New Year, More Tea – A Look at Ate by Ate’s Holiday David’s Tea Haul with Eggnog, Apple Custard & More!

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Happy new year, everyone!  It was quite nippy out on Wednesday so for those of you who par-tayed that night, I hope you had fun!  And for those who stayed inside (like me), I hope you kept toasty and also had fun.  I’m not much for new year’s eve celebrations (eating pizza and watching the adorable Anderson Cooper on tv are about the most exciting things I do and that suits me just fine) but I’m not going to lie: I “celebrated” on the inside when I kicked 2014 out the proverbial door and slammed it shut when the clock struck 12 and the big, shiny ball dropped.  Good riddance.  Teeth-grinding frustration, anger, and emotional agony is the only way to accurately describe this past year.  There were definitely some really wonderful, happy moments throughout the year that I clung onto like little life preservers but as a whole, 2014 was terrible.  At this point I don’t know if 2015 will be better, but all I can really do is hope for a brighter year.  It’s Ate by Ate’s first post of 2015 and we’re starting the new year on a yummy, tealicious note: David’s Tea winter and holiday haul post!

At this very moment I am both excited and miffed.  Excited because I just got David’s Tea’s new e-mail about their brand spankin’ new Sunshine collection (nothing like hitting us hard with more “oh-my-god-I-need-these-in-my-life” tea products after the holiday rush, huh?  Seriously, no mercy) and all the new stuff on their website looks so fun and colourful and vibrant (squee!).  However, I am also miffed because the content of this post is now soooo last year.  Like, we’ve totally moved on and little Deb over here is still playing with last year’s toys.  In hindsight, I really should have made this post on Wednesday but in my defence, I had no idea that they were going to steal my thunder.

Hmph.

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No matter.  I am totally enjoying all of my holiday and winter goodies to the fullest and all of it makes me smile, especially my “snowy village” latte mug which is just so darn cute.  I loooove all my new stuff.  I think I did a pretty good job with my haulage this season if I do say so myself.  Granted, half of the things you see in the photos were Christmas gifts, so I wasn’t a total crazy maniac who bought out the whole store.  Just some of the store.

For me, my favourites from the holiday and winter collections are the Eggnog, the Cocomint Cream, and the Apple Custard and as you can tell from the photos, I was totally spoiled in all three flavour categories.  I picked up the ginormous Eggnog collectible tin, the Eggnog Christmas ornament, and the cute little stackable tin.  Not only do I think the tea is delicious but I adore the beautiful bright blue colour the tea products are outfitted in.

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Next, the Cocomint Cream.  The Cocomint Cream tea is included in the “Christmas Morning” trio set AND I was able to take advantage of a very limited edition product that I only found at Yorkdale Mall: tea and cookies!!  I was so shocked when I found the adorable little tea and cookies set at Yorkdale and while I’m still confused as to why the product availability was so limited, I am ecstatic that I was able to get my hands on a set before the holidays were over.  The tea and cookies set comes with a little tin of Cocomint Cream tea as well as half a dozen chocolate chip cookies.  Um, hello, DEB IN A NUTSHELL.  LOVE.

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Finally, the Apple Custard.  Oh how I love this tea to itty bitty pieces.  This is probably my favourite out of all the holiday and winter flavours.  It smells divine and you should taste it cold/chilled/iced too.  It is yummylicious.  Thank goodness it’s part of the winter collection that is still available in stores until the spring collection replaces it come March.  My best friend got me the cute-as-a-button Apple Custard tea house (equipped with a nice big baggy of tea and bottle of vanilla agave) for Christmas and I picked up the little yellow stackable tin from the boxing week sale.

And speaking of which, I couldn’t resist adding one more item to the holiday haul during my last David’s Tea visit on new year’s eve: the Earl Grey trio collection!  It was marked down as a boxing week sale item, both my brother and mum love Earl Grey tea, the box is really pretty, AND – get this – there’s a Star Trek reference on the box.  Now, I’m no Trekkie, but my boyfriend is and I do have some knowledge of the series from my TNG-watching days so I can appreciate the very cheeky Star Trek quote on the packaging: Tea.  Earl Grey.  Hot.  *waves to Patrick Stewart, aka. Captain Picard*

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The holidays are sadly coming to a close, but winter is definitely sticking around so I’ll be happily enjoying these teas for weeks to come.

An Intro to Deb’s Tea Journal & Scrapbook & the Favourite David’s Tea List – The Ate by Ate Daily, Vol. 005

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I’m going to tell you all a story about my beloved Five Star coil-bound plain white paper notebooks, the ones I’ve used to create and house two very special scrapbooks.  It was the summer of 2003, the summer I graduated from high school.  Me, my best friend, and another high school friend were at the mall one lazy summer day when we decided to stop by Wal-Mart.  For whatever reason, we meandered into the stationery section where we stumbled on these plain and simple Five Star notebooks.  They had a sturdy dark green cover, a large metal coil, and the most luscious (yes, luscious) plain white perforated paper.  Pages of pure white, bursting with endless possibilities for all sorts of art projects.  We saw them and we knew we all had to get one.  They were just too perfect to pass up.  They weren’t lined, they weren’t too thick or too thin, they weren’t held together with staples or glue and the price was pretty darn decent at $3 a pop.  So there we were, 3 girls out of high school and university-bound, lining up at the cash single file waiting to pay for the exact same notebook.  When we left with our identical purchases, I asked my friend what she was going to do with hers.  “Fill it with memories, I guess.”

And that was the plan, to make scrapbooks that were uniquely our own, each telling our own special stories.  While my best friend and other friend never ended up using it for this purpose (I know, I asked out of curiosity), I went to town with mine, creating a personal, visual time capsule using photos and magazine cut-outs and stickers and stationery to tell the story of what high school was like, what my life was like, and everything that embodied what I loved and who I was at that point in time.  I poured myself into it, creating layouts of birthdays parties, prom, Christmas get-togethers, fun things that happened in high school.  It became a pet project near and dear to my heart at the tender age of 18.  I loved the notebook I used so much that I actually went back soon after to buy another one, this time with a dark teal cover.  And it is this 2nd notebook that now houses my new and beloved Tea Journal and Scrapbook.

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Check out how THICK the scrapbook has gotten!  The pages add up fast!

Check out how THICK the scrapbook has gotten! The pages add up fast!

I know it’s a bit of a departure from my blog’s namesake (hi 8×8 scrapbooking!), but I wanted to do something different and I wanted everything in one cohesive package.  Working on my latest scrapbook project, my tea journal and scrapbook, has been one of the best things in my life for the past few months.  It’s been so much fun and such an amazing creative outlet creating a gazillion layouts chronicling my afternoon tea adventures, teatime recipes from magazines, tea-inspired food, and my favourite teas and tea experiences.  And just like that first Five Star notebook scrapbook, I poured my heart and soul into it.  It’s a reflection of who I am (or at least part of who I am) and how deeply I have fallen in love with all things tea in the last 5 years.  It’s been so much fun that in hindsight, I should have bought 5 more notebooks!  I only have 5 more pages, front and back, left and still plenty of scrapbook layouts to do so I am on the hunt for another one (or three).

While I’ve plowed through a ton of photos and layouts, some pages are still a work in progress, but for good reason: these pages are growing lists of my favourite teas from different shops and brands!  I had a jolly good time adding a few more favourites to my David’s Tea layout recently and creating the layout in general.  I wanted it colourful and punchy so I used some bright and fun scrapbook paper that would stand out but at the same time be a good backdrop to plain white paper and text.  And to be resourceful, I punched out the teal circles and cut out the David’s Tea logo from an actual David’s Tea bag!  Here are some photos of my scrapbook cover page and David’s Tea scrapbook layout, as well as an updated list of my favourite teas!

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Deb’s Updated List of Favourite Tea from David’s Tea:

  • Baked Apple (herbal tea, Winter 2010/11)
  • Birthday Cake (rooibos tea)
  • Blueberry Jam (black tea)
  • Chocolate Rocket (mate tea)
  • Coco-Lemon Thai (white tea)
  • Coffee Cake (black tea, Winter 2013/14)
  • Creme Brulee (rooibos tea)
  • Fantasy Island (black tea)
  • Lime Gelato (green tea)
  • Long Life Oolong (oolong tea)
  • Mango Lassi (herbal tea)
  • Mom’s Apple Pie (green tea, Fall 2013)
  • Pink Lemonade (rooibos tea)
  • Red Velvet Cake (black tea)
  • Shooting Star Fruit (white tea, Summer 2014)
  • Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait (herbal tea)
  • Toasted Walnut (green tea)
  • White Chocolate Frost (herbal tea, Winter 2013/14)

Soaking Up Summer at David’s Tea – The Ate by Ate Daily, Vol. 004

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A recent Sick Kids Hospital & David's Tea collab!

A recent Sick Kids Hospital & David’s Tea collab!

I’m almost positive I’m in the minority on this one: I’ve never been a coffee drinker.  Ever.  While most people line up at Timmy’s or Starbucks or Second Cup for their morning java (or just make it themselves at home), I’m usually either noshing on a breakfast wrap or sipping on a cup of tea.  Or both.  Coffee just hasn’t captured my heart the way it has almost everybody else.  Even so, I know how deeply folks (like my mum!) love their coffee and how the morning jolt or two is crucial to functioning for the rest of the day.  And I’ve always found it amusing.

I think I finally know what that feels like now – only with tea.  I don’t feel right unless I get my weekend fix of David’s Tea.  I make myself a cup of tea at home most days but on weekends I’m talking literally walking into a David’s Tea and getting myself a hot or iced cup of whatever flavour I happen to be craving at that particular moment.  I am at odds with myself now if I go a weekend without a visit.  Which is not to say I’ll start exhibiting symptoms of withdrawal like twitching if I don’t get my fix but I will certainly show signs of dissatisfaction like, you know, pouting.  Going to David’s Tea is just too much fun – the window shopping (and of course real shopping when I do my hauls), the sampling, the adorable themes, sets and accessories, the cute chalkboard promos (see the Sick Kids one up top!  This one was from two weeks ago) and the tea drinking.  You should see my tea menu.  So many scribbles and notes on all the teas I’ve drank so far, my favourites, my not-as-favourites, the teas I still need to try, the ones I’ve bought, possible ones my best friend would love, the ones my brother has tried and loved…yeah.  It’s a scribbly mess and I love it.

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So, I’ve been making my weekend/weekly jaunt to David’s Tea and enjoying the lusciousness that is their summer collection.  I am SO in love with this collection and I’ve actually been trying it out for a few weeks now, knocking them down one by one.  The summer packaging and accessories are so bright and punchy and fun (watermelons!  pineapples!  palm trees!) and the seasonal flavours are really great.  I’ve tried 4 so far: Shooting Star Fruit, Just Peachy, Mango Fruit Punch and the June Flavour of the Month, Hot Tropic which I actually tried today (it tastes like a mango pina colada!) and my absolute fave is the Shooting Star Fruit with honourable nods and mentions for the Just Peachy and Hot Tropic for also being awesome.

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You’d think things would get boring for me making a visit once a week but they truly don’t because there are constantly new things being introduced and a slightly different selection to drool over based on the location.  It’s insane.  Along with the slew of new summer seasonal stuff (including the iced teas, pitchers, steepers, mugs, teapots and pitcher packs), there’s the June Flavour of the Month, tea flavoured chocolate bars, end-of-the-school-year teacher’s set, fun new tea blends, and even tea biscuits and cookies by the box!  I absolutely cannot wait until I make my actual summertime haul of goodies.  Until then I’ll be happily drinking, scribbling, and scrapbooking away.

Warming the Heart and Hands with a Cup of Tea – Ate by Ate’s Top David’s Tea Picks for the “Cup of Warmth” Charity Promotion

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Yes, that’s right, I keep all my tea menus!

In my world, every day is a day for tea.  Most of the folks in my life start their day off with a cup of coffee but for me, I start mine off with the kettle whistling and a tea cup or tea mug raring to go.  And with January being National Hot Tea Month, the weather being so cold and David’s Tea promoting their Cup of Warmth local hunger relief charity donation, there’s never been a better time to grab and enjoy a cup of warm and soothing sweet loose leaf tea while making a difference at the same time.

On January 15, David’s Tea began their Cup of Warmth promotion nationwide, even tapping into several cities across the border, donating the loose leaf tea equivalent for every single cup of tea purchased and every single social media share of the event to a local hunger relief charity and/or food bank in every province in the country and 4 cities in the US (Boston, Chicago, New York and San Francisco).  For us here in Ontario, David’s Tea has linked hearts and arms with Second Harvest.  Buy a cup, give a cup.  It’s that simple.

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Their goal is to reach 150 000 cups by the end of January 28 so if you happen to be out and about and around a David’s Tea this weekend, grab a cup of your favourite flavour or try a new one to help contribute to the rising total!  And if you can’t get out to a shop, you can still get involved and help out by tweeting about it on Twitter @DAVIDsTEA and sharing it through Facebook.  Goodness knows I’ve done my share of tea drinking over the last week, trying out some new flavours and ticking them off in my current David’s Tea tea menu!  If you need some recommendations, here are my top David’s Tea picks (in no particular order!) that will warm you up and keep you toasty!

Ate by Ate’s Top David’s Tea Picks

  1. Toasted Walnut (green tea)
  2. Lime Gelato (green tea)
  3. Long Life Oolong (oolong tea that tastes like Fuzzy Peaches candy!)
  4. Birthday Cake (rooibos tea)
  5. Red Velvet Cake (black tea; quite possibly even better than red velvet cake itself)
  6. Blueberry Jam (black tea)
  7. Chocolate Rocket (mate tea; tastes like a delicious chocolate raspberry almond cake)
  8. Coco-Lemon Thai (white tea)
  9. Mango Lassi (herbal tea)
  10. Fantasy Island (black tea; the most perfect combination of raspberry and coconut, my latest favourite!)

And as for seasonal honourable mentions, try the Choconut Oolong, Coffee Cake and White Chocolate Frost from their Winter collection, they’re terrific!  Out of all the teas I’ve tried so far from David’s Tea’s permanent menu, these are my absolute favourites and I’m always finding myself wanting to default to the list of 8 teas up top.  There are so many others I need and want to try though (including Kiwi’s Big Adventure, Ceylon Star, Jessie’s Tea, Orange Blossom and their latest addition, Mint to Be!) so I have no doubt that list of 8 will grow to 10 or even 12.

Honestly, I look at my growing tea collection in my room and it makes me happy (and leaves my brother in a state of awe.  After walking into my room to pick out a tea to drink one morning, he stopped dead in his tracks and said, “oh my goodness, it’s like walking into a David’s Tea in my own house!”).  So much of my life now revolves around it (trying out recipes that would go great with a tea party menu, eating and drinking my way through afternoon tea spots in the city with my best friend and boyfriend, reading tea literature, learning about tea history, the list goes on) and it’s remarkable just how much joy it’s brought me.  Knowing this makes paying it forward, even if it’s only one cup of tea at a time, that much more meaningful.

It’s Crisp, It’s Fall, It’s a Wonderful Time for a David’s Tea Haul! Fall Tea & Wishlist Goodies

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So I’m just a teensy bit more obsessed with tea since the last time we talked.  Just a teensy bit.  I’ve been daydreaming about all the luxurious things I want to order from Harney & Sons, like the Orange Spice Gift Set with the white polka-dotted orange teapot (how freakin’ adorable is this??), white “knitted tea cozy” mug (even CUTER OMG) and about 6 tins of loose leaf tea (because, you know, I eventually want to swim in all of it).  I’ve been hemming and hawwing over what flavours of tea to order from Tea at the White House (I’ve been putting things in and taking things out of my shopping cart for DAYS now – this is why being an indecisive person is the pits!).  I’ve spent the last 2 weeks researching tea houses all across our beautiful province of Ontario and keeping a run list in a word document on my desktop and freaking out my boyfriend with discussions of GO bus rides to Cambridge (“you’ll come with me, right?  RIGHT??”).  Oh, and I have an order of tea magazines from Tea Times and Victoria Bliss from Hoffman’s Media on route to my magical mail box and I am so darn excited I could burst!

So I’m totally just a teensy bit more obsessed.

I know.  There really is no saving me.  Sigh.

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Tea has become such a passion of mine and I am loving it.  I have such sweet memories of drinking tea with my grandparents and playing with tea sets my aunt gave me as a little girl but I feel like I’ve been introduced to a whole new and exciting world these past few years learning about and experimenting with it (getting the perfect cup each and every single time is quite the task – it’s seriously an art all on its own!), discovering tea houses, looking up events, and just immersing myself in the fun of it all.  Which is why this little David’s Tea haul of mine is only just the beginning!  I had to use every ounce of willpower not to pick up every last thing I wanted from their adorable fall collection because 1) part of me dreaded having to carry the heavier items on the subway and bus rides back home, and 2) I really wanted to be a good friend and wait for my bestie to go crazy tea shopping  with me.  What fun would it be if I bought everything on my wishlist and just stood around the next time we went frolicking?  I think ahead, people.

I am dying to get the so-cute-it-makes-you-squeal forest animals tea mug and the cute-as-a-button bubble tea cups from David’s Tea’s fall collection as well as some loose leaf of Blueberry Jam, Long Life Oolong and Lime Gelato, but I was a good girl and stuck to picking up a bottle of their vanilla agave, 50 g of their new Cocoberry tea and 2 packets of their Mom’s Apple Pie tea along with their snazzy new fall tea menu!  And yes, that is my ultra-cool, super awesome sparkly pumpkin prop in the photo!  Hee!

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I haven’t tried my apple pie one yet but I have tried the Cocoberry one and what attracted me most at first was its chocolate-raspberry scent.  It smelled so luscious and decadent.  Its taste was so much more complex than just a simple chocolate-raspberry combo though.  For those who love the taste of currants with a subtle hint of cocoa and chocolate, this tea is for you.  The currant flavour comes out very strong in this tea and if you find it a little on the tart side, sweeten it up with a little bit of sweetener.  It’s not your typical berry tea as it’s much more earthy in flavour and that’s what I actually appreciate about it.  Berry teas have never sat well with my tastebuds because I’ve always found them to be either too sour or too artificial in taste, but this one is different from anything I’ve ever tried so if you love currants, go for it and try it out!

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For a list of all David’s Tea locations in and around Toronto, check out their store locator HERE (they are constantly expanding!).  So far I’ve been to these locations:

  • 336 Queen St. W (just east of Spadina)
  • 2389 Yonge St. (intersection of Yonge & Eglinton; north of Eglinton)
  • 10 Dundas Street E. (Yonge & Dundas; it’s actually just north of Dundas facing Yonge St.)
  • 100 King Street West (First Canadian Place in the underground PATH)
  • 424 Bloor Street West (in the Annex, between Spadina and Bathurst)
  • Yorkdale Shopping Centre (Dufferin & Hwy 401)
  • Dufferin Mall (intersection of Dufferin Street and Bloor Street West, just south of Bloor)
  • Scarborough Town Centre (between McCowan and Brimley Rd. off Hwy 401)
  • Promenade Mall, Thornhill (Bathurst and Centre St.) 

Blowing Kisses to my Fudgy Sweet Tooth – Toasted Walnut David’s Tea & the Triple Chocolate Fudge from The Cupcake Shoppe!

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For the last month I’ve been having the strangest craving.  Not the stereotypical I’m-pregnant-and-all-I-want-are-pickles (or in my mum’s case when she was pregnant, bananas) type of craving, but the type of craving that feels so strange because it’s so common to everyone else BUT you.

I’ve been craving chocolate.  *cue crickets chirping*

It’s true!  Let it be known that I have always been a vanilla kind of girl.  Vanilla ice cream, vanilla frosting, those yummy rectangular vanilla Peek Freans cookies with the cream in the middle, vanilla whatever!  I’ve always enjoyed chocolate, sure (especially white chocolate but we all know white chocolate isn’t technically real chocolate.  Blah blah) but when push came to shove, vanilla was my happy place.  But lately?  Oh my goodness I’ve been raiding the chocolate peppermint patties, chocolate caramel, and Godiva chocolates in the sweet tooth bin in my pantry at home almost every day!  A nibble of dark chocolate here, a little truffle there.  My house is hardly full of the stuff; far from it.  But with Christmas and Valentine’s behind us, we’ve accumulated quite the decent stash and I’m shocked to find myself working my way through it!

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And nuts!  Oh how things change with age.  You couldn’t pay me in lip gloss to get me to eat the stuff when I was little.  I wasn’t even really eating nuts 5 years ago.  But here I am noshing on almonds, hazlenuts, walnuts and pecans by choice and popping Ferrero Rocher chocolates like breath mints.

It’s a new era on Ate by Ate.  It’s time for more chocolate!

What we have here: the fudgy, decadent Triple Chocolate Fudge cupcake from The Cupcake Shoppe!  The cupcake ($2.85), with its chocolate cake, chocolate fudge frosting, and white chocolate chips, is one of the newer flavours the shop introduced when they expanded their line-up of flavours last summer and when they opened up their 2nd location in Vaughan.

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The cupcake is sitting comfortably beside a hot cup of Toasted Walnut tea from David’s Tea, by far one of their best teas EVER!  The flavour is so warm and rich and perfectly concentrated with just a hint of caramel sweetness and to be honest, it took me by surprise.  I certainly wasn’t expecting it to be bad, but I definitely wasn’t expecting it to be THIS delicious.  I love tea immensely but some teas, in general, just don’t work for me because the flavour doesn’t come through strong enough.  If I wanted to drink hot water, I would just drink hot water!  The Toasted Walnut at David’s Tea is fantastic though and it’s totally on my “get a tin of this” list!

And as a bonus?  A packet of David’s Tea’s special Red Velvet Cake tea ($6.75, 50g), their Tea of the Month this past February and another amazing showstopper!  I’m telling you, this tea is even BETTER than an actual red velvet cupcake!  For a twist, try it iced.  I’ve tried it iced and I love it!  Rest assured, this is not a limited edition tea so you can definitely get some loose leaf in a tin if they don’t have the cute packets on their counter anymore.

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Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a chocolate mint macaron waiting for me….

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The Cupcake Shoppe is located in the Yonge and Eglinton neighbourhood at 2417 Yonge St., north of Eglinton on the east side of Yonge St.  Their second location in Vaughan is located by Bathurst St. and Rutherford Road at 9340 Bathurst.  Hurray for more cupcake options in York Region!

They have a rotating menu of cupcake flavours each day and each cupcake is priced at $2.85.  For more Cupcake Shoppe goodness on Ate by Ate, click HERE!  There are write-ups, scrapbook layouts, and tons of photos on The Cupcake Shoppe’s following flavours: Cookie Dough, Eh? (maple), Lemon Drop & Lov’n Lemon (the first one is one of the most amazing lemon cupcakes you will ever eat and the latter, not so much), Red Velvet, Naughty n’ Spice (fall seasonal), After Ate (mint chocolate), Pretty in Pink (raspberry cupcake with raspberry buttercream), and the delicious summer seasonal Lime n’ Licious.

What’s New, What’s Hot – What’s New: Celebrate & Steep Away the Holiday Season with David’s Tea ’24 Days of Tea’!

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Oh my goodness, I don’t even know where to start!  A tea collection from David’s Tea with 24 different teas, one for every single day of December leading up to Christmas?!  HOLY MOTHER OF PEARL!  I’m so happy and excited I could pirouette around my living room!  I love this so much.  It’s cute, its’ seasonal, and I WANT IT.  This set allows you try 24 different teas (24 tiny single-serve tins, $29.50) and, HELLO, it’s modeled after an advent calendar, like those adorable Christmas chocolate countdown windows!

You know, the ones with 24 perforated cardboard windows, each with a chocolate hiding behind it.  You open a window every day until Christmas day and it’s jolly good fun because not only do you have a guaranteed sweet treat each day, it totally gets you pumped up for Christmas and the holidays as the big day inches closer and closer with each passing “window” opening.  My brother and I have had many a field day with these chocolate countdown windows and we would always make it a tradition (or at least a point) to open the day’s window and eat our chocolates together.  Except for the random days I would forget.  I know, I’m awful; how in the world do you forget to eat chocolate?!  My brother never forgot.  So a few times I ate two chocolates in one day.  And, um, there was one time I had to eat three to catch up.

ANYWAY!  Now David’s Tea has released a cute-as-a-button countdown to Christmas tea set clearly inspired by the advent calendar and chocolate windows!  And this is even better because each tea behind the tiny window is a surprise!  The website has a listing of the teas that are included in the set such as Read My Lips, Vanilla Oolong, Chocolate Rocket, and many others.  The element of surprise and suspense is still there though because everything is quietly tucked behind the little flaps, just waiting to be opened, brewed, and sipped.  Part of me almost doesn’t even want to drink the tea because the tiny tins just look so darn adorable in their sleeves and packaging.  But we know that won’t happen.  I’ll be steeping and enjoy tea till the cows come home!  And for a person like me who drinks tea every single day, this is AMAZING.  I am all over this like peanut butter on jelly.

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For a list of all David’s Tea locations in and around Toronto, check out their store locator HERE.  There are currently 17 locations in the GTA!