Tea for Two…and a Giveaway!

Note:  The Giveaway is now closed, but hope you’ll read on about the health benefits on tea, and to share your favorite teas with me.  Cheerio!

Grab your mug, and join me for a cup of tea!

No mug?

No problem.

I’m giving away 1 mug from one of my favorite stores, Anthropologie.

So, you have no excuse not to join me!

You see, it all started last Friday when I ran in to Anthropologie to pick up a candle for the dinner party I was having this past weekend.


Bougainvillea Candle from Anthropologie

I do love any excuse to buy a new candle…

Don’t you?

While I was in Anthropologie, I decided it would be fun to pick up a mug just like the one I have at home and share it with one of you.

Now, it’s no secret that I love coffee …{You can read about my coffee obsession here.}

But, what you might not know, is that love tea too!

And, I especially enjoy it in one of my favorite mugs.

For me, coffee and tea both have a special place in my life, depending upon my mood and the time of day…

Coffee is my “wake up and start the day” drink. While tea is my “chill out and be zen” beverage of choice.

Before I share the details of the giveaway, let’s talk a little bit more about tea…

What’s to Love About Tea

  • Antioxidants! Antioxidants! Antioxidants! The antioxidants from flavenoids in tea may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and certain cancers such as digestive cancers. skin cancer. and ovarian cancer.
  • May help support healthy bones and teeth.
  • Possible improvement of insulin sensitivity in Type 2 Diabetics.
  • Burn, baby, burn! While the metabolic rate increases are relatively small and not any reason to pile on any additional calories, researchers have found that green tea can boost ones metabolic rate. In one small study, green tea was found to lead to an overall increase in energy expenditure by 4.5 %. Like I said, it’s not huge, but when it comes to burning calories every little bit helps! For someone who consumes 1800 calories per day, that’s an increase of 72 calories per day, or an increase of 26,340 calories per year!

So, what kind of tea is good to drink?

A lot of research on the health benefits of tea has been done on the green variety, but black and white tea also have shown health benefits, and herbal varieties may help with certain symptoms…

Some of my favorite varieties and brands, depending upon the occasion, include:

These are just a few of my favorites.

If you were to look in my tea drawer {yes, I have a drawer dedicated solely to tea…Well, actually, tea AND pot holders…} you would see this:

As you can see, I have a bit of a tea obsession.

But, still, I’d love it if you would share your favorite tea with me.

I can always get rid of some potholders and make room for more 🙂

And, while your at it, please join in on the giveaway so we can share a cup of tea together…

Here’s how it works:

The contest is open from now until Tuesday May 31 at 8 pm ET. I will pick one random winner from random.org and notify the winner via e-mail. US mailing addresses only please. To enter, please leave a comment here and tell me what your favorite tea is. You may enter 1 additional time by liking “The Spicy RD” on Facebook. Just include that in your comment as well. If you don’t drink tea, let me know what you WOULD drink out of the mug.

Or, you could even use it for a vase…

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  1. a tea drawer, wow. I love how teas boxes and cans are so colorful and pretty. I was just reading about that Silver Needle Tea I sent you a link too…Pretty awesome stuff. My mom keeps a spritzer bottle of green tea in the fridge door and mists her face with it daily. It’s pretty awesome 🙂 Oh…my favorite tea? Chamomile with a spring of fresh mint and a slice of ginger 🙂 beautiful mug and ok, I will stop rambling.

  2. Ditto!! I love tea as much as coffee – and yes – what I have depends on the time of day. I am very routine with my caffeine habits! My fav tea is Earl Grey – but I do have it with milk. And my pet peeve with Americans and tea drinking – how dare they even think to put creamer (powdered or liquid) in it – evil!!!

    • Thanks for your comment FIona! I love Earl Grey too. And, I am not an evil American tea drinker… no creamer, powdered or otherwise in my tea. I like it black, thank you. 🙂

  3. Not entering, just commenting how this post reminds me what a great photographer you are!

  4. I LOVE tea! I always have — I’ve never been a coffee drinker. Even though it has a caffeine kick — I totally agree with you about the zen factor. It just makes me feel calmer.

    I have a tea in a pretty tea cup — makes it feel more special! My favorites are green and darjeeling! Thanks for this great giveaway.

  5. David, the Gross one says:

    For whatever it is worth, the Arnold Palmer (heavy on the lemonade) is the best tea drink, hot or cold. I bet it would also taste great with “creamer, powdered or otherwise!” A little curdling never hurt anyone–just stir it up.

  6. I am definitely a tea lover. Recently I acquired Pur-eh tea from china that is about 4 years old which I was told some Pur-eh teas can be aged for decades by its quality and condition. What’s good about Pur-eh tea is just like black tea, but it has more depth yet not so tanic or has bitter after taste because of it. I do like some teas with bites(I say) , the pleasant bitterness which I found that from Taiwanese high mountain tea(green), and I found a real great deal from local chinese market last weekend. (I was so happy!)
    Lately having a joy of blossoming herbal teas in the evening is quite awesome experience too. Nothing much, but every time I call my sister or my boy friend, “Look, it’s opening!” The scent of flower and tea infused together itself is already so pleasant and nice for night time, but it’s just over all fun to watch.(how simple pleasure can be added to everyday life)
    I can’t forget about Persian tea which is more stronger version of Earl Grey and with honey or brown sugar, it’s just heaven. (has to make strong as turkish coffee. haha) My best friend Eve and I always had that strong cup of tea for our girls’ night and spoke all night while we enjoyed Southern California’s summer night.
    I can go on and on and on with teas.. (I mean, I literally get at least one kind of tea from ethnic markets, Roobios, ginger grass, ginger root, persimmon tree leaves, and constantly drinking and sharing teas..)

  7. Jeni (Gilliland) Kay says:

    First of all… your photos are AMAZING!!! Did you take them?

    Second of all… I owe my roots, my LOVE for photography to your dad, who took us into his darkroom and showed us the wonders of developing our own negs/prints. I’m forever indebted to him.

    Third of all… I love tea. Teavana is one of my new fav stores. I like jasmine tea the most, due to how aromatic it is.

    That’s all for now.


  8. I’m a fan of tea as well, but the herbal kind since I don’t drink caffeine. I really need to check out the Organic India Original Tulsi Tea that you mentioned, that sounds great. I also like to make my own herbal teas with fresh herbs either from the market or my garden.

  9. Wow! That’s one impressive tea drawer! I don’t drink tea too often, but when I do, I enjoy a nice cup of green tea. It’s just so soothing and relaxing =)

  10. First the orange trees, then the view and now a friggin tea drawer, jealous again. I’m so with you, I have different but equally intense feelings about coffee and tea. Since we’re talking tea I love Harney tea cinnamon stick. I also love tea forte white ginger pear. These are my favorite 2 tea companies. Yogi detox tea has a place in the rotation and I’m a big mint tea drinker at work. I have tried the lose tea thing but return to bags, any thoughts on loose?

  11. Michelle B says:

    I have 3 favorites – I love Jasmine Green Tea, Golden Moon Tea’s Coconut Pouchong, and 52Teas’ Coconut Cheesecake Honeybush,.

  12. I’ll drink tea but I don’t love it. I like it better than coffee, though, so my early beverage of choice is a highly caffeinated tea called Morning Thunder.

    And am I the only person who just doesn’t like green tea? I’ve tried. Really tried. I want to like it, but every time I drink it I think, “ick.”

  13. I’m loving all the great tea suggestions. Thank you!!!
    Jeni-Thanks! I did take the photos…it’s become a fun hobby for me. I’m so glad my dad inspired your love of photography. Sadly, the darkroom is merely used for storage now, but he’s still taking a lot of photos {especially of his grandkids!}w/ his digital camera.
    Sylvie-love making tea w/ fresh herbs too!
    Peggy-I love green tea too!
    Lauren-Great suggestions. I also love Tea Forte, but haven’t tried the ginger. I do use loose tea sometimes {and there are so many great choices}, but usually stick w/ the bags.
    Michelle-I love Jasmine green tea too and those coconut varieties sound delicious.
    TheKitchenWitch-Morning Thunder sounds very interesting. It’s ok if you don’t like green tea 🙂 I don’t like shrimp, but it seems like most everyone else does!

  14. I may have missed the giveaway, but I love tea so much I’ll comment anyway! 😛

    I ADORE Harney & Sons Organic Passion Plum – it’s what made me fall in love with tea. Since then, I’ve become a regular white and green tea drinker – I’ll drink just about any flavor. So good!

    Love the Antrho pick!! I might just have to pick one up the next time I’m in… Ok, now I’m seriously craving some tea. I think I’ll go make myself some! 🙂

  15. lovely post and giveaway there’s British in ya he he

  16. I just discovered your blog through Rebecca at Chow and Chatter. I LOVE LOVE LOVE tea! In fact, every year I host a Tea Week on my blog. This year’s Tea Week is actually next week so I hope you will visit my site and check it out (www.mission-food.com). I will be having a fun tea-related giveaway too at the end of the next week 🙂

    It’s hard to pick a favorite tea, but one of the most luxurious and fragrant ones I have is Mariage Freres Marco Polo tea. It’s from Paris 🙂 It smells like Heaven. Absolute Heaven.

  17. I also “liked” you on Facebook just now.

  18. Thank you for this opportunity! I love Anthropologie too, the cup is beautiful. My favorite teas are from Peets. The quality is consistent. When I am in the mood for green tea, I like the gunpowder type.
    P.S. I like your site on facebook. 🙂

  19. Did I miss this one again 🙁
    Seems I’m always running late. Must b the 3 kiddos!!
    The mugs are gorgeous!
    Once again amazing pictures.
    Have a beautiful night!

  20. Thanks for your comments!
    Victoria-Glad you found my blog through Rebecca 🙂 Do I have to go to Paris to try that tea? Ha! I love fragrant teas. I’ll definitely check out your site and giveaway. I has no idea tea week was coming up 🙂
    Venessa- I enjoy the teas from Peets too. Lots of different varieties to try!
    Lisa-You didn’t miss the giveaway! Thanks so much for your kind comment 🙂

  21. I know I missed the giveaway but just wanted to comment.
    I have been trying to get more into two. I am a coffee girl at heart. I love chai tea!

  22. The mug is beautiful! I would drink anything out of it! 🙂

    I drink a lot of green tea. I used to drink way too much coffee, but recently replaced most of the coffee (except for one cup in the morning) with tea. And a lot of the tea is green tea. But I also like herbal teas a lot, and usually drink a cup of herbal tea in the evening.

  23. I’m just like you – coffee in the am, tea to calm!
    My all-time favorite tea is a Moroccan Mint Green Tea – I’ve been out of it for a few weeks, need to order more!

  24. Thanks so much to everyone who participated in my “Tea for Two” giveaway! The winner is Katie. Congratulations! I love everyone’s tea suggestions and can’t wait to fill up my tea drawer 🙂


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