Sunday Sundae at T Shop

I started of this week with a bang by attending Sunday Sundae. The event was a collaboration of some really talented tea folks. Max Falkowitz of Serious Eats (I know you’ve all seen me share his articles) served up tea infused ice cream. Theresa from +T Shop shared some of her wonderful teas and Lisa of +Tiny Pinecone Teahouse and Bakeshop provided the sweets. You might ask yourself, how do these things fit together? It’s a tea twist on a coffee dessert called an affogato. Ice cream is topped with a shot of espresso, or tea in this case.

It was an incredibly hot and humid day so I was immediately drawn to the giant container of cold brewed Four Seasons Oolong. I don’t know if I’ve ever drank anything that was quite so refreshing. Part of that was the weather but I know that the tea used was exceptional to begin with. Right at that moment I was happy to spot +Natasha N in the crowd. We did some much needed catching up (although there is still more to do).

The event was fairly crowded throughout so hopefully that will give a lot of exposure to both T Shop and Tiny Pinecone. Choosing among the flavors offered was an arduous task but every combo was amazing. I couldn’t resist going with the roasted oolong ice cream for my first choice. I topped it with Theresa’s red water oolong and a bit of Lisa’s famous lemon chiffon cake. Delicious! Putting tea on ice cream was a new experience for me but it’s definitely one that I’ll be repeating again soon.
+Natasha N and I were soon joined by +Verna L. Hamilton. She has an incredible palate so I made sure to keep an eye on the flavor combinations that she put together. In the meantime, I hopped back onto the ice cream line to try some of the super refreshing sencha flavor. It was a bit different than what you’d get from matcha ice cream but it definitely still had a green tea taste.
Next up was chai ice cream. I topped it with high mountain black tea and some delicious ginger peach crisp. Holy cow was it good! The ginger and the chai spices echoed each other perfectly. 

Towards the end of the event I met up with +Adam Sherlip for a bit. It was great to talk shop and compare notes. +Darlene Meyers-Perry and +Jo J couldn’t make it but they were greatly missed. Somehow I completely missed +Georgia SS even though it turns out we were there at the same time.
I really wish I hadn’t forgotten my camera because these cell phone shots don’t quite do justice to these amazing sweets. All in all it was a great event and I left with lots of inspiration for future experiments. Thank you to Max, +T Shop and +Tiny Pinecone Teahouse and Bakeshop for putting together such an awesome event! 

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Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.