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Neverland Tea with Darlyne & Grace

ADVENTURE WITH DARLYNE & GRACE:
I have teamed up with my girl Grace Lanuza to go around and have “Girlfriend Outings”. These events are simply a random splattering of occurrences that follow us around (and yes, there will be more adventures to come!!!).

Back on December 20, 2013, Grace & I organizes a high tea social at Neverland Tea Salon  with our One Asian ladies group. Not even the biggest snowfall of Vancouver could stop us from having pastries and tea!

Also briefly mentioned is our girlfriend Tegan Woo, Tea Sommelier and Owner of AMODA TEA (a tea subscription company delivering the best teas to your doorstep). Check her out at http://www.amodatea.com if you love teas that don’t suck, and would love it even more if it came to your door on a monthly basis!

Be sure to tune in and follow us on future adventures, and check out Grace’s Youtube & her blog  The Grace Files!

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Today is my Birthday…

And this year is extra special because I will no longer be the lone celebrant in my family on January 16th and here is the awesome reason why!!!:

Welcome to the world Mackenzie Grace!!! I’m so excited to share every birthday with you!

Welcome to the world Mackenzie Grace!

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Darlyne’s Tobo Track Review

My very first Toy Review! First impressions, experience and overall thoughts on this very interesting, unique & eco-friendly toy by TOBO TOYS.

Thank you Tomas Nielsen of Tobo Toys for the opportunity to review this awesome product!!!

Check out http://tobotoys.com and see how you can create happier, healthier kids and a happy, healthier planet happy with one little wooden race track.

DISCLAIMER: These are my personal opinions, period. I was approached by Tobo Toys and given the Tobo Track to experience the product for myself and create my own review. And this is it. Ta-da!

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Darlyne’s 24 Days of Tea: Post-Mortem & Top 12 Picks!

1425291_10152107416204596_1936466373_oHappy New Years to one and all! And what better way to ring in 2014 than to recap on the delicious teas of yesteryear! Reviewing two Advent Tea Calendars simultaneously, every day for twenty-four days was ambitious and incredibly fun. As promised, here are Days 14 to 24–  the full ingredients list of the remaining 22 teas I had sampled from Sonnentor (S) and David’s Teas (DT), concluding with my absolute favourite teas out of the 48 sampled: Darlyne’s Top 12 Tea Picks of the 2013 Tea Advent Calendars!

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DAY 14
“Cinnamon Rooibos Chai” rooibos (DT) – Organic Fair Trade Red Rooibos, orange peel, cinnamon, cloves, natural honey and cinnamon flavouring*

“Stormy Weather Tea” herbal (S) – peppermint, sage, camomile, elderflowers, lime flowers, thyme

DAY 15
“English Breakfast” black tea (DT) – Sri Lankan black tea

“Cheeky Cherubs Winter Fun” spiced herbal-rooibos blend (S) – apple pieces, rosehip, sea buckthorn, rooibos, cinnamon Ceylon, orange peels, cloves, liquorice, pear, organic tangerine essential oil

DAY 16
“Main Squeeze” maté (DT) – Green yerba maté, candied papaya, pineapple, safflower, natural flavouring,  (contains sulfites)

“Hildegarde Energy Tea” herbal (S) – hyssop, spearmint, fennel, rosehip, camomile 

DAY 17
“Cream of Earl Grey” black (DT) – Organic Black tea, cornflowers, natural vanilla and bergamot flavouring

 “Cheery” herbal (S)blackberry leaves, apple-mint, strawberry leaves, marigold, sunflowers, cornflowers

DAY 18
“Buddha’s Blend” white-green blend (DT) – White tea, green tea, jasmine pearls, white hibiscus blossoms, articifial flavouring

“Ginger Energy” spiced herbal (S) – ginger 30%, cinnamon Ceylon, orange peels, fennel, coriander, galangal, liquorice, rosemary, cardamom, nutmeg, anise

DAY 19

“Read My Lips” black (DT) – Chinese black tea, peppermint, dark chocolate, red lip sprinkles, pink peppercorns, natural and artificial flavouring (contains soy, may contain milk)

“Hildegarde Relaxing Tea” spiced herbal (S) – lemon balm, sage, lavender, parsley, fennel, marigold

DAY 20
“Vanilla Orchid” oolong (DT) – Huang Jin Gui Oolong from Anxi in Fujian Province, natural vanilla flavouring

 “Good Morning” herbal (S) – blackberry leaves, peppermint, strawberry leaves, marigold, cornflowers

DAY 21
“Chocolate Orange” pu’erh (DT) – Pu’erh tea, chocolate, orange peel, natural and artificial flavouring (contains soy, may contain milk)

“Rooibos-Vanilla” rooibos (S) – rooibos 97%, natural organic vanilla flavour 3%

DAY 22
“Sleigh Ride” herbal (DT) – Apple, hibiscus blossoms, candied pineapple, candied papaya, beetroot pieces, cinnamon stick pieces, raisins, coconut, roasted almonds, popped rice, artificial flavouring

“Strawberry Fruit Tea” herbal (S) – rosehip, hibiscus, orange peels, apple pieces, strawberries 1%, natural organic strawberry aroma 1%

DAY 23
“Gingerbread” rooibos (DT) – Rooibos, green rooibos, honeybush, cinnamon, currants, crystalized ginger, pineapple, safflower petals, natural and artificial flavouring

“Guardian Angel” spiced herbal (S) – coriander, apple pieces, fennel, spearmint, rosehip, anise, lemon balm, cornflowers

DAY 24
“Santa’s Secret” black-mint blend (DT) – Chinese black tea, peppermint leaves, candy cane sprinkles, natural and artificial flavouring

“Heavenly Christmas Delight” spiced herbal (S) – cinnamon Ceylon, lemon balm, blackberry leaves, orange peels, apple pieces, liquorice, cloves, marigold, cornflowers

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DARLYNE’S TOP 12 ADVENT CALENDAR TEA PICKS: 

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DAVID’S TEA CALENDAR:

*Blueberry Jam (Day 3) – Black
*Cinnamon Rooibos Chai (Day 14) – Rooibos
*Main Squeeze (Day 16) – Yerba Maté
*Vanilla Orchid (Day 20) – Oolong
*Chocolate Orange (Day 21) – Pu’erh
*Santa’s Secret (Day 24) – Black/peppermint blend

SONNENTOR TEA CALENDAR:
*Magic Potion (Day 5)
– herbal blend
*Santa’s Secret (Day 6)
 – spiced herbal blend
*Stormy Weather (Day 14) –
 peppermint herbal
*Winter Fun (Day 15) –
spiced herbal rooibos
*Energy Tea (Day 16)
– herbal tea (with hyssop, a stimulant)
*Heavenly Christmas Delight” (Day 24)
 – spiced herbal blend

DISCLAIMER: These are the opinions of my taste buds and does not reflect the opinions or views of anyone else’s taste buds but my own. I hope you enjoyed the Advent Tea Calendar adventure with me! #PINKYUP

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Darlyne’s 24 Days of Tea ~ Day 24 FINALE

Merry Christmas! Joyeux Nöel! Feliz Navidad! MALIGAYANG PASKO!

This night is the end of my 24 Days of Tea from the David’s Tea and Sonnentor Advent Tea Calendars. It was fun and delicious to sample 48 teas in 3 1/2 weeks, and I learned quite a lot (and surprised myself) about teas and what I gravitate to. I will be posting a complete ingredients list of all the remaining teas since Day 13, along with my personal favourites from the whole lot!

Enjoy the lovely decorated background (courtesy of my Mother) and enjoy- for the final night- the last teas of the advent calendars of 2013.

Day 24 TEA CALENDAR TEAS ARE:

-“Santa’s Secret” black tea blend by David’s Tea
-“Heavenly Christmas Delight” spiced herbal tea blend by Sonnentor

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Darlyne’s 24 Days of Tea ~ Day 23

Started off with singing my tea rendition of “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of The Year” followed by what I set out to do 23 days ago- drink some tea from my Advent Calendars!!! This was actually quite a musical, singy-songy blog today. Must be because of Christmas Eve fast approaching! But with the teas I drank today, who wouldn’t be?

DAY 23 TEA CALENDAR TEAS ARE:

-“Gingerbread” rooibos tea blend by David’s Tea
-“Guardian Angel” spice fruit herbal tea blend by Sonnentor

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Random “I’m Waiting Around”/”Hello Snowman Cookie…” Post

Had an early-ish start today, and decided to stop into Starbucks for a bit of oatmeal and a matcha green tea latte (soy, no foam, children’s temperature… Y’know, coz I hate waiting to drink any delicious beverage) and thought to get one of those cute snowmen cookies.

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So to lure the little snowman into a false sense of security, I offered to take his hat…

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Don’t worry, he didn’t suffer. He knew it was for the good of human kind that he was sacrificed to satisfy my craving for cookies.

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And now off to work. Hope this sort of brightened up your day in a quasi-twisted but fun way. It did for me hee hee!

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Darlyne’s 24 Days of Tea ~ Day 22

As we approach Christmas, I take a subdued, reflective moment on what Christmas means to me. And in true tea blog fashion, begin my tasting and reviewing of two very yummy tart teas!

DAY 22 TEA CALENDAR TEAS ARE:

-”Sleigh Ride” fruit infusion herbal tea by David’s Tea
-“Strawberry” fruit herbal tea by Sonnentor

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Darlyne’s 24 Days of Tea ~ Day 21

A tiring, long and challenging day. But when life gives you lemons, you juggle them lemons, make lemon ade and squeeze some into your tea!

Also shared a bit of my Sonnentor Tea haul from The Vancouver Christmas Market. Definitely worth the view! Like, comment & review!!!

DAY 21 TEA CALENDAR TEAS ARE:

-”Chocolate Orange” pu’erh tea by David’s Tea
-“Rooibos-Vanilla” rooibos tea by Sonnentor

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Darlyne’s 24 Days of Tea ~ Day 20

What an eventful day! Had a lovely high tea with some of my One Asian ladies at a lovely tea salon called Neverland Teas (I will have a short vlog about that!), meanwhile my poor husband is absolutely sick. Good thing there are plenty of teas in my cupboard to tide us both over!

If you have a favourite tea I wanna know about it! Like, Comment & Follow me and tell me what tea I should try next! If you are interested in trying out new, unique and decadent blends of tea, check out my fellow One Asian sister Tegan Woo and her online tea subscription company AMODA TEA. You’ll thank me for it. Trust. Aaaaaand…

… THE DAY 20 TEA CALENDAR TEAS ARE:

-”Vanilla Orchid” oolong tea blend by David’s Tea
-“Good Morning” herbal tea blend by Sonnentor