This is a continuation from last week where I discovered and fully embraced the beauty that is TeBella of Downtown St. Petersburg, FL. As I said this was not a one-time thing, and I hope it’s not a one vacation thing. I made a second visit in I think as of many days, and can tell a different yet at the same time the same beautiful experience at this beautiful venue.
What I glossed over and did not specify last week (I blame my excitement and hazy memory) that Tebella is part of Station House, which is a beautiful and welcoming space that doesn’t have that stuffy and pretentious vibe that I’ve seen around town and elsewhere. Once again, I may be romanticizing but everyone here either was friendly or kept to themselves. I only felt good energy, good vibes, and some more good tea.
I may have been a bit overwhelmed by the TeBella’s extensive and inspiring tea collection the first time, that I could make some generic proclamation that I was better prepared the second time. That’s no fun. The fun is losing yourself in all these teas.
The synopsis says it all, the whole blueberries and pomegranate are not there to overpower the tea but to serve as an enhancement. I can imagine how great this would be hot as well. But that color radiates and makes me smile, makes me feel good, and makes me truly appreciate the joy that is tea drinking.
For this sitting I took my time indoors, as this was afternoon, and there was a little more activity than my original visit which was right around the start of business day. But again, business here is different than any other city I’ve visited. It’s only part of the culture, but doesn’t seem to be the most important.
And if this wasn’t awesome enough, I noticed they had a lovely display of Pineallas Chocolate. Since its local and I was local for a few days it naturally made sense to buy some. In hindsight I wish I got more. The Cacao Orange was my perfect yet unconventional pairing with my tea. But does it really matter? The teas are there, the chocolates presented themselves like they were waiting to me purchased by me, and everyone else. This was match made in tea and cocoa heaven, the universe, and all the beautiful stuff in between.
There were a few other charming experiences and encounters during these two visits, that only seem fitting to keep internal, as anyone who goes on vacation and is sentimental is. Some things are just hard or not meant to be elaborated in words that hopefully those hints are something we all can relate to and have experienced. There’s little gems we can laugh about either with ourselves or with the company we were with.
In these instances I was alone but I really wasn’t. But then I was again. And that’s what going away is all about, losing yourself and finding yourself all at once. Somewhere in all this tea drinking are metaphors and analogies (or the other way around) of life.
As I finish this post I realize these were not so little moments. There were moments of peace, calm, and just appreciating the moments that don’t need to be photographed or documented for the world to see. I didn’t mean to be so vague. I’m writing from the heart, as we all do from time to time.
These two tea experiences reminded me that life can be so wonderful, and all I did was drink some tea, have some pastry, and have some chocolate. To me this is something bigger than all of us.
I will be back.
I can’t say this enough, the tea culture in St. Petersburg is incredible. As amazing as this was, I have more stories (another one can be found here and here’s another one!) to share. I will get to them when the timing and feeling is right. It could be next week or could be down the line. I truly believe that these posts will match these amazing experiences I’ve had in Florida so far.
I can’t wait to share them with you.
Thank you so much.