Tea Sparrow – Tea Delivery Service Review & Giveaway

I’ve been drinking a lot of coffee over the past few months. Like a lot (see: Coffee Monday). So when Tea Sparrow reached out and asked me if I wanted to try out their tea delivery service – I was really excited. I like tea, I have a collection of different types of tea in our pantry, and a cup of tea seems to be what I reach for during those twilight hours when I want something warm and comforting.  Let’s just call today tea Tuesday…. Tea Sparrow is a monthly mail based tea box, where you receive an assortment of herbal and caffeinated blends for around 35 – 40 cups of tea, depending on the tea, and your style. Tea Sparrow was founded in 2011 by three siblings, and is based out of Vancouver, BC, and spawned out of a love of tea (and a well designed, award winning tea set.) The idea of curated collections of items really appeals to me. I’m a novelty enthusiast – and while I love discovering things on my own –  having someone else that completely nerds out over flavours and aromas, sources, information, and to have people that are actually tea sommelliers pick their favourite teas and shipping them over to me is very exciting. (Please also see The Roasters Pack – if you’re also a coffee enthusiast like me.) When the Tea Sparrow box arrived I was really impressed with the packaging. The box is quite slim, with their cute logo on…

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Soul Cucina at La Victoria and a Visit to the Golden Gate Park.

I started my wandering early again, but finally ended up at the sfMOMA and the Yerba Buena area again. It was time to check out Samovar. My early lunch was the Tea Soup with braised tofu, and a pot of Golden Phoenix tea. It was surprisingly tasty. Surprisingly because the tea soup didn’t look like much when I got it (though the veggies were a beautiful vibrant colour,) but it turned to be a really pleasant flavourful soup. I wasn’t really conscious of the tea flavour, but there were subtle notes that were really appealing. I learned quickly that I should not steep good tea for very long. I forgot about my Golden Phoenix tea for a while while it was steeping got the full power of the tea, plus the added over-steeped bitterness. But all future cups (I steeped about 10) were lovely, with a hint of peach and apricot. After getting pleasantly full at Samovar, I took the (#5) bus over to Golden Gate Park. It’s a huge park packed with things to see and do, such as the Botanic Gardens, the Japanese Tea Garden, de Young Museum, the Academy of Science, Conservatory of Flowers, and more. I had planned on renting a bike and ride around in the park, but I’ve been enjoying travelling through on foot. It’s given me a great feel for the place. My first stop was the Conservatory of Flowers, they have a beautiful collection and a great flower garden outside. Next I…

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