Tuesday, August 5, 2008


Let's talk about your tea habits. I was reading a blog post one day from another tea lover and they interviewed people about "strange things people do to their tea" or what they do while drinking it. I thought that that would make an interesting post for today. So, what strange, different, or weird ways do you have tea? For example, here are some responses from the person's blog I visited:
"I leave my spoon in my tea while drinking it."
"I drink my tea with a spoon, dipping it out of the cup (one spoonful at a time)."
"I put my milk in first."
"I pour water in my tea after it's in the cup (diluting the finished cup more)."
"I dump a lot of sugar in my tea."
Hmm, let me think of what strange way I may do mine.
  • Well, this isn't strange, but I use raw sugar as much as possible, in place of white, because I prefer the molasses flavor. It really enhances a cup of tea or coffee.
  • I drink mine as hot as I can tolerate it without singeing my taste buds.
  • I prefer half-n-half with my chai instead of milk.
  • I like really, really earthy, grassy green tea better than any other kind.
  • Sometimes I take first sips with my spoon and then discard it and drink from the cup.
  • Sometimes I drink my green tea with no sugar at all. My sister says it looks and tastes like liquid spinach. It's actually very good! Don't believe her!
  • The only black teas I like are premium Darjeelings and PG Tips, and even then, I prefer it flavored (blended with something herbal, floral, or fruity) and/or doctored up with good doses of sugar. Not a black tea fan at all.

Okay, tea fans, how about you? Leave me a something in comments. I can't wait to see how we do tea!


Kristen Schiffman said...

Oooo- I LOVE THIS! I played along on my blog, Taste Buds, so go check it out!

I usually do a Tasty Tuesdays post, but I think I may join you about tea each Tuesday!

I love this! : )

Do we just post on any random tea topic each week?

Anonymous said...

Cute idea! I copied Kristen and posted mine at my blog, too.

Tracy Berta-daughter to the King, wife, mother, speaker, writer said...

I only like iced tea....

But here is my interesting thing...

I used to be addicted to diet coke. I had to have it~ daily. Even though I knew how bad it was for me, I HAD to have it. I don't drink coffee, so it was my pick me up. So, when I finally obeyed God about giving it up, I cried out to Him, "Lord, can't You help me like tea????? I would like to drink SOMETHING besides water sometimes!" I have always HATED tea along with coffee.

Well, He changed my tastebuds and I brew and drink green tea every day!

Peculiar said...

Kristen, it looks like you had as much fun with this as I did! Thanks for playing along. I'm going over to you guys' blog right now to check your answers out.

Andrea, thanks for stopping by and playing along.

Tracy, I agree. God CAN change our taste buds if He wants to, can't He? I'm glad I like (love) green tea. That's why I share as much about tea drinking as I can. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Hi Peculiar! I hope you get this before you leave town.

First of all, thank you so much for your encouraging words on my blog! I was a little concerned about such a controversial post - you never know who you will offend in this day and age. So thanks for leaving a note - I really appreciated it!

Can I just say I am SO excited you are coming to our city! If there has been one good thing about Katrina, it is the influx of missionaries that have come here since the hurricane. Your work is so appreciated - thanks for being obedient and coming to help rebuild and minister to souls. I wish we had gotten to "know" each other a little sooner.

If you don't mind my asking, which organization are you working with when you come down here? Reason I ask is because we have a program on campus where we house missionaries coming to work in the city. You might be staying on my campus! Also my BIL works for a nonprofit org that does the logistics for missionaries coming to rebuild in the city. It would be a small world if you are working with either place! (If you don't want to leave a public comment on my blog, please email me at future.pastors.wife(at)gmail(dot)com).

Is this your first time to NO? If so there's a few things about NO that I'm sure your team leader will tell you: first of, it really is a wonderful place. The people are down to earth, friendly, and laid-back. We have literally the best food in the country. I could take up your entire page listing restaurants you should try to make it to while you're here. We also have some great cultural places considering how small the city is in comparison to Dallas, Atlanta, etc. On the flip side, you've got the immorality that runs rampant through the touristy areas of the city. I'm sure you will go to the French Quarter while you are in town. I have bittersweet feelings about the FQ. On the one hand, it's historical and the architecture is gorgeous and there are some fabulous restaurants & art galleries there. On the other hand, you will hear things you're not used to hearing and see things you may have never seen before. AVOID BOURBON ST. AT ALL COSTS. I know coming with a church group you probably won't be going down there, but if you take a tour or a carriage ride, tell the driver to take another route; otherwise you'll spend most of the tour there and you will see things you never wanted to see (I'm not trying to be dramatic; I'm telling you the honest truth). I'm sure they will want to take you to Cafe Du Monde for beignets & cafe au lait (which I highly recommend). But there is a Cafe Du Monde store in Metairie that is air conditioned and you don't have to go to the Quarter to get beignets (I can give you directions if you're interested).

A few other things: pack lightweight, breathable clothes. If you've never experienced the humidity here you're in for a surprise. You'll be sweating buckets by 9 AM, even though temperature-wise it's not too hot. Also you might want to bring a lightweight hooded jacket or something because it rains almost every afternoon.

I'm so excited you are coming! My neighborhood was one of the areas with 12 feet of water in it, and we still have a LONG way to go. Thanks again and I'll be praying for your trip!

Gina's Public Diary said...

I like green tea hot with sugar but my favorite tea is just plain ole iced tea with sugar.

Linda said...

The first two of yours I do.