The Willow in Glasgow, Scotland
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If you’re in Glasgow, and you like taking tea, you should go to this tea room (or the other one in Buchanan Street, which I have never visited but I’m sure it’s nice). Most of the silver Room de Luxe, which is the primo seating space in this tea room, is a reproduction but the stained glass frieze is Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s original work, and the purple willow design is clever and lovely, giving a sense of three dimensions in a two-dimensional piece. The tea is very good, and the goodies they serve with it are varied and excellent. You can also sit in the gallery area of the tea room, downstairs — it’s warmer (temperature wise). The ground floor has a gift shop with Mackintosh-themed stuff. I also enjoyed walking down Sauchiehall Street afterwards — closed to traffic, it’s lined with good shops. The Marks & Spencer is particularly well-stocked.



A highly domesticated creature living in the outer boroughs of New York City.

Dad worked for Lipton, but we drank Swee-Touch-Nee instead. Later found out that “Swee-Touch-Nee” is a rough transliteration of the Russian word for flowery: цветочной.

I am a foodie first and a tea drinker second. But one informs the other, of course.

My tea preferences vary according to season and weather. I know just what to do with a raw cold wet dark winter day: East Frisian with milk! On the other end of my taste range is Tazo’s Cucumber White, which when chilled is a good antidote for humid summer weather. Middle ground: Frances Bissell’s Special Blend Ceylon; Upton’s Mincing Lane Black Tea Blend; Scottish Breakfast. My favorite smoky tea is Upton’s Baker Street Black Tea Blend.

I am still exploring and learning about tea. Think of me as an advanced beginner.


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