This was my birthday present from my sister and I have only just gotten around to trying it out! She also got me a glass teapot to go with it and I love it
The tin of teas contains a mix, so first up is the Orange Osmanthus. It’s a green tea and came out nice a light and not too floral, just a hint of orange flower.
It came out looking like a mushroom
I then popped it into the pot of hot water (not boiling!) and watched it come to life
A pretty orange flower appeared with the green leaves forming a bouquet in the water. It took a few minutes to infuse into tea, but was pretty to watch and wait.
It came out nice a light and once it had cooled down slightly it made a nice refreshing afternoon tea. I think it would be great iced!The instructions said to pop the flower into cold water and it should last a few days. So it’s now sat on my kitchen windowsill.
I have to admit this felt like a proper adventure in tea!
I went to Starbucks the other day to use my free voucher and then realised I’d forgotten it! So annoying, but as I was there I decided to try the new drink on offer anyway – The Vanilla Spice Latte.
I’m not sure if this is new this year or if I missed it last year, but it was my first time trying it and I was pleasantly surprised. After the sweetness of the christmas drinks I was expecting another overly sweet drink, but this one is lightly sweet with the vanilla flavour being more natural than the normal syrup in my opinion.
I liked the finishing touch of the grated vanilla on top. I went for the skinny version, but I think the other version would have cream on top, which would make it sweeter. I liked that spice also came through in the flavour, which made it less sweet I think. I went for the tall version as well. I am trying to get out of the habit of always ordering the medium version of any drink and go based on how thirsty I am. If I want more caffeine I can always add an extra shot.
This was a nice winter warmer and I would have it again
I hope you all have a lovely day and enjoy whatever you are doing!
I will be enjoying having Christmas songs on repeat, until my Dad gets fed up
Here is my favourite Christmas Song by Shakin’ Stevens!
I love this time of year as you’ve probably already guessed. As I am starting a new job in January I have been able to use up my holiday at my current job at my favourite time of year, which also means I have been able to visit some Christmas Markets!
Now I have been a to proper German Christmas Market in Cologne and the ones in the UK do not compare, but it is still super nice we get to experience them.
Last week I went to Bristol to visit my sister and at the big shopping centre they had this fantastic train going around.
I then went to the city centre and there was a Christmas market in the sheds. Of course there was the gluhwein and bratwurst stands.
Then lots of stalls.
And an ice rink – it was very early so no one was one it yet.
I wasn’t sure about the big fairy lights as the main decorations, but they might look better at night.
The today I went to the Bath Christmas Market, which has been running for a good few years. I loved it when I lived there for 6 months in 2008/9 and got to walk through it every night on my way home – super festive! It’s bigger this year too
Most of it is based around the Abbey.
I enjoyed some mulled wine in the afternoon – warmed up my hands too
I’m glad I got there in the morning as after lunch it was much busier, which is nice, but makes it harder to browse the stalls.
I am now feeling quite festive. I am off to my first Christmas do of the season with running club tonight and we care getting our tree tomorrow, so I’ll be decorating the house tomorrow evening
My parents rarely bring us presents back from their holidays (as they go on quite a few), but on from their trip to Peru in October they came home with coffee – my idea of a perfect gift (honestly if you are ever stuck for a present for me, get me coffee!)!
It came in a great box with all pictures of penguins and other things representative of the Galapagos Islands. I also love the description on the side of the box. It specifically mentions being shade grown and volcanic soil. I’m not an expert in how coffee is grown, but this has intrigued me so I plan to do some research. I’m hoping it’s a bit like wine, where the soil it is grown in affects the flavour.
My parents were served this coffee on their trip and were told they could buy it int he airport on the way home. They almost forgot, but another guest on their trip found it and reminded them – thank you!
My mum thought she had picked two boxes of beans, but one was ground, so we started on that and I’m keeping the beans for when I move into my house
It is a very earthy coffee. Full of flavour and quite bold. It is not the strongest coffee I’ve had, but it does have a kick to it. I’ve tried it in my coffee machine as an espresso and a latte. I’ve also tried it in the french press and there is quite a different. The earthy flavour and oils are left int he drink in the french press, giving quite a muddy drink compared to the espresso machine. My parents preferred the machine and I think so did I. I haven’t tried it in my filter cone yet, but I will give that a go at some point too.
Overall a nice different coffee to try – I always like exotic ones I can’t buy at home