one! Definitely check it out!

Check out this company and let me know what you think.

Shop: https://tealife.ca/

instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tealifecanada/

Disclaimer: I was sent the product for free but all opinions are my very own.

xoxo

Kayla

NOT ILLEGAL

Hey tea friends. I’m reblogging this because there needs to be some awareness and change regarding building codes to allow for people to live in tiny homes. I am an Ontarian and hope to live tiny someday.

Tiny House Ontario

I cannot count the hundreds of times that people use the word “illegal” to describe the act of living in a tiny house.  This word is being used incorrectly, over and over again, and I think this needs to stop… today!

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There is NOTHING illegal about living in a tiny house in Canada.  Tiny dwelling is not like like driving impaired, beating up on your wife or robbing a bank.  The police will not come and charge you, arrest you, handcuff you and put you in jail.  Using the word illegal is not just inaccurate, it also serves to undermine the credibility community and those who are interested in living sustainably.  It makes us appear as though we are all deviants.  I want everyone to STOP using this word today.

So… if living in a tiny house is NOT illegal… then what is the problem?

Building codes are the problem……

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Breathe: Everything Will Be Alright

Good morning friends,

No matter what you are feeling after this divisive election, regardless of where your vote falls, or where you live, or what you believe, please, take a moment to breathe.

I stayed up late watching the results of the American election roll in, from the comfort and blessed safety of my home here in Canada, and finally went to bed when at 12:30 it hadn’t been called yet. I feared the worst, and hoped for the best. I woke up at 5:30 this morning and checked my phone for the results. I was shocked, deeply saddened, and scared. Honestly I was in disbelief and ridden with anxiety and emotion. I just want to extend a hand and hug to everyone in America, and say that this is the choice that has been made by the people who voted, and this is now the catalyst for real true change. America you are now faced with the reality; racism, sexism, bigotry, hatred still exist. And now it’s time to turn this around, reflect on this and work towards  a more loving and caring world and home.

With all of this being said, breathe, reflect, meditate. Take pause and do a little self care if you’re feeling like I am. Make a cup of tea, take a bath, go for a run, knit, colour, bake. Time to calm the nerves and come back at the world with a game plan for change, for inclusivity, equality and most of all for love.

Take care of each other.

xoxo

Kayla

David’s tea Winter Collection 

Good morning folks!

Sorry for my absence. I’ve been adjusting to a new co-op job, knitting socks, ill for a few days, and spending my free time visiting my partner two hours away. So now that I’m back and ready with some reviews for you.

The new winter collection always includes some cozy, warm and spicy tea and include something sweet and dessert like. This year the teas are Nutty and Spice oolong (same recipe as Bubbie’s Baklava from Winter ’14), Chocolate Covered Almond black, Coffee Cake black (a returning favourite from several years ago), sweet almond green from last year, and Apple cider herbal (rumored to be the same as sweet Apple cider from Fall ’14).

The samples I chose from a free shipping redemption order were:

Chocolate Covered Almond

Flavours: chocolate, almond, carob.
This tea has a sweet, cozy chocolate dessert flavour. Definitely reach for this to satisfy those cravings. It tastes like a chocolate chip cookie almost. It’s sweet mildly nutty and very tasty. I will definitely be buying more of this!
Ingredients: Cocoa nibs, roasted carob, black tea, almonds, yerba mate, sugar, natural and artificial chocolate and cream-almond flavouring
Buy Here: https://www.davidstea.com/ca_en/whats-new-2/tea/chocolate-covered-almond

Coffee Cake

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Flavours: sweet, chocolate vanilla cake, dessert
This tea lacks the hint of mocha I’m looking for but it certainly is tasty. I would have this as a dessert tea or with some scones and biscuits. It is almost exactly the same flavour as Red Velvet Cake tea without the hint chocolate.
Ingredients: Black tea, candied fruit (cranberries, sugar, cherry juice, citric acid, natural cherry flavour, elderberry juice, sunflower oil), pineapple (sugar cane, pineapples, citric acid), natural and artificial flavouring.
Buy here: https://www.davidstea.com/ca_en/whats-new-2/tea/coffee-cake-black-tea

Nutty and Spice

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Flavours: chicory, fruit, cinnamon, nuts
This tea is an exact dupe for Bubbie’s Baklava, bit sweet, bit nutty, bit spicy. Will definitely make a good latte!
Ingredients: Oolong tea, roasted chicory root, pineapple (pineapple, sugar), papaya (papaya, sugar), cinnamon, walnuts, ginger, apple, rose pepper, roasted almonds (almonds, caramelized sugar), cardamom, almonds, pistachios, cranberries, rose blossoms, natural and artificial flavours
Buy here: https://www.davidstea.com/ca_en/whats-new-2/tea/nutty-and-spice

Sweet Almond Green

Flavours: almond, amaretto, green tea
I dont like this tea, it tastes too artificial to me and overwhelmingly of amaretto. I’ve tried it in the advent calendar last year, really not my thing.
Ingredients: Organic: Green tea, almonds, marigold flowers, cornflower pe tals. With natural almond flavouring.
Check it out here: https://www.davidstea.com/ca_en/whats-new-2/tea/sweet-almond-green-tea

Apple Cider

Flavours: apple, apple apple, cinnamon
I love apple teas, through and through. I’m hoping this one tastes like sweet aple cider, I would definitely be buying some.
Ingredients: Apple, apple pomace (pomace, citric acid), sweet blackberry leaves, apple flavouring (artificial apple flavouring, concentrated apple juice), artificial vanilla and cream flavouring.
Check it out here: https://www.davidstea.com/ca_en/whats-new-2/tea/apple-cider-tea

Thanks for reading and as always, Happy sipping!

xoxo

Kayla

Fall Giveaway (21st Birthday Giveaway!)

Happy fall! I’m doing a giveaway and there will be five winners announced on Sept 29th!

Here what’s up for grabs: 🍁2 bags of Harvest Spice black tea, 🎃1 bag of Pumpkin Pie rooibos, 🍃1 bag of vanilla matcha, 🍵1 teapot charm teaball infuser! (all from Steeped Tea!)

To enter complete any of the following:

🍁5 entries for reposting this or one of the following giveaway photos (5 per photo) use #teawithkayla

🍁2 entries for commenting on this or any following giveaway photos with your favourite thing about fall!

🍁1 entry per friend you tag in the comments

🍁5 entries for following my blog http://teawithkayla.WordPress.com

🍁5 entries for following my Instagram: http://instagram.com/teawithkayla

🍁10 entries for placing an order in my party, https://www.mysteepedtea.com/TEAWITHKAYLA/shop/eventhome.aspx?eventId=E111222&from=MYEVENTS

🎃Happy steeping!🍵

Rules: Canada only, you can enter or complete any of the above as many times as you wish

David’s Tea Fall Collection Review

Hey Steepers,

David’s released sample packs of the new fall teas this week for 5/$10. I bought 4 if the new teas, 2 of one as I already have pumpkin chai. The fall teas are usually my favourite, read below on how I think they stacked up this year. Here are my thoughts.

Pom Cider

Type: black tea

Ingredients: Fennel, hibiscus, black tea, rosehips, apple, orange, pomegranate, stevia extract, natural pomegranate flavouring.

“When the weather gets cool, nothing beats a hot cup of cider. It’s the kind of drink we look forward to cozying up after a long day of hiking. And this rustic twist on the fall classic is no different. With rich black tea, soothing fennel, apple and a fruity burst of fresh pomegranate, this sweet and slightly tart tea is five kinds of comforting. Hot, it’s a blend that warms the body and soul. Iced, it’s a lingering taste of summer. It’s so good, you’ll want to have it all year round”

This tea is tart, and that’s about it. It lacked the spice a cider should have in my opinion. Couldn’t really taste much other than the pomegranate flavour and hibiscus.

Cuppa tea? Meh. Good but not extravagant

Blueberry Muffin

Type: fruit

Ingredients: Apple (apple, citric acid), raisins, carrot, hibiscus blossoms, beetroot, yogurt bits (milk yogurt powder, sugar, maltodextrin, modified starch, citric acid), blueberries, cornflower blossoms, natural and artificial flavouring.

“How do we like to start our mornings? With a blueberry muffin of course. Rich, crumbly and downright irresistible, it’s the kind of snack that never fails to make us happy. And this fruity tisane is every bit as satisfying as the real thing. It’s got crisp apple, raisins, carrot and fresh blueberries. Not to mention yogurt bits for extra creaminess. Sweet, buttery and slightly tart, it’s the perfect treat to bring along on your next road trip or early work commute. And if you’re really feeling adventurous, try adding it to your oatmeal for an extra pop of flavour. Now that’s what we call the breakfast of champions.”

Tastes a lot like a blueberry muffin actually. It can also steep a bit tart so be careful not to steep too long. Might turn out as a nice latte.

Cuppa tea? If I’m in the mood. Not one I normally go for.

Nutty Granola Crunch

Type: rooibos

Ingredients: Apple, rooibos, almonds, coconut, brittle (sugar, hazelnuts, inverted sugar), natural and artificial flavouring.

“It’s no secret granola and the great outdoors are a match made in heaven. Known as the hippie health food of the 60s, this satisfying treat has quickly become the go-to snack of today’s hikers and backpackers. Why? Because it’s yummy, satisfying and the perfect way to fuel all your wild adventures. So if you go out in the woods today, be sure to bring this rich and nutty rooibos along with you. With apple, almonds, creamy coconut and sweet brittle, it’s like a granola bar in a cup!”

Many tea friends are right, it smells like peanuts. It actually tastes okay though. Very similar to peanut butter cup from last fall. Would make a good latte, and if you mix it with a chocolate tea it would be pretty good.

Cuppa tea? Not mine

Carrot cupcake

Type: rooibos

Ingredients: Apple, carrot, cinnamon, rooibos, cocoa shells, ginger, licorice root, natural whipped cream and apple flavouring

“You know what never fails to remind us of fall? A carrot cupcake. And we’re not the only ones who think so. Thanks to their natural sugar content, carrots have been used to sweeten cakes since the medieval times. And this decadent, creamy rooibos blend tastes just like your favourite carrot dessert. It’s got cinnamon and ginger for an extra zing of warmth. Plus carrots and apple to get that perfect fruity balance. Still not convinced? The rich cocoa shells and natural whipped cream flavour will change your mind. Yeah, we knew you couldn’t resist…”

This tea smells amazing, and I was most looking forward to this one. First cup I made was disgusting. I added milk and sugar and it was sour but not curdled. And I was so disappointed. Luckily I bought 2 carrot cupcake packets and so I tried to make it again, didn’t steep it as long and drank it straight. Its so good! Glad I gave it another shot. Its got a sweet, cinnamon flavour with hints of apple, carrot and nutmeg.

Cuppa tea? Yes

Pumpkin Chai

Type: black

Ingredients: Black tea, cinnamon, cloves, caramel (milk, sugar, glucose syrup, butter, sorbitol, mono and diglycerides), carrot, lemon peel, pumpkin candies (sugar, rice flour, cottonseed oil, soybean oil, corn starch, gum arabic, cellulose gum, yellow 6, confectioner

“Let’s face it, the best thing about fall is pumpkin pie. And this spiced black tea is arguably just as delicious. It’s got all the warmth of cinnamon and cloves, plus the sweetness of caramel and pumpkin candy. For a true autumn treat, top it up with steamed milk and stir in a spoonful of brown sugar. It’ll make you wish it were fall all year round.”

The classic. Nothing new it comes out every year for the last 5 years. Its a black tea with cinnamon, pumpkin sprinkles, and pumpkin bits. This tea always has beautiful collection tins though so definitely check those out.

Cuppa tea? Yes definitely.

Overall this collection sounded great to me, but I’m going to wait for the pumpkin collection. These teas for the most part were not my cuppa tea.

Thanks for reading. What are your thoughts?

Xoxo

Kayla