Wednesday, August 25, 2010

London Fog

Tea is so yummy. Nothing beats a nice, hot cup of tea. I love it in the morning, the middle of the day, or after dinner. I especially love it on cool autumn evenings. It is comforting and tastes oh so good (not to mention all the health benefits!). But tea isn't just good hot, it's great cold (my mother in-law makes the best iced tea), it's fun to bake with, and who can say no to a London Fog? I might have to go make one for myself now!

Have you ever had a London Fog? It all started on the Canadian coast, in Vancouver, B.C., but the creator is unknown. I have never been able to find one while in the eastern USA (Joe is originally from Pittsburgh, so we are there from time to time), and have read that they are mainly popular in the North Pacific USA (Washington and Oregon), B.C. and Alberta. It all started for me about 6 years ago during my first year at University. My CA in residence made one for me and I have never looked back.

So, if you have never had one before, you are in for a treat! Here is how to make one (sorry for not having exact measurements! It all depends on how big of a cup you are using):


Earl Grey tea
Vanilla syrup (I buy mine at Starbucks)


* Boil water and brew a small amount of Earl Grey tea (fill about 1/4 of your cup). Steep it for about 3-4 minutes to make it really strong.
* Heat up milk (enough to fill the rest of your cup) with a steamer, or in the microwave and then whisk it to make it frothy.
* Add the vanilla syrup (according to taste, but a little goes a long way. I usually add about a tablespoon, but it all depends on how sweet you like it).


A few more tea items I love...

(Elephant cup spotted on Abby Berkson Ceramics)

(Owl tea bag holders spotted on My Polka Dot Pottery)(Glass teapot spotted on Teaopia)

(T-Man tea strainer spotted on Geek Gadgets)

(Heart shaped cups and saucers spotted on Yedi Houseware)

(White dots spotted on Yedi Houseware)


TeiraMarie said...

Love them! I also loved that they were cheap at Starbucks, that is until they changed the the expensive tea bags. Ridic.

I also love that elephant cup - so cute.

Have you ever been out to the tea shop in Cochrane? They have all sorts of things! And not just tea, they are filled up with everything you could need for tea drinking. Lovely. We should go sometime.

Bursts of Bubbles said...

I'll have to try iced tea as I like my tea so cool that sometimes it just ends up of tasting like nothing which is why I don't try flavoured tea as that ends up tasting like cardboard :P.

I love the tea cups in your last 2 pictures :)

Jude said...

As a humongous tea lover, this post is perfection to me! :) I'll have to try this out (and that elephant cup is so adorable).

M.G.T said...

Love. I also love that they were created in Vancouver! Typical.

Also, have you tried warming the milk with the syrup in it? I like doing that.

PS those heart shaped cups need to be mine

Rebecca-Elizabeth said...

Sweet tea makes my heart melt. The best thing about the South, period.

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