crafty crush: tealish
I’ve meaning to post about Tealish for a good while now, so I thought I’d kick things off with a little spotlight of my favourite local tea hang. Yeah, I know tea is not officially craft, but Tealish proprietors Michael Rachmel and Laura Chodola blend tea leaves, flowers, nuts & spices in a seriously crafty manner. Plus they carry a very well curated assortment of tea accessories, like screen- printed tea pot cosies, ceramic tea sets (classic and modern), and engraved metal spoons. Mass produced, yes, but the Jonathan Adler iced tea pitcher sets are crazy hot. To boot the décor scheme is based around Japanese paper prints to very stylish effect against a poppy green interior.
But the teas are really what make Tealish worth the detour off of Queen West. Their 130 varieties are available loose (in Blacks, Greens, Rooibos, Herbal & Fruits, and special teas like Whites and Yerba Mates) and made to order in iced teas, lattes, tea smoothies, and straight up. Some of my faves so far include Mixed Berry Anise and Creamy Vanilla (loose), Walnut Ave. Latte, and Iced Coconut Blossom Sencha Latte. I am super psyched to try the premium grade Matcha Genmaicha next time I need to replenish my stash. Ordering sound a bit dauting? The staff are happy to explain what’s up. Plus rumour has it that fall will bring tea-tasting sessions (which may include rare teas not sold in the shop) where you can get the low-down on all things tea.
Seriously, guys, next time you have a free afternoon, I highly advise the following route: Hit Clafouti for a croissant to go, The
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