A Little Bit of London in Ramona

English Tea fans rejoice! I was privileged to be the first customer at a new bakery in Old Town Ramona.

The London Bakery  632 Main Street, Ramona CA.

I stopped in this morning for one of the best scones I’ve ever eaten…or savored really. Out of the large selection, I chose blueberry. It was light and fresh with the perfect amount of real blueberries. Not overpowering like some, and not dry like most scones in America. Everything is made from scratch by an authentic English baker – and it shows. I’m looking forward to trying more. The tea was Ty Phoo and delicious. It took a hint of milk and sugar perfectly. I’m not sure if it was the tea or the British maker but I will be searching out this one for home use. Love, love, love this place.

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The London Bakery

The London Bakery, Ramona CA

The London Bakery

In search of the best coffee ever.

Mara Pottery Mug with DaisyWhen was the last time you had a truly good cup of coffee? Not one that is laden with syrups and chemicals to fool your brain into thinking it’s good. I’m talking about a fill your mouth, smooth, acidic balanced by slightly sweet and nutty, satisfying cup of joe. They are so hard to find. I’ve had many cups on the run and those last minute keurig pods to get my caffeine fix but it’s been a while since I just had a really yummy hot cup of coffee so good I could drink it black. I encourage you to embark on a journey. Find that special cup of heaven that when you sip you feel at peace, like the world is a wonderful place. Let me know what you discover. What kind of coffee, grind, process and location. Include the #stacyscoffeeandtea or comment on this post and I’ll show them here on my blog and website and enter you into a drawing. On February 29thm one lucky winner will be chosen to receive a free mug from our stash. Happy sipping!

A Flagstaff Institution…Macy’s European Coffee House

  Well, I can cross one more off the “need to go to in my lifetime.” There it was, Macy’s in flagstaff. It is exactly what you expect. This place puts the hip in hippie. The iconic long haired barista, on-site roasted beans and fresh tea blends lined up in a row of jars makes it warm and friendly.

   

  

 The amazing super large photographs on the walls make it cool and eclectic. That’s hard to pull off both. A flagstaff institution since 1980, they have fresh baked everything from bagels to sandwiches to pizza. My cappuccino was the perfect blend of not too bitter espresso exquisitely blended with frothy milk to almost overflowing. Perfectly balanced, but they make it look easy. My companion’s hot chocolate was lovely. Smooth and sweet. They have everything you want in a place like this and maintain the authentic vibe. They have clearly been doing this a long time but still love what they do. Time to just sit and enjoy. Free wifi too. 

Yummy tea. Assam is better than Darjeeling.

Assam Tea

Our newest addition to the tea line is from Two Leaves and a Bud. Fair trade, organic, kosher, gluten free and wonderful. Assam, like Darjeeling, is named for the region in India where it is grown. As a tea, it has some wonderful qualities. It has a darker, richer flavor with a hint of malty goodness. It produces a medium caffeine and you need to steep this one a bit longer. The box recommended 4 minutes and they are right. It’s a beautiful color orange/copper with an earthy but not acidic flavor. It could stand alone or stand up to a bit of cream and sugar. Either way, it’s good.

This could replace a morning cup of coffee for the flavor and richness, but I need a bit more jolt to get going. I like this version because it’s the whole tea leaf in a sachet bag so you get the benefit of whole leaf tea with the convenience of a bag. I’ll be “testing” this one often.