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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

365.4 Tea


I used to drink a lot of coffee when I was still a kitchen worker. I drank at least 2 Quad-Venti White Chocolate Mochas a day, and that was just because I couldn't make it out of the kitchen to get 3 or 4 of them. When I moved to the front of house (server) I started drinking tons of fountain sodas, like ALL THE TIME I had a soda around somewheres stashed at a server station ready for me to eat up my own guts with.

When I stopped working in restaurants in August of 2008 and moved to KY to volunteer, I discovered my love and affection for tea. Mainly my love stems from my early childhood addiction to honey. I used to eat honey directly from this little honey bear that my grandparents ALWAYS kept full when I was around. I ate toast with butter and honey every morning for breakfast, I ate the same anytime I needed a midday snack. I always loved honey.

Tea has become in some ways simply the vehicle in which honey is transported into my bloodstream. In less than a month during the semester I will go through 5 lbs. of honey without hesitation. I am pretentious and only drink lose-leaf Earl Grey tea with tons of honey and just a splash of milk. I learned from my friend Helen that drinking tea with cream (a common practice for me before July 2009) was a BIG no-no amongst real tea drinkers (read: the British) and that the only acceptable mixers in tea are honey, lemon, and milk.

So this picture is of my tea kettle and my current supply--look at me using junky terms--of honey. I one day hope to care for an apiary and have my own never ending supply of fresh honey. For now I'll just live with the knowledge that I'm helping support a local bee-keeper and in return they supply me with the sweet stuff.

2 comments:

  1. LOVE tea! I drink mostly green tea though, and ocasionally a cup of Earl Grey or Lapsang Souchong.

    Right now I'm going through a giant bag of Japanese green tea that I got from a sushibar =) Doens't go that well with honey, but it's still delicious!

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  2. Haha, of course you aren't meant to put honey and milk together. It should be tea with milk. Or tea with honey and lemon. Or tea with lemon. But I guess whatever floats your boat is the right thing :)

    FYI I am not a big fan of honey (I have warm milk and honey when I'm ill though) and when I was about 5 in a play I had to eat honey - "The Queen was in her counting house eating bread and honey" - and I cried.

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