Winter can throw many for a loop, depending on where you live. For those of us in Maryland we’re currently in the heart of those winter doldrums. It’s been a relatively mild and free from much precipitation. That part I’m embracing and celebrating.
It’s the end of January so we’re in the heart of it and yet can see the light. The light is coming. The days continue to get longer by a few minutes. And that’s something to be celebrated. Most of my dear friends haven’t really been hibernating. They’re more so doing different things, more low key things, and more cost-effective things. And I’m for all of the above and anything similar.
Speaking of cost effective, I had the most beautiful and affordable meal at one of my favorite places to sip tea and exist peacefully, Baltimore Coffee and Tea Company.
There is much to embrace about winter and January. What I should have harped on more was that January is National Hot Tea Month. Personally, every month for me is hot tea month and tea month in general. But I digress and I welcome any extra excuse to drink some delicious hot tea. And to explore teas and flavors I don’t always try.
I have a bit of an adviser. I refer to this tea guru from time to time. And when I’m at a personal stalemate or impasse I seek guidance from said guru. My good pal has never failed me and came through in the clutch once again.
I enjoyed it too. And how I got to try it was serendipitous, organic, and spectacular.
I was all set to buy this package at my local store. But I felt inspired. I hadn’t been to my usual Baltimore Coffee and Tea Shop, in Timonium, MD, in quite a while. I actually have been a couple times recently but don’t always look to blog or take pictures. Sometimes I just need to grab a cup and a snack, and relax.
My senses told me that this peppermint tea would be available in individual bags for me to drink on site, and to pair with something healthy.
Luckily, the staff here is so great. They will open a box of teas upon request. I had asked and without any hesitation the extremely kind person behind the counter was thrilled to open a fresh package of Peppermint Teas, and even mentioned that it’s most of the baristas favorite teas. That made me feel good, and it was a win-win all around.
That kind of service is so charming, and will make me want to keep coming back. And it was going to make my tea so much better. It’s not a little thing. This is going above-and-beyond when it wasn’t even necessary. I’m so appreciative and so grateful.
My day was already made. But I just needed a little something extra, and no it’s not the free sample area (I might have more on this later) you see below.
I’m feeling like myself again, but that doesn’t mean I abandon what got me back to near full strength. I wanted some chicken noodle soup. I’ve been craving it everywhere I go. It’s sometimes been a part of my breakfast. Yes, breakfast!
This was early afternoon so this tea with soup pairing seemed a little more practical. And what a dynamic duo.
The tea is exactly what I hope for and more. The ingredient is pure peppermint, all natural, and all awesome. My friend told me it helped with her bloating. So this is something I was all about trying, and be a part of my tea rotation, not just during the cold weather months, but throughout the year. Yes this a tea for all seasons and all temperatures.
My simple soup and tea made this a peaceful, calming, and soothing meal. And I can’t forget healthy. I took a few pictures but after that I shut my phone off, and just sat there. I needed this. I need this zen as much as possible. For such a simple and satisfying meal, at just a touch over $5, I was there for nearly an hour.
I felt great. I feel great. And what made this all the more great was this tea. When you know you’re drinking something healthy and so natural, your mind and body responds in kind.
I genuinely felt a healing during and after each sip. My stomach and bloating issues are something I’ve been dealing it for some time. This alleviated so much of that.
Why didn’t I drink this sooner? Maybe I’ve had it in the past and in a previous life, and it didn’t resonate with me like it has now. Now I’m craving some as we speak. I will make a cup as soon as this article goes up.
Having a tea like this can make a person feel good, but so can discussing it, and recanting the experience.
Finally, here is where you can find Twinings Teas at your local store, or for our friends locally, you can get it through Baltimore Coffee & Tea’s website, or in person. Here’s their entire tea collection.
Happy Final Day of National Hot Tea Month! The celebration will continue into February, and for a while.