February 22nd, 2013
The daily ritual of tea-drinking is one bandwagon we are ready to jump on (and with a stack of Downton Abbey seasons ready to watch, it couldn't be better timing).
The newly opened David's Tea in the heart of downtown is our favourite spot to caffienate minus the espresso. We couldn't get enough of the tasty Daydreamer Tea, a green tea with mango, guava and mangosteen ($7.00 for 50g).
Pinkies up, ladies! —Kait Kucy
David’s Tea, 203 8th Avenue SW, Calgary, 403-264-0325, www.davidstea.com
August 10th, 2012
Dig out your best afternoon party dress and dust off your royal wedding fascinator for a secret tea party.
Serving traditional scones and Chantilly cream, tea sandwiches and delicate pastries, The Fairmont Palliser's first-ever pop-up afternoon tea ($50 per guest) will happen at a top-secret location, announced days before the exclusive event.
Pinkies up, ladies. —Kait Kucy
Sunday, August 18 (2 p.m.-4 p.m.), $50 per person; The Fairmont Palliser; address to be announced three days prior to event, 403-260-1222, www.fairmont.com/palliser-calgary
September 28th, 2011
Find comfort and joy in DavidsTea Fall Collection.
The Montreal company blends loose leaves into five sweet and spicy teas that conjure warm memories. Buttercream will have you wanting to lick the icing spoon. Pumpkin Chai is as good as pie and even better with a spoonful of brown sugar. Mom’s Apple Pie has a tough tradition to live up to but chunks of real apple help. Caramel Spice pairs dried mulberries with Saigon cinnamon, add a splash of booze to make it a cocktail. And, Copabanana’s coconut and banana combo is a subtle reminder of beach vacations past.
Just the aroma is almost enough to live up to our steep expectations. —Jaelyn Molyneux
$25 for all five flavours at DavidsTea, Southcentre Mall, 100 Anderson Rd. S.E., Calgary, 403-262-1548, www.davidstea.com
December 24th, 2010
It’s the day before Christmas and if like Frank Constanza, you’re “Serenity Now” is ten decibels louder than it should be, it’s time for tea.
For last minute gifts, final stocking stuffers and some R&R for yourself, head to The Naked Leaf. The tea emporium stocks hundreds of different teas—may we suggest the Happy Day blend today—and an amazing assortment of teaware including handcrafted pots, mugs and quirky combinations like the toaster teapot (pictured, from $65).
After a cuppa, you’ll be refreshed and ready to brave the upcoming madness.
Happy Holidays to you and yours, from Vitamin Daily Calgary.
The Naked Leaf, 305 10th St. NW, Calgary, 403-283-3555, www.thenakedleaf.ca
March 1st, 2010
A cup of tea has undisputed powers; it can soothe the body and the soul and somehow, make everything better.
Bija’s Deep Cleanse Tea also works from the inside out, slowly drawing out unwanted toxins. Natural ingredients such as licorice root, cinnamon bark and fennel seed make up this daily detox with a somewhat acquired sweet/bitter taste.
Now if only tea biscuits had detox powers.
At Community Natural Foods, 1304 10th Ave. SW, Calgary, 403-229-2383, www.communitynaturalfoods.com
January 11th, 2010
A sleepover with a new friend (wink, wink) can lead to a slightly uncomfortable "coffee or tea" morning conversation.
But with the ingenious Coffee + Tea Maker by Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa one pot can make either hot beverage depending on taste. Filtered within 10 minutes, up to six cups of coffee or tea can be made at once and the space-saver is also a conversation piece. At £150, it’s not exactly budget friendly but Fukasawa’s award-winning designs (he’s worked for Muji and Samsung) are considered collectibles.
And if it turns out your breakfast companion isn't your cup of tea, make his coffee to go.
At the Design Museum Shop, www.designmuseumshop.com
August 17th, 2009
Pretty packaging gets us every time. And true to form, we couldn’t resist the sleek pink tins of Tea for Women’s Health.
Zhena’s Gypsy Tea collection comes in five superberry flavours ($12.99/pack of 15). The combination of the antioxidants found in berries and all that good stuff in green tea means it’s a cup of age-defying and health-boosting goodness. The tea sachets are almost too pretty to use but the burst of flavour (we heart the pomberry) is worth the sacrifice.
Sometimes it’s OK to judge a tea by its tin.
At Shopper’s Drug Mart, www.shoppersdrugmart.com
February 20th, 2009
An authentic Chai is a far cry from the ubiquitous coffee shop variety, and in the case of Calgary’s Vastu Chai, once you try the company’s traditional Masala black tea you’ll be hooked.
Founder Avni Soma perfected her family’s loose-leaf tea and spices recipe to create an intoxicating Rooibos blend. Sourced from Trust Organic Small Farmers, all ingredients are fair trade and organic.
Every package offers suggestions on how to prepare the perfect cup of Chai (using almond milk is divine) and since Vastu (derived from the Sanskrit phrase "to dwell") is the Feng Shui of Hinduism, it’s the perfect way to end an evening at home.
Now if only Jamal, Slumdog Millionaire’s endearing chai-wallah, would bring us our cup.
For a list of retailers visit www.vastuchai.com