Tea. The relaxing three letter word that brings either solitude or togetherness. Many rituals are centered around tea, which can be as simple as pouring a cup for yourself in the morning or making it into a grand event. Today, I sit here with my cup of tea, taking a moment to reflect and breathe. I seem to slow down a little bit when embracing this morning ritual and look forward to the day and it’s possibilities. Nicole Franzen, blogger from La Buena Vida enjoys visiting the Bellocq Tea Atelier in NYC. Here she tells us about her story, along with her beautiful photography of the tea shop.
“Tea is a very important part of our lives. It nourishes the soul and warms the body. I have always loved tea, but dating a British man took it to a whole other level. We dont just drink tea, tea is a way of life. On average G and I will drink 4-6 cups a day while we are home working. While I love coffee and appreciate a good cup, I can usually only handle one. If I drink more I become a total mess, anxiety and the shakes take over my body, to then crash. Tea is something that I can drink all day and has healing properties. While I feel I am still learning much about tea, I have my favorites. I recently became addicted to Bellocq’s Hindu Holiday tea. Now when I taste other teas nothing seems to compare. I have become a true fan of this beautiful tea shop. I am so happy to have it only a mere block away. While its open only on the weekends I manage to pop my head in every chance I get. If you live in New York City may I urge you to make the trip. To open your minds to the wonderful world of Bellocq teas. Their creative blends will knock your socks off and leave you craving more.”
Followers, Lisa and Kasey also mention their tea rituals…
“When I was in the USA I bought a pack of some organic tea especially for the kids and we used to drink tea and then go early to bed and read. Since then they almost ask for a cup of tea every single night. It’s a wonderful tradition.”
“My family is from Russia and tea is a hugely important ritual. We drink it in the morning, afternoon and night. I’ve cut my tea habit a bit (replacing it with coffee) but I still know how to enjoy this quiet, ritual which, at it’s core, is really about connecting with yourself and the people around you.”