Posted in Blogging, Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Divine, Fairtrade, Healthy eating, Leaf tea, Photography, Tea, Teacup, tagged 16th Century, art, Bringing Europe Home, British, china, Chocolate, Cocoa, Flowers, food, Francis Bacon, Healthy food, Literature, Melting, Photo, Pick-me-up, Quotes, Snowflake, Star, Sugar, sweets, Tea, teacup, Tonic, treats on July 4, 2012 |
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“We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand–and melting like a snowflake.”
Sir Francis Bacon
The above is Robin’s latest blogging challenge on Bringing Europe Home, and I must admit that when I read it, although I liked it, I couldn’t think of a photograph to use for it.
I left it for a few days, and when I re-read it this morning a vision of chocolate jumped straight into my head.
Chocolate lasts but a moment, and certainly melts like a snowflake as soon as I’ve popped it into my mouth, especially if combined with a slurp of hot tea:
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Posted in Fairtrade, Perth, Scotland, Tea, Tearooms, tagged almonds, biscuit, cafe, coffee, food, fruit cake, Marks and Spencer, Perthshire, saucer, Scotland, Tea, teacake, teacup, teapot, tearoom on January 31, 2012 |
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I don’t know if you have a Marks and Spencer cafe near you, but my closest one is in Perth and it’s somewhere I like to pop into before a bit of shopping, since it’s well placed on the High Street and serves excellent tea and coffee, and superb toasted teacakes. What’s more, they have a ‘buy 9 get 1 free’ drinks offer where you can get one of their cards stamped every time you buy a hot drink, and since I frequent the place I’ve managed to fill a couple of these cards and benefit from the odd hot drink absolutely free of charge, gratis and for nowt. Marvellous!
I wish I had a photo of the teacake but the other day when I went I wasn’t very hungry and just went for tea and a shared piece of fruit cake:
The standard tea on offer is a fairtrade one called Gold Blend, and I have never been disappointed by it – quite the opposite, in fact. When I want a really good cup of tea, I know I’ll get it in Markies, served in a lovely little bulging white china teapot. The saucer comes with a small and meltingly delicious buttery biscuit in it and I like the teacups, which have large handles and very wide tops that allow the tea to cool down to drinkable temperature quite quickly:
The fruit cake, which has slivered almonds on top, is rather nice too:
What’s more, I’ve found the service to be excellent, and I can vouch for the Perth branch being full of friendly, helpful, smiling staff.
Well done Markies, keep up the good work!
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Posted in Books, Fairtrade, Perth, Scotland, Tearooms, tagged cafe, coffee house, fairtrade, food, Scotland, second-hand books, Tea, tearoom on January 26, 2012 |
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Yesterday I re-visited a tearoom in Perth I wasn’t at all sure I was going to include in my little guide book. I don’t know quite why I was so reluctant, because I’ve visited it a number of times before and as far as I can recall have never been disappointed with what I’ve ordered. Thanks to my dad, who is a staunch supporter of said tearoom and thought it really ought to go into the book, I gave it another chance yesterday and I’m very glad I did.
There’s a strong literary connection with this tearoom, and that is certainly one of its charms. It was given a make-over a while ago, possibly a couple of years ago now, and was transformed from what I used to think of as rather a dingy school dinners sort of place into a welcoming and inspiring place to take tea and indulge in a little light reading. Quotations from famous authors on the subject of tea and coffee line the walls, and there are shelves of second-hand books for sale at the bargain price of 50p a pop.
Fairtrade tea and coffee (of above average quality, in my opinion) is served, alongside a variety of cold drinks, including smoothies. There’s a good range of traybakes, sponge cakes, biscuits and scones, and everything is very reasonably priced. The location, perhaps more than anything else, attracts a wide age range, and because they haven’t packed the place with as many tables as could be squeezed in, there’s plenty of room for buggies and prams, and for wheelchairs to manoeuvre in and out.
I would like to whet your appetite with a photograph of the tea and scones consumed there yesterday morning, but unfortunately I forgot to take my camera with me.
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