Tea, ghosts and Casa Loma

I recently spent one week of my autumn holiday in my beloved city of Toronto.  This is my favorite time of year and the day I arrived to the island airport was nothing less than a perfect quintessential fall day.  There are many things to love about this great city.  I had the opportunity to revisit both old and new.  My favorite being the plethora of small and delicious coffee and tea shops.  My old hood, the Annex, is host to many cozy and warm spots to take the edge off of a cool autumn morning.  Ezra’s Pound which serves lattes up by the bowl is an all time favorite.  My timing was impeccable early one morning as I popped in for a chai tea latte just as hot yummy croissants were being pulled from the oven.

The neighborhood where Ezra’s Pound resides is also nearby to Casa Loma.  Toronto’s very unique “castle” in the city.  Casa Loma was built by a famous Toronto business man named Sir Henry Pellatt.  The home is now owned and operated by the Kiwanis club and open for tours.  The prettiest room on the tour is the “Conservatory” which was a green house of sorts for many exotic plants and flowers.  This was also Lady Pellatt’s favorite room where many afternoon teas were once held.

David’s Tea is another favorite.  Although, David’s has moved to the States and growing at a rapid pace, it had it’s beginnings in Canada.  David’s mirrors the changing season’s the way the fashion industry does.  It introduces blends that are new but still retains customer favorites.  During the fall season I cannot get enough of David’s pumpkin chai tea.  I can be anywhere in the world but when I open a tin the fragrance automatically takes me back to my kitchen in Toronto.  My very good friend Mike surprised me with three tins of pumpkin chai tea upon my arrival.  Hurrah!

The evening concluded with a ghost tour of the University of Toronto.  The university campus is a wonderful place to walk and explore.   The tour we did was with “Muddy York Walking Tours.”  The tour guide (as well as founder of the company) was exceptional.  We started at the old steps of the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) and continued through the historic campus.  He shared with us many stories of ghosts and ghouls as well as history of Toronto and the campus.  It was an exhilarating walk and by the end it appeared the entire city was haunted.  The Hart House on campus has a wonderful restaurant called “Gallery Grill.”  They have a nice variety of loose leaf tea that can be enjoyed in the lounge near the fireplace.

Toronto's Castle in the City!

Toronto’s Castle in the City!

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Ezra’s Pound- Latte bowl

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“Haunted” building on the ghost tour

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Toronto Skyline at Dusk

 

The digital age and tea

I am fortunate enough to work for an amazing animation studio (with a long legacy to boot!)  The past couple of weeks there have been a slew of interesting guest speakers and field trips that have really provoked thoughts on the digital age we reside in.

The animation industry moved from 2D (hand drawn) to what most people currently see out in the theaters 3D (computer generated.)  With this change came the transition to use Photoshop to create the art and backgrounds as opposed to hand painting.  I’ve always been a little dismayed by this concept.  I realize that it is quicker and cheaper and easier to make changes but what have we lost with this digital transition?  The company I work for has a library of artwork steaming back from its first feature film.  Beautiful works of art which are now carefully preserved for future admirers.  I wrestle with the disheartening feeling, now that we have moved to a mainly digital media, what will we have to show to inspire the next generation?  A Photoshop JPG (albeit equally as crafted) can never take the place of a tactile canvas.  There are no brush strokes to absorb; the smell, texture.. it’s all taken away with a digital piece of art.

In yoga we are taught about balance and moderation.  Everything has its place.  I wonder in this technical age if we can find that balance?  What if the great Masters only painted in Photoshop would the Mona Lisa have the same appeal?  Would she hang quite as majestically?  It is easy to be seduced by “convenience” but let’s step back a moment and realize the impact it has on the grand scheme of things.

I think of tea and the advent of the tea bag.  To have a perfect cup of tea it is a timely process, it becomes almost a meditation.  If we were left with only low-grade tea bags filled with “tea” fannings our palettes would surely suffer.

I have an IPhone and a laptop however, to unplug I still go to bed at night with a real book on my bedside table and a good cup of slow brewed loose leaf tea……

Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa jpg- see not the same

Good cup of chai tea

Good cup of chai tea

Good book

Good book

Kreative Blogger Award

Thank you so much for the nomination:)  I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed reading my blog and I love reading about your home and tea experiences in South Africa as well!  Also, so happy that you are a Rooibos fan too!

http://slowlifecuppa.wordpress.com/

So, let me get down and dirty with the detail of the award. The rules of this award are:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and include a link back to their blog
  • Share 7 things about yourself
  • Pass the award to 7 nominees

I love reading “slowlifecuppa” and the experiences of tea in South Africa.  I love learning how others take their tea and how much this wonderful beverage brings people together from all walks of life:)  Continue with the wonderful posts and I look forward to visiting your Country some time!

About me:

My favorite season is Fall and I have an obsession with pumpkins

My dog Sabrina is my best buddy

My all time favorite movie as a child was “The Wizard of Oz.”

My dog Sabrina has a very strong resemblance to Toto (from Wizard of Oz:)

I have an infatuation with someday living in Prince Edward Island

One of my favorite books “Anne of Green Gables.”  (explains the above obsession:)

I love visiting Historic homes and landmarks

 

I wish I had more time to read every bit of information and find new and inspiring blogs.  However, here are a few I subscribe to have enjoyed reading.

Lorna’s Tearoom Delights

Cauldrons and Cupcakes

Nutrition? Yes, Please

Wax Wan

Girl in a Food Frenzy

Almost Nothing But Music


Tea, book and the nook…..

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
C.S. Lewis

I recently read an article in the January/February issue of “Whole Living” magazine.  The article was entitled “The Art of The Nook.”  It was all about creating a personal space of your own within your home.  A cozy place that is tucked away where you can go to read, think or just enjoy a few quiet moments away from the world.  I have always been a huge fan of “the nook.”  Whether I realized it at the time or not, nearly every place I’ve lived I have always carved out a little space that was away from the computer, tv or anything else that can be a distraction.  It was a place of downtime and I mainly used this space to take a cup of tea and a good book.  I encourage everyone to find that special “nook.”  My favorite has always been an outdoor patio.  There is something so intensely satisfying to be within nature and enjoying all of the beauty she has to offer.

Hollywood hills "nook"

 

 

 

 

 

 

I picked up a copy of “Death by Darjeeling” written by Laura Childs.  I look forward to cuddling up with a hot cup of Darjeeling and my favorite reading companion:)

my trusty companion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

new book

 

 

 

 

 

 

delish tea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

= bliss:)

 

 

Welcome!

Thank you for visiting my new blog.  Please “follow” and enjoy the evolution I hope takes shape in the following pages.  The intention of this blog is to create a platform for yoga and tea.  Whether it is an article on health, a new yoga studio or a recent tearoom visit, short meaningful posts that hopefully bring a bit of insight, inspiration or respite from an otherwise chaotic world!

 

There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea.  ~Bernard-Paul Heroux