Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Grace Heads West III

Next Stop...SpecialTeas

You know we couldn't go west without looking for a tea shop, right? Well, we found a great one on the corner of Telegraph and Plaza. It's a few blocks from the visitors' bureau and kind of on the way back to Gramma Enne and Opa Hans' house so we headed back to the truck and drove over.
I almost missed the truck while walking and looking at the snow covered mountains!

The Tea Shop

Even though SpecialTeas is off Carson Street it's easy to find. Just look left, or right depending on which way you are traveling on Carson, when you get to Telegraph and you can see the bright TEA SHOP sign on the next corner. 
If you're coming from the other direction or are on Plaza, look for the old Yangs's Kitchen.
We found a super close parking spot and went in. The outside sign shows all the great things you can find inside.

The first thing we saw inside were the sweet pastries. Don't they look fabulous?! From top to bottom: cheese danish, apple turnovers, and guava cheese danish. We ordered one of the guava cheese.
Then we ordered one of each of these. the one on top is chocolate strawberry and the bottom is chocolate coconut. 

These are the savory pastries. 
To my left are pot pies. Don't they look scrumptious? While we were there two women came in and ordered several to take home for dinner that night. On the right are potato puffs.

While Xyra and Gramma Enne looked over the menu, I walked around the shop. Not only do they have sit down and take out tea and goodies, but they also have tea things and loose leaf tea blends. These are the larger bags of organic blends.

Oops! Sorry, a couple of these photos are a bit fuzzy.
I love these tea pots.

In this case are different blends in large and small sizes. We picked out Red Hawaiian to take home. I'm looking forward to reviewing that one!
Ooo, we could use one of these. Replace the one with the broken lid.

The first hot tea we tasted was the traditional chai. A nice spicey blend. We were surprised Gramma Enne liked is because it had licorice root and star anise listed. They were blended perfectly with the other spices and did not stick out.
Then we tried a cold one. Halfmoon Bay. It's a mate based blend with hibiscus, apple, pineapple, coconut, and rose hips. Think luau in a glass. Very good. But the day was cloudy so we wanted something hot.

We ended up having the Earl Grey Supreme with a splash of milk and one sugar. This Earl blend has lavender, malva, and roses with the bergamot. That's a lot of flower, but while hot everything meshes well. As it cooled the roses started to stand out a bit more.
Gramma Enne got to eat her chocolate coconut danish all by herself. (giggles) Opa Hans and I shared the other two. 

Kat and Earl, the owners, are really nice! They made our visit a lot of fun and we noticed they treated everyone as if they were a special visitor. We even bumped into a woman who saw us over by the visitors' bureau

Kat told me, well us, they started the shop in 2015 and are building their clientele. SpecialTeas could turn into a great place where everyone knows your name. 
They are getting settled into the new spot and enjoying the work. They do all the baking and are up early each day to get it ready before opening at 8 AM. They do breakfast and lunch Tuesday through Saturday. Saturday's hours are a little shorter than during the week. 

One of my favorite parts of the menu is the tiny mention of coffee! 
Usually it's the other way around; all sorts of coffee and espressos and lattes and one tiny section for hot or iced tea. ๐Ÿ˜Š Can you see all the different tea options?

If you happen to be in the area, stop by and enjoy a bit of refreshment. And if you happen to think about it, tell them Tea Time with Melody Q sent you. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿต

Check out the SpecialTeas Facebook page too!

Which pastry would you have liked to try? Would you have ordered a hot, iced, or shaken tea?

Until tomorrow! A bientรดt!



  1. I'll take one of each pastry please! This place looks very cool!

    1. They were awesome! We could have eaten one of each too!

  2. Looks like fun! DH is a tea lover... when the Upton yea catalog comes in the mail he is busy for the rest of the night! It's neat that they have such a selection of pastries to try.

    1. Sandwiches and soups too! I had wanted to try their tea egg salad sandwich, but was excited for everything else and forgot!