I absolutely love black tea. I start literally every morning with a cup of hot water, then follow with a cup of breakfast tea with one sugar and a splash of milk. My second cup of tea is usually another cup of black tea (because caffeine, duh), but exactly what tea I drink depends on the day, my mood, and where I am. My choice gets even harder at home since my collection is just there staring at me – so this week I've been drinking T2 Tea's Monk Pear.
I've been on a fantasy kick lately – I think it's partly because my friend is competing in this year's World Quidditch Cup, and partly because I've been wanting to live in another world for a while since our current one is absolutely unbelievable. "Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance" was a perfect little escape – definitely a little bit of necessary magical realism.
Whilst reorganizing my tea collection last week, I rediscovered some forgotten tea, which is always quite a treat. It's honestly like shopping in a giant tea shop! My collection is mainly from DAVIDsTEA because when I first quit coffee, it was the closest tea shop to the office... and it helped me rediscover my love for tea. Plus, the options are rather fun! So one tea I rediscovered and decided to cold steep immediately was Hard Candy from the Summer 2015 collection, mainly because I remembered it being rather sweet and refreshing – perfect for this ridiculously hot week.
WOW. This book reminded me how much I loved fantasy, and how much I hated waiting for sequels. I've been spoiling myself by only reading completed series, so I embarrassingly threw a mini tantrum in my room when I realized the second book in the Daevabad Trilogy wouldn't be available until 2019... Yeah, "The City of Brass" was that good. I even deliberately took the two-hour long route home instead of my usual 45-minute route so I could have more uninterrupted time to read... and managed to finish it in two days, reading only whilst in transit.
During one of my quarterly-ish tea stash perusals, I found one of my favorite flavored matchas – still unopened in its air-tight sealed bag. Years ago, before matcha became a "thing," DAVIDsTEA had come out with a blueberry matcha – and it was glorious. I had been saving this bag for a special occasion, but I recently found out that the company had brought it back for a limited time... so while I stock up, I allowed myself to finally open this bag. What a happy day.