It’s Sunday morning in New York City in the middle of February. Outside of the window, it’s starting to snow. It was the light type of snow, the kind that could almost pass for rain. It wasn’t sticking to the ground, but it was enough to make you want to jump back into the bed and under the covers. And I did, but not before setting a pot of tea on the stove – gliding to and from the kitchen in pajamas and fluffy socks.
It doesn’t have to be Sunday or New York City, but there’s something about a cup of tea warms up your soul and helps melt away your worries. It’s like a magic liquid that can wake you up or put you to sleep, help cure a cold, and clear your head at the same time. Normally strictly a coffee gal, I find I swear by tea during the winter. Especially on days like today, it pairs best with a copy of the New Yorker and an 80% chance of rain.
Whether you like lemon or milk in your tea, it’s worth stocking your kitchen cabinets with this heartwarming elixir until Spring is ready to bloom. Fluffy socks optional.
Now that my all-time favorite tea store, Teavana, closed up shop – I’ve been searching for a new haven for all my tea needs. I’ll admit, I’ll forever miss walking by the store and tasting the samples before walking away with one of their chai teas. But in its stead, I’ve found a few promising Teavana alternatives worth sipping your way through.
1. David’s Tea
For when you’re really missing Teavana and want something similar.
For when you want to detox with your tea.
3. Going to High Tea
For when you want to enjoy tea out of the house. In NYC? I can’t say enough good things about High Tea at the Williamsburg Hotel.
4. Amazon Best Seller’s in Tea Beverages
For when you want all the options (and all the reviews).
5. Good ol’ Lipton
For when you need something dependable at the grocery store.
6. Song Tea
For when you’re feeling really, really fancy.
For when you’re feeling like matcha, of course.
8. Mahalo Tea
For when you want loose leaf delivered with 2-day shipping.
9. A Tea-Infused Cocktail
For when you need a little something extra.
10. Kombucha or Chai
For when you need to wake up without coffee.
For when you need to relax before bed.
For when you just want to look at tea.
While it’s best to buy your tea in person to taste, smell, and learn about the origins – sometimes that’s not always possible in our busy lives. So, jump back under those covers or use the tea to help you jump out. We’ll get through winter together tea-rrificly.
“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
― C.S. Lewis
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