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Tea Talk: Decaf Hazelnut Cinnamon Creme from Adagio

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Are you guys ready for my first five-star review?

Because IT’S HERE.

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The tea in that lovely cup above is Adagio’s Decaf Hazelnut Cinnamon Creme. Isn’t that color beautiful? I may have gasped a little.

Anecdote time. There’s a tea house in the next town over that has pretty much an entire menu of tea. The first time I went, I tried a tea called Pralines & Creme. I fell head over heels in love with this tea and every single time I went back, I ordered it again and again.

Until one day when they said, “Oh, I’m sorry, we’re out of that.”

And then the next time I went, it was off the menu completely. My heart broke and I’m not exaggerating when I say that I google ‘pralines & cream tea’ about once every thirty seconds.

This tea? Tastes so similar to that tea that I once fell in love with. The only thing is, this tea is better. First of all, the moment you pour it into your cup, the aroma that hits you is so lovely and wonderful and reminiscent of a low-key café. You get that scent of hazelnut immediately and I can’t begin to express how comforting of a smell that is.

Sometimes, you smell something before you taste it and the taste is kind of a let-down. Not the case here. It’s so full-bodied and rich and you really get every note of every ingredient promised in the title. Speaking of which, I take my tea with nothing. No sugar, no milk, no cream, nothing. And yet, this tea had such a creamy consistency that I may have been hugging my cup the entire time I was drinking it.

Not to put down bagged tea but this loose leaf was so flavorful and inviting that I realized, in my laziness and my reliance on bagged tea, I had forgotten why I loved tea in the first place. This tea reminded me the moment I opened the bag, took in that hazelnut scent, and saw the pop of yellow in the marigold leaves sitting in my tea. Beautiful to look at and heaven to drink, this tea will absolutely become a staple in my home.

Have I waxed poetic enough? Honestly, I can’t recommend this tea enough. Adagio has a really awesome subscription plan where you can choose your favorite teas and they will automatically send them to you. To ensure I never run out of this tea again, I may have to subscribe.

What are we drinking today, my friends? Share it here and don’t forget to:

  1. Check out Adagio, especially their fandom blends. They’re amazing.
    and
  2. Enter my giveaway on Instagram! You’ve got about a month to enter!
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11 Anthologies All YA Lovers Need to Add To Their TBR Stack

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I think anthologies are so not loved enough. So many great stories can be found in anthologies.

I say this as a biased college graduate who still collects Norton Anthologies. They’re just so pretty.

Have you read any of the titles on Bustle’s list? Which is your favorite?

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Where do you read? After a long day at work, I spoiled myself and found a spot by the water at my favorite park. Naturally, I brought some reading material with me. Tolstoy’s not a bad model, am I right?

I’ve been MIA lately, actually, because of Tolstoy. I always promised myself I’d finally read War and Peace and with a trip to see The Great Comet on Broadway in late July, I devoted an entire month to making that happen.

I’m good when it comes to two things:

  1. Time limits. Give me a date when something needs to be finished and it’ll be finished.
  2. Doing things that people tell me I can’t. Which is pretty funny when you think about it. I’m as obedient as they come. But if you tell me that I’ll never finish War and Peace, well, guess what? Imma finish War and Peace.

So the takeaways of this? War and Peace is long. War and Peace is heavy — it actually took me some time to get used to walking again without the Russian tome sitting in my purse. The Great Comet is strange and magical and unlike anything you’ve ever seen before and I recommend it. (The lighting, you guys. THE LIGHTING.) And quite happily for me, I’m back. I’ll be reading and reviewing hopefully a lot, starting with the above book.

Any book requests? Anything you’d like me to cover? Want some bookish recipes? Reach out and I’ll happily oblige.

I’ve missed you guys. Peace and love,

Lauren

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A Link from Bustle: I Re-Read My Favorite American Girl Book as an Adult

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I was more a Felicity girl myself but I have to agree about American Girl stories standing up to this day.

(I’m a little obsessed with American Girl still. I have the cookbooks. I have the spatula. I’m subscribed to their newsletter and rejoice every time I see a new one in my inbox. American Girl doesn’t just cater to children, it caters to the young people in the generation who met the girls first. And that’s wonderful.)

What  American Girl mementos do you have hanging around?

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Review Time!: When Dimple Met Rishi

Ready for our first review? Strap on in!

When Dimple Met Rishi
by Sandhya Menon
published by SimonTeen (May 30, 2017)
384 pages

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When Dimple Met Rishi follows two very teenagers who are destined to meet.

Dimple, an aspiring web developer, has no time for anything but following her dreams. She’s solely focused on meeting her STEM icon and building up her resume for the brightest future imaginable.

Rishi, on the other hand, is a bit of a hopeless romantic. Fond of his cultural heritage and determined to please his parents, Rishi is a little too eager when his parents send him to a summer program with the promise that his promised bride will also be attending.

That promised bride just so happens to be Dimple who embraces Rishi by splashing him in the face with her iced coffee. Perhaps she would’ve been more open to the arrangement had her parents warned her. Can they learn to accept each other and maybe even love each other?

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