I think I said last week (and throughout the past few months) that my admiration for the tea scene on the Gulf Coast of Florida (my growing fondness can be found here and here) can not be expressed enough in words, in thoughts, and in anything else. It’s a time of my life I will always remember, and will find it hard to forget. I will always appreciate this five days of my life that has brought on a lifetime of memories, and a lifetime of joy.
And yes, it all revolves around tea.
Friday Night means different things to a lot of people. For some it’s a night of rest before getting ready for a fun weekend of doing fun things, for some it’s happy hour. a night out, and in this instance it was one of the great tea drinking experiences I’ve ever been a part of.
It was my first time going with my friend to Downtown St. Petersburg. Now St. Pete has a lot of charming places to check out, away from the small but growing downtown area. And after a couple of days me and my friend made the short and scenically awesome trek to Beach Drive.
The intent was to check out a nice bar or two, or three, if you catch what I’m saying. Maybe a glass of wine, or a nice dinner. I think my indecisive, restless, and adventurous spirit was thinking something else more organic on this night.
After doing a lap or two, my eyes were wide open and my excitement hit a whole different level when we discovered the Infused Tea Company. This place made me so happy.
If I recall correctly, we made it with minutes to spare. At this point I’m thinking it’s nearly 9 pm. But I had enough time to take pictures, smell some loose teas, and appreciate all the teas, pots, kettles, infusers, pastries, and everything else I could absorb and revel in these few moments.
I want to thank our teaologist, Ang, for being so kind of patient with us. I wasn’t even sure what I was looking for in terms of a tea. In mid-June I was actually contemplating something warm. What on Earth was I thinking? It wouldn’t have been the worst thing. I would just have to have saved this post for later in the year. But time is of the essence, as it was on this night.
Ang, per his suggestion mixed the Mango Tango and the Tahitian Dream for me, to make the most exquisite, refreshing, and enlightening blend of flavors, inspiration, and soul in this gem of an iced tea. My friend agreed, the universe agreed, as did I. Two thumbs up, five stars, and all the other superlatives you can throw at it. Honestly, the tea could have been mediocre and probably would have tasted much better simply because of the service, the decor, the positive energy, and simply being a harmonious place I hadn’t experienced before.
The Mango Tango with its pineapple, mango, and orange pieces are perfect not just for the Summer but I believe any time of year. And in Florida, all the time is an understatement. The Tahitian Dream adds not only more pineapple, but passion fruit, and strawberry as well. Does it get any better? Maybe, but not on this night.
This is why I made two more visits to this amazing place during the course of my holiday. And if time allows, I will get to them in the following two weeks, or in a rare instance I may break tradition and post them on different days. I’m preparing for the changing of the seasons while still wanting to honor how amazing all three experience were. I’m so happy just thinking and writing about it.
This was at night, the day experiences are a surreal enjoyment all its own.
And I look forward to sharing those fun times with you soon. But I can’t stress this enough, this was amazing, and I’m grateful I got to share with a close friend. And I fondly remember my friend was happy for me as well.
For more on Infused Tea Company, here is their story. and their location for those close to the area, or will be visiting.
I could go on all day, or I could just go on to the next post. How about both?
To be continued…
Peace Be With You,