New Year, New Tea with Tea India

Saturday, 19 January 2019

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Last year a selection of Tea India Chai teas came with an issue of Oh Comely magazine and i've been obsessed with them ever since.

This obsession with tea isn't new, I think there is more tea in my kitchen than cutlery but as a lover of chai the beautiful flavours of the Tea India range are ones I keep coming back to. 

From Chai to Ayurveda and their latest Chai Latte range Tea India's strong knowledge, intention and thought behind each blend and taste means that they are slowly becoming one of my favourite tea brands. 

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Their Ayurveda range is named after one of the oldest systems of medicine, guiding a holistic way of life with preventative healthcare as a lifestyle. This can help maintain a balance of mind, body and emotion through daily practices. In the teaching of Ayurveda these are personalised to our individual mind & body types known as prakruti

Prakruti centres around three bio-energetic forces called doshas that combine the five elements, ether, air, fire, water and earth. The doshas work together to maintain, influence and prevent behaviours, habits, personality and appearance. 

I am only summarising what i've read about Ayurveda and how the Tea India range relates to the practice but I love the idea and intention behind each blend. Becoming familiar with your dosha type can help you make choices for health, happiness and creativity whilst connecting to everything around us and create balance. It is with this that Tea India created the Ayurveda range to connect with each dosha

You can find out your dosha here through the Tea India website. 

Funnily enough before doing this test my favourite blend from the range was 'peace & calm' an infusion of fennel, camomile, rose petals and peppermint and of the three doshas of vata, pitta and kapha I came out as pitta with 'peace & calm' recommended! 

Although 'peace & calm' comes out as my favourite I really love 'harmony & balance' and 'vitality & energy' too. I often struggle to create the right levels of flavour in turmeric milk and the blend within 'vitality & energy' comes with the perfect level of warmth and spice. Whereas 'harmony & balance' is a life saver when bloated, sluggish or after a big meal. 

I throughly enjoyed reading about Ayurveda, doshas and how the teas work within them so I highly recommend checking them out. 

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Before I tried the Ayurveda range I fell in love with Tea India's classic Chai range. They come in Ginger, Cardamon,  Masala and Coconut and they are all amazing! 

I currently only have Ginger & Cardamon left from the last set I bought because they are all such a treat. Each tea is the perfect blend of black tea and spices with the Masala a more warming and comforting blend and Coconut for a creamier sweeter treat. 

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As much as I adore tea lattes (especially from my faves at Birdhouse Tea Co) I do make attempt them at home more than a normal brew! 

Whilst my tea of choice infuses with boiling water (usually just enough to submerge the tea bag) I warm up oat milk and then whisk it with my little IKEA milk frother (which I have to change the batteries so often in I just probably just invest in proper one) and then pour in. Home made tea latte! 

Although you can experiment with different teas the Tea India chai range is my absolute favourite with great flavour and focus on the spice rather than mixed spice chai teas. 

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It wouldn't be a blog post about tea without talking about my love for the bedtime beverage. A warm drink and getting cosy in bed with a book is bliss and although I love Ovaltine & Horlicks I like to mix it up! 

Anything chamomile, lavender or floral is right up my street so this blend from Celestial Organic or my go to favourite is the nighttime tea from Heath & Heather.  I love a bed time tea recommendation so let me know if you have any. 

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2018 was basically the year I didn't sleep so I am really happy that as i've come into 2019 I found a way to settle in my evenings. It may seem trivial but tea brings a moment of calm and just taking that five minutes to make it and the time to enjoy it can really change how you approach a day. 

Tea India are available in most good supermarkets, their website and can sometimes be spotted in TK Maxx for a bargain too! 

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*Ayurveda Range was gifted from Tea India 
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Pages: 'Everything I Know About Love' by Dolly Alderton

Monday, 7 January 2019

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Dolly Alderton’s ‘Everything I Know About Love’ is on everyones reading list and it completely deserves it.

The intimate memoir follows Alderton’s life through her rich and relatable writing style that reflects, reaffirms and questions as she looks back through the book. Through all of this I found myself flitting between fits of giggles or balling up with tears, re-reading and connecting with Dolly Alderton's words. This connection reaffirming the popularity of ‘Everything I Know About Love’ as although it is a young age to write a memoir, Dolly’s writing has hit readers that clearly needed it.

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With an unusual layout the focus on her stories are interjected with party planning, recipes and lists as if Alderton is helping others navigate their lives and past by making them feel less alone with her stories. Although ‘Everything I Know About Love’ sometimes feels like a glamourised rom-co Alderton does not let us forget the low points. From all the amazing stories we hear of skint nights out, houseshares and parties we are also reminded of the lonely days, the debilitating hangovers and poor decisions. What’s interesting is how Dolly Alderton writes with such a nostalgia and sentiment for something that is not that long ago but with the speed the world is changing seems a lifetime ago.

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With each endearing part of the book Dolly Alderton continues to put herself out there, each raw moment insisting empathy, laughing along with her wild anecdotes to crying with her heartbreak. Within the anecdotes Alderton is also assessing her own pain whilst exploring her love for her friendships. ‘Everything I Know About Love’ is about experiences, her own lessons and friendships with the universal call that you are not alone. And even if you cannot relate to any of Alderton’s anecdotes, I am sure that at some point in all our lives we have felt uncomfortable in our skin or that everyone else in the world is moving faster than us.

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So as moving as it is funny, ‘Everything I Know About Love’ through it’s wit, wisdom and heartache is a beautiful reminder for all the moments in life, and a love letter to the people that fill them. Dolly Alderton has created an incredible, relatable work that has swept readers up and although I have refrained from going into her stories I hope my enthusiasm makes you want to pick it up.

Pick it up here and let me know what you think.
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Honeycomb Bar & Restaurant opens in Sheffield

Sunday, 30 December 2018

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After driving past it almost daily since it opened I was intrigued by the glowing pink neon hues coming from Honeycomb Bar & Restaurant. So when they kindly invited us down for the evening I couldn't say no. 

Honeycomb Bar & Restaurant are adding to the ever increasing bar scene in Sheffield but bringing something different to the table. Their pan asian theme that runs throughout their food and drink menu combined with their stunning interiors is a driving force in the high level of service, food and drink you can expect when visiting. 

We were welcomed into Honeycomb through a stunning sequinned entrance to a glass of prosecco and welcoming staff.  Full of plush seating, beautiful lighting and honeycomb booths with room for sixteen people they have created the perfect glamorous venue. But, of course I wanted to sit beneath the neon! 

The food at Honeycomb Bar & Restaurant takes inspiration from the Far East combining flavours from China, Japan and Thailand for a pan asian palate from starters to desserts. 

Samples from their menu were brought round all evening, unfortunately only the vegetable and tofu spring rolls were vegetarian, but they were incredible and the staff continued their great service and made sure I had eaten! My friend sampled the other dishes and raved about their chicken sliders and beef fillet kushiyaki skewers. 

Everything looked incredible so after eyeing up the menu I cannot wait to go back and try the Wild Mushroom with Yuzu Truffle Soy Sauce Donburi and Nasu Dengaku (grilled aubergine in a miso glaze). Yup, i’m drooling just thinking about it. 

The incredible thought that went into the food also went into the drinks menu. From signature cocktails featuring Warner Edwards Honeybee gin to their premium selection including ‘Steel Royale’ as a homage to their Sheffield roots with Tanqueray Gin, Violet Liqueur and Drappier Champagne. 

There were some amazing looking concoctions coming from the bar but nothing beats an espresso martini and Honeycomb have a chocolate orange take on the original which we enjoyed plenty of! We were also treated to the ‘All Smoke No Fire’ a set of pink gin shots served on a smoking, stunning tray! There are plenty Instagram stories of the shots but you all I have left is an image of the tray, all I can say is I highly recommend them!  

I can’t wait to go back and see what else Honeycomb Bar & Restaurant have to offer and if you’re looking for something to do this New Years Eve they still have tickets remaining for their extravagant nine course tasting menu which you can book here. 

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Birdhouse Tea Company's Winter Range

Saturday, 24 November 2018

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 Birdhouse Tea bar and Kitchen Sheffield on Typewriter Teeth  line up of their winter range

Earlier this month I was invited to Birdhouse Tea Bar & Kitchen in Sheffield on a cold and drizzly night to sample their incredible and versatile winter tea range.

We were welcomed up to the second floor of the Birdhouse Tea Bar & Kitchen with warm lighting, festive florals and the winter range laid out and ready for us to have a nosey at before getting to try them.

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We started the tastings off with 'Pine Forest' a perfect blend of green tea, pine needles, eucalyptus and peppermint that I am now obsessed with. It's comforting in a winter way with the pine needles, eucalyptus and peppermint adding refreshing notes that wake you up in the morning but sooth and calm on a evening. 

Next we tried 'Tangerine Fizz', a customer favourite since 2017 which blends marigold petals with apple, orange and ginger to create an incredible Bucks Fizz flavour and texture. It's actually unbelievable! 

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We then tried 'Spiced Apple', the perfect festive accompaniment with the addition of hibiscus and almond that added a crumble esq taste to the blend. This tea completely embodies the festive season, served perfectly as a tea, in a festive cider or used to soak the fruit for mince pies which I can guarantee will be delicious with buttery pastry. 

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The winter range then moved into a pudding selection demonstrating the incredible blending abilities from Birdhouse Tea Company. Their 'Christmas Pud' tea which through some unknown magical ability tastes exactly like Christmas pudding (including the brandy!) is a blend of rooibos, fruit and spices. 

We then tried 'Peppermint Fudge' which instilled memories of duvet days and winter treats. A black tea base with peppermint, vanilla and liquorice creating the perfect sweet treat in a mug. 

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The final tea of the winter range we tried was 'Granny's Trifle' which I can assure you tastes exactly like that, but in a perfectly perfect drinkable way! Paired with milk the black tea & rooibos base with sweet strawberries and vanilla evokes everything you know and love about homemade trifle all from a warm mug of tea between your hands. 

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To finish the evening we were treated to another way to use the winter range or the best way in my opinion, with gin. James, the mixologist at Birdhouse Tea Bar & Kitchen infused a simple gin (so the botanicals of the gin did not clash flavours with the tea) with the spiced apple tea for four hours before mixing with apple juice, cranberries and a cinnamon stick. A simple but flavoursome cocktail that is perfect for fixing festive tipples at home and the perfect end to the evening. 

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After our gin we headed to the shop attached to Birdhouse Tea Bar & Kitchen to stock up on our favourites from the evening. I treated myself to 'Pine Forest' and although I wanted 'Granny's Trifle' they had run out by the time I had worked my way round! 

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What I love about Birdhouse Tea Company is the thought, care and story behind every tea and blend. Rebecca English and her mum Julie started the company together and have gone from strength to strength ever since as they spread the amazing abilities and properties of tea. 

They opened their Nether Edge store in leafy Sheffield in 2014 and as their customer base grew alongside their tea education classes they saw a gap in the market for a tea bar and in 2017 their handwork and determination made it happen. 

Birdhouse Tea Bar & Kitchen is a haven, tucked away in a beautiful courtyard for a moment of peace in busy central Sheffield. From incredible tea creations, alcoholic concoctions and an incredible menu from breakfast to dinner Birdhouse have got something for everyone.  

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You can purchase Birdhouse Tea Company's winter range from their Tea Bar, Shop or online.

My favourite from last year was 100% pistachio truffle but I think 'Pine Forest' may have taken its place. Have you tried the winter range yet? What is your favourite?

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Pitcher & Piano comes to Sheffield

Thursday, 1 November 2018

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Last month myself and a few friends were invited to the launch of the latest bar to come to Sheffield, Pitcher & Piano. Alongside City Hall,  Pitcher & Piano is the perfect edition to Sheffield City Centre bar life.

Pitcher & Piano Sheffield Neon

Pitcher & Piano Sheffield

We were welcomed into the beautiful venue with a glass of champers and a quick tour of the bottom floor of Pitcher & Piano lit up by the beautiful pink neon above and botanical decorations.

Pitcher & Piano Sheffield Cocktails

Pitcher & Piano Sheffield Cocktails

We kicked things off with 'The Maverick' recommended by the incredible bar staff featuring the perfect Lavender gin by Masons and a butterfly pea flower tea. I love floral flavours so as an opening cocktail I was sold on Pitcher & Piano. 

Pitcher & Piano Sheffield Cocktails

Next up, as we went to order espresso martinis we were reccomended 'Midnight Express' a dessert worthy version of an espresso martini featuring salted caramel Kahlua topped with popcorn foam and a side of popcorn. 

Pitcher & Piano Sheffield Gin

Pitcher & Piano Sheffield Gin

On the second floor of Pitcher & Piano alongside their normal bar was a Seedlip Bar, a non-alcoholic spirit and a Sipsmith Gin pop up. So of course we couldn't resist their famous Lemon Drizzle Gin paired with Fever Tree Mediterranean Tonic. As if we had a refreshing palate cleanser in between cocktails.

Pitcher & Piano Sheffield Cocktail

Pitcher & Piano Sheffield Cocktail

Yes, we basically missed out on food. Although we did sample the best brownies I have ever put in my mouth so I can recommend those! I am definitely thinking I need another visit back for food after we enjoyed the cocktails, service and atmosphere so much.

Next up we tried 'Tropic Thunder' using Kracken Black Spiced rum, and passion fruit puree for a long sweet drink.

Pitcher & Piano Sheffield

Pitcher & Piano Sheffield

Our final drink was the perfect end to the evening. We had a warming pitcher of 'Winter Sangria' with a Christmassy blend of cinnamon, merlot, pear liqueur, port & gin. It definitely gave us booze jacket before we headed back out into the cold after an incredible evening. 

I cannot wait to go back to Sheffield's Pitcher & Piano again, the stunning interiors and warm lighting created a great atmosphere and there was a beautiful intimate roof terrace that somehow missed out on photos.

Stay tuned for more news, if there brownies were anything to go by I look forward to going for dinner.

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