Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Tea Time: A Trip to Balzac's

I'm something of a person of contradiction. You see, friends, I love coffee shops, but I really hate coffee.  Like, never have I ever had a cup of coffee.  I think it smells delicious but it's totally not the way it tastes.  Thankfully, with the rise of lattes, fancy tea drinks are easily found.  But not all are created equal.

My favourite fancy hot beverage right now (and frankly since I moved to NotL) is a Parisian Mist, from Balzac's.  It's a delicious French Breakfast tea (which I think is amazing all its own, and very flowery) with vanilla syrup and steamed milk.  The tea itself is a big distinguishing factor for this drink.  I can't go back to a London Fog from Starbucks anymore, it's just not the same.  And it's not nearly as cute in Starbucks, besides!

I know it's silly, because it's a chain coffee shop and all... but living in a small tourist town where the majority of people who visit this coffee shop are only passing through, I can't help but feel a sense of ownership over my Balzac's. I like it as a place to sit and read, or grab a drink to go and sit on the quay and look and/or yell at the United States.  Because they used to throw cannonballs at us from there! And the town won't let me forget it. But that's another story.  The Balzac's is decorated with these sweet posters designed for each location.  I foresee a NotL poster in my future.  And a Parisian Mist.  Because come on.



  1. Oooo, that drink sounds amazing! Haha, my journey to enjoying coffee has been a very long one. I'm workin' on it! I still pretty much only drink lattes, though, and I love fancy tea drinks!

  2. That drink does sound really good. But honestly, I'm a coffee gal and I don't understand why you don't love it! Do I need to send you some good Nashville coffee?!


  3. And if anyone cares, they've got a really sweet couch made out of luggage that was originally a set piece at the Shaw. Very neat! And also mostly comfy.


  4. Hello, Erin! I recently stumbled across your blog and have been really enjoying it thus far!

    I am also a huge fan of coffee shops. I love finding that perfect coffee shop that feels so cozy-comfortable and seems like it was created just for you. Balzac's Persian Mist sounds delicious. I love tea lattes. My favorite is a variation on the London Fog, it is Earl Grey with steamed milk and almond syrup. It's so scrumptious and comforting.

    Looking forward to reading more of your posts! Hope you will check out my blog!


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