Green Tea Latte Mornings, Loose Leaf at ING Direct Cafe, and New Spring Collections – Tea Love News!


I’m no coffee drinker, but I am one very enthusiastic tea and coffee shop drink junkie!  This post comes in the wake of recent tea drinking developments that have transpired over the past two weeks, developments that have me pretty excited.  For starters, I found out last week that one of my vegan friends loves tea just as much as I do and that my brother’s teas of choice are earl grey and chamomile.  I was shocked out of my pants.  My brother likes earl grey and soothing chamomile?!  I never in a million years thought my brother, who skims 6 feet tall, watches wrestling, and enjoys crashing cars in video games, would enjoy a tea with floral notes!  I always think of earl grey as the fancy pants stuff and just knowing he likes it makes me beam with pride like a proud mama.  My little man of a brother is all grown up and has fantastic taste in tea!  And my vegan friend who shares my adoration?  I cannot wait to haul her tooshie to L’Espresso Bar Mercurio for vegan lunch and loose leaf tea!

Second, call me a bandwagoner, but yours truly finally has a thermo mug for her tea!  In honour of International Women’s Day last week, the ING Direct Cafe was giving away free thermo mugs with a choice of coffee or tea, which I happily took advantage of during lunch hour at the Lunchtime Office Market.  Even though having a thermo mug will mean an extra item in my already bulging bag (I used to carry small purses, but I have turned into a “I carry my life around with me” type of girl years ago and never converted back), I’m excited to have one to tote around for tea whether I steep it from home or get it filled up at a tea shop.  The tea and drinks selection at the ING Direct Cafe is one of the greatest things ever because 1) the tea is so reasonably priced for loose leaf – just $2!  and 2) all proceeds go to the Canadian Red Cross. 

The tea love has also been spreading because spring has arrived at our doorstep!  I’ve been seeing new tea and coffee shop drink collections crop up left and right: Second Cup’s new vanilla and maple collections, the decadent chocolate tea line at Teaopia, and the bright and shiny new spring collection from David’s Tea.  I haven’t been able to snag anything new and delicious from the aforementioned collections just yet, but I did sniff through the spring collection at David’s Tea and enjoy a sample of their new Tea of the Month, Organic Gold Rush, and it is a winner!  It’s a deliciuous white dessert tea and one everyone should try.  It’s been some time since I last did a fun cupcake and tea post so I’m hoping I’ll be able to do a few this spring. 

These photos that I’ve posted are part of what I call the “green tea latte morning” set, taken at Starbucks on a chilly morning.  I know the fuzzy mittens are a little out of place at the moment, having taken into account our balmy spring weather forecast this week, but the mornings are still a bit cold!  I’m still feeling my way around coffee shop drinks, but I have to say that green tea lattes are my absolute favourite.  The bright, grass green hue is gorgeous and so spring-like and I love the rich, matcha taste.  I sprinkled a little bit of vanilla and nutmeg in my drink for fun and enjoyed my frothy drink with visions of green tea desserts dancing in my head.  In addition to the special Oreo series that I’m doing, I’m excited to get a green tea series off the ground and I think this latte is a nice way to start!  Here’s a tea toast to many more lovely cups of tea and tea drinks this season. 


Photographs taken at Starbucks, located at 5954-5956 Highway 7 East, at the corner of Highway 7 and Main Street Markham.  A big thank you goes to my sweet Richard for taking the 1st and 5th photos.

7 thoughts on “Green Tea Latte Mornings, Loose Leaf at ING Direct Cafe, and New Spring Collections – Tea Love News!

  1. Pingback: Happiness and Warmth in a Bowl – Matcha Lattes and Pork Gyoza Dumplings with Ramen at Destiny Cafe, Part II « Ate by Ate

  2. Great blog.

    I have a request (please feel free to say no). You have a great little pic of a green tea latte held by hands in mitts. I am attending a virtual conference and in our introductions, we are asked to put a picture of a coffee/hot drink that reflects us. Your picture really struck a chord (as does your blog). I would like to use your pic (with reference to your blog). I appreciate your consideration.

    • Hi Clint, thanks so much for visiting and leaving me a message! I’m so glad you like the blog and photo(s), I’d be honoured to have you use the photo and reference me. The photo in question (the first one with the mitts) was taken by my boyfriend, Richard Sunichura, and I’m Debra Wong, the wonder women behind Ate by Ate 😀 Let me know what the name of the conference is and where I can access the conference material. Is the conference happening sometime this month? Best of luck, I hope your team does great!

      • Thank you for your response.
        The conference is called a Moodlemeet and is available through and can be found in the educator tab. This particular moodlemeet is “Screencasting 101: First Steps to creating “On Demand” tutorials and presentations”. I am a distributed learning teacher and I am assisting the presenters in this moodlemeet. The meet is not related to your blog topic (that is just of personal interest to me)…at the moodlemeet, this time in the Introductions of who we are, we are asked to put up a pic of our favorite coffee/hot drink (a fun way to express something about us). Thank you again for letting me use this image. I look forward to your next blog post.

        • Awesome, thanks so much, Clint! I used Moodle during grad school a little bit so I totally know what you’re referring to. Thank you again for following and I hope you continue visiting! 😀

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