Tomorrow I will have been home from Europe for four weeks. I’ve mostly been spending the time with friends and family as well as sleeping in and organizing my closet.
Today, however, I spent some time exploring my home state.
I was meeting a friend in Providence (Rhode Island’s capital) this afternoon for coffee, but first I decided to stop by a local teahouse called Tealuxe.
Yes, I got tea before going to my coffee date. What of it?
Anyway, Tealuxe is a local chain with locations in Boston and Providence, and I always feel good supporting small(er) businesses. (Afterwards, my friend and I got coffee at Blue State Coffee–another New England chain).
I thought about perusing the menu to pick a tea, but I knew I wanted a fruity black tea, so I just went ahead and asked the baristas what they recommended. They gave me three suggestions and I settled for the Mango Mist, which is a Ceylon tea with bits of dried mango in it.
I then proceeded to over-steep my tea. I blame the baristas for giving me a little minute timer and not telling me when to stop flipping it over. Usually black tea can brew for 3-5 minutes, but I only flipped the timer twice and it was a tad bitter. (I don’t actually blame the baristas.) It was still a lovely pot of tea, plus there was free wifi, and I sat by the window so I could enjoy some people watching along Thayer Street, which is the main drag on College Hill and home to all the Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design students.
Do you have a favorite local chain?