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February 2, 2017 in Monthly Round Up

After a fantastic weekend at the Toronto Tea Festival, I’m back to share some of my favourite tea related reads from January. Being sick a bit last month meant resting and reading a lot, and as usual, I turned to my go-to blogs for entertainment. This round up has a couple posts with Toronto Tea Festival highlights (mine should be coming next week!), a post about making a Japanese tea in an Italian espresso maker (yes, you read that right!), a printable tea DIY and much more. I hope you find a new blog or two you’ll enjoy and follow!

Tea

Chai Bella | A Festivus for the Rest of Us! – As you know, the Toronto Tea Festival was just this past weekend and Anita was quick to write about her experiences there as a volunteer and an attendee. “Funny how a simple beverage can connect people from all over.” — so true :)

Tea In Spoons | Momo Tea: Hojicha – Connie also attended the Toronto Tea Festival and she blogged about a couple purchases from one of my favourite booths there, Momo Tea. As Connie mentions, the friendly vibe at the booth is what kept me coming back (and, of course, the delicious Japanese teas and treats being served!) I also brought home some hojicha mochi and they are incredible.

The Tea Squirrel | Tea in an Italian stovetop espresso maker – I have always thought of making tea this way just for fun and then one day I saw Anna share on Instagram Stories of her experimenting with it. I’ve been waiting for her to share more about it in a blog post, and here it is! I already had a Moka pot and houjicha powder at home so I tried it right away and definitely thought it was delicious for making a latte. Try it yourself (and add a splash of real maple syrup, yum!)

Tea Journey | 4 principals of Japanese Tea (Sado) that will help you become a better version of yourself – I often find myself going to Katherine’s blog when I need to read something inspiring. I find myself drawn to the Japanese Tea Ceremony the most which is probably why I feel I can relate to Katherine’s writing here so much.

Tea For Me Please | The Many Faces of Oolong – I’m definitely guilty of cheating by answering “what is my favourite tea?” the same way Nicole does. In her most recent post, she guides us through different types of oolongs, starting with leaf style. She even includes lists of Wuyi and Phoenix oolong varieties which is super helpful. 

Lifestyle

Savour and Shine | 5 Tips for Creating a Healthy Morning Routine – This was an excellent post to read and take notes from the first month of the new year. I like that it’s different than other “healthy morning routines” I have read before. This one focuses more on taking time for yourself, and starting the day slowly. I personally think the best way to do that is by steeping some tea 😉

DIY

Oh Happy Day | Printable Hot Tea Pyramids – How cute is this DIY? With a free printable, it’s even easier to recreate. I already have it printed out, now I just need to get creating. These would be super cute to hand out as a gift.

A Cozy Kitchen | How to Make Naturally-dyed Linens – When I first saw this DIY from Adrianna I thought it was just going to be tea dyed linens. Instead, it’s so neat to see some of the colours she gets from certain fruits and veggies (ie. onion skins!). Linens are probably one of my most favourite props, but I have a hard time finding them in shades I like so I may have to try this out.

Enjoy the blog reads from the first round up of 2017! Do you have a blog you think I should check out? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Connie February 2, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Thank you for the lovely mention! Excited to read your thought about the Tea Festival. I have to catch you at another event and I hope you’re feeling better now!

    • Lu Ann Pannunzio February 2, 2017 at 3:21 pm

      Yes, we will definitely need to plan ahead to meet up next time! ☺

  • Anna @ The Tea Squirrel February 2, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    Thank you Lu Ann! I’m so glad you liked the unconventional method and that it worked for you too 😉

    • Lu Ann Pannunzio February 2, 2017 at 3:20 pm

      It’s totally my go to for making hojicha lattes now!!

  • Nicole Martin February 2, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    Thank you so much for the kind mention, Lu Ann! I always look forward to your monthly round up :)

  • Eleonora February 3, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Eager to read your post about the Toronto Tea festival!

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