There’s Room For Everyone


As promised (in a different universe, or the same one depending on how you look at it), I wanted to dedicate my last of the two posts to Syriana Cafe & Gallery, to not just a off-the-charts tea, but also a wonderful experience that only gets better with time.


Since this writing, their official grand opening has taken place.  I wish I was able to attend, but the timing of things and life prevented me from doing so.  But I’m grateful to have made the serendipitous visit last Thursday.  And it’s truly an honor to come up with two stories based on what is hopefully he the first of many stops to this majestic place.


I’ll admit I’ve fallen into patterns like so many of us do.  I find myself in routines, going to the same places, ordering the same things, and wondering what’s wrong with me.  Literally I go through this mantra in my head from time-to-time.  And there’s nothing wrong with me, or you, or anyone.  We like what we like.   But I don’t like a lot of routine.

Even if it’s the same cup of coffee, I rather get it from a different place, just to keep a level of sanity.   But you know what the say about insanity.  Well somebody somewhere said something.

A place like Syriana Cafe is the complete opposite of the norm.  It’s a an art gallery, cafe, and a place of rest.  It’s so much more on top of all that.   It’s the type of experience that I’d want to be a part of on a regular basis, that would never be the same and never get old.


That comes from the breakfast pizza I ordered, along with this stellar Hibiscus, Citrus, and Mint tea from Hooyo’s Tea, based out of Baltimore, MD.


For more on Hooyo’s Tea, here is their story, teas available for purchase online, where you can find their teas, and contact information.


I was informed that Syriana Cafe has an agreement with the tea company, which is a win win for everyone.  Local supporting local is what life is all about.   And I’m all about it…


But this tea is the perfect preview of sunnier and happier days ahead.  And I know they’re coming.  In my heart and mind they’re here and they’ve always been here.  A tea with this soul, this spirit, and not to mention the color, flavor, and aftertaste brings all the feelings and emotions of all that is good in the universe.


The synopsis is here so I don’t need to go into that detail.  I can only envision how great this would be iced.  Yum.


When enjoyed in a setting such as this, with so many beautiful visual cues, a powerful and vibrational energy, and a picturesque town such as Ellicott City, it’s the stuff you read or see about, but also know it exists.

I want to thank the owner, Majd, for chatting with me for a few minutes, and giving me a bit of history in how this cafe came to be.

By looks of the grand opening, there’s nothing but a warm embrace and support from not only the neighborhood, but the town, and Howard County.   As I said in the title, there’s room for everybody.  One successful local business can only benefit the other ones surrounding it.   I know success, prosperity, and all around great things are to come for this place.

From one event such as the grand opening leads into another….

SpringFest 2018 is this Saturday, which is in conjunction with Earth Day, is a celebration of the town, celebration of Spring, and a celebration of all that is good.   Admission is free, and it’s one where I hopefully will be able to attend.   All the information you need can be found here.

This was tremendous.   I don’t know where to go from here.  Actually yes I do.  If time is allowed, I may do another post this week (and when I post outside of Tea Tuesday, you know it means something) on this beautiful town and in celebration of the upcoming festival.


Have a blessed one.


Pick A Tea, Any Tea…


Wish all the teas out there in the world, and in the universe, I question to myself why I don’t write about a different tea or brand, every week, or more often than that. There’s so much left to be written about.  And I could say, I’ll get to it or when I get around to it, but there’s no guarantee.  Tomorrow isn’t guaranteed.  And as much as I like to diversify, sometimes it’s important to talk about what brought me here or what’s been sentimental to my life.


Which brings me back to Baltimore Coffee and Tea.   My history can be found here.  While some things remain constant, the location changes.  And a serendipitous discovery of their new Hanover, MD location, brought a smile to my face upon finding this gem.

Here is their tea collection, which is available for purchase online, and their list of stores. 

Now was it a gem, or am I just happy to be and go somewhere new?  Well yes.


And while the surrounding area leaves much to be desired, as it’s pretty corporate, vacant, and transparent; the coffee shop itself is a little oasis within all the nonsense.  And that actually makes this store all that more important.


The interior is fresh, new, and there’s a good aura.  So thing are looking promising.  What makes this place so endearing is they always have random packs of tea on display for steeping.  And you can open up any box you want, if you’re curious of a trying a tea in house, as opposed to taking a whole package home.  It’s the little things, that are much bigger in the long term, and make me and so many others want come back.

I also just think it’s a cool thing to do and I’m grateful they offer any tea to try.   It opens up the possibilities.


This is where I should take more advantage of my opportunities.  But for some reason, another familiar face is my go to when I’m here.   What can I say, I’m loyal to the Eastern Shore Tea Company, which is the most prominent tea on display for trying a cup versus taking a whole box home.


The African Red Bush and Lemongrass is the first tea I noticed, so instead of overthinking and wondering if I should try something else (and then 20 minutes later, still not make up my mind), I went with my first instinct.

And this is a great tea.  I had a small table off to the side to steep my bag, and enjoy the view.   As you can see the view is heavenly.  All those amazing teas that I hope to try, have tried, and will try down the line.   There’s plenty of time.  Let’s see if I can get to them all.


The blend of Rooibos and Organic Lemongrass is the calming aid that was welcome.  I don’t recall in a state of chaos or feeling busy that day.  But anything that enhances, enables, and enriches peace is always a blessing.  This is what this tea did.


Now that muffin wasn’t anything special, but I won’t hold that against them.  It’s about the tea, the experience, and all those little things I referenced earlier.


This is a well crafted and designed tea.  No it’s not the best ever, but they’re all not going to be.  But I enjoyed it and I enjoyed the beautiful day, and felt gratitude being in a new location with new surroundings.


As the weather improves, you know there will be more of the iced tea discussion, but I’m grateful for hopefully a couple more months of the hot stuff.  Because that’s the stuff that made me a fan of tea to begin with.


Have a blessed one.