The calendar still reads September. My love affair with Infused Tea Company concludes (for now) with what have been my favorite of the three. Actually I can’t say that for sure. Each visit over the weekend told a different story, yet it also told something similar.
After knowing what to expect, my third visit was anything but ordinary and predictable. I just love not knowing what I’m going to order ahead of time. A large menu with so many options helps. It helps with expanding my palate, my horizons, and ultimately making this another endearing and perhaps out-of-body experience.
Saying I love tea is an understatement. It’s been a part of my life since the beginning. It will always be a part of me. Whoever invented tea and the whole experience has created a way of life, that is way past the point of cultural. It’s just a part of so many of us. It’s become commonplace that I’m hoping the majority of us appreciate how beautiful the ritual is. Because tea with friends, with family, with snacks, or with nothing at all is something so genuine that words will not always paint a picture of this joyous thing.
What also brings me joy is Matcha. And over the past couple of years, via this blog, and other wonderful situations, it’s also become a staple of my life.
And this leads me to the conclusion of what has been a Summer to remember. This was back in June, but the Infused Tea Company of my other adopted city St. Petersburg, FL.
I didn’t even need to look at the menu this time. On display for everyone to see (well it was kind of understated all the same) was a sign for Matcha Lemonade. I may have seen it the day before and kept it in on file, or this was a spontaneous and welcome surprise.
What a surprise this was.
You might think that the dichotomy of flavors with how the powdery green the matcha tastes against the sweetness of the lemonade would be a disaster. Not even close. This blend worked perfectly. And it worked that at least for me, it’s not something you’re going to drink quickly. I took enough sips and enjoyed my time outside, that it felt like time stood still, I could do this all day, and I think I did do this all day. Timeless..
I got another pastry to for display, and to complement my enchanting beverage. Seriously, how photogenic does this all look?
And once again the views and the weather could not have been better. We’re in the 80’s to 90’s on this June day, which ironically wasn’t technically in the Summer. Not that big of a detail but now that we’re in Autumn, the temperatures are basically the same, and will be like this for a while. So while here in Maryland, lemonade and iced tea may begin to phase out, in beautiful Florida, you can have everything. And everything is everything.
But this Matcha Lemonade was one of those spiritually healing and invigorating kinds of drinks. Again, I don’t know the exact words to give it, but this was special. I can imagine having this at home, or somewhere local, still finding it special but maybe not having the same memorable experience. Not everything is nor should it be.
This was my last day of vacation. It was bittersweet (and I don’t mean the lemonade) but also a feeling of calmness came over me. It was time to go home. I saw some great friends, did some great things, ate some yummy food, and have some of the best tea experiences I’ve ever had in my life.
The bikers I mentioned from last week were back and the crew looked bigger. That’s a great life and that’s how I’m told the Gulf Coast does. It’s all about outdoor activities and living a healthy lifestyle. I was living vicariously through them, but in a way I was living vicariously through myself. Oh man… I miss this city so much.
That’s it for now. If there’s time I’ll throw in another post from this amazing place. I love St. Petersburg so much. I love Infused Tea Company so much. I’m so glad I was invited to visit, and so grateful I got to experience such an amazing tea scene.
I’ll be back and can only hope the experiences I’ve had thus far (my Florida experiences can be found here and here), can come close or maybe even exceed what I’ve seen thus far.
Here is the link to purchase their awesome teas, their accesories, and their location for those local or visiting.
Thank you so much Infused Tea Company, St. Petersburg, and Tampa. It’s been a glorious time.
Fall and pumpkin themed teas as we head towards October, begin next week.
Peace Be With You.