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english roseA few Saturdays ago, I met my coworker L. for afternoon tea at the small but charming English Rose — a tea room just off Main Street that we’ve been meaning to explore for months now.  We were delighted to find that the place was bright and airy, filled with happy but not rowdy tea-partiers (reservations are a good call) including a family celebrating the birthday of one small boy, daintily and thoughtfully decorated, old-fashioned and — as we’d hoped and hoped — one that served clotted cream with their scones!

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teatime

One of my favorite moments every morning is making my first cup of tea. Not only is having tea (especially with toast or thick-sliced raisin bread or other breakfast delights) a happy treat, but making tea — choosing tea leaves, pouring rushing hot water, steeping the leaves, inhaling the steam — is a soothing, centering ritual.  I actually spent quite some time picking out my teacup, and when I finally found it (at Anthro) I knew it was the perfect thing to reliably brighten my day a little bit.  In fact, I bought two of these cups … so that when this first one inevitably meets its end, there’ll be another to step up to the plate!

The tea I’ve been drinking lately is chrysanthemum tea; it blooms back into these pretty blossoms as it steeps.  Amusingly, I had a strong dislike for this tea (which is lauded for its health properties in Chinese herbal medicine) when I was young, but have taken to it in the last few years, and am now enjoying a good stash that my mother hand-carried back for me when we went to Shanghai in June. 

*Note: If you brew chrysanthemum tea, take care to rinse the dried blooms in hot water once or twice before steeping.

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