A 2012 Photo Essay

Wishing all our family, friends, fellow bloggers, Facebook friends, the Twitterverse, and  everyone involved in the food and wine industry, success, happiness and good health in 2013.

Providing photographic evidence that Michael and I do more than just eat. I have captioned some of the photos – to read the longer ones, click the picture to make it big.

Cally’s Teas Celebrates Earl Grey’s Birthday

The title of this blog is a punctuation fanatic’s nightmare. Even owning the book and day-per-page tear off calendar of Eats Shoots and Leaves, I’m still never quite sure if I’m applying apostrophes correctly.

It’s a big day in the land of tea lovers, and especially those of us who are dedicated lovers of Earl Grey tea!!  HOORAY FOR TEA!!! HOORAY FOR EARL GREY!!! And HOOTS AND HOLLERS OF JOY for Cally:

As I sit here and enjoy my steamy mug of Earl Grey, I must pay homage to Cally’s Teas. Cally’s is just a block from where I live (at the moment, Cally expects she will be moving this year – stay tuned), and is a delightful treasure trove of tea and tea things:

There are also yummy edibles, such as Duchy Originals. I like to think Prince Charles has a hand in making each batch of biscuits, but I’m sure he is too busy running about with Camila and then stopping to have tea and biscuits on a plaid wool blanket, sitting on a hill with a sweeping vista of the Yorkshire Dales, instead of baking my biscuits. Regardless, this man is involved and makes a delicious product that also supports his charities. I’m a big fan of the Cheese Nibble, which is a savoury biscuit, but today we discovered the Toffee Biscuits Dipped in Milk Chocolate. I’d post a picture, but then you’d know what to look for, thus buying my supply. I can’t allow this to happen.

There are other non-tea things at Cally’s, and these are charming, whimsical and fun to find, like this Miso Pretty soap. Adorable!

To celebrate Earl Grey’s birthday today, Cally’s shop had tasty cucumber sandwiches and lovely shortbread cookies, cut in the shape of tea pots,  flavoured with Earl Grey Tea. They were delicious.

Click the photo above to be able to better read about the naughty side of Charles Grey.

When visiting Cally’s do yourself a favour, and go when you have the time to stop and chit-chat. Cally and her staff are social and friendly, will serve you a piping hot cup of tea, and your purchases are always wrapped (without needing to ask) in pretty, seasonally appropriate coloured tissue and bags, which recycle beautifully when gift giving.

Earl Grey’s birthday celebration is going to carry on all this week. Do stop in and say hello at 8610 99 St NW, Edmonton. There is even a little chair out front with cheery balloons, perfect for a patient husband to sit upon while waiting.
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