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What Blogs to Read this Month in Tea // July Round Up

August 1, 2016 in Monthly Round Up

When someone asks you how on earth do you plan to drink all the tea in your stash, how do you react? Do you question it yourself, or do you think “this is nothing”? I recently realized I need to revamp my tea stash a bit more as I’m beginning to find it harder to find certain teas when I’m craving them and because I’m convinced what people are seeing isn’t “a lot” it’s just unorganized. I’m not going to say I have too much tea (is that a real thing? no…) but I will admit that I need to find a way to not make it look like a tea tornado just hit my room.

I have also been using up the last bit of some teas that I have been hoarding keeping for the “perfect moment”. You know, those moments when you think “OMG this tea is amazing! I want it to last forever!” and you save the last tiny bit, just to savour it but later forget you have it. Most of those teas are going into some of the recipes you can find in this round up of blogs to read from last month. Other features in this round up include Toronto tea trips, tea retreats and a look at the term “writer”.


The Sugared Teacup | Sunday Fundays – Antiquing & Treasure Hunting For Beautiful Tea Things at St. Lawrence Market – Deb was in tea ware heaven last month. She took us on a mini trip with her to the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto where she got the most gorgeous 3-tier tea stand and where there were tables of vintage teacups for just five dollars! Now I know where I’m going next time I’m in the city.

The Tea Squirrel | A Sophisticated Take on Chocolate Truffles – A while back Notes on Tea sent me a recipe for tea truffles and I have been hooked since. They are super easy to make (just a bit on the messy side!) and this recipe using rooibos, from new tea blogger Anna, looks equally delicious.

Cardiff in a Teacup | Tea Flavour Ice Lollies – These are so needed in this current heatwave. Jaye explains how she makes matcha and chai popsicles. I love her idea at the end to make popsicles with cold brew tea, too. I can’t wait to try my batch in the freezer shortly.

Barb’s Tea Shop | Toronto begins (and ends) with “Tea” – This is my first time coming across this blog, and I was excited to see another post to hightlight the tea scene in Toronto! A girls weekend filled with tea sounds perfect. I really need to add T-Buds to my list of tea places to visit soon.

Simple Subtle Tea | Cha Dao: The Way of Tea – Warren recently had the wonderful opportunity to attend a tea retreat with Wu De of Global Tea Hut. I am super envious, but thankful he shared his experiences at his blog. I love the quote at the end:

“Be present at this moment in time with your life, not the horizontal which represents our pasts and future, but the vertical…the now.”


Delightful Repast | Earl Grey Ice Cream – National Ice Cream day was in July and Jean shared this delicious looking recipe. I wish I found it sooner to celebrate with a batch, but I most definitely will give it a try now. Coffee ice cream is popular, but I have never really had much tea flavoured ice cream other than green tea ones.


Nicole Gulotta | Why You Should Call Yourself A Writer (Even if You Don’t Feel Like One) – I’m sharing this post for all the bloggers out there. I really like how Nicole compares the art of writing to yoga. Don’t doubt your talents. Don’t doubt your words. This is a great post to read if you’re not sure you should be labeling yourself a “writer” just now.

Have a favourite post from this July round up? Let me know in the comments!

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  • Reply Jean | August 1, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Lu Ann, thank you for including me in your tea round-up! I’m going to enjoy checking out those tea posts. I love reading about tea (while drinking a cup, of course!).

    • Reply Lu Ann Pannunzio August 1, 2016 at 5:53 pm

      Hi Jean,
      No problem. Thanks so much for sharing the ice cream recipe. Happy reading and sipping 🙂

  • Reply Rui A. August 4, 2016 at 7:19 am

    Having been away for few days I missed this post but I am now catching up…

    Thank you for the tea blog links. Iam sure they will give me ideas for more potential places to shop tea from (so long you do not tell my wife) never mind where in the world they are.

    Being an almost serious amasser (hoarder, collector or stasher) of pu’er tea I am the (secretly) proud owner of few (my wife will strongly disagree with this word) tea cakes and bricks. As an example, this morning I have received two raw pu’er cakes, one from China and the other from US, and other three cakes doing their travels to me.

    Keep up with this blog which I enjoy reading in my lunch breaks.

  • Reply Anna @ The Tea Squirrel September 5, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    Hey Lu Ann, thank you so much for mentioning my blog! Congratulations on publishing your book! This is so exciting!! 🙂

    • Reply Lu Ann Pannunzio September 6, 2016 at 11:46 am

      No problem, Anna! And thank you so much for the kind words on my book, Tea-spiration. I hope you’ll be able to read it and love it 🙂

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