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Time for Tea

July 28, 2017

For those of you reading from elsewhere let me explain southwest Georgian summers: humid and unpredictable.  Afternoon thunderstorms often sweep over the sweltering landscape with no warning.  But I don't mind the rain or the thunder.  I typically make some hot tea (with honey!) and enjoy the sound of the rain outside. 

     I met a really interesting lady last week while on vacation with my husband.  She asked me what to do with the used tea bag when you're having tea.  I'm a nerd and happen to have a book on tea etiquette and have done some reading on the matter.  There are a few different solutions to explore.

     If you're having tea with someone else and you've steeped the tea in the pot, simply leave the bag in the pot.  Otherwise use a service dish to remove the used tea bag.  When you have tea at a tea house or nice restaurant whether the hot water is brought in the pot or in a separate container they typically will bring a service dish for your use.  Service dishes also come in handy if there's other "trash" on the table (think sugar or honey that's prepackaged.) If they don't provide a service dish do ask for one; they'll be happy to serve!

     All the tea talk reminds me of the summer I interned in Washington, D.C. Some work friends and I decided to have afternoon tea at the Willard Intercontinental.  It's an experience I plan to duplicate sooner rather than later.



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