Something a little strange has happened in these parts... Remember how devastated I was to give up my good friend coffee awhile back? And how awful those headaches were as I went cold turkey off caffeine? I used to smell a fresh-brewed cup of coffee and feel desire - a small watering of my mouth - to have a cup.
But here's the weird thing now: I'm starting to fall in love with tea.
I know! I've never been a huge tea fan - iced or hot. But in these few months as I've tried tons of different caffeine-free teas, I've learned that not all tea is of the boring, flavorless variety. In fact, some teas are delicious! And there's something about having a warm mug of tea that can both energize me in the morning and relax me at night before bed.
I try to stick to decaf green tea in the mornings (because "they say" a mug of green tea per day is good for you). But then for my nighttime tea - because I now have a mug every night after dinner - I like to go a little more exotic. I already wrote about the delicious pina colada-flavored one. Then my mom also bought me a couple blends from Teavana. Have you guys ever been there? My mom swears by it, and I must admit, the tea she got me is pretty darn good!
Another fun part about drinking tea is going to coffee shops, particularly non-chain coffee shops, where the selection of herbal teas is fab! I've had lovely teas while visiting Vicksburg, MS; Lexington, VA; and Charlottesville, VA. I like to add a little sweetener to my mug, and then have the barista top it off with a splash of soy milk.
I'm not ready to declare myself converted yet - but I have to say, the thought of going back to coffee, with its mostly-similar flavor no matter where you're getting it, seems strangely dull.
(I can see you, my tea-drinking friends, rolling your eyes saying, "we told you so!" And you did. So let's share a mug of tea next time we see each other!)