Trendwatching: Tea Party Edition


Whatever happened to coffee?

Has anyone else noticed you can barely check into the food world nowadays without bumping into someone going on and on about tea? I’ve been in a number of restaurants lately where the after-dinner menus featured “specialty teas” alongside the espresso and brandy. Bon Appetit is telling us to infuse our food with tea. There are tons of blogs about tea, blogs just about green tea — hell there are even blogs about tea cosies.

Over at Oyster Locals, I checked out three new NYC tea houses to see what all the fuss is about. They all featured some far-out flavors, and I certainly finished my teas, but I have to admit I have yet to find one tea that totally knocked my socks off.

So I’m wondering — do all you foodies out there get as excited about tea as you do about say, coffee and cocktails? I mean, I’ll drink a cuppa, but I’m still not totally sold that it’s the greatest thing since sliced bacon.


(Photo: Rumproast via Look at This Fucking Teabagger)

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  • Mids June 30, 2011  

    My housemate is making his own ice teas from our huge lemon balm, peppermint, spearmint crop.

  • Borracho June 30, 2011  

    Absolutely. Stocking up on some quality loose leaf tea is just as enjoyable as shopping for spices. While the differences can be subtle or world’s apart, there is something to be said about quality and nuance in any form of food/drink. Its not just for drinking either, my tea use of the summer: tea smoked chicken

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